0 The Secret to Choosing Freshest Bread at the Grocery Store

fresh bread, bag clips
Image credit: WiseBread
Eating a slice of rock hard, stale or moldy bread would be really crumby crummy. So how can you be sure you're buying the freshest loaf possible at the grocery store?

The secret is in the colors of the plastic clips that tie the end of the plastic bags. According to the system, each color corresponds to the day of the week that the bread was baked. For example, if you normally do your grocery shopping on Sunday evening, you should look for bread bags with yellow tags.

The code is easy to remember once you realize that the spelling of the colors are in alphabetical order, from (b)lue on Monday through (y)ellow on Saturday.

(via Consumerist)

0 'The Last Breakfast' with Cereal Mascots

The Last Breakfast, cereal mascots
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The Last Breakfast, artist Brian Stuckey's recreation of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, features popular cereal mascots — isn't it GRRRRREAT?!

> How the sculpture installation was created at the Sculptwerks blog 

(via Popped Culture)

0 NPR Sunday Puzzle: February 27, 2011

Will Shortz, NPR Sunday Puzzle
Here's the solution to last week's NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb. 20):

Answer: Neck→knee / arm→ear / hand→head / calf→face
NPR Sunday Puzzle for Feb. 27: Take a common girl's name that's six letters long. Change the fourth letter to the next letter in the alphabet to get another common girl's name. What names are these?
Submit your answer to NPR for a chance to be on next week's broadcast and be sure to visit Jenny's Noodle next Sunday to see the correct answer!

0 5 Seconds of All #1 Billboard Hits (1956-2011)

Turn up your volume for a musical journey down memory lane!

Part 1: 1956-1982

Part 2: 1983-1992

Part 3: 1993-2011

(via mjs538, AnthonyDC)

0 Google Serves Up Recipe View

Google Recipe View
Can't decide what to make for dinner? Google it! On Thursday, the search engine dished out a tasty new treat — Recipe View. Type in any keyword (i.e. "noodles") and click "recipes" under the Google search bar. A digital cookbook of options will be revealed. You can even specify ingredients, cook time and calories. Now if I could just get Google to do my grocery shopping!

Here's Google Chef Scott Giambastiani on how he uses Recipe View:

0 How It's Made: Decorative Candles

Holland House Candles (in Holland, Michigan) is known for their signature Dutch Garden candles. The handmade process by which the candles are dipped and carved is mesmerizing. Be sure to watch through to the end!

(via Science Channel)

0 Pic of the Day: Yep, That's a Real Kitten

kitten in a jar
Ksyusha the kitten loves to hide in confined spaces, like jars.

> More photos at the Mail Online

0 The Ideal Shower Faucet vs. Reality [Infographic]

shower faucet infographic
(via Reddit)

0 There's Something Fishy About This Aquarium

world's smallest aquarium, Anatoly Koneko
Photo credit: Curious, Funny Photos/Pictures
When I picture an aquarium, I imagine one of those huge glass monstrosities typically found in Chinese restaurants. I think of an array of ginormous neon colorful water creatures swimming around, some with spiked fins, others that resemble jellyfish and a few that could probably gnaw your hand off if it happened to slip into the water — at least, in my head. But then I read about this micro-masterpiece:
Just two teaspoons of water – that’s all that the world’s smallest aquarium can hold. It was created by a micro-miniature extraordinaire Anatoly Konenko, who hails from the Siberian city of Omsk. A glass cube measuring 30 by 24 by 14 mm, complete with sand, multi-coloured stones and seaweed can contain 10 ml of water and play home to tiny fish. But that’s not all – the mini-aquarium is equipped with a water purification filter. It took the skillful master about two weeks to fashion it. (via Voice of Russia)
Watch how it was created:

0 Happy First Anniversary, Jenny's Noodle!

cupcake with number one candle
Jenny's Noodle launched one year ago today!

Nearly 500 postings and 45,000 views later, my blog Jenny's Noodle is still going strong.

Here's to my witty musings and informative content continuing to infiltrate your lives for years to come...

THANK YOU to all of my loyal readers!!

***Stay Connected! Remember to follow Jenny's Noodle on Twitter and join the Jenny's Noodle Facebook page.***

0 NPR Sunday Puzzle: February 20, 2011

Will Shortz, NPR Sunday Puzzle
Here's the solution to last week's NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb. 13):

Answer: Bucharest + R = Bush, Carter
NPR Sunday Puzzle for Feb. 20: Spell a part of the human body. Change one of the letters to an E, and rearrange the result to name another part of the human body. What body parts are these? Clue: Both parts of the body are things you can see.
Submit your answer to NPR for a chance to be on next week's broadcast and be sure to visit Jenny's Noodle next Sunday to see the correct answer!

