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  1. avarner

    avarner said, over 3 years ago

    Maybe the spit has something to do with it???

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    I hope the people doing this useless study took the money to do it out of their own pockets. The thought of someone getting a government grant to do this type of study is beyond the pale. With the sequester cutting research funds, there is no way that researching the psychological effects of ritual on flavor can be justified. Even if it was done with private funds, this is carrying the publish or perish thing to a ridiculous level.

  3. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Believe it or not, making poutine a cartoon repeating joke and a national symbol makes it taste better, too! It’s to Sooky what wild boar is to Asterix!

    Sooky Rottweiler says:

  4. jim gamer

    jim gamer said, over 3 years ago

    But I like rice cake Jim 8^)

  5. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    Since poverty is nowhere indicated in the cartoon, and there is a recent study by people from the University of Minnesota, I looked at it as satire and continue to look at it as satire. This is quoted from the New York Daily News: “A new study from the University of Minnesota found that ritualistic behaviors like blowing out the candles on a birthday cake may make the food taste better.” I just picked this one at random. It seems there are quite a number of news sites reporting this. It seems that you assumed such a study didn’t exist.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    They must make rice cakes (or rice balls) differently in the Far East and South East Asia. Either that or it’s an acquired taste.

  7. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    “They must make rice cakes (or rice balls) differently in the Far East and South East Asia. Either that or it’s an acquired taste.”

    Yes. As a matter of fact, rice cakes are different in the far East than the commercially produced dry disks of puffed rice.


    If you were to eat a westernized commercially produced puffed rice cake, your best bet is to choose from the flavored varieties. They’re a little higher in calories, but it’s worth it.

  8. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    What is the purpose of learning something like this? Could it possibly be to expand on Pavlov’s dogs? Or is it perhaps to use the information learned to use ritual as a control mechanism for the masses such as priests have been doing for thousands of years and union stewards have been doing for a hundred. Maybe it’s an expansion of B. F. Skinner’s work using operant conditioning to tie reward to a ritual that should be followed. It could also be proof that if restaurants have a minor convention before serving their food it would give the illusion that their food tastes better. Maybe candy bar advertisers will convince people their product should be unwrapped in a particular manner to induce people into believing that their candy will seem better tasting. Maybe the ritual of prayer before surgery will make for a better outcome. Perhaps it’s none of the above but for some nefarious reason. I’m giving specific possibilities, here, trout. Perhaps you should have done the same to educate me instead of displaying your own ignorance of the fact that you have no idea why they did that study. Instead I get a patronizing parable unrelated to the subject posted. The subject posted? Wasting hard to come by research money in the present economy on something that has small consequence.

  9. d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release

    d_legendary1 Demands Dr.C's Release said, over 3 years ago

    Your story reminds me of the Sarah Palin fruit fly speech.

  10. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    Pure research, with no anticipation of application, often turns out to be enormously useful. Why should we study the insides of atoms? What’s the use of quantum theory? Well, your computer is one result, but not one that would have been anticipated when quantum theory was first being developed.

  11. ScubaHawk

    ScubaHawk said, over 3 years ago

    Exactly. And this study does provide a fascinating insight into the workings of the human brain and the effects of ritual behavior on our perceptions of reality.

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