Thursday, February 26, 2015

No, please!

Say it ain't so!

Say there isn't lead and cadmium in our beloved chocolate!

Yes, i like to have raw cacao nibs on occasion, and i love Artisana's Cacao Bliss, raw coconut butter with raw chocolate.  Chocolate is delicious, can be healthy for you, and if this article is to be believed, may be full of toxins.

No, please, not chocolate!  Along with coffee, it's one of the major food pleasure groups!

Yes, i should know better than to go snooping around and finding such articles.  It just makes me cranky when i find out that everything is tainted or contaminated or just plain unhealthy for you.

Nobody wants me cranky, particularly at work, which is where i am today.

The trouble with this is finding out where the contamination is coming in, should the tests prove to be accurate.  If it's from somewhere in the manufacturing process, or in some of the other ingredients in the chocolate, then it can be dealt with.

If the chocolate itself is grown in contaminated ground and it's part of the cacao plants, it's going to be a bigger problem to solve.

This is one of those times when i just wish i could stick my head back in the sand.

While i'm here doing the laundry, i'm going to not think about it.

Today is:

Ayyám-i-Há -- Baha'i (intercalary days, devoted to service and gift giving; through Mar. 1)
Dance of the Known Places -- Fairy Calendar

Florida Strawberry Festival -- Plant City, FL, US (celebrating the winter strawberry harvest; through Mar. 8)

For Pete's Sake Day -- Wellcat Holidays asks us, who is Pete, and why do things for his sake?  think about that as you celebrate this today

Intercalary Days -- Baha'i (through Mar. 1)

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day -- some student programs at universities are set for this weekend, as encouraged during National Engineers Week

Levi Strauss Day -- his birth anniversary

Liberation Day -- Kuwait

Lost Dutchman Days -- Apache Junction, AZ, US (through Sunday; celebration of the legend of the Superstition Mountains and the Lost Dutchman Mine)

National Chili Day --

National Conference on Education -- San Diego, CA, US (three day conference sponsored by the American Assn. of School Administrators)

National Personal Chef Day -- heaven knows we all have one of those; some websites list it today, some on July 16

National Pistachio Day

Rooks Nesting Day -- Olde England (12 days after Candlemas on the Julian Calendar)

St. Alexander's Day (Patriarch of Alexandria)

St. Isabella of France's Day (Patron of the sick)

Tell a Fairy Tale Day -- shouldn't this have been two days ago, on Wilhelm Grimm's birth anniversary?

The Man In Black Day -- Johnny Cash's birth anniversary

Thriller Day -- Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" hit #1 today, and stayed there for 37 weeks

Anniversaries Today:

Grand Teton National Park is established, 1929
Grand Canyon National Park is established, 1919

Birthdays Today:

Marshall Faulk, 1973
Erykah Badu, 1972
Mark Dacascos, 1964
Michael Bolton, 1953
Johnny Cash, 1932
Fats Domino, 1928
Betty Hutton, 1921
Tony Randall, 1920
Jackie Gleason, 1916
Margaret Leighton, 1922
Tex Avery, 1908
Madeleine Carroll, 1906
Jean Vercors, 1902
William Frawley, 1887
Herbert Henry Dow, 1866
John Harvey Kellog, 1852
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, 1846
Levi Strauss, 1829
Honore Daumier, 1808
Victor Hugo, 1802

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Jerome Robbins' Broadway"(Musical), 1989
"Deathtrap"(Play), 1978

Today in History:

Origin of the Epoch of Ptolemy's Nabonassar Era, BC747
An earthquake in Lisbon leaves 20,000-30,000 dead, 1531
Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen burns down, 1794
The Bank of England issues its first banknotes, 1797
Vice-admiral William Bligh ends the siege of Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad, 1804
Napoleon Bonaparte escapes from Elba, 1815
In New York City a demonstration of the first pneumatic subway opens to the public, 1870
HMS Britannic, sister ship to the Titanic, is launched at Harland & Wolff, Belfast, 1914
The Original Dixieland Jass Band records the first jazz record, for the Victor Talking Machine Company in New York, 1917
Robert Watson-Watt carries out a demonstration near Daventry which leads directly to the development of RADAR in the United Kingdom, 1935
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces that his nation has an atomic bomb, 1952
Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada, 1952
National Public Radio incorporates as a non-profit corporation, 1970
Egypt and Israel establish full diplomatic relations, 1980
The Sandinistas are defeated in Nicaraguan elections, 1990
On Baghdad Radio Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announces the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait, 1991
In New York City, a truck bomb parked below the North Tower of the World Trade Center explodes, killing 6 and injuring over a thousand, 1993
The United Kingdom's oldest investment banking institute, Barings Bank, collapses, 1995
Mount Hekla in Iceland erupts, 2000
Republic of Macedonia President Boris Trajkovski is killed in a plane crash near Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2004
After winning a Liberal Party of British Columbia ballot, Canadian politician Christy Clark becomes the second woman to be Premier of British Columbia, 2011
Scientists in Illinois, announce they've developed stretchable batteries that can power a new generation of flexible electronics, 2013


  1. Makes you think nothing is safe to eat any more and makes one get a big farm if they can and grow everything for themselves.


  2. I tastes so good, how BAD could lead and cadmium really be?

  3. i think we're exposed to so many toxins every single day that you have to just go with it if you like it. :)

  4. It seems like everything out there is going to kill us. I try not to think about such things. I don't want to live forever anyway.

  5. I say enjoy your chocolate and quit worrying. There is far too much information to be had. Pick and chose what you want to believe, but don't give up your chocolate.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  6. No! I love chocolate, and eat a small amount of the dark stuff every. single. day! But this may be true. I saw an episode of CSI a few years back, and the victim in the case wasn't murdered. He died from eating too much chocolate over time and had too much cadmium in his system. (Of course, CSI is fiction, so i thought, nah, that can't be!) But perhaps it can. GACK! But i'll keep eating it. I can't resist.

  7. NO WAY!!!!
    off to read as I love my raw nibs too.


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