0 The Overlook Hotel Restaurant's Placemat for Kids

The Overlook Hotel, restaurant placemat, children
Image credit: zero-lives via Flickr
"Come and play with us. Come and play with us, Danny. Forever... and ever... and ever."

(via Popped Culture)

0 Google Doodle Honors Sculptor Constantin Brancusi

"The people who call my work 'abstract' are imbeciles... what they call 'abstract' is in fact the purest realism, the reality of which is not represented by external form but by the idea behind it, the essence of the work." —CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI (Feb. 19, 1876 – March 16, 1957)

Constantin Brancusi, Google Doodle
The Google doodle on February 19, 2011 honoring Constantin Brancusi.
Romanian-born French sculptor, Constantin Brancusi, was born 135 years ago today—go ahead and Google it!

The search engine is commemorating the occasion with one of their famous doodles featuring seven of the artist's most renowned sculptures (Prometheus, Leda, The Newborn, Sleeping Muse, Mademoiselle Pogeny, Bird in Space and The Kiss).

If you're not familiar with Brancusi's work, watch this:

0 Sign of the Times: No Littering

No Littering, Chinese
I was a little worried after I threw that banana peel out the window... phew.

(via Presurfer)

0 Fun Facts About Roses for Valentine's Day [Video]

Did you know? There are 19,509 florists in the United States who will sell 175 million roses in more than 100 varieties this Valentine's Day.

Here are more fun facts about Valentine's Day, courtesy of Yahoo!...

0 World's Largest Jigsaw Puzzle is a Tribute to Keith Haring

Photo credit: LATimes.com
Puzzle and toy company Ravensburger is making my dreams come true with the introduction of its biggest puzzle ever, the Keith Haring: Double Retrospect.
world's largest jigsaw puzzle, Keith Haring, Ravensburger
The world's largest puzzle, according to the Guinness Book of World Records — with an amazing 32,256 pieces — assembles to form a 17 x 6-feet masterpiece.

The puzzle weighs in at a hefty 42 lbs – and comes with its own hand truck for carting it home!

The puzzle includes 32 of Keith Haring's images, featuring the artist's signature bold colors and free-form designs, and is a must-have for serious puzzle and art enthusiasts. (via PRNewswire)
This shall be mine.

0 NPR Sunday Puzzle: February 13, 2011

Will Shortz, NPR Sunday Puzzle
Here's the solution to last week's NPR Sunday Puzzle (Feb. 6):

Answer: Bankroll
NPR Sunday Puzzle for Feb. 13: Name a world capital. Add the letter R, and rearrange the letters to name two U.S. presidents. What is the world capital and who are the presidents?
Submit your answer to NPR for a chance to be on next week's broadcast and be sure to visit Jenny's Noodle next Sunday to see the correct answer!

0 The Key to Any Assorted Box of Chocolates

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.

...or do you?

assorted chocolate box key
Image credit: Caldwell via CollegeHumor

0 Decorate Your Own Valentine's Day Cake eCard

decorate your own valentine's day cake ecard
Image created via funny-ecards.com
Not sure what to get your sweetheart for Valentine's Day? Too lazy to go to the store and pick out a card? No worries! Now you can have fun (and waste time) decorating your own Valentine's Day Cake eCards — for free! "Choose a cake shape, decorate it the way you like and send the ecard to your Valentine or someone you love!"

(via Presurfer)

0 Worst Rendition of the National Anthem?

Christina Aguilera's assault on the National Anthem during Sunday night's Super Bowl sort of reminded me of another exceptional rendition.

"Please welcome internationally-renowned opera star, Enrico Pallazzo..."

Was Xtina's National Anthem blunder forgivable? What do you think?

0 How to Make a Heart Cake for Valentine's Day

heart cake tutorial, Valentine's Day
Photo credit: i am baker
Just in time for Valentine's Day...check out this Heart Cake Tutorial. The recipe seems slightly complicated, but the final product looks well worth the trouble. Hint, hint ;)

(via swissmiss)

0 Should Barbie Take Ken Back?

Barbie and Ken
Ken and Barbie "may be plastic but their love is real." That's at least according to Mattel's Ken, who turns 50 this year, and has mounted a massive social media campaign to win back his Barbie doll. America's favorite couple met in 1961 but later broke up in 2004, after more than 43 years together. Ken hopes your votes will help rekindle their romance by Valentine's Day.

