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Good Morning, Mr. Uoka (2/3)
2023.06.05 04:05 OceansCarraway Good Morning, Mr. Uoka (2/3)
It was hard work pushing papers down the long bench. Mr. Uoka found himself drinking tea and eating nutrient scnes with countless other bureaucrats. Suddenly, however, he found himself suddenly eating scones with Mr. Hay Rekk, and didn't quite know what to say. all of his imagined witty barbs and urbane comments disappeared when what remained of the man looked down on him, sneering through his photoreceptors. 'Hatarti.'
'Come into the damn conference room.'
Mr. Uoka practically tripped over himself to follow. Rekk kicked a number of people out of the conference room, stuffed a cipher secretary into a chair, and then began. 'Harati. We're fucked. You're fucked. I'm fucked. And I don't even have a penis or a butthole, that's how fucked we area. Nearly five billion...fucking...insane. Your trade bloc going down the drain. You think you can help. Make it quick, or I'll make it happen somehow.'
'Thank you, Chancellor. I...um. Well...this is a very complicated situation, as you well know, of course-'
Rekk sagged. 'Uoka.'
'I know. I know how your fucking kind talk-'
'Are-are you saying that I am lesser because I am a-?!'
'Stelliberal? Yeah. Fuck you, lib.'
'Short words. Give your point. We don't have much time.'
'Yes. Rekk—we need market development. Not maket-lead or centric—development of the market itself. Not just the places-'
'Cashification. Specialization. Less farmers.'
'Yes-precisely. No more barter. More goods moving through markets. Less subsistence.'
'Wagies, then. Townies, or urban poor.'
'I support urbanization, sir.'
'Don't call me sir.'
'Ok. Urbanization. Towns cannot grow the requisite numbers to break out into proper cosmopolitanism.'
'What if we can get them commuting?'
'A good idea, if done, sir!'
'I'm gonna do it. The cities are getting cargo and people rail. Fancy people rail. Good people rail. Make them get around and keep mixing.'
'Wonderful! Perhaps they might have sports leagues-'
'Only if they have riot divisions.' 'Tragic, sirr-Chancellor.'
‘What about local commuting, to bind the cities and townies into one greater mass?’
‘I’m working on it. Gonna do freight lines out, and if they don’t attack the trains, then we’ll move on maybe getting some of them on them. Cargo stakeholders first, then maybe passengers. That might take a generation, but I’m going to make it happen.’
'You should accelerate cashification.'
'I'm trying. Right now, we’re slowly doing money storage. Making local banks. Moving money still needs to be figured out. I can't fucking even let them consider paper, they'll go nuts.'
'Armored cars and trains, local banks being able to do deposit transfers? That kind of thing?'
'Armored trains are rolling out now. Banks are gonna get fucking permitted at some point. Their majesties want strong basic regulations. It'll go slow, but the problem is how heavy that shit is.'
'Yes, indeed. Perhaps one can make the coins self-lighten?'
'Good idea, lemme write that down.'
'Here is a white paper, chancellor.'
'Got it. Next. Fusion.'
'Yes. Fusion. Civil fusion. The power of a star. Will they get electricity?'
'Everything is electric for the clones already. Fixed the web, too. For the peasants? Fuck no. We're gonna dole out miracles slowly so they don't melt down street lamps to make into weapons. Biggest one is atmospheric nitrogen fixing. We'll give em superstitious fertilizer, not some crap. Use lightning banks. We're also gonna light up all the cities, and electrify all public buildings and entertainment areas. The towns are gonna have a slow drip of things, very slow. Elite exposure first, gauge fuckery. If they act up, beat them smart.'
'There's no personal incentive right now to electrify, Rekk. Outside of the workplace, are you trying to generate mass demand?'
'Yeah.' Rekk looked pensive. 'Get the kids. Get the house managers…err…wives. That’s what they’re called. Make work-life easier.'
'Perhaps you might offer rental machinery, to ease the-'
'...you have another white paper?'
'Give it. What else?'
'Well, there is the Shining Lord's legacy of...advanced sciences.'
Rekk sighed. 'Yeah. Fuckers. Peasants...we were wrong. Couldn't see. They'd been made weak many years ago, before we were made. Broken people. Lost their chances. Their wants. Their selves. You speak about consumers. Buyers. Wanters. Needers. These people can't want or need anything that the Golden Ones said was bad.' 'They can act on their own.'
'Yeah. Everything Kweens did is stuff they'd do on their own. Build them up comfortably. Make them feel better. Safer. Not terrified. You seen them.'
Mr. Uoka had. 'They need to be able to want again. Or to recognize that they have needs.'
'Yeah. No more fear. No more pain. No empty bellies, or sick ones.'
'They need healthcare.'
Rekk tried to sneer. 'Working on that. Real busy. You think I got a headshrinker?'
‘I think it would help.’
‘I got drugs. Why don’t you take some?’
Mr. Uoka reminded the Chancellor that he was a liontaur, and that clone drugs wouldn’t work on him. Chancellor Rekk reminded the consultant that he had tried clone drugs and that they’d worked. Both stared at each other for a moment before moving on.
‘Healthcare, Rekk. Healthcare. They need it. On all worlds’
‘The Sunforgelands are unfucking themselves.’
‘I’ve watched them begin to separate from Kabria and develop their own identity. Of course, they will not be one for quite some time. If peasant marketisation truly fails, then they will be the obvious backstop.’
‘Yeah. But I’m not counting on them. We’re gonna use fusion electricity here to make a lot of drugs for the cities. Really pump them up. Introduction will take a while. The cities will export them to the townies.’
‘But why will the townies even go to the cities?’
‘Unno. It’ll be easy. Maybe get some money. Maybe come back and work for more money and clout. Farming will keep getting easier, so less people for less farms.’
‘Will you truly make an effort to make powered farming equipment common again, Rekk? Or will you be defeated by someone being afraid of tractors?’
‘We won’t. But we will make fuel at home. And we will figure out which of the fucked up mosses and weird foxes won’t be killing people. Seeds-’
‘The biotechnology of the Shining Lords persists. But how much does it, truly?’
‘Enough for us to gather it up and use it, though. Against them. We will use their seeds, and their bugs, and their birds, and we will force them to give us honey and nectar and grain. And we’ll keep em in hives and tree trunks and in farmlands and in those fucking makeshift swamps. And we’ll eat em. Tear the head off and suck out the guts until the little legs kick, kick, kick…’ Rekk seemed to be having more fun thinking about torturing the old animals of the Shining Lords than anything else.
‘...do they have…sufficient nutritional value?’
‘Yes. Taste like shit.’
Mr. Uoka considered saying that if the clones thought something tasted like shit, it truly did, but he kept that thought to himself.
‘How much will you be allowing them to see?’
‘All of it, cause fuck em. Let’s scare 'em straight.’
‘...that is an unusual motivation, Rekk. But I admire your commitment.’
‘Yeah, yeah. We’ll knock in some gardens with nice plants that make medicines and antibodies and stuff, and we’ll give em nutritional supplements-’
‘And birth control.’
‘Yeah, good point. Don’t want too many of them. Abortions should be cheap, fast, and easy.’
‘And birth control, Chancellor.’
‘You mean like for-before they screw?’
‘Yes. It will lead to a significant amount of independence for women–I don’t think the Shining Lords allowed anything beyond the gender binary, did they–and break up some of the core cycles of reproduction with an Epistocided people.’
‘Put the paper on the table.’
Mr. Uoka obliged.
‘They’ll shit their pants, Haraati-’
‘And we’ll make em clean up the shit, and dry it, and use it for fucking manure. I will drag these dense ass motherfuckers-literally half the goddamn time-to decency, whether they like it or not. They’ll farm the land, and they’ll pay taxes, and they’ll buy regional, and they’ll fucking like it. And if they cause problems, Mr. Uoka, I’m going to-’
‘To show them some fucking compassion. They’re scared children. That’s what they are deep down.’
‘No, we’re going to give the fuckers the baton and ten years fixing hedgerows with powered equipment.’
