Category Archives: Fun

Easy and tasty 2-ingredient chocolate cake

I found this super-easy recipe for a two-ingredient, no-bake chocolate cake.

I tried it, and can testify to how easy it is, and how tasty and rich-chocolaty the cake is.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of chocolate chips. (I recommend dark chocolate, which is loaded with beneficial antioxidants. Better still, go for either semi-sweet or no sugar. Instead of sugar, which has zero nutritional value and is really, really bad for us, substitute with non-glucose, natural sweeteners like erythritol and stevia.)
  • 1½ cups pumpkin or banana puree. (I used no-sugar pumpkin puree, rich in fiber and beta-carotene.)

Instructions:

  • Grease or line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Microwave the chocolate chips at 1 minute intervals, stirring in between intervals until chips are melted and smooth. (It took me about 4-5 minutes.)
  • Stir in puree until combined.
  • Pour chocolate-puree batter into pan. Smooth top; tap bottom of pan to eliminate bubbles.
  • Refrigerate until set (30-60 minutes).
  • Top with berries or sprinkled powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

~E

 

Can you solve this logic quiz?

Harvard cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker has a new book, Rationality, in which he makes the case that our gut instincts are often, if not always, wrong.

He used, as an example, what he calls a “simple logic” question:

A smartphone and case, combined, cost £110. The phone costs £100 more than the case. How much is the case?

What is your answer?

Scroll down for the correct answer.

If you answered £10, like most people you are wrong.

The correct answer is £5.

Here’s how I figured it out:

If X is smart phone, and Y is the case.

X+Y = £110

X = £100+Y

£110 = £100+2Y

Therefore Y = £5 and X = £100+£5 = £105

~E

 

Take this political typology quiz!

Where do you fit in the political typology?

Are you a Faith and Flag Conservative? Progressive Left? Or somewhere in between?

Pew Research Center has a quiz to find out which one of nine political typology groups is your best match, compared with a nationally representative survey of more than 10,000 U.S. adults.

If you find some of these questions difficult to answer, just pick the answer that comes closest to your view, even if it isn’t exactly right.

To take the quiz, click here, then report back your result!

My result:

Populist Right

… along with 11% of the public

~E

 

The ‘how-to-make-a-straight-man-gay’ Caption Contest

This is our 250th world-famous Caption Contest!

Here’s the GIF:

About the GIF: On Oct. 20, 2021, the unfunny 61-year-old “comedian” Kathy Griffin — who held aloft a mockup of President Trump’s severed head — tweeted a video of herself dancing topless, with this message:

HEY BOYZZZZ

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box).
  • Body and Soul‘s writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by our writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in two weeks, at the end of Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

Why is it only Democrats inflict their naked bodies on the public?

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

~E

 

We have a winner!

. . . for our 249th Caption Contest!

There were many really clever caption entries.

Our writers voted for their respective #1 (best) and #2 (next best) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 4 points; each #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of our 249th Caption Contest, with two #1 votes and one #2 vote, totaling 10 points, is:

vett!!!

Here is the winning caption:

Hurry it up will you? I have a country to wreck.

Calgirl and Jackie Puppet are in 2nd place, each with one #1 vote, one #2 vote, and 6 points:

Calgirl: “C’mon Man! How long can this take? They’re dead and gonna stay dead, and I have really important things to do as leader of the Flea World.”

Jackie Puppet: “The ice cream truck should’ve been here by now! What’s taking so long?”

GregB‘s two captions and Jen are in 3rd place, each with 4 points:

GregB (one #1 vote): “C’mon man! Hurry this thing up. It’s past my nap time already!”

GregB (one #1 vote): “Hmm, let’s see. Mickey’s left hand is picking his nose and his right hand is scratching his butt (like I often do,) so that means the time is…umm, umm. Jill, how soon can we go home?”

Jen (two #2 votes): “Time for a diaper change and ice cream!”