Visit http://www.barbieandken.com/ to sway the love-o-meter.

*****UPDATE (February 16, 2011)*****
As of Valentine's Day, Barbie and Ken are together again!

2 The Art of Betting on the Super Bowl

Super Bowl, Carnegie Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum
"Bathers with a Crab" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (left); "Boating on Yerres" by Gustave Caillebotte (right).
Will Christina Aguilera wear a cowboy hat when she sings the national anthem? Will Fergie be dressed as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader at any time in the halftime show? Does anyone lacking disposable income and/or a severe gambling addiction actually care?

Speaking of outrageous Super Bowl bets, for the second year in a row, a most culturally refined wager has been placed on the game.

If the Green Bay Packers win, Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art will send Pierre Renoir’s “Bathers with a Crab” (circa 1890s) to Milwaukee as a temporary loan. If the Pittsburgh Steelers win, the Milwaukee Art Museum will loan Gustave Caillebotte's “Boating on the Yerres” (1877) to Pittsburgh.

In that case — Go Packers!

0 NPR Sunday Puzzle: February 6, 2011

Will Shortz, NPR Sunday Puzzle
Here's the solution to last week's NPR Sunday Puzzle (Jan. 30):

NPR Sunday Puzzle for Feb. 6: Name two things an airplane does. Each of these is a single word. Put them together, one after the other, to make a compound word that names something it's nice to have as big as possible. What is this thing?
Submit your answer to NPR for a chance to be on next week's broadcast and be sure to visit Jenny's Noodle next Sunday to see the correct answer!

0 Top 5 Super Bowl Moments Made Out of Food

Super Bowl XLV logo
Hopefully tomorrow's Super Bowl XLV commercials are more entertaining than last year's. Actually the only reason I tune in for any part of the game is to see the commercials and the Half-Time Show. Otherwise, the annual Animal Planet Puppy Bowl (and Kitty Half-Time Show) are on. "People actually watch that?" Yes, me and your grandma. We watch it and once you've seen it you won't be able to turn it off either. Trust me.

Regardless of whether or not you're a football fan, let's just all agree that the best part of Super Bowl Sunday is the snacks...

(via HuffPo)

0 How to Damage a Brand, Kenneth Cole Style

Kenneth Cole, Twitter
Kenneth Cole has since removed the tweet above and apologized on his Facebook page, but really?! Too soon! Too soon! And it wasn't even tweeted by some idiot social media intern — it was KC himself!

The designer's "joke" of a tweet included the trending #Cairo hashtag, so it was quickly seen by thousands. The "reaction" (pun intended) online has been less than favorable. In fact, the backlash has already spawned an insensitively funny @KennethColePR Twitter handle. Some of the gems:

  • South Africans won't be able to tear APARTheid my new knits — they're just that strong! #KennethColeTweets
  • Did a Jihadist blow up ur luggage while u were traveling in India? Head over to my store and Mumbai a whole new wardrobe! #KennethColeTweets
  • You’re gonna want to Abu Ghraib one of our hoodies before they’re gone. #KennethColeTweets
  • Rolling through Germany? Gestapo by our new Berlin store! #KennethColeTweets
  • Wardrobe got you water-BORED? GITMO of our new spring collection. #KennethColeTweets
(via TechCrunch)

0 The Google Art Project

The Google Art Project launched this week and it's definitely addictive.
Google has come up with the next best thing to visiting the world's greatest museums - high-definition virtual art tours that use powerful cameras to zoom into some of the most famous masterpieces in history.

The Google Art Project was announced Tuesday and uses technology adapted from the company's Street View feature to allow web browsers to wander the halls of 17 leading museums around the world.

The most prominent works on show, numbering about 1,000 in all, can be viewed in ultra-high definition, allowing users to zoom in to see the smallest of brush strokes and cracks in the canvas. Each picture is accompanied by explanatory text. (via)
You really must try it out for yourself. Visit www.googleartproject.com

0 SNOMG Photo of the Day: Amen to That!

2011 Blizzard
Photo credit: Spencer Ainsley/Poughkeepsie Journal, via Associated Press/NYTimes.com

0 Happy Groundhog Day!

"Phil? Hey, Phil? Phil! Phil Connors? Phil Connors, I thought that was you!
Ned... Ryerson. 'Needlenose Ned'? 'Ned the Head'? C'mon, buddy!"

Folks gathered in Gobbler's Knob this morning to watch Punxsutawney Phil make his 125th annual weather forecast. At approximately 7:25am the groundhog emerged and... he did NOT see his shadow! In other words, there will be an early spring! It can't come soon enough.

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