‘During the riots, I took shelter in a building with some clone functionaries–Happies, a few Biggies or specials. A number of peasants…I’m not sure, must have been about 60…broke in. They were going to burn the place down around us, and I was scared. They were ignoring commands, and we were prepared to shoot them, and then–well–I didn’t want to shoot them. So I roared. And threw a chair. They all fled. Not a shot fired. They were that easily scared off. You don’t have to beat them. You don’t need to be harsh all the time. Spare them, Rekk. I’m not asking for absolution, but don’t be like your makers. They’ll be better if they can relax comfortably; they’ve tasted a bit of safety with all of the turmoil. Let them keep eating.’
‘...target the stunting, huh?’
‘Above all else. The Shining Leeches enslaved-’
Rekk cut off Mr. Uoka with peels of laughter. He enjoyed the multifaceted implications of that insult: weaknesses, dependency on others, ineffectiveness, false bravado–and the chance to cut the stress. Eventually, he got back on topic.
‘...they used biology to enslave ourselves. We use biology to free ourselves. But this doesn’t cover the magic.’
‘It’s degraded a lot over time, right? And her majesty is satisfying the demands of many of the laws. So there should be no problem.’
‘I hope so. There’s…big changes coming. Stuff I can’t reveal to you. Yeah, the investors will like it. But it’s going to be big, Hattie.’
‘What is it?’ Mr. Uoka overlooked his name being messed up again.
‘The beginning of the end.’
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2023.06.04 06:07 Cultural-Climate-311 HealthMaxxing 101: Basic Nutrition
Hi lovelies,I wanted to start a series on basic guides for healthmaxxing topics based on data/science. This is what I am going to focus on and write up some basic guides for people over the coming month. I plan to write some posts on the basics of nutrition; exercise (strength training, cardio and flexibility), skincare, haircare; hygiene; sleep and also other health related guides and will include all easy to read references on the side so you can actually verify things (much easier than journal articles which requires some basic knowledge of stats and metrics).Prior to getting into this, I want to say all of these are my recommendations based on what I've researched and experienced (been doing this for a while and wrote up an extensive data driven guided for myself ages ago which worked for me).I know everyone has individual circumstances/experiences and so want to preface by saying whatever works for you is great but please try and make discussions/comments below value add for others reading with any data/scientific basis if you are suggesting.As a refreshe//I've written previously, my recommendations for your glow up journey starts with
Cycle 1: high reward/low risk cosmetic procedures and development of a basic grooming routine to get some confidence and feel better about yourself (about 3 months)Cycle 2: Healthmaxxing over a prolonged period (6 months - 1 year) to get yourself at the epitome of health that you can maintain for hopefully the rest of your life.Cycle 3: Hardmaxxing. Once you are at the epitome of health + have a fantastic grooming routine, you can start your surgery journey if need be and intelligently make decisions on what you actually need/have the health basis to recover.*** then cycle through again and again as you learn more. Basic Nutrition 101Healthy Plate:
To start with, we want to understand exactly what is a healthy plate and what does it comprise of. A summary of the Harvard School of Public Health Healthy Plate Guide (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-eating-plate/
- Half plate = vegetables (not potatoes) and fruits. Aim for colour + variety *** note these are the carbohydrattes we want
- Quarter plate = whole grains such as wheat, barley, quinoa, oats, brown rice. Not white bread, white rice and other refined grains *** note these are the carbohydrates we want
- Quarter plate protein = mostly fish, poultry, beans (legumes + peas). Limit red meat and completely stop having processed meats
- Health plant oils in moderation such as olive oil.
According to the Harvard School of Public Health Whole Grains Guide (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/whole-grains/
- Anything processed
- White grains
- Highly processed foods
- Refined sugar
What to have lots of :
- 100% whole grains because whole grains because they contain three parts: the bran (fibre-filled with B vitamins and minerals, as well as phytochemicals that help with disease prevention/protect against some cancers); the germ (nutrient pack core with B vitamins, vitamin E, phytochemicals and antioxidants) and the endosperm (starchy carbohydrate middle layer with protein and some vitamins). Outside of this the components have fibre that will allow for better digestion, maintenance of steady blood sugar, prevention of small blood clots etc.
- To tell if a food is high in whole grains choose unprocessed whole grains like:AmaranthBarleyBrown riceBuckwheatBulgurMilletQuinoaRyeOatsWheat BerriesWild Rice
- Otherwise to tell if high in whole grains, Use the five USDA criteria to identify whole grains in a food product
- Whole grain listed as first ingredient (most important thing to look at)
- Added sugars not in the first three ingredients
- Whole before any grain ingredient
- Carb-fibre ratio of less than 10:1
- Industry sponsored whole grain stamp
SUGGESTION: mix grains with lentils to get some extra protein when having rice dishes (and for a good meal, add some roast vegetables, spices and olives) Protein
Key takeaways of some especially healthy protein sources:
- Legumes (Harvard School of Public Health Legumes guide - https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/legumes-pulses/ )
- Legumes (including peas and beans) because they are an inexpensive source of protein, vitamins, complex carbs and fibre
- Be more discriminate with products made from legumes such as tofu, hummus etc. because you want to be on the lookout for added sodium, sugar and saturated fat
- Canned oily fish (Harvard Medical School Article on canned fish - https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/ask_the_doctor_is_canned_fish_good_for_the_heart and Harvard School of Public Health Fish guide - https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/fish/ )
- Canned salmon, tuna, sardines, kippered herring, and other types of fish are pretty much on a par with fresh fish
- They are full of health omega-3 fatty acids which are good for the heart, protect against inflammation and formation of blood clots in arteries. They also are high in vitamin D, selenium, protein and saturated fat
- Smaller fish is better for less mercury and if you choose canned, fish canned in oil is better than water to retain more omega 3 fatty acids
- Benefits from eating fish, outweigh costs of mercury exposure and at levels commonly consumed, there is limited and conflicting evidence for effects of mercury in adults (but those who are pregnant should be cautious and follow the above guidelines)
Getting into the specifics as based on Harvard Medical School Guide on Protein -https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/how-much-protein-do-you-need-every-day-201506188096#:~:text=For%20one%2C%20don't%20read,legumes%2C%20nuts%2C%20and%20vegetables
and Harvard School of Public Health Guide on Protein - https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/protein/
What to avoid:
- Read meat including ** *** since a few people are commenting on this, I have edited the post and included the exact links to the medical journnal research and references which the Harvard School of Public Health is basing their recommendations on (again to reduce consumption and replace with other sources). This is right at the end of the post so please read it (or directly click on the second link above to read everything for yourself). If you have alternate evidence/data pls comment it below because it's useful to all of us (rather than just saying you disagree which has no value add without the evidence to support it). I personally love red meat (though I don't eat much given what i've learned) so I'm not trying to squash the discussion but think it's useful to everyone including myself to see the evidence informing the opinions so we can all make better decisions (and I would love to learn more).
- Goat meat
- Processed meat
- Dairy in moderation
- Soy in moderation because it has other stuff on the label which you need to pay attention to(Harvard School of Public Health quick tips - - https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/2014/02/12/5-quick-tips-choosing-healthy-protein-foods/ )
What to eat lots of:
- Legumes - and if most of the protein comes from plants, make sure you mix up sources so no essential components of protein are missing. Examples includeLentilsBeans like black, chickpeas, kidney, lima, mung, pintoPeas like green, snow, snap, splitEdamame/soybeans and products made from soy like tofu, tempeh
- NutsAlmondsPistachiosCashewsWalnutsHazelnutsPecansHelp seedsPumpkin seedsSunflower seedsFlax seedsChia seeds
- Upgrade source of animal protein to:
- Seafood (fish, crustaceans, molluscs)
- In moderation of 1-2 servings a day
- Yoghurt is better than servings all from milk and cheese
- note that animal based foods (meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy) tend to be good sources of complete proteins whereas plant based foods (vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds) often lack one or more amino acid.