Greenworxx is in 4th place, with one #2 vote and 2 points:

“I’m hungry…..It’s time for the buffet lunch they told me about. Where’s the buffet and why am I here?”

WELL DONE, EVERYONE!

Congratulations, vett!!!

For all the other caption entries, go here.

Be here tomorrow for our next, very exciting Caption Contest!

~E

 

How cute are these Halloween lunches?

The Mirror reports that a mum in Ireland has been quite busy preparing some unique Bento Box Halloween lunches for her kids. Check them out:

Excerpts from the Mirror article:

“The mum-of-three spends half an hour each day putting together the packed lunches in bento boxes .

Vampire strawberries, cucumber skulls and bat-shaped sarnies are just some of the offerings the 34-year-old full-time mum has whipped up this month – even baking home-made pizza mummies before they head to school.

Every lovingly-prepared lunch is served alongside heartfelt and inspiring notes that act as a pep talk to her kids halfway through the day.

Ardita, from Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland, said: “It’s really satisfying to see how much my children love these lunches, especially the Halloween ones.”

Read the whole story here.

And since social media brings out the worst in people, the mum has received a number of cruel comments online, accusing her of pretending to be the ‘perfect mum’ after showing off the deliciously fun meals. She’s been ignoring the haters though, as she should. Keep up the great work!

What a creative mom!

DCG

 

The ‘what’s the hurry?’ Caption Contest

This is our 249th world-famous Caption Contest!

Here’s the GIF:

About the GIF: On Ajugust 29, 2021, Joe Biden couldn’t stay still during the solemn ceremony to receive the bodies of U.S. soldiers killed in the United States’ peremptory withdrawal from Afghanistan. He dishonored the dead soldiers by checking his watch.

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box).
  • Body and Soul‘s writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by our writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in two weeks, at the end of Tuesday, October 26, 2021.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

During the ceremony, a voice from the clouds said: “Your time is up, pedo Joe.”

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

~E

 

We have a winner!

. . . for our 246th Caption Contest!

Our writers have voted for their respective #1 (best) and #2 (next best) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 4 points; each #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And we have a triple whammy!

The winners of our 246th Caption Contest, each with 8 points, are:

Captain America, Mitchell T, and Reuben G.!!!

Here are their winning captions:

Captain America (with two #1 votes): “Oh No!!! Izz Godzirra!!!”

Mitchell T (with two #1 votes): “Slam Dunk? Not a stage dive without jumping off stage. Falling forward and snapping a fan’s neck is like trying to balance a brick on a straw. IT GUNNA SNAP!!”

Reuben G. (with one #1 and two #2 votes): “She’s not THAT fat, it only registered as 1.8 on local Richter scales”

Lizzo Belly Flop

Greg B is in second place, with one #1 and one #2 votes, totaling 6 points:

Lizzo is seen here performing for SeaWorld hiring managers during her audition to serve as the replacement for the now retired Shamu to splash the audience.

Brian, Jackie Puppet, and vett are in third place, each with one #2 vote and 2 points:

Brian: “That poor teddy bear will argue that point about crushing. Bet there isn’t any stuffing left in that little fella.”

Jackie Puppet: “The poor bed: ‘What did I do to deserve this? OOF!!'”

vett: “Eye bleach! Eye bleach! Where’s my eye bleach.”

WELL DONE, EVERYONE!

Congratulations, Reuben G., Mitchell T, and Captain America!!!

For all the other caption submissions, go here.

Be here later today for our next, very exciting Caption Contest!

~E

 

Ever seen a “Dodgetoon?”

This is from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Looks like fun!

DCG

 

How to make your own plant/seed-starter pots from newspaper

Making your own plant pots is both inexpensive and environmentally sustainable

Materials:

  • Newspaper: Newspapers with black or color ink are biodegradable and are considered safe for plants. Avoid glossy and shiny papers as they may not be safe for your garden.
  • Cylindrical object, such as a bottle or can

After the seedlings sprout, transfer the biodegradable seed-starter to your garden and let nature take care of the rest!

~E