Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Doctor Who Experience

In Cardiff, Wales on May 29, 2013.

Fortunately, the actual Matt Smith is slightly less waxy. 

The Face of Boe

Melody Pond / River Song's crib (oops, I guess spoiler alert if you didn't know River Song was Amy and Rory's daughter)

Weeping Angel


Captain Jack


Yes, I bought a Fourth Doctor scarf. For $75 US.

Wales Millenium Centre (aka Torchwood)
Creu Gwir Fel Gwydr O Ffwrnais Awen (Welsh) In These Stones Horizons Sing (English)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Confection Conundrum

So, the other day, Google had some candy bars clearly labelled "Milky Way" in the snack kitchen.  So I had one.  And noticed something was wrong.  So I investigated and had five more, perhaps seven, but no more than nine.

It turns out, these weren't Milky Ways.  They were Three Musketeers!  Just chocolate and nougat, nothing else.  Where was the caramel?

Everyone knows the American (hence correct) Candy Bar Family Tree:

• Three Musketeers = chocolate + nougat
• Milky Way = Three Musketeers + caramel
• Mars Bar = Milky Way + almonds
• Snickers = Milky Way + peanuts

But here in the UK, it is this:

• Milky Way = chocolate + nougat
• Mars Bar = Milky Way + caramel
• Snickers = Mars Bar + peanuts
• ... and it's as if almonds don't exist!!!

Why no Three Musketeers here?  Simple -- British people can't stand that someone French wrote a good book (I'm guessing).

Either way, though, both countries have it right -- there's no point eating anything but a Snickers, king of the candy bars.

Don't even get me started on Smarties, which are nothing like their American namesakes (i.e., tiny sugar dots you only get on Halloween from the mean people's houses), but rather are stale M&Ms.  When a British person accidentally eats an actual M&M, they are heard to exclaim (i.e., speak in a completely normal tone of voice), "What's this, Guv'nor -- why doesn't this Smartie taste like it was in someone's armpit for a week?  I may accidentally smile."

Anyway, just my observances.  I'm obviously getting a lot out of being exposed to another culture.