Hard-Boiled Eggs

I like eggs. In particular, I like hard-boiled eggs. They’re inexpensive, tasty, wholesome, and relatively easy to cook. The problem I have with them is peeling them. The shell always seems to want to stick to the egg, so when I peel it, half the egg is lost. This is annoying.

I went on a quest to find how to boil eggs so that the shell comes off easily – or at least, not so difficult that I lose so much egg. I did online searches and found dozens of sure-fire remedies:

  • Let the eggs sit for a week or so before boiling them. That way, the egg dries out a bit and pulls away from the shell.
  • Put cold eggs into boiling water; and when finished, put boiled eggs into cold water. This supposedly “shocks” the eggs.
  • Boil them in water in which you’ve added vinegar.
  • Boil them in water in which you’ve added baking soda.
  • Steam them.
  • And on and on and on.

I tried all of these methods, and others that I no longer remember, and always got the same results. Right after cooking the eggs they would peel quite nicely. “Aha,” I’d think, “I’ve finally found something that works.” Sadly, the honeymoon period didn’t last. I’d still have trouble peeling the eggs later on. It didn’t matter how I prepared them, they wouldn’t peel right.

It finally dawned on me, way later than it should have, that the problem wasn’t with cooking the eggs. It was how they were treated afterwards.

I’d put all the eggs I boiled into the refrigerator, usually in the same egg carton they came in. Seemed reasonable. But what happened was that the eggs dried out over time. It was the eggs drying after cooking that causes the shells to stick. All you really have to do is keep them wet. Put them into water; or do as I did, peel them all at the same time, then put them in water. They’re supposed to remain good for about a week. Mine don’t usually last that long.

So now I’m happy; but I wonder whether these online experts even test their ideas. Maybe they do – they try something, the first egg or two peel nicely, so they publish their new discovery. But let them keep the eggs for a while… maybe after a week or so they won’t peel so nicely.

And of course this makes me wonder how reliable anything else is on the Internet. Based on my experience with eggs, I find it hard to believe that people actually know what they’re talking about.

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Words of Wisdom

It is popular to quote famous people who speak about success, victory, life, whatever. It likely seems that what they have to say should be given great weight, because after all, they were successful. Maybe if we follow their advice, we could become successful, too.

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Scientific Hubris

I’m not here to claim that science is bogus or vain; or that it should somehow not be conducted. I believe science has given us many good things, and will likely continue to do so, assuming we don’t annihilate ourselves in the meantime. However, some people have let themselves become arrogant because of all the progress science has made throughout history. I want to take it down a notch or two.

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Scambaiting

According to dictionary.com, scambaiting is “…the practice of pretending to fall for fraudulent online schemes in order to waste the time of the perpetrators.” Basically, a scambaiter acts as though they were naive, gullible, even stupid, in order to get the scammer to spend a great deal of time accomplishing nothing. Somehow this feels satisfying, turning the tables on scammers who try to defraud people of their hard-earned money.

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Gender Identity

What I am going to say here will be highly unpopular with some people. They will accuse me of bigotry or worse. They are mistaken.

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Manifesting

I have long been puzzled by people who say that they’re “manifesting” things – a great job or career, wealth, health, romances, whatever. They seem to be claiming that they can bring these goals into their lives by thinking. One definition of manifesting I found is:

…to make your dreams, goals, and aspirations a reality by believing you can achieve them.

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I Am X Years Young

Occasionally I see someone who claims to be 50 or 60 or 70 year young. This strikes me as being kinda dumb.

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The Butterfly Effect

The butterfly effect is the observation that extremely minute changes in the initial state of a deterministic system can produce wildly different results. Before this observation was noted, it was reasonably assumed that a minute change would have only a tiny effect.

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Supporting Hamas

I am greatly puzzled and disturbed by the support for Hamas that I’ve seen throughout the world. There have been crowds of pro-Palestine people chanting “Death to the Jews.” There has been vandalism of synagogues and Jewish businesses, attacks against Jews, beatings and murders.

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Humanity of the Neanderthals

I’ve often wondered what it is that makes us human. There have been many attempts to answer this question. We make tools. We walk upright. We developed speech. As we’ve learned more about the world, these answers have proved to be inadequate.

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