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Jack Ma’s huge head and tiny face fill me with awe


Jack Ma, founder of Ali Baba. Richest man in China. Actually he sounds like a cool guy, but he looks so strange, I actually googled to see if he had some kind of weird metabolic disorder I shouldn’t make fun of.

Nope, just freaky looking.

China, if you haven’t paid attention, is in deep shit.

On the domestic front, Uncle B and I have just trimmed and washed nine flipping pounds of gooseberries for the freezer. Gooseberries. They’re a misery.

Also, my pickled carrots have had eight days of the seven to nine I was supposed to give them. They’re delicious. I’ve put them in the fridge.

Does anyone know…now they’re in the cool, do I need to keep burping them?


Comment from Stark Ðickflüßiᵹ
Time: July 7, 2015, 11:34 pm

do I need to keep burping them?

Probably not, but if they’re still offgassing after a week, make sure you eat ’em quick. They’ll be even tastier, but they might not stay good for long.

Comment from Stark Ðickflüßiᵹ
Time: July 7, 2015, 11:35 pm

I mean, my experience with kimchi is that it just gets better & better until suddenly it ain’t no good no more.

Comment from mojo
Time: July 8, 2015, 12:07 am

You don’t bury it in a clay pot for a month?

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: July 8, 2015, 8:32 am

I have never had Gooseberries. Are they tastyyummygood?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 8, 2015, 4:19 pm

They are incredibly sour. And they come on a bush with huge stabby thorns. And you have to slice off their stems and tails by hand before freezing.

They’re a misery, like I said.

Comment from Veeshir
Time: July 8, 2015, 10:03 pm

I always thought gooseberries were made up, like snozzberries or dingleberries.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 9, 2015, 12:37 am

@Veeshir: Alas, dingleberries are not made up. At least not the canine and feline varieties.

I’ve never heard of snozzberries. Are those like boogers?

Comment from weasel tablet
Time: July 9, 2015, 1:01 am

You guys crack me up.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 9, 2015, 1:55 pm

Incredibly sour….. Big stabby thorns…. Have to be individually hand-stripped before freezing. Hmmmm, no wonder I’ve never seen a gooseberry in my life.

Still, I am in a rare cheerful mood this morning so I thought I would find a delicious gooseberry receipe to show Weasel how they are really worth all the trouble.

Well, instead I found this:


You know you’re off to a bad start when the title is ” What To Do With Gooseberries”. I mean, you never see a title like “What to do with Cherries”‘ do you?

The first line of the recipe doesn’t help either. It starts out…..
The gooseberry is a funny thing. Often hairy and a little tart….
Hairy? Hairy Berries?. Great! So then, let’s just add this small comment buried in the article, “ Try sourcing ‘Invicta’ gooseberries – the very thorny shrubs are loaded with tart, green berries tucked away in the middle of the plant” Wonderful!

Our next point of worry interest is
“Gooseberries vary wildly in sweetness so the ratio really depends on personal taste. Start with two parts gooseberry to one part sugar
. So, essentially nine pounds of gooseberries are going to require the entire sugarcane crop of a small Caribbean island just to make them edible. Great!

Next we see a recipe suggestion that only a British Chef (sic) could give,
Pair with mackerel for a Yorkshire classic, or partner with other oily fish, …..Yum!
And finally, a suggestion that seems pretty much a warning aimed directly at Soaty herself,
Gooseberries pair well with elderflower. Try adding a spoonful of the compote to elderflower cordial with a little fresh ginger for a refreshing summer drink.. Friends and Physicians of the Badger clan will recall how the elderberry cordial experiment came out.

Uncle Badger, you should be very proud. This woman, er, weasel, obviously loves you very, very much.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: July 10, 2015, 5:27 am

I didn’t know anything about actual gooseberries. I had encountered “gooseberry” as a term for a third party accompanying a romantic couple.

I wonder if “incredibly sour.. with huge stabby thorns” has a connection.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: July 13, 2015, 1:08 am


Stuff like:

“incredibly sour.. with huge stabby thorns”

– would (and should, to my mind) tend to bring forth the rather-pertinent question: Why, then, do anything at all about, with, to or otherwise-directly-involving gooseberries?

Given, for example, the rather ready availability of such far-more-desirable items as strawberries, raspberries, grapes of a wide range in choices, plums, mulberries and cranberries – even such less-frequently-found provender as elderberries and lingonberries…

Mayhap, this is some sort of British-y ritual self-punishment thingy?…

As to China’s financial confugelties…well – what can one say, really?

Comment from Dubya Bee
Time: July 19, 2015, 11:58 pm

Re: burping carrots, I suppose it depends on how many you’ve eaten.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: June 10, 2018, 9:51 am

Fuck. I was browsing google images and stumbled upon this accidently. I laughed so hard I thought I was gonna pass out.

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