mad anthony

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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Scenes from work, everything-goes-better-with edition

Coworker: You know, I love these Jello snacks. Tastes like candy, and only 10 calories.

Mad Anthony: Well, it's just nutrasweet and boiled cow hooves.

Coworker: what?

Mad Anthony: You do know that it's made from boiled animal parts?

Coworker: No it's not.

Mad Anthony: then what is it made from?

Coworker: I don't know.

Mad Anthony: Well, let's do some research (opens google)

Mad Anthony: here we go

The gelatin you eat in Jell-O comes from the collagen in cow or pig bones, hooves, and connective tissues. To make gelatin, manufacturers grind up these various parts and pre-treat them with either a strong acid or a strong base to break down cellular structures and release proteins like collagen. After pre-treatment, the resulting mixture is boiled. During this process, the large collagen protein ends up being partially broken down, and the resulting product is called gelatin. The gelatin is easily extracted because it forms a layer on the surface of the boiling mixture.

Coworker: Why did you have tell me that?


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