Friday, February 08, 2008

Eating Sheep Balls in Afghanistan, Drinking Coffee in Holland

Today I came across two very interesting stories, neither of which have anything, whatsoever, to do with one another, but both of which I wanted to share with you.

The first story is about a recent scientific study, proving that just a single cup of coffee per day can double a woman's risk of miscarriage. Click here to read more. And I read this just after consuming a cup of java. Hmmm.

The second story is what I consider to be a bit of a picker-upper. I laughed really hard, and I think you will too. It's from my beloved "Best American Travel Writing" Anthology (2006 Edition), and is an exceptionally well written piece from Outside Magazine entitled: "A Short Walk in the Wakhan Corridor" (a story of a few crazy Americans traversing the old Silk Road from Afghanistan to Tajikistan). Here's the excerpt that made me chuckle:

"Now, there's something special about Wakhan sheep, a Central Asian breed called turki qoey: They have two distinct camel humps of fat on their behinds. Like whale blubber to the Inuit, sheep-ass fat is a delicacy to the Kirghiz.
Two large lumps of steaming ass sat in the middle of the platter, surrounded by the boiled head and testicles.

Doug and I glanced at each other and, without hesitation, sprung open our belay knives, cut off large slices of greasy butt fat, and plopped them into our mouths.

"Not bad," said Doug. Then he cracked open the sheep's head and took a bite of the hot, soft cheek, and I ate one of the big, slippery testicles."

I hope you found the humor in this piece. It's a bit crass, but very funny.
So I guess the moral of the story is, if you can't have caffeine, there's always sheep ass. ;-)

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