We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It was less encouraging to discover how easily the nose can be led astray by the eyes. For his next stupid human trick, Wysocki produced two jars, one labeled "Food," the other "Body." I was told to sniff each. I actually was one of the few people not fooled by the experiment: I said both jars smelled like vomit. In fact, both jars contained the same chemical compound, butyric acid, which can be perceived as vomit but also as perspiration or Parmesan cheese. Wysocki told me he often conducts this test at seminars and that, on average, 60 percent of the people in the room will claim they enjoy the aroma in the "Food" jar, with most saying it's redolent of Parmesan cheese; but when he asks if anyone found the "Body" jar pleasant, no hands go up the participants invariably claim that it smells of puke or body odor. He mentioned similar work done with wine by Frederic Brochet, a French cognitive psychologist. Brochet has shown that people given a white wine that has been dyed red will describe it exactly as they would a red wine. He has also found that if he serves the same wine in two different bottles, one labeled a cheap vin de table and the other a pricey grand cru, people invariably lavish praise on the latter and scorn the former. Brochet has dubbed this phenomenon "perceptive expectation."
I have no interest in being a "super-taster." I want to continue to enjoy red wines under $25/bottle.
I tried to be a wine snob. Couldn't do it. My palate doesn't make the fine distinctions necessary, and my nose don't care enough.
Which is cool. Pass the 2 buck chuck and let's go.
William O. B'Livion
Yay! I've spent five times as much (easily) and not done as well.
By the by, anyone have any thoughts on seeing Bourbon commercials on TV during the Kentucky Derby? I had heard that the dam was leaking in that regard but I thought that it was supposed to be limited to "adult" time periods. e.g. Late Night.
A little bit of investigation told me that 90% of the viewership of a program is supposed to over 21 years of age before "hard" liquor ads are sold.
Personally I have no problem with Bourbon ads, it was the stomach turning spots with that cross dressing weirdazoid Johnny Weir that grossed me out.
I've found that the difference between the cheaper stuff and the $20+/bottle stuff ( my upper limit is usually 20 but I occasionally splurge) is that the taste of the more expensive stuff varies more from initial sip to the aftertaste, whereas the cheaper stuff can taste good but unchanging.