Cilantro, same-sex marriage, and Yoda

An übertool cartoon (#150 of 5/30/15) passed on by Melinda Shore, who had been wondering where that cilantro thing came from:


Up with coconuts, down with kale!

The cilantro thing. Melinda and I have a friend with an intense aversion to cilantro. My guy Jacques also detested it. Believe it or not, there’s been some research. From Wikipedia:

Different people may perceive the taste of coriander leaves differently. Those who enjoy it say it has a refreshing, lemony or lime-like flavor, while those who dislike it have a strong aversion to its taste and smell, likening it to that of soap and bugs.

Flavor chemists have found that the coriander aroma is created by a half-dozen or so substances, and most of these are aldehydes. Those who dislike the taste are [genetically] sensitive to the offending unsaturated aldehydes, while simultaneously may also be unable to detect the aromatic chemicals that others find pleasant.

More on the plant here.

I’m a cilantrophile, but I’ve lived among cilantrophobes, so I didn’t sprinkle cilantro leaves on food I cooked.

The cartoon übertool. #1 is the first cartoon from this source on this blog. Its website tells us nothing I can find about the cartoonist, though it’s good at dating and numbering the postings.

Same-sex marriage. Another item from this source, #151 of 5/30/15:


Business as usual.

One more: Yodaspeak. A regular topic on this blog, spurred by cartoons, as here (#148, of 5/8/15):


Previously on this blog:

6/25/12: The young Yoda (link): Rhymes With Orange

7/4/12: The perils of fronting (link): Scott Hilburn cartoon

12/4/12: Word order death (link): Miguel Fernandez cartoon

7/25/13: Yoda again (link): Mother Goose and Grimm

9/28/13: More Yoda (link): Savage Chickens

One Response to “Cilantro, same-sex marriage, and Yoda”

  1. Bob Richmond Says:

    I’m a cilantrophile myself. I wonder what the proportion of cilantrophiles and cilantrophobes is, and whether the ratio varies among various peoples. I recall reading in a Chinese cookbook that you should let people add their own cilantro to the soup.

    There seem to be more and more of these taste and smell polymorphisms. I have an odd deficiency myself – I cannot smell methyl anthranilate, the flavoring agent in grape soda – when I was a kid I never could understand why anyone drank grape soda, which I find entirely tasteless except for the sugar. I cannot smell kudzu flowers (people say they smell like grape soda), nor can I smell orange blossoms. I have only minimal taste in wine, I think for this same reason.

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