- General guidelines: (NSCA2 )
Suggestion: Eat a variety such as eggs/canned fish breakfast, beans/poultry lunch, salmon/tofu dinner. For cheap easy eats, grain bowls with legumes and tinned fish on toast with picked vegetables is a good go. Vegetables:
After doing an analysis via cronometer on the best foods for various micro intakes (highest amounts and most efficient), here is what I came up with:
- Fibre = Black beans; whole grains like oats; raspberries, artichoke hearts, rhubarb
- Iron = oysters, mushrooms, molluscs, spinach. Liver (and animal sources are better absorbed)
- Calcium = rhubarb, milk; cheese; yoghurt, spinach; okra, tofu,
- Vitamin A = liver (like across all sorts of liver), kale, spinach, lettuce, carrots, yellow and orange vegetables like carrots and pumpkin
- Vitamin C = acerola cherry, red and yellow peppers (particularly this), pineapple, melon, peaches, zucchini, broccoli, spinach, strawberries
- B12 = supplement
- Folate = green vegetables like edamame, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, spinach, beans, lentils, liver
- Potassium = rhubarb, amaranth leaves, legumes, Bok choy, mushrooms, leafy greens (spinach, Swiss chard)
- B1 - B12 = nutritional yeast and whole grains, also liver and mushrooms, eggs
- Vitamin D = mushrooms (all sorts!!!), super high. oily fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, eggs
- Vitamin E = acai berry; sunflower seeds, almonds, red pepper, spinach
- Vitamin K = kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocados
- Copper = liver, oysters, kale, mushrooms
- Magnesium = Swiss chard, legumes, spinach, kale hemp seeds
- Manganese = acai berry; chickpeas; blueberries; brown rice, quinoa, chia seeds, liver and zucchini, peppers
- Phosphorous = milk, meat and fish hemp seeds
- Selenium = fish, nuts, eggs, mushrooms (particular tuna, oyster, mixed nuts)
- Zinc = supplement it
- Omega 3 = 3 flaxseeds; chia seeds; mackerel, salmon
- Omega 6 = sunflower seeds, pine nuts, watermelon, sweet and green peppers, kale, spinach
What can be concluded from the above about things that come up the most:
- Eat lots and lots of leafy greens! This is a fantastic bang for your buck for nutrition
- Supplement B12 and vitamin D also add in nutritional yeast
- Some seeds are particularly good like hemp seeds chia seeds; flax seeds and sunflower seeds. Add them to salads and grain bowls
- Mushrooms ( Shiitake, oyster, maitake, and king oyster mushrooms have the highest concentrations of ergothioneine. - harvard)
- Berries for antioxidants
What I personally like to do to stay within calorie limit and meet targets
Use two apps:
For my meal plan:
- Chronometer to track intake
- Dr greger's daily dozen for inspiration and general guidelines in my head on portions (even though I am not vegan, I use it to help think about how much rice I should have or say intake of leafy greens for a side salad)
I personally find it difficult to have a new meal for all three meals and don't like to spend so much time cooking and having to come up with creative ways to meet micro goals (it's hard because there are so many). So instead I spent a few hours on cronometer to experiment several basic meals I can have during my day to hit most of my micro goals and give myself room for dinner to choose something healthy that isn't so strict.
For me this looks like a:
- Fruit smoothie in the morning with Greek yoghurt; almond milk, berries and other fruits in season. (I struggle to get calcium otherwise in my day and this is the easiest way to make sure I get it)
- 1 big grain bowl lunch OR dinner consisting of:
- Steamed whole grain e.g. wild rice, quinoa.
- airfried easy chicken breast OR tofu/tempeh OR fish depending on what I'm feeling like
- Roast veges/legumes ( I change up the vegetables depending on what's in season and same with legumes depending on what I have).. To do this I simply toss 1 can of a legumes and vegetables with olive oil; spices, a bit of nutritional yeast.. For vegetables I choose vegetables in every one of the below categories for a variety of textures and will alternate depending on what is in season.
- Round root vegetables (like beets, sweet potatoes)
- Mushrooms (compulsory) , Bell peppers, Onions , Cherry tomatoes
- Long root vegetables (like carrots and parsnips)
- Cruciferous vegetables (brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli)
- Soft vegetables (like other stuff, eggplant, zucchini)
- Then to top of it off, I will add a bit of lemon juice + cheese and nuts and seeds depending on what is in the pantry
- As a snack/on the side, I will always have a big bowl of mixed greens with easy low calorie dressings I make myself with avocados, nuts, olive oil, herbs (I actually enjoy eating it separately). I don't snack otherwise
- Dinner will be anything I like that is healthy (but isn't so rigid about number of veges etc. because I already have met most of my nutritional needs already) e.g. thai cashew chicken; alison roman's shallot pasta with anchovies with a side salad; dumplings and steamed vegetables; salmon poke bowls; chicken roasts
** I always track my calories to make sure i'm eating well and this keeps me full.
"Research conducted at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health has found that eating even small amounts of red meat—especially processed red meat—on a regular basis is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, and the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or any other cause. [4-6] Conversely, replacing red and processed red meat with healthy protein sources such as beans, soy foods, nuts, fish, or poultry seems to reduce these risks. One of the reasons why plant sources of protein are related to lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to protein from red meat and dairy is because of the different types of fat in these protein packages. Plant-based protein sources are more unsaturated, which lowers LDL cholesterol—an established risk factor for heart disease. Also, plant sources contain no cholesterol. Other factors are likely to contribute to the lower risk, but this is a key factor."
• One investigation followed 120,000 men and women in the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-Up Study for more than two decades. For every additional 3-ounce serving of unprocessed red meat the study participants consumed each day, their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease increased by 13%. 
Processed red meat was even more strongly linked to dying from cardiovascular disease—and in smaller amounts: every additional 1.5 ounce serving of processed red meat consumed each day (equivalent to one hot dog or two strips of bacon) was linked to a 20% increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease death.
Cutting back on red meat could save lives: the researchers estimated that if all the men and women in the study had reduced their total red and processed red meat intake to less than half a serving a day, one in ten cardiovascular disease deaths would have been prevented.
• In another study of 43,000 men that looked at both amount and sources of protein found that intake of total protein was minimally associated with heart disease risk, but intake of protein from red meat was associated with higher risk. 
• In the Nurse’s Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, every additional serving per day of red meat or processed red meat was associated with a 10% and 16% higher risk of cancer death, respectively. 
• In October 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that consumption of processed meat is “carcinogenic to humans,” and that consumption of red meat is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”  The IARC Working Group (comprised of 22 scientists from ten countries) reached these conclusions from an evaluation of over 800 studies.
Conclusions were primarily based on the evidence for colorectal cancer. Data also showed positive associations between processed meat consumption and stomach cancer, and between red meat consumption and pancreatic and prostate cancer.
• A 2014 study also found a link between high consumption of red meat during adolescence and premenopausal breast cancer, while higher intakes of poultry, nuts, and legumes were associated with lower risk. Using data on the health of 89,000 women (aged 24 to 43) followed over a 20-year period, researchers found a 22% higher risk of breast cancer in those who ate 1.5 servings of red meat per day while in high school, compared to those who only had one serving per week. Each additional daily serving of red meat seemed to increase the risk of breast cancer by another 13%. 
• A 2011 study found that people who ate diets high in red meat, especially processed red meat, had a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than those who rarely ate red or processed meat.  For each additional serving a day of red meat or processed red meat that study participants ate, their risk of diabetes rose 12% and 32%, respectively. Investigators also found that replacing a serving of red meat with one serving of nuts, low-fat dairy products, or whole grains each day was associated with an estimated 16% to 35% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
• A related study also found that people who started eating more red meat than usual were had a 50% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes during the next four years, and researchers also found that those who reduced red meat consumption had a 14% lower risk of type 2 diabetes over a 10-year follow-up period. 
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- Bernstein AM, Pan A, Rexrode KM, Stampfer M, Hu FB, Mozaffarian D, Willett WC. Dietary protein sources and the risk of stroke in men and women. Stroke. 2011 Jan 1:STROKEAHA-111.
