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Soft Drinks Have Gone Soft: Why There’s Nothing Sweet About Artificial Sweeteners

Saccharin and spice and all things nice? A spoonful of Aspartame makes the medicine go down? Pour some Sorbitol on me? Stevia, ah honey honey? Brown Sucralose. Just like a young girl should? Change an ingredient and a product is no longer the same. Tell that to Lucozade, Irn Bru, 7Up, Fanta, Sprite, and the … Continue reading Soft Drinks Have Gone Soft: Why There’s Nothing Sweet About Artificial Sweeteners

A cartoon picture of HAL from 2001, WOPR from WarGames, and an Amazon Echo referencing the Cleese, Barker, and Corbett Class Sketch. By Oddball Times

Smart Speakers: I Know My Place

Today I called out... “Alexa, play Demon Seed and tell me the dictionary definition of irony” …my Amazon Echo didn't answer. Maybe because it didn't understand the command or maybe because I was attempting a Scottish-Punjabi accent, maybe it was because I'd just ingested helium, or maybe because I'd forgotten that I actually have a … Continue reading Smart Speakers: I Know My Place

A cartoon of a man brushing his teeth with lots of foam. By Oddball Times

Brushing Thoroughly With Colgate’s Complete Range Of Toothpastes

Thanks to Colgate's ever-expanding range of toothpastes, I find myself furiously brushing my teeth from around 5:00am all the way to 8:00am. I begin brushing with Colgate Max Fresh Intense Foam because I enjoy the sensation of “intensely foamy” toothpaste. Of course I want my teeth to be healthy, so I follow this with Colgate … Continue reading Brushing Thoroughly With Colgate’s Complete Range Of Toothpastes