Weird Candy Around the World

Okay I know this isn’t typical Pink Triangle fare, but just go with the flow and enjoy!! I like to stray from the norm sometimes.

Huffington Post is, as you might guess, one of my favourite news sources. So when I saw this wonderful little link on their site about weird candy from all over the world, I just had to follow it. I try to catch as many episodes of Unwrapped as I can because they even cover the candy no longer sold as well as the brands that are made at smaller companies.

Here’s the list:

1. Salsagheti (Mexico) – watermelon strings which you cover with a packet of tamarind sauce. (available on Amazon through that link!)

2. Botan Rice Candy (Japan)

3. Shrimps & Bananas (England) – not only is the pairing questionable, but so is the flavoring of the shrimp: raspberry (allegedly).

4. High Concentrated Milk Candy (Japan)

5. Musk Flavoured Sticks (Australia) – we must remember this comes from the same country that enjoys Vegemite.

6. Devil Fruit Seed Candy (Japan) – melon soda flavored gummies with a bizarre name.

7. Black Jack Gum (England) – black licorice flavored gum

8. Everyburger (Japan) – chocolate & cookies that look like burgers.

9. Lightning Bugs Gummy Candy (China) – the candy comes with LED tongs that make the bugs light up when you grab one with the tongs.

10. Limón Salt And Lemon Pop Rocks (Spain)

11. Morinaga Hi-Chew Durian (Japan) – apparently moringa hi-chew is usually delicious with intense flavor but with durian it’s apparently not such a good thing. Read the three comments on the link to find out what durian is.

12. Orion Kočiči Jazyčky (Czech Republic) – chocolates in the shape of kitten tongues. Uh… yeah. (A Nestle product! AH!)

13. Popin’ Cookin’ Happy Sushi House (Japan)

14. Satellite Wafers (Belgium) – sometimes called Flying Saucers

15. Salty Tomato Candy  (Japan) – is it really candy if it’s salty?

16. Victory Creamy Corn Candy (Malaysia)

17. Wasabi Kit Kat (Japan) – way to ruin a classic American favorite!

18. Genghis Khan Caramel (Lamb Flavor) (Japan)

19. Toilet Candy (Japan) – can’t say this one surprises me as I know there’s a restaurant somewhere over there where your food is served in miniature toilets. No lie.

Anyone notice that the bulk of weirdness is in Japan? LOL I discovered a video series on YouTube a few months ago through a forum I’m a member of and have been completely captivated ever since. If you’re interested in seeing what #13 and #19 look like live, look for them on YouTube. rrcherry is my favorite YouTuber (??) with these kinds of videos because he doesn’t talk while recording.

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Peace Corps To Allow Same-Sex Couples to Serve Together

Another triumph!!

WASHINGTON — The Peace Corps announced on Tuesday that it would extend new benefits to same-sex couples, allowing them to serve as volunteers together overseas.

“Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience for Americans who want to make a difference around the world,” said Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “I am proud that the agency is taking this important step forward to allow same-sex domestic partners to serve overseas together.”

The application process will open to same-sex couples on June 3.

Full story

Michelle Bachmann was Right!!!

So sorry for your defeat, Miss Bachmann. Clearly you don’t know what your constituents really want.

As for state Senator Scott Dibble, congratulations! I’m sure it feels rewarding to be at the helm of such a monumental decision for you and your husband. May you have many long and beautiful years together.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has been telling Minnesotans for years that gay marriage could find its way into the state if they didn’t act to stop it. On Tuesday, Bachmann’s prediction came true: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) signed a bill that had been passed by the state Legislature, including by lawmakers who had worked alongside then-state Sen. Bachmann.

8 Ways Legalizing Same Sex Marriage Is Good For The Economy

1. It would help curb the deficit.
2. It would boost tax revenues.
3. It helped NYC’s economy.
4. It would alleviate payroll headaches for many businesses.
5. It can boost struggling state economies.
6. It will cut spending on government safety net programs.
7. More weddings mean more money.
8. Lots of major corporations think it’s a good idea.

Details for each of these can be found on the original story via The Huffington Post

 

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Fired Lesbian teacher not backed by union

As much as I would like for this to be a non-issue, it is and always will be. The union is wrong for not supporting one of its teachers.

A gay teacher who was fired from a Catholic high school in Ohio says she has been dealt another blow: Her local union isn’t supporting her.

Carla Hale taught physical education for 19 years at Bishop Watterson Catholic High School in Columbus. She was fired in March after her name appeared with her longtime lesbian partner’s name in her mother’s obituary.

The firing, which the school said was prompted by an anonymous letter from a parent complaining about a lesbian teacher, resulted in a heated debate on both sides for the diocese of Columbus.

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Breaking News: NBA Player Comes Out

This appeared at the top of MSN as breaking news:

NEW YORK (AP)

NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay.

Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday on Sports Illustrated’s website.

In the article, Collins writes: “I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, ‘I’m different.’ If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.”

Good for him! I hope he is allowed to continue to play.

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Young Lesbian

I had a friend visiting over the weekend and she informed me that her fiance’s youngest daughter recently came out to them. For the purposes of anonymity, I’ll call her Lil D. I’m thrilled to know that Lil D has a loving environment in which to express her sexuality with her parents when hundreds of teens don’t. However, her first relationship seems to be an unfortunate one. Lil D’s girlfriend seems to be the manipulative type. Apparently Lil D has never been the dress wearing type of girl yet the girlfriend has made her wear dresses to school every Monday for the last few months. One time that she didn’t do to unseasonably cold weather, the girlfriend got very angry. I hate to see someone mould themselves into what someone else wants them to be. Each of us – gay or straight – should be who we are and our significant others should accept who we are and love us in that capacity. I fear Lil D is in for a shock to her system, but I doubt anyone can sway her from this course as teens tend to think they all know best. I’m just glad her family will be there to help pick up the pieces when it comes to that.

France Legalizes Gay Marriage

This seems to have been way more of a struggle than it was down under (maybe being “upside down” clears the head of all of the bullshit?) but despite the hurdles, France has joined New Zealand, the Netherlands, Belgium and other countries legalizing gay marriage.

PARIS — France legalized gay marriage on Tuesday after a wrenching national debate and protests that flooded the streets of Paris. Legions of officers and water cannon stood ready near France’s National Assembly ahead of the final vote, bracing for possible violence on an issue that galvanized the country’s faltering conservative movement.

The measure passed easily in the Socialist-majority Assembly, 331-225, just minutes after the president of the legislative body expelled a disruptive protester in pink, the color adopted by French opponents of gay marriage.

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New Zealand Approves Gay Marriage

I forgot that I heard about this on the way in to work yesterday. I’m glad that those cute Kiwis have approved gay marriage. Of course it seems that both New Zealand and Australia are all about the secular government, which I also like.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated at New Zealand’s Parliament as the country became the 13th in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage.

Lawmakers voted 77 to 44 in favor of the gay-marriage bill on its third and final reading Wednesday night. People watching from the public gallery and some lawmakers immediately broke into song after the result was announced, singing the New Zealand love song “Pokarekare Ana” in the indigenous Maori language.

Full story courtesy of Huffington Post