Wednesday, September 20, 2006

If I Had A Penny For My Thoughts I'd Be A Millionaire

Good item in today's Star Trib. Apparently the U of M has developed a new kind of apple, called Zestar (a combination of zesty and star, or if you say "Ze star!" in a mock French accent), and the hope is that it will bring in tons of dough in royalties. Now the commercial creation of new kinds of fruit seems a little strange to me, but I'm really weirded out by the idea of a university making a bunch of money off of a new type of fruit developed there. I guess I've just generalized reasearch universities as being sort of "for the good of all mankind," but hey, particle accelerators don't pay for themselves.

Far more notable to me than the underlying morality of collecting royalties on crops were two paragraphs in the story. This "remember when?" gem designed to bring readers back to 1972, the year develpoment on the Zestar began:

It was 1972, the year of "Pong" and Nixon's trip to China, J. Edgar Hoover's funeral and the year Mark Spitz won seven Olympic gold medals.

Beautiful.

But even better is this glorious quote from a proud Minnesota biologist, Cecil Stushnoff:

"Horace Greeley used to write articles to encourage people to go west, but he wrote 'Go west, but don't go to Minnesota, because you can't grow apples there.'" Stushnhoff said. "There were a lot of proud Scandinavian folks who said, 'We'll see about that."

I did not know Horace Greeley wrote that. Fuckin' east coast mainstream media sell-out underestimating the gumption and stick-it-to-ive-ness of real Middle-Americans.

I greatly admire this man. And this man. Click them links, bitch!

P.S.: Great juxtaposition in the Wikipedia article for Nouveau riche:

Fictional examples of nouveau riche include Jay Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby and Rodney Dangerfield’s character in Caddyshack

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At 10:25 PM, September 20, 2006, Blogger mayah said...

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At 10:29 PM, September 20, 2006, Blogger mayah said...

yes, research institutions exist to make money, and help people on the side, basically. nu just sold some drug for 4 billion dollars, and that's going to pay for alllll kindsa shit. that's just how it works.

 
At 12:16 AM, September 21, 2006, Blogger Houley said...

dude, totally not the first apple to come out the U of M.

 
At 11:07 AM, September 21, 2006, Blogger Josh said...

max did you see the thing in the strib yesterday about that farmer guy in little falls you know

 
At 12:12 PM, September 21, 2006, Blogger Kid C said...

What the fuck Max? Do you feel some need to re-post every video from IHOB onto here? ONE HOUR after I post "White and Nerdy" on IHOB, I find it on Manly Mustaches. Yet another example of the Mustache Nation trying desperately to be the Showstoppers by ripping them off.

 
At 12:16 PM, September 21, 2006, Blogger Kid C said...

Other examples:

* Team uniforms (started by the Showstoppers sophomore year)

* Dunking off the back (famously started by the Showstoppers)

* Fan giveaways (started when an autographed jersey was given to our fan of the year - Hobson)

* Official team soundtracks

* The George Washington video (first posted on IHOB, whose contributors are all Showstoppers)

I'd also like to point out we did every single action better than you guys, including on-court performance.

 
At 4:05 PM, September 21, 2006, Blogger constant_k said...

Hey, I saw the video and enjoyed it and figured that perhaps the mustache nation would also enjoy it. It's not like there's anything particularily "showstopper-ish" about it, or the GW video, that I was hoping to capture. You don't own it.

And the mustaches did sell more shirts. Aaaaand we have a better blog.

josh-Yeah I saw that and I remembered discussing it but I've forgotten the context. Pammy left me a friggin voicemail about it, so perhaps I was very concerned about the subject?

 
At 4:12 PM, September 21, 2006, Blogger The_Janitor said...

Our giveaway was WAY better. The autographed ball at halftime with the raffle tickets, it was signed by coach K

 
At 11:04 PM, September 21, 2006, Blogger Kid C said...

Nothing Showstopper-ish about it?? It was written about Joe Henke.

 

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