le_bebna_kamni: (Monk)
And the milk chocolate will also consume...

Selections from H.P. Lovecraft's Brief Tenure as a Whitman's Sampler Copywriter

My favorite line:
It is certain that while it dozes the Coconut Creme Swirl is absorbed by terrifying visions of exacting its creamy tropical vengeance upon mankind!
Mmmmm...deadly goodness...
le_bebna_kamni: (iCthulhu)
I recently was reading up on phenethylamine, thanks to an OkCupid profile I stumbled across. Phenethylamine -- at least as I understand it in the 30-second Cliff notes version -- is a neurotransmitter that affects happiness levels and has some relationship to feelings of social closeness and your ability to pay attention.

I was particularly amused by the fifth sentence of the first paragraph in Wikipedia: "[Phenethylamine] is also found in many foods such as chocolate, especially after microbial fermentation."

Note the last two words: microbial fermentation. Yes, that's right. Godiva chocolate liqueur makes us happy (not that there are many people -- especially women -- I know personally who would dispute that ;P).

And if you read further in the article (although it's under dispute), THC also increases the effects of chocolate. So all of you pot smokers who grab a Hershey's when you have the munchies, apparently you have the right idea -- because if you eat the chocolate by itself, very little of the happy chemicals reach your brain.

Isn't science wonderful?

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