- Preis SR, Stampfer MJ, Spiegelman D, Willett WC, Rimm EB. Dietary protein and risk of ischemic heart disease in middle-aged men–. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 2010 Sep 29;92(5):1265-72.
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- Jenkins DJ, Wong JM, Kendall CW, Esfahani A, Ng VW, Leong TC, Faulkner DA, Vidgen E, Greaves KA, Paul G, Singer W. The effect of a plant-based low-carbohydrate (“Eco-Atkins”) diet on body weight and blood lipid concentrations in hyperlipidemic subjects. Archives of internal medicine. 2009 Jun 8;169(11):1046-54.
- Lagiou P, Sandin S, Lof M, Trichopoulos D, Adami HO, Weiderpass E. Low carbohydrate-high protein diet and incidence of cardiovascular diseases in Swedish women: prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2012 Jun 26;344:e4026.
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- Pan A, Sun Q, Bernstein AM, Manson JE, Willett WC, Hu FB. Changes in red meat consumption and subsequent risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus: three cohorts of US men and women. JAMA internal medicine. 2013 Jul 22;173(14):1328-35.
- Pan A, Sun Q, Bernstein AM, Manson JE, Willett WC, Hu FB. Changes in red meat consumption and subsequent risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus: three cohorts of US men and women.JAMA internal medicine. 2013 Jul 22;173(14):1328-35.
- Halton TL, Liu S, Manson JE, Hu FB. Low-carbohydrate-diet score and risk of type 2 diabetes in women–. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 2008 Feb 1;87(2):339-46.
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2023.06.04 06:02 nuflowerfoods Innovative Peanut Butter Recipes
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Peanut butter is tasty, versatile, and an ingredient that has the potential to make for some really sumptuous recipes. From simple breakfast recipes to healthy workout bars and balls and elaborate meals, the peanut butter adds a zing of taste and nutrition effortlessly. In this blog, we have curated a few innovative peanut butter recipes that you can try from the comfort of your very own kitchen and savor for breakfast and snacks. Peanut Butter Energy Balls Peanut butter
energy balls are a fantastic snack option for those looking for a quick burst of energy on the go. These bite-sized treats are packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber, making them a nutritious choice. To make them, combine rolled oats, chia seeds, honey, Nuflower peanut butter, and a variety of mix-ins such as chocolate chips, dried fruits, or nuts. Roll the mixture into small balls and refrigerate until firm. They are perfect for a midday pick-me-up or a post-workout snack. Peanut Butter Smoothie
Upgrade your morning routine with a creamy and satisfying peanut butter smoothie. Blend together frozen bananas, a spoonful of Nuflower peanut butter, Greek yogurt, a splash of milk (dairy or plant-based), and a drizzle of honey. You can customize your smoothie by adding spinach for an extra nutritional boost, cocoa powder for a chocolate twist, or a handful of berries for a fruity kick. This smoothie is not only delicious but also provides a good dose of protein, fiber, and healthy fats to start your day off right. Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Bowl
Start your day on a healthy and flavorful note with a peanut butter banana smoothie bowl. Blend frozen bananas, a spoonful of Nuflower peanut butter, a splash of almond milk, and a touch of honey until smooth. Pour the creamy mixture into a bowl and top it with sliced bananas, a sprinkle of granola, and a drizzle of additional peanut butter. This delicious and nutritious breakfast bowl will keep you energized throughout the morning. Peanut Butter Hummus
Add a unique twist to the traditional hummus recipe by incorporating peanut butter. Blend together chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and a spoonful of Nuflower peanut butter until smooth and creamy. The peanut butter adds a subtle nuttiness and creaminess to the hummus, elevating its flavor profile. Serve it with pita bread, or fresh vegetables, or use it as a spread in sandwiches for a delightful and nutritious snack. Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Ditch store-bought granola bars and whip up your own batch of homemade peanut butter granola bars. Combine rolled oats, crispy rice cereal, honey, Nuflower peanut butter, and a variety of mix-ins such as chopped nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate chips. Press the mixture into a baking dish and refrigerate until firm. These homemade granola bars are not only delicious but also customizable to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs. Peanut Butter-Stuffed French Toast
Indulge in a decadent breakfast treat with peanut butter-stuffed French toast. Spread a generous amount of Nuflower peanut butter between two slices of bread to make a sandwich. Dip the sandwich in a mixture of beaten eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Cook the French toast in a buttered pan until golden brown on both sides. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a heavenly combination of flavors. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Energy Bites
For a quick and nutritious snack, whip up some peanut butter and chocolate energy balls. In a mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, Nuflower Peanut Butter
, honey, chia seeds, mini chocolate chips, and a pinch of salt. Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls and refrigerate until firm. These energy balls are packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, making them the perfect on-the-go snack to satisfy your cravings. Peanut butter is not just a simple spread; it’s a versatile ingredient that can transform ordinary recipes into extraordinary culinary delights. From breakfast smoothie bowls to delectable desserts, these innovative recipes can give you a helping of nutrition with the added advantage of taste and goodness.
2023.06.03 01:24 Fabiann_02 can you possibly solve this or provide insight? (Long) (Very interesting case)
First and last post here!
This may be a long read, but I truly, truly appreciate it if everyone would stick around and add their insight to this.
Background: 21 male, 5'10, Caucasian (Scottish, Slovakian, French) Location: Canada
I have 2 sisters, 2 nephews, and 1 niece, which is important to factor in, and I'll explain why briefly.
When I was just little used to light up bright red only on my face and neck typically only in stressful or public situations (terrible social anxiety), it wasn't itchy, just hot and red and I would sweat a lot. According to my mom (54), she used to get the same thing in front of people but eventually grew out of it.
Now regarding my niece and nephews, they also get red in the face and have trouble regulating body temperature but not due to any type of anxiety, as it stands we could call it idiopathic and it resembles Lupus or maybe rosacea however - my oldest nephew also has some skin problems and my youngest often gets fevers and hives from many things but treats it with things like advil.
The above is important in MY case I believe because when I was around 13 I was put on 20mg of cipralex (2014), in October 2019 (17) I went into anaphylaxis for the first time due to amoxicillin which I took due to sinus congestion (mom also has chronically) and I had it lying around from a previous infection, the anaphylaxis scared me into not taking any medication so I abruptly cut down my cipralex and for some reason believed I wouldn't need them anymore.
After doing this, I one day woke up with the most severe depersonalisation and derealisation anyone could ever have alongside a gross number of other discontinuation symptoms which lasted over 3 months and eventually subsided after reinstating 10-15mg of the same medication, the most IMPORTANT part of this is I had developed Tinnitus and anisacoria after this AND I couldn't take the meds anymore because I developed symptoms of seratonin toxicity so I had to get off all together and just deal with it.
Fast forward to 2021-2022 and now things are serious, my body is behaving terribly since I've changed things up and it's worth mentioning that the rash / redness I used to only get on my face and neck had began to progress down to my chest and eventually to my legs but it's not itchy and only happens in the sun, in stressful situations/ conditions. That's the least of it, I began getting constipated by almost ALL foods and chicken and rice were my only tolerable foods (until they weren't), I wasn't getting rashes but it's like I developed this hypersensitivity in the signals from my stomach, it began feeling tight and caused me to be severely constipated for over 33 days (not exaggerated), my blood sugar was 1.3, you could say I was intolerant to almost everything but not allergic.
This is where things got weird, at this point I've seen almost all of the BEST specialists in Canada and been to the best hospitals which costed me a lot of money that I just happened to coincidentally have (now I don't) and a lot of time, as I mentioned I had been extremely constipated UNTIL I received saline solution VIA IV injection overnight, I got home a day later and had the most excruciatingly painful poop ever and it was disgusting - I know it was from the saline IV because this happened more than once and that was the only thing I was issued other than the mix of vitamins (Please explain this if possible!)
Now, I got the blockage out and still continued to have serious issues and kept myself near the hospitals (in Toronto), I had more needle holse in my arm than any addict ever (painful) due to the amount of blood work done but now I was down to 98 lbs from 184 (I was kind of overweight prior to all of this) and I had given up so I decided (f it, I'll have what I want) and started to intake calories again by what I thought was healthier (Boba, cauliflower bites etc) than what I used to have thankfully toronto had these options.
