Morning Ed: Listicles {2016.10.05.W}


Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Murali says:

    My sister loves mayo. I’m more of a mustard person (but not honey mustard).Report

  2. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    I’m not sure why women can’t look for whale vomit.Report

    • Avatar Pinky says:

      If I’d written that article, I would have combined “look for whale vomit” and “watch more television” into one category.Report

  3. I like mayonaise, but only in limited, very controlled circumstances. If I think too hard about it or if I can taste more than the other ingredients, it starts to get very, very gross. At least for me.Report

    • Avatar Murali says:

      Same here. My sister on the other hand can have mayonnaise with Chapattis (unleavened wholewheat flatbread). I don’t understand her.Report

    • Avatar Kazzy says:


      Like, if you tell me, “Hey, that sandwich you ordered has a mayo spread on the roll,” and the mayo works with the other ingredients… no problemo.

      But if you tell me, “Hey, that sandwich would taste great with mayo… here’s a jar,” I’m going to politely decline.

      And if I have to watch you fill a pint glass with mayo and proceed to dip your fries in it, I’ll probably punch you square in your stupid face.Report

      • I will say that mayonnaise combined with whatever it is that makes it “chipotle mayonnaise” is pretty good in my opinion, good enough to effect its transfiguration into a dip.

        ETA: oh, and I really like aioli mayonnaise with Spanish tortilla.Report

        • Avatar Burt Likko says:

          I’m unclear on something. “Aioli mayonnaise.” Mayonnaise that’s been flavored to taste like aioli?

          Aioli is, to my knowledge, emulsified olive oil with a bit of egg, garlic and salt added. Mayonnaise is, to my knowledge, emulsified olive oil with some egg and salt and sometimes garlic added. Pretty similar food products.

          So… what’s going on here?Report

          • I might have gotten the spelling or the concept wrong (maybe it’s Alioli?). When I’ve had it in Spanish restaurants, it’s mayonnaise that has a garlic flavor in it.Report

          • Avatar J_A says:

            It’s the same thing. Though alioli has much more garlic than what a garlic flavored jar mayo would probably have.

            My contention is that what makes mayo taste vile betond a small quantity are the emulsifiers and stabilizers, which give mayo a certain umami taste that is not present in home made mayo.

            I’m happy to have home made mayo as a dip. The idea of using mayo from a jar as a dip makes me retch.Report

          • Avatar LeeEsq says:

            Aioli is what restaurants call mayo when they want to sound fancy and not plebeian.Report

        • mayonnaise combined with whatever it is that makes it “chipotle mayonnaise”

          E. coliReport

    • Avatar dragonfrog says:

      They’re right about potato salad though.

      Just about anything would make a better potato salad base than mayonnaise. Mustard and yogourt. Olive oil and any one of a dozen kinds of vinegar. Maple syrup and lemon juice….Report

  4. Avatar Kolohe says:

    I can’t believe that even the most clueless Hasbro exec wouldn’t be aware of what Kenner was doing with Star Wars (then deep into its ESB run and gearing up for ROTJ) and still think ‘bad guys don’t sell toys’.Report

  5. Avatar Kim says:

    I loathe mayo. Like, seriously, folks, there are better bases. Like sour cream. Or yogurt.Report

  6. Avatar notme says:

    Blameshifting: Obama tells DiCaprio climate change ‘contributed’ to the Syrian civil war.

    As there anything that can’t be blamed on climate change?Report

  7. Avatar notme says:

    Over 1,000 Illegal Voters in Eight Virginia Localities

    Nope, no voter fraud here.Report

    • Avatar Mo says:

      And yet, voter ID would do nothing to stop this. If a permanent resident registers to vote, as themselves, they will still have valid identification.Report

    • Avatar Hoosegow Flask says:

      In other news, conservatives continue their push for a National ID Card program and federal registration and voting regulations.Report

      • Avatar Michael Cain says:

        Well, I have long said that I expect I’ll live long enough to see a national ID, but it will only be incidentally used for voting. The main argument that will get it passed is as defense against identity theft for commercial purposes.Report

  8. Avatar Aaron David says:

    Mayonnaise, along with tomatoes, is the devils desert. Truly disgusting.Report

  9. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    Mayo is the devil’s food. Anyone who puts on fries is committing a major crime.Report

