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Japanese Endless Peeling Banana Toy

Bored? Have nothing better to do? Craving for a banana? Fear not! The Japanese have once again release some weird, but unique gadget to satisfy your craves! Introducing the “Endless Banana” created by Epoch.

Bananas have been one of the most popular food for breakfast this year in Japan. However, with the shortage of banana being imported into the country, it is hard to satisfy those that are craving for bananas. Epoch saw this as an opportunity for a new toy to temporary satisfy these banana-craze bunch.

Every peel of the toy makes a sound. The sound are actually human voice recordings from voice actress, Saki Fujita. (It is actually a comical sound like BOING and not real peelings sounds)

So, for you banana lovers out there… go BANANA!!

via [Kilian]

Rice lovers: Should We Wash Our Rice?

“Should we wash our rice?” or “How many times do we need to wash it?”. Many of us rice lovers might have wonder about similar questions some point in life. On the process of finding information, I came across many different opinions on washing rice. Some say you do not need to, others say you do. There are even some that it is needed to wash multiple times!

Here are some views from different sources I came across – people I know, Internet, and reading materials – on the subject:

The YES:

Since my first time for cooking rice, I was taught that I should wash the rice thoroughly. Not just once, twice, but three times. I was told that those particles in the cloudy water are “chemicals” to make the rice look white. Some said it was fertilizer. It was said that by washing rice, you would get the dirt, chemicals, and unwanted things from your rice.

The NO:

After few years of washing rice, I started to wonder myself. Is it really necessary to wash my rice? First, I asked around the people that I know. Most of them told me that I should not wash it too thoroughly. Just a rinse is enough. They said: “by over washing it, you will wash away the proteins, minerals, and the good stuffs that are in it.”

So is there a correct answers to these questions? No. In fact, each methods of cooking rice is your own choice. Everybody has their own ways of doing things and own belief. Asian tends to tell people to wash rice, whereas it is different for others.

Another piece of information was about people adding nutrients back onto the rice in North America. These contain starch. This is probably why if you don’t wash your rice, the textures becomes stickier.