Anyway, this is what leads us to the most current circumstances/ situation - everything I ate / eat lots of carbs, sugar or fibre my body temperature increases and I get really gassy, my veins dilate massively, I become lethargic, low blood pressure and I have a red face BUT when I take things like vitamin C, D, Zinc, Dandelion, Burdock Root, Reishi (yes I taught myself natural medicine because I had to), the symptoms reverse BUT I get this 'tight' feeling in my stomach which is why I describe the whole hypersensitivity thing because I can feel almost everything. I get the tightness, the gas gets trapped, and my body temp decreases.
Now I'll give a brief on the important tests I've done due to suspicions I and few doctors had about specific diseases: HATS(tryptase and genes), MASTOCYTOSIS(c-kit), POLYCYTHEMIA VERA (jak 2), LEUKEMIA (bcr-abl), MYELOPROLIFERATIVE NEOPLASMS(calr), PORPHYRIA, ANEMIA (MANY TYPES), C3, C4, CRP, INR, ANTI DNA, LEUKOCYTES, PROTEIN (urine), IMMUNOGLOBULINS, THYROID ANTIBODIES AND FUNCTION, DOUBLE STRAND ANTIBODIES, RHUMATOID FACTOR (10 >14), VITAMIN D,MRI'S, CT'S(brain amd stomach), ECHO'S, ULTRASOUNDS (of everything), ALLERGY SKIN TESTING, SERATONIN(urine) and maybe more that I didn't see.
The results that were 'positive' and stood out + dates discovered:
•Thyroglobulin antibodies >184 (2023) •Thyroperoxidase antibodies >135 (2023) •C3 >89 (2021) •Bilirubin >30 (2021) •Albumin >53 (2021) •Urate >192 (2021) •Between 2021-2022, at my worst, I had consistently low wbc and neutrophils, whether from malnutrition or something else. I'm unsure •Sinus arythmia (2021) •Slight pericardial effusion (2022) •Head CT w/o contrast >scattered bilateral white matter lesions on brain? (2021) •Renal / Abdominal ultrasound >Mild hydronephrosis (2021) •Cardiac / Abdominal ultrasound >Trace right pluerual effusion, pericardial effusion, hydronephrosis (2021) •Spinal x-rays and mri's >consistent disc degeneration (2019-2023) and idiopathic thoracic scoliosis. •Endoscopy and colonoscopy >Clear (2022-2023) •Abdominal CT with contrast >jujenum distention and embelical hernia (2023) •Swollen lymph nodes in my neck simultaneously to rash (2023) •Idiopathic scoliosis (2014) •Undigested food in stool (2020-2023) •Heat rash from the sun (2020-2023) •Dermatographism (Childhood - now)
Very few food allergies or allergies all together. Dad had Graves disease Mom's mom has hashimotos Mom gets bumps from the sun Nephews get frequent fevers and hives (unexplained currently) Other nephews have red cheeks and nosebleeds frequently Niece has red cheeks frequently and is insensitive to extreme cold or heat My oldest sister has non celiac gluten intolerance Younger sister has bipolar and systemic Cystitis No other info
Test I've NOT had: TNF-A plasma levels Il-1 through il-6 Skin biopsy Bone marrow biopsy
I've ran my own dna test from 23 and me through several third party companies and didn't find anything serious or relating other than what I've already been diagnosed with (ectodermal dysplasia) which Noone else in my immediate family seems to have - I've been over my family history as much as possible and nothing alike OTHER THAN my mom, sister, niece and nephews have somewhat similar symptoms EXCEPT FOR the odd stomach sensations like the tightness or the joint problems.
For context, the ONLY drug use history: Smoked Marijuana when I was 13 a few times Drank hard liquor a few times between the ages 13-16 (bad, I know) and regularly drank red wine for a while when I was 17 prior to the reactions. I also want to mention that I had some very, very hard environmental circumstances during my childhood years that were out of my control as well, which contributed to the 'anxiety'.
Through all of this, I had many doctors blaming anxiety, even sending me to see psychiatrist when in reality I was a scared kid - this started when I was 18 (mostly) and I have no reason to make anything up AT ALL, this has been a long, uncomfortable, near death for a while, isolating situation. I'm dying to know what's going on and I haven't given up, I've had one person be there with me through the entirety of this and they know good and well it's not like me, all of that just made things worse but I understand.
I used to be into modifying cars (i had 4 already), boxing, weight lifting, bmxing, jogging, etc.
Yet people still thought I simply went mad.
The ONLY relief I've had through this is when I did strict carnivore diet, had the sedation for my colonoscopy AND when I ate a Scotch bonnet pepper - it relived everything for about 30 seconds (oddly) and I kid you not, I'm not sure the mechanism behind these things but they're which makes me think it's neurological? Nothing has remissed me to my old self completely.
I've also taken several different medications, including (mostly under the suspicions of mast cell disease) •Prednisone •Diphenhydramine •Famitodine •Ceterizine •Compounded cromolyn Sodium •Compounded hydroxyzine •Aspirin •Alka seltzer A few more I can't remember None of which provided relief and had rather strange side effects such as clicking in my jaw and tight stomach. +Meditation, Chiropractors, Accupresure etc.
Main symptoms: •Gassy 24/7 no matter what! •On empty stomach (after colonoscopy prep, for example). My stomach was burning but no gas. •Increased body temp on an empty stomach (100+) •Increased body temp (external), lethargy, shortness of breath, diarrhoea(at worst) typically from carbs even healthy ones, caffeine (dark chocolate & green tea), empty colon, external heat and now from almost everything. •'Tight' stomach sensation or squeezing from specific substances / supplements and decreased external body temperature. •Bones or joints popping / cracking too much •Tinnitus •Unequal pupils size (anisacoria)
NOTE: I become lethargic / fatigued and weak when my body temperature increases and my veins get larger.
When I take/ took said supplements (vitamin D, C, Zinc , Reishi, Turkey tail) My finger nails actually used to go purple at the same time my stomach felt tight and my body temp decreased and gave me some energy.
NOTE: My joints have been consistently popping and cracking more frequently than before, too, regardless of my nutrition or supplements.
As you can probably tell, I'm pretty desperate for ideas, I am / was supposed to have my whole genome sequenced and be reffered to a geneticist weather or not that's actually happening but until then, I need to hear from the community what I can do, I don't think I can get to the U.S either if that's even necessary.
I'm not here pity, I'm just messed up from all of this and appreciate any ideas from any individuals.
My ideas (neurological / hypothalamic disorder? thyroid disorder? Increased TNF? Metabolic acidosis?)
Thank you very much for reading this far and taking the time to think over this if you have! I really appreciate it!.
The only 'good' that has come from this from my perspective is that I learned an abundance about body functions, natural health, psychology, and I was capable of making a few books out of it. None of it has been easy and I wish I could feel 'normal' again, I don't care if some doctors disbelieve me anymore, I know it's hard to figure out due to clean looking tests but I couldn't be more serious.
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2023.06.01 13:21 eZGjBw1Z New and Changed Products - June 2023
Usually around the first of the month we have a batch of price changes and this month is no different. According to the "How to Become a Contract Liquor Agent
" document, "The Agent must also complete price changes that occur at the first of the month..."
Number of Price Increases: 2 Number of Price Decreases: 136 Number of New Products: 44 Number of Status Changes: 4
I plan to reply to this post throughout the month if I notice other significant changes happening or at the end of the month before the next update to keep the changes in one place. Here's a link back to what changed in May 2023: American Whiskey, Brandy, Canadian Whiskey, Cordial, Gin, and Irish Whisky
, Rum, Scotch, Tequila, and Vodka
For each category I've sorted by the amount of the price increase or decrease. New products are shown first, then price decreases are shown in decreasing order followed by price increases in increasing order. At the end are products with other changes unrelated to price.
Current product status is indicated on each line as follows. OHLQ hasn't publicly explained what these things mean but I've included my best guess below.
