When we think about people in the public eye we should thank, we think of figures such as Mother Teresa (we'll let Christopher Hitchens spin in his grave at this mention) or Princess Diana, who virtuously stood out because of their charity work. However, it is demonstrably true that the people who create the technology that betters our lives need an even bigger sense of gratitude.
The irreverent little restaurant behind the world-famous Trump-Kissing-Putin mural is in hot water with authorities in Lithuania for another bit of social commentary-as-advertising it did that, according to some, offends Christianity and public morals.
Lithuania’s Consumer Protection Agency fined Keulė Rūkė – a BBQ restaurant based in an artsy Vilnius’ neighborhood – 1500 euros for “mocking religion and offending public morals” with its depiction of a smiling crucified man crowned with marijuana leaves squirting BBQ sauce into a Christmas message.
Whether you sop it up with bread or use it to boost your cooking, olive oil is awesome. But a lot of chemistry goes on in that bottle that can make or break a product. Take the “extra virgin” standard: Chemistry tells us that a higher free-fatty-acid content leads to a lower grade, less tasty oil. And those peppery notes are thanks to antioxidants that contribute to olive oil’s healthy reputation. Check out the latest Reactions video for more olive oil chemistry, including how to keep yours fresh and how to best use it to give your food a flavor boost.