Surprising things I have learned this morning include:
- There a blog about lobsters. Just lobsters.
There are Lobster Activists who are concerned about cruelty to lobsters. And Whole Foods cares what they think. (Are people also concerned about cruelty to cockroaches? Because they're basically the same thing.)
This is what a deliciously naked lobster looks like (See also "boneless chicken ranch"):
You do that with a hyperbaric chamber:
You press the start button on an Avure machine. Powerful pumps whir, and inside a narrow tube in the center of the machine, the water pressure is compressed to several times the pressure found in the deepest trenches in the ocean. The microscopic bugs in your meal all die, giving the food extended shelf life, and reducing the need for artificial preservatives.
The animals are locked inside the tube, alive, and the pumps whir and the water pressure is compressed around the lobsters to three times the deepest trenches in the ocean. The lobsters die, of course -- just think what the pressure on your ears is like when you dive a few feet underwater.
At the same time, all the muscle flesh inside the lobsters conveniently separates from the shell. For the first time in human history, people have finally devised way to extract the meat of a lobster without cooking it.
Hooray for the Internets. And for delicious giant bugs.