- A = Active
- Regularly supplied and available for purchase
- D = De-Listed
- No longer carried by OHLQ, may still be available in some stores or the warehouse. Sometimes considered a Last Call product
- I = Inactive
- Discontinued by the supplier or otherwise unavailable to OHLQ
- S = Special Order
- Regularly available but in limited supply. Not available in very many stores
- V = Value-Added-Pack
- Bottle comes with some kind of extra gift like a glass/mug/etc
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2023.06.01 02:08 Locke7768 The beginning of a YA novel incorporating Astral/Star Jelly
Hi Leon and Sasha,
I miss you guys so much. I hope that you are safe in Moscow. I think of you often. I hope that you and your mom (grandparents and Irina/Phil) are okay.
I hope you mom reads this to you. I hope that it helps you go to sleep. I will write more and post it for you to read.
Astral or Star Jelly is a real event/substance that has been found in all areas of the earth (please Wikipedia it). My friend performed a DNA analysis on a sample of Star Jelly, and the results were amazing. His group concluded that the sample mostly had mitochondrial-like DNA, but it was very different from anything reported (much longer and having possible different base pairs).
Astral/Star Jelly is often found after meteorite showers or other astral events. I found some when I was young (heavy Northern Lights and Meteor Shower event). I crafted the first chapter of a potential novel. Please give feedback. I am switching to google docs, so soon I will have links to my works.
Yes, Charlotte edited the chapter. She kept saying to keep it simple and direct. We hope to see you in Turkey this summer.
The Byproduct of Gods
with revisions by your favorite daughter
Her owners had held her for so many lifetimes that the stream, which flowed, near her family’s hut was gone. The trees that provided fuel, housing, and food were missing, replaced by a prairie. After all the years of the concept of returning home keeping her going, she did not feel safe. There were no people near her village, and it took her days to unearth signs of her youth. She discovered the land that she had first walked on only because the mountain and stones did not move. As she cleaned the Blue Volga granite idol of her parents’ deity, she felt nothing. The blue-green face of the god looked sad to her. He also was no longer safe. His followers were dead and his power forgotten.
Her first owner was a traveler. They moved with each new moon. Her master felt safe but she failed to understand that her entourage plodded along a predictable path. After many decades, a tale of a demon woman who did not age traveled the same circuit. Finally, a village attacked the demon. Her second owner was the daughter of the woman who bought her. The daughter decided to build a fortress and to rule her fief. Her third owner was the daughter’s son who had grown tired of never gaining his birthright. His guilt and myopic greed caused him to sell her to an alchemist. From that point on, she was an item for trade or barter.
Her final master failed to return home. She remained in his caravan for a week, performing her duties. When she had eaten all the food, she felt justified using her knowledge to destroy her metal shackles. It took her five days to dissolve her bindings with her jellies.
She thought of the places that she had felt safe. Those havens were all underground. A magician made her live in the passages beneath Kyiv when he was being hunted. The tunnels funneled the 15 rivers of the city and protected inhabitants from invaders or punishing ruling forces. For twenty years, she had lived in the coquina catacombs of Odessa. A man who thought he was a seer was convinced that his power had attracted the attention of dragons and demons. No one could approach the lair unseen.
After a week of searching the now unfamiliar area, the woman began to carve her home from the soil of her childhood. She spent fifty years making her home safe. Only she would know the paths and twists of her underground world. Only she would know where the escape exits emerged into the surrounding world.
Eventually, her home attracted others. The woman could have chased them away, but she felt a need to observe people. When the fourth generations of villagers were aging to the grave, there was no hiding the fact that she had not died. The villagers erected a semi-circular wall around the entrance to the woman’s cave. The wall grew and the woman did not protest the separation.
Generations later, people whispered that the villagers maintained the defenses of their community to keep the woman away from the town’s children at night. In the tavern, each generation of gallant males would boast that they would be the one to remove the blight of the woman from the town. When she inevitably outlasted them, she would attend the funeral of the most vocal warrior from each age group.
Daily the woman would remove more soil from her dugout. The community would search her discarded diggings for possible minerals or stones. They did not share any discoveries with the woman. During times of blight or famine, the locals would collect her soil and remove it from the community.
People would peer around the wall to scan the woman’s home. As the village grew, a leader placed two chairs at endpoints of the semi-circle barrier. During full moons, periods of strife, festivals, and other social events, menacing men sat in the chairs. Infrequently, people tried to enter the woman’s home. Aside from the guards, it was the more distraught people of the village who visited her.. The most recent person to enter the woman’s home was a grieving widow. Her grief made her seek the woman to find answers about her loss. Three mornings later, the villagers found the widow in the public square with drapes of herbs, flowers, and crafts around her limbs. The people thought the widow was dead or mindless from torture. When the widow awoke, she went to her house and began the chores for the day. When pressed about the woman’s abode, the widow would state that the home was loved, clean, and well maintained.
On the spring day when the widow was about to remarry, she was again discovered in the square coated with ropes of herbs, flowers, and idols. The woman disappeared for a decade after the wedding, but the widow brought her newborns to the opening of the earthwork to declare their names into the sunken space.
The aging hamlet relaxed when the woman was away. There was a sense of freedom in the people. They did not fear the retribution of the woman for their actions, and parents could not correct their children with threats of giving them to the woman. At times, the leaders of the people would consider filling in the woman’s hovel, but shovels and spades would split if used to cover the opening of the woman’s home. One regretful man tried using a mule and cart to dump rocks into the fastness. The stones crushed the man after his own tram flipped over on him.
Although the townsfolk feared and despised the woman, she had free reign in the village. As an indicator that she was amongst the people, the woman would adorn her head with a dark purple scarf. No other members of the village would wear that color. They looked for it whenever the woman shopped at the market. The woman paid with old and foreign coins, but the merchants welcomed the precious metals they were composed of. During the dark days of winter, the people collected the woman’s tender and deposited it into a lead box. The villagers had a belief that the more people touched the woman’s currency, the longer the winter would be.
After the community fortified against the woman, religious leaders organized efforts to erect carved idols and large wagon-wheel hexes aimed at her home. Each generation attempted to counter the woman with the current symbols of spiritual protection. The largest structure in the village was now a church, and the threshold of the church was oriented to face the woman’s home.
The woman was home when Alyona began her schooling in the church. She had learned the fundamentals of math, reading, and writing. She knew that her coursework would end soon. The village expected girls to be useful to a limit. Her mother walked her only surviving child to school along a path that would prevent their shadow from falling close to the woman’s realm. The villagers performed this ritual after someone claimed that the woman had controlled their behavior by stealing their shadow.
Alyona was daydreaming during school of a life away from the village when the woman touched her. Alyona had spent the morning in the woods collecting mushrooms and other edibles. Her findings made for great, free additions to their usually simple meals. . On days that Alyona returned with a bounty, they shared the extras with neighbors. It was a wager that these people would remember the gift and provide Alyona’s home with food during lean days.
The person gripping Alyona twirled her body so that she faced the opposite direction. Alyona assumed the culprit was another student or a young assistant at the church. It could have been a boy attempting to bully her to get her attention. She lowered her right hand, preparing to use the back to slap the violator. Alyona’s willingness to confront her accoster left when she saw the face of the woman under her purple scarf. Alyona knew she should look away from the woman, but her eyes locked with the woman’s gaze. All the stories the Alyona heard about the town ghoul stated that the woman was so old that her skeleton was all that was left of her body. The woman’s youthful face surprised Alyona. There were no lines or furrows on the woman’s forehead. If anything, Alyona would have stated that the woman’s face glowed.
I can smell it on your hands. The woman placed Alyona’s fingers under her nose. The force of the drawn air startled Alyona. She thought that the woman had pulled the top layer of skin off her index finger. Alyona’s toes curled when the woman sampled her hand. Across a church aisle, one of the priests was herding schoolchildren. He spotted the two of them. His face darkened at the sight of their contact.
WHAT IS ON YOUR HANDS, ALYONA? The priest shouted over the children.