    • Avatar Hoosegow Flask says:

      Plain mayo, sure. But a local burger joint has a chipotle mayo that’s awesome with fries.Report

      • Avatar dragonfrog says:

        You know what makes chipotle mayo even better? Leaving out the mayo.Report

      • My wife and I go to a local diner that offers 1) tater tots and 2) chipotle mayonnaise. We love ’em.Report

        • Avatar El Muneco says:

          One part of a decent quality mayo and one part of pretty much anything makes a good sandwich spread.
          Mustard. HP sauce. A-1 sauce. The solids out of chunky marinara sauce or pico de gallo. Terrapin Ridge Farms sells a chipotle sauce that’s fine on its own, and also in a chipotle mayo. I have a couple of jars of tandoori and vindaloo spice blend that work great too, albeit in a ratio far less than 1:1. Tapenade, too, although I am not best fond of it even without mayo.
          Sure, a lot of these things don’t need the mayo, but the blending transforms both parts somewhat.Report

    • Avatar J_A says:

      Mayo from a jar is indeed vile

      Fresh made mayo is delicious, and devilishly difficult to make. I fish up about half the tries, and it’s not cheap to boot. All that oil and egg

      Freshly made garlic mayo (alioli) is the staple Mediterranean Food Gods. Nothing betterReport

      • Avatar Francis says:

        use a hand blender in a small bowl, and drizzle the oil slowly (!!!). For me, that technique works much better than a whisk (too tiring) or stand blenders (the mayo never seems to catch).Report

        • Avatar J_A says:

          I normally use the stand blender, and drizzle basically a drop at a time. I still get about 50% success. I’ll have to try the hand blenderReport

    • Avatar Will Truman says:

      As others have pointed out, mayo and mayo+something are two different things. Fry sauce (mayo and ketchup) is good. Chipotle mayo is good. Mayo is good with horseradish or sriracha

      Otherwise, I will put mayo on some specific things, sparingly.Report

  10. Avatar DensityDuck says:

    Hating mayo comes from the same place as loving bacon; it’s part of the Internet White Guy identity.Report

  11. fillyjonk fillyjonk says:

    Don’t trash mayo until you’ve tried Duke’s.

    I’m just sayin’. There are a lot of things I miss about having left the Upper Midwest, but Duke’s mayonnaise makes up for at least some of them. (They don’t put sugar in it, for one thing.)Report

  12. Avatar DensityDuck says:

    The actual origin story for Lion Voltron is pretty F-ed up, too. In the original series, “Go-Lion”, the planet was Earth–not some weird far-off place, but the actual Earth, invaded and subjugated by aliens. You know all those giant monsters that Voltron cut in half? Those were humans, mutated by evil magic. Oh, and the aliens had human slaves whose only food was soup made from the bodies of other magic-mutated slaves.Report

  13. Avatar notme says:

    FREE SPEECH CRACKDOWN: EU orders British press NOT to reveal when terrorists are Muslims

    Sounds like something liberals here in the US would like to try. And the EU wonders why the Brits wanted out.Report

    • Avatar Gaelen says:

      Do you read these articles before you post? Or, at least read past the tabloids headline?Report

      • Avatar rmass says:

        (Jack McCoy voice) Asked and answered counselor, we know he does not. Its easily proved by quoting the article back to him. No recognition of any kind the witness has seen the work in question.Report

  14. Avatar Will Truman says:

    Of all the listicles to get the most attention, I really didn’t expect it to be the mayo one.Report

  15. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    Speaking of Mayo:

    Why does Hellman’s call it Best Foods on the West Coast but Mayo on the East Coast?Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain says:

      Actually, it’s why does Best Foods call it Hellman’s in the East.

      Hellman’s started in New York and eventually dominated the eastern market. Best Foods started in California and reached similar regional dominance. Best Foods bought the Hellman’s brand name when the original Mr. Hellman wanted to retire. Best Foods has been passed around by various conglomerates (currently owned by Unilever), but they have always stuck with the regional names. There are supposedly small differences in the proportions of ingredients used in the two brands, although both are produced in the same plant.Report