Thirsty Thursday to you all, my little gingersnaps! The weekend is almost upon us!! *cues the cheering* Let's get down to business, shall we?
An Iowa man went on a 46-day beer-only fast for Lent. How did I not know this before? I would've totally joined him! He consulted with his doctor during the fast and found the best way to re-introduce his body to solids was through smoothies. So after midnight on Easter Morning, he broke his fast with a bacon smoothie. Another great-sounding idea! I think I'll try it next year for Lent. (both the beer fast AND the bacon smoothie) Or maybe I'll just have a bacon smoothie for breakfast tomorrow and a beer with lunch.
Beer-only fast ends with bacon smoothie
By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
(CNN) – J. Wilson has survived his 46-day beer-only fast and found some unexpected spiritual insights.
Wilson, who lives outside Des Moines, Iowa, was emulating a Lenten tradition carried out by German monks hundreds of years ago. In keeping with tradition he ate his last solid food on Ash Wednesday and broke his fast on Easter Sunday.
“I made a bacon smoothie and that’s what I broke the fast with,” Wilson said.
He slurped down the smoothie after midnight on the morning of Easter Sunday. He was up late for an interview with the BBC in London for their Easter Sunday broadcast
Wilson undertook the fast with medical advice from his doctor and spiritual advice from his pastor, after he conducted lengthy research into extended fasts.
In his research he found that smoothies were the best way to ease back into food. The plan was to go three days on smoothies before eating any solid foods.
“I planned on focusing on some foods that would help specifically my liver and my kidneys, which I had been beating up on for a couple of weeks –- so foods like cabbage and broccoli and cauliflower,” he said. But it didn’t quite work out that way.
“I had no idea my wife was going to buy my two boys a ham for Easter,” he said. After he made a gravy with the drippings from the ham, he helped himself to two servings of mashed potatoes and gravy and some ham as well.
Wilson is an avid home brewer, blogger, and Christian, and his beer-only quest merged these passions.
For Lent, Christians often give up something to remember the sacrifice they believe Jesus made for them on the cross. Wilson decided to give up all food and drink except beer.
At the beginning of the fast Wilson drank four beers a day during the week and five a day on weekends. Toward the end of the fast, he increased his beer intake to five a day during the week to maintain his strength.
His drink of choice: 12 ounces of Illuminator Doppelbock, a recipe he developed and brewed with the help of Eric Sorensen, the senior brewer at Rock Bottom Brewery in Des Moines, Iowa.
Wilson kept one keg at home and one at the office at the Adams County Free Press newspaper, where he’s the editor. He spread the beers out through out the day and said he only felt tipsy three times over the 46 days.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were re-shooting some honeymoon scenes for the next Twilight movie (Breaking Dawn). The thing I don't understand is the green bikini. Now it's strapped...
Now it's not! It's a gravity-defying feat, people. Sticky boobs, anyone?
IT'S A NEW HARRY POTTER 7 & 3/4 TRAILER, OMG OMG OMG!!!!
Uh... uh... I'm so glad my 11 year old son happened to walk by my computer and see this picture. *shakes head no* Then I had to explain all about pumping and how ridiculous it is to show a woman that can look that happy when she's hooked up to a pumping machine that makes you feel like a cow... while she's talking on the phone and using the computer. Just what is in that cup next to her anyway? The things I go through for you guys. *sigh*
And that's all the time I have for you today. I'll end this post with my all time favorite quote by the wise philosopher, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "Seize the day, because tomorrow you might be dead." Oh, and one more thing...
There could be life on one of Saturn’s moons!
Though no sunlight reaches the moon Enceladus, there could be microbial life there, just like the microbial life on Earth that can exist without sunlight. On Earth, there are types of bacteria that can survive without absorbing oxygen or consuming photosynthetic life forms. These bacteria have existed for millions of years, before the Earth had the oxygen-rich atmosphere that it has today. They lived by consuming methane. These bacteria still exist today in volcanic rocks along the Columbia River. The ecosystem of Enceladus resembles those ecosystems.
Recently, researchers have discovered water ions in Enceladus. This suggests that there may be liquid water on the moon, lending further credibility to the idea that there is life on it.
You can read more about methanogenic bacteria in this NASA article. For more about the Cassini-Huygens mission that found water on Enceladus, read this article.
And while there may be life on Saturn's moon, there's no way there's life on Saturn itself. The planet is less dense than water.