Nothing, Sir. The woman’s tongue darted over the tip of Alyona’s index finger. I was harvesting in the woods before class.
You touched more than growths and nuts this morning, Singleton Child of the Crying Matron. The woman chewed on her thumbnail.
Alyona did not like her mother being referred to in that way, but the eyes of the woman immobilized her. How could she react forcefully to a person who was savoring her hand?
She is mine today, priest. The woman held out her other hand to the shepherd of the church. I will pay her mother for occupying her child for the day, and she will be returned unsoiled and whole.
The priest brought a gurgle of protest up but was shut down quickly.
My tunnels are beneath your place of worship and the bedchambers of Mistress Blake, The women stomped on the ground, and I know all of what has occurred within your walls.
Alyona realized that she was screaming when her throat began to sear. She expected that the woman’s hole would be dark, but the home glowed. There were mirrors and reflective glasses positioned throughout the house to harness sun rays from many holes and entrances in the surface of the residence. Therefore, Alyona was able to see herself yelling on fifty surfaces.
Hush child. The woman touched her mouth. Do not be afraid of the manner in which I inspected you. It is a show for the people. I only want to talk about your morning, and then I will let you go with a full belly and money to buy many toys.
Alyona felt her utterances dwindle down to a wheeze that slipped out her lips.
You have the scent on your fingers, girl. The woman was now examining Alyona’s left hand. It is on both hands, so you must have found a huge source.
A source? Alyona wanted to look at her hands but she maintained her attention on the woman.
Sit. The woman pointed to a well-padded chair. Sit and I will return with small pies and honey.
Alyona hovered over the seat. She wanted to be strong and to stand, but then she smelt the pies. The chair was very soft. There were no pins, claws, or spines in the cushion like she feared.
Alyona. The voice of the woman wove through the tunnels of the underground network. Alyona felt her name circle around her. She had never been afraid of her name before. Alyona Pistan…daughter of Fiva and the missing soldier.
Alyona closed her fist and felt the pain of her nails digging into her palms.
Fiva lives off the salary that the Duke must pay for your father’s military service. Your mother knows that the Duke no longer wants to pay this burden.
Alyona wanted to speak but her throat stung from screaming.
Your father’s name is Bay. He earned this title because he would not stop speaking when he was a baby. Like a horse that always had an opinion, your father would squawk at everyone before he knew words. The voice was now coming directly towards Alyona. My first gift to you and Fiva is the information that your father lives. There was a pause in the woman’s words. An enemy does not enslave him; he is lost with the simpleton that led him away. One day a map will lead him home, child.
The woman emerged from a cutout with a basket laden with pies, a pot of honey, wooden utensils, and slices of ham. In her other hand, she held a bucket of colored water.
We will eat together. The woman placed the basket on Alyona’s lap and retrieved two cups. After you accept the first pie, I will tell you an important secret of mine.
I do not think I want to know any of your secrets Starly-Gradda.
The woman laughed and placed the small wooden spoon into the pie directly in front of Alyona.
Elder-grandmother, you call me. The woman dunked a cup into the water and held it in her left hand. I think that term is the nicest thing a child has called me in a lifetime.
Alyona brought the food to her lips. She smelt the mint, berries, and kasha. Gently she laid the pie onto her tongue. She did not chew; she only let it rest in her mouth. She expected that the food would burn or numb her. The taste was full and made her wish to spit the substance out because it was too good to be real.
Ah, she eats. The woman clapped her hands. I was your age when I saw my first god being born.
Alyona choked on the pie.
I was sitting by a riverbank when the god entered our place. The woman drank from her cup. It was a bright yellow fish with shiny scales. I saw it come from nothing to being here.
The woman snapped her fingers and Alyona swallowed her food.
No one prayed for its existence. No one was singing for it to bring salvation. The woman made circles with her hands in front of Alyona. As far as I know, simple fish do not worship gods, but a god came for the fish of that river.
The woman tapped Alyona’s hand to take another bite of pie.
It floated there. The woman held up her hands. Here I am…a young maiden…thinking a god or demon turned itself into this creature to seduce or corrupt me. Again, a chuckle came from the woman. No other god cared about this special fish. I think it was floating only because it did not realize that a fish should swim in water.
Alyona grabbed a slice of ham. It had been two months since she had meat that was not paste.
Eventually, the golden fish fell into the water and swam away. The woman pulled back her hood and revealed her full face to Alyona. I tried to follow it, but it swam away from shore, and I lost sight of it.
Alyona cleared her throat and licked her lips.
Girl, if you want a drink, just take it. The woman filled Alyona’s cup and handed it to her. The ham is not that salty, but I think your sore throat would improve if you drank.
Alyona sipped the water. It did not taste bitter. It did not smell foul. In fact, the water’s taste was a mixture of apples, roses, and plums.
I told my mother, and she whispered to my father that they needed to trade me into marriage now, before I became soft in the head. I did not want to marry at my age, so I told her that I would go find proof of my shiny golden fish. The woman used a toothpick to dollop out a portion of honey. There was nothing in the water when I returned. I waded in the cool stream. I put my head under the surface and looked at the rocks for the golden shimmer. I found nothing.
Alyona ate the ham.
I was weeping on the spot that I saw the god be born. My heart was full of dread. I started to believe that the shiny golden god was not real. I was so sad that I was quickly accepting that I would be married to an old man so that he would tolerate my problems. The woman tapped her top lip. I felt that my mother had no love for me. I thought that if the golden fish were my mother, it would love me just because that is what should be.
Alyona selected another pie. This pie contained spices and mashed nuts.
Your mother loves you. I listen to all the words spoken in this village. If a parent lacks love for their child, I correct them or have them leave. The woman did not form a fist. She turned her hand into a claw, the conviction in her words hanging in the air until she relaxed it. As all hope was gone, I put my hand down in the grass, and felt the substance.
The woman held her hand flat towards Alyona.
It was clear. It was squishy like the rendered bones of stock animals. It had a pleasant smell, but I was scared to taste it. The woman cupped her hands. I gathered this glob. I used the front of my dress to carry the material. When I believed that the last speck was contained in my clothing, I ran to my parents.
Alyona had felt something similar in the forest that morning.
My mother accused me of only finding the discarded waste of an animal. She threatened to smear it over my face. The woman moved the honey pot closer to Alyona. My father took me to the village shaman, and he looked at the material. They scraped the material off my clothes, but not around my breasts. The shaman thought it was bone waste from an owl, the eggs of a species of frog, a shell-less egg from a dying bird, a mushroom that was usually underground, or the spit of an evil spirit.
Alyona’s eyes widened.
Of course, something as amazing as what we found would be considered evil. The woman waved her hand. I have discovered many bundles and I have never seen the substance created by an evil thing.
No? Alonya asked, breaking her food-induced silence.
No, child. The woman touched the tip of Alyona’s nose. It is not to say that evil people and things are not interested in the substance, but the creation of it does not come from evil.
Alyona resumed consuming the luxurious treats.
The morning after I saw the god being born, people started to fall sick. The woman sighed. My mother blamed the god substance. It was hard for the village not to turn on me after my mother told them it was my fault. The woman’s shoulders lowered. I had not slept that night, and I did not clean after my discovery. They put me in a crate that only had three holes. My father fed me and still cared for me.
Alyona did not know how to react but to nod at the woman.
When my elder brother was close to death from the illness, my mother brought him to my crate. She told me that I would have to watch my brother die because I was an evil liar who unleashed a demon on the community. I could see him wither in pain from the openings in my prison. The woman moved a third pie in front of Alyona. The night my mother told me that my brother would die, my father talked to me. It was an act of rebellion against my mother, but he asked me if I knew what had happened. I cried to him about how this was not something I did. I pleaded with my dad that I would never make my brother suffer, and that the day watching him had crushed my will to live.
The woman tore a slice of ham into pieces and placed pieces of the meat on the floor of her keep.
My father and I wept. He told me that I was likely to die because of the sickness. The woman tapped the tray. Not that I was sick… or was likely to get sick, but because it would seem as justice to the people. I knew his words were true, but I could not think of anything else to say.
