Keep the soy sauce on your food, and use it in moderation.
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First, let's spoil this tale right away by telling you the
19-year-old man in Virginia who downed a quart of soy sauce on a dare
It's a happy ending of sorts. But the guy had a close call. And you definitely don't want to try it.
While there's been quite a debate lately about whether the , there's no question that a massive amount of salt ingested quickly can lead to death.
In fact, suicide by soy sauce is not unknown in Asia. A 2011 in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
describes the case of a 55-year-old woman diagnosed with depression.
She died after drinking "a large quantity of shoyu (Japanese soy
sauce)," doctors wrote.
Back in the early '90s, Mayo Clinic doctors
on a 41-year-old man who died after swallowing a salty gargling
solution. That case and a look at the medical literature up to that
point led them to caution other doctors about using salty water to
A salt dose ranging from 0.75 grams to 3 grams
per kilogram of body weight can kill someone. A tablespoon of salt
weighs about 15 grams, in case you're wondering.
If you're metrically challenged, just consider that the unnamed fellow in the published online by the Journal of Emergency Medicine, weighed
about 160 pounds and probably consumed around 170 grams of salt by
drinking a bottle of soy sauce. That works out to a little more than 2
grams of salt per kilogram in his case.
After downing the soy
sauce, he ran into trouble pretty fast. Within two hours he was in the
emergency room at a local hospital. He was grinding his teeth and didn't
respond to pain or verbal commands. His arms were stiff and at his
Doctors were worried about seizures and put him on drugs
to control them. They also ran a tube from his nose into his stomach and
sucked out some "brown material with scant streaks of blood," the
The patient was transferred to a bigger hospital,
the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, within
four hours of the soy sauce guzzling.
His blood sodium level
measured at the medical center was the highest ever seen in an adult who
survived such intoxiciation without lasting neurological problems, the
medical paper says.
But the doctors didn't know if that would
be the case. They opted for rapid treatment with water containing
dextrose, a sugar, to dilute the sodium and encourage urination. The guy
got six liters of IV fluid in half an hour. The sodium concentration in
his blood fell, and he produced more than four liters of urine in short
The doctors took an aggressive approach even though
there was a risk the man might experience brain swelling and other
neurological side effects. They didn't see any.
Texas Tornado is one of the fluffy cows that went viral after appearing on Reddit. Lautner Farms Phil Lautner / Lautner Farms
Cute isn't a word commonly associated with cattle, but get ready for that to change, because you may yet use "cow" and "adorable" in the same sentence.
There are shows for dogs, cats, sheep, llamas — even hamsters, we kid you not — and so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that pampered cattle are put on display as well. And in the world of show cattle, cows do equal cute.
Show cattle can cost anywhere between $5,000 and $75,000.
Redditors discovered this last week after one user posted a photo of a fluffy cow taken at Lautner Farms in Adel, Iowa, for all to admire. Now, certain corners of the Internet are obsessing over fuzzy bovines, tossing out highfalutin adjectives like “majestic” to describe them.
These cows are not some special breed of cow-cum-teddy bear: They've just been all fluffed up thanks to the power of product and blow-dryers. Styling a cow for showtime can take around 2 hours and requires hairspray to keep all that fuzz in place and oil to make their coats shine. Who knew cattle had so much aesthetic potential?
Show cows are made to appear bigger than they actually are. Judges look for sound-looking legs and a square rump, according to Phil Lautner.
Phil Lautner of Lautner Farms says he was “somewhat surprised” by the Internet reaction to his cattle, though he certainly understands their appeal.
“Those cattle are pretty, and they’re tame,” he told TODAY.com. “They’re so fluffy-haired; I’m sure a lot of people would like to hug them like a teddy bear.”
Truer words have never been spoken.
It takes months of daily care to prepare a cow for a show.
While some of us are just learning about the intricate grooming routines of show cattle, the tradition has continued for decades out West. Oftentimes, teenagers participating in 4-H programs will wash, clip and blow-dry their cattle themselves in preparation for judging at state fairs and the National Western Stock Show in Denver. For others, it's a family affair.
"It takes months of daily care for presentation," Lautner Farms spokesperson Stephanie Cronin-Steck told TODAY via email. "It take a LOT of hard work, passion and love for the AG industry to be involved in this way of life."
Every year, Lapland erects a hotel made of ice in
Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. And every year, when the weather turns warmer, the
IceHotel melts back into where it originated: the Torne River.
Here's what the twenty-third incarnation of the IceHotel looked like when we visited it last year:
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Click the link below to watch it melt! Now that's what I call riveting!
A larger-than-life inflatable rubber duck six
stories high by conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman sailed into Hong Kong's
Victoria Harbor. Since 2007 the art installation has travelled to 13 different
cities in nine countries ranging from Brazil to Australia in its journey around
Okay, this actually happened: The Mental Health chair of
the Canadian Obesity Network presented on the connections between, say,
obsessive Instagramming of croissants and an emerging epidemic of eating
disorders, the CBC reports, at a summit on obesity
yesterday. "You don't take pictures of who you're with, you take
pictures of what you're eating," says Dr. Valerie Taylor, the
psychiatrist-in-chief at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. The first
sign for some, says Taylor, happens when the camera-phone lens shifts
away from your friend named Patty and on to a lot of hamburger patties.
So. What time is the intervention?
We've seen our share of send-ups of obsessive food photographers — it seems like there's a new parody video
every day, in fact. The mood-killingly lethal combination of social
media and camera phones has even led to a complicated etiquette that's
been put together apace withthetechnology.
It's become inescapable and routine practice, and now Taylor says
those addicted to posting may be most prone to developing "unhealthy
weight disorders." We always knew that unending cavalcade of pupusas and
pork-bun snapshots was annoying, but is the quest to make sure no
Brussels sprout goes undocumented really the sign of future illness? Are
food-photo-heavy Twitter feeds replacing real meals?
Cup Playoffs are the ultimate test of athleticism, strength and will to
win. The athletes who play this crazy ice game have a threshold for
pain that is beyond comprehension. They are truly brave individuals.
But when it came to figuring
out a foolproof method for determining a winner for the 2013 edition of
this tournament, I used none of these attributes. You see, the NHL has
sent many of us in the Important, Elitist Media a set of 18 cupcakes:
chocolate for the Western Conference, vanilla for the Eastern
Conference, red velvet for the NHL and, finally, NBC-themed cupcakes.
Corporate sponsorship: it's delicious!
All kidding aside, it is a
fabulous gift to look at. The league and network, in conjunction with
Crumbs Bakery, sent us a large Stanley-Cup-shaped cupcake holder with
all of them inside. It just looks really cool.
Anyway, I had an idea. Four
bites seems like enough to properly dispose of a cupcake, and it takes
four series victories to take the Stanley Cup. I asked SB Nation NHL
editor Travis Hughes if I could post a photo essay of my attempt to pick
a Stanley Cup Champion. I then asked SB Nation head honcho Spencer Hall
if the company has insurance for "All Of The Diabetes," and he said
"No." I was discouraged, but being discouraged is not what the Stanley
Cup Playoffs are about, so I soldiered on and began my journey.
By the way, these were so, so great.
(NOTE: No, I DID NOT eat all of these. I had the help of my two younger brothers in this noble quest.)