The third pie was berry and egg meringue. Alyona did not know that pies like this one existed.
I entered the crate in the dress I wore when I saw the god be born. The truth is that I only had that dress and a wedding dress. My mother kept the dress I would’ve worn to my wedding in a box near her bed. A cat approached the pieces of ham. My grandfather had given me the wedding dress when he died, but she took it from me. My father used what he received from his father to buy me the only special clothes I would have in my life. My father loved me, Alyona, just like yours.
The cat touched Alyona’s leg. It startled her, and she confirmed that the cat was not black.
We talked about the jelly I had found. My father told me that he had tried to burn it, thinking it was an odd piece of animal fat. The substance did not burn. My father then tried to crush it out of existence, but the material was soft, but not easily destroyed. The woman touched the center of her chest. My father’s words made me remember that there was still some of the jelly on my dress. I touched where they did not scrape, and there was a patch of the substance. I pinched the substance and it coated my fingers. It felt warm, but not hot.
Alyona was glad that the cat had returned to the ham.
My father grew angry. He was arguing with the air that if he were a real man, he would protect his daughter and revive his son. He was a good father. The woman showed Alyona a closed smile. He was crying because he knew he could do nothing. I was sore and battered from being in the crate. I felt so greasy and disgusting. I thought I was no longer the same girl that wandered in the meadows.
The woman offered to refill Alyona’s water cup.
For some reason, I brought the fingers I had used to touch the smear of the jelly that was on my dress to my mouth. The taste was tangy, but not foul. It was better than the food that my father had inserted into the holes in my crate. I sucked on it. With both hands, the woman rattled the basket. I felt so much better. It was amazing. I could not see it, but I felt my dry, cracked lips heal. My mind became clear. I knew what I had to do.
Alyona stopped eating to listen to the woman.
I asked my father to place my brother’s mouth in front of the biggest hole of my crate. He thought I was mad. He accused me of confessing that I pledged my soul to demons, but I told him that I felt different after praying to our god. The woman looked directly at Alyona. I rubbed my fingers on the same spot of my dress, and I placed them into my brother’s mouth. He was so weak that he did not respond to this action. I moved my fingers along his gums, his teeth, I even touched his tongue.
Alyona spoke to the woman. Was he healed right away?
The woman chuckled.
I like you Alyona, but you have the impatience of a child. The woman touched Alyona’s chin. It was not a sudden reversal, but he did not die. People died that night, but my brother lived. More importantly, he was the only person to get even slightly better. He was not running in the fields, talking to everyone better, but he was no longer crying in pain. His eyes were no longer looking like they would burst. Moreover, my father stopped crying for us.
I am glad. Alyona looked at the half-eaten pie. She wanted more of it, but she thought it would be rude to return to eating.
It was another day, another four deaths, before my father told the shaman that he thought I could heal the sick. They pulled me from the crate and inspected me. The women called for me to be stoned. The men wanted me burned. The shaman asked how my brother was alive, and how I was still in good health. The woman tapped her right temple. I knew I had to lie. I knew that I could not tell the truth. I had to convince these scared people that I was not dangerous.
The woman shuffled the half pie back to Alyona.
I fell in front of the shaman and shouted, ‘The Green Man came to me.’ I do not think you know the Green Man, child, but he was the god of the people before Christ came to the land. The woman pointed to a drawing of a large tree man. It matters not what god I said talked to me. I yelled that I knew that I did something wicked, but our god had forgiven me, and I was now able to cure the sickness that was killing the village.
Alyona returned to eating the pie.
They whipped me and bound me. I feared that they would burn my dress, so I yelled that the Green Man said that if I were to heal the village, I would need to be as I was when he forgave and blessed me. The woman opened her hands so that Alyona could see her palms. The oldest people would pray in this manner. They tied my legs together and only allowed my right arm to be free. However, that was all I needed to start to heal the people of my life.
Alyona finished her meal.
I would say our prayers; tell the people who were watching that the Green Man wanted everyone to close their eyes so that his healing ray could hit the person. The woman pulled her head backwards with a laugh. During this time, I would pull some of the jelly off my dress and stick the substance in the person’s mouth.
The woman laughed deeply.
What? Alyona asked.
I did not know that so many of my fellow villagers were missing teeth. Children of the people that always had food, had damaged and missing teeth. I was trapped and bored, so my mind began to guess how many disgusting teeth injuries each person would have.
I thought the teeth were bad, but then it got worse. The woman looked upwards. It was on the third day of my healing that it happened for the first time. It was night, and the shaman had decided to blind me with a rag during the healing. Someone’s parents said that they did not want me to steal the soul of their child while I healed them. I placed my finger into a very small mouth, and everything was different. I did not feel a tingle from treating a person with the substance. I sang our songs to Green Man and rubbed jelly over my right fingers. I had planned to give the infant as much of the stuff as I could. The woman covered her eyes. The tiny body jumped, but there was still no response.
Why? Alyona wanted to know.
The baby was dead. I did not know if the god-gift could bring life back to a person. I was scared that if I did not return this child alive to their parents, I would be killed. The woman bobbed her head to the ceiling of her cave home. I kept doing it for a long time. I replenished the coating of my fingers four times, but still there was no living response. I finally shouted into the air. I faked arguing with the Green Man. I begged him to give me the infant. I spoke words that no one had ever heard in an odd voice that I thought would sound like the Green Man. This battle went on for minutes until I asked if whoever brought this child to me would allow the Green Man to have the special child live with him. I am not sure if the parents knew that their baby had died. I am uncertain if the parents wanted me to do something that I thought was evil, but a male voice eventually responded that it would be an honor if his young son joined the hunters of the Green Man.
I spoke in my fake Green Man’s voice that the parents of his new hunter would be honored with a new child by the next spring. I informed the parents that they would find gifts for the next year. The woman rocked her head so that she was looking at the floor. They brought me five more dead people to heal, but no more deceased children. I did not make a fuss over the dead adults. I stated that the Green Man blamed the family for their death. If they truly believed in the power of the Green Man, they would have brought their loved ones to me before the sickness took them.
Alyona nodded her head.
On the fifth day, my fingers were raw. My nails felt like they were growing too fast. I guess I was healing and benefiting from the jelly, but I was placing the same fingers into people’s mouths most of the day. The worst problem was that my dress was getting dry. The woman traced her lips with her right index finger. I think my father was watching me. I think he saw me searching desperately on my dress for any of the substance. I believe this because he brought me fresh peas to eat that night. In the third pea he gave me, the pod was full of the jelly.
Did your village love you for healing everyone after those days? Alyona smiled at the woman.
No. The woman patted the girl’s forehead. They kept me in the crate. There was no joy for me after I found the jelly.
You saved them.
The woman breathed deeply.
I said that the Green Man had used me to save them. I was nothing but a tarnished girl who may have the power to harm or make people ill. The woman turned her head to the side.
Did your father and brother free you from the crate? Alyona looked hopefully at the woman.
No child, the town folk dispatched the shaman with me in that wooden prison out into the world to purge the town of my evil. He threatened to kill me daily. He attempted to abandon me at every opportunity. The woman cupped her hand in front of Alyona. When I sensed a second source of the god jelly, he was able to sell me to a person.
No! Alyona did not know if it was a spell, but she was extending her hand towards the woman.
The sum was so great that my parents and brother lived well. The woman clapped each hand separately. That was after the shaman took his share of my bounty and spent more money on food, drink, and women on the trip home.
That is life, my special girl. The woman grabbed her hand and they stood up. The woman led the pair through tunnels and caverns. Eventually, the woman pulled her through a blanket of vines that concealed an exit to her labyrinth.
Your forest, Alyona. The woman gestured to the glade Alyona crossed to enter the woods.
Alyona pulled her hand away from the woman and pulled her hair back.
I am not sure what you want me to find. Alyona looked up to the woman. She received a smile.
I have never told anyone this before, the woman stuck her tongue out to Alyona, when I first touched the jelly, I felt that there were ants under my skin. It was the power of the jelly moving through me. It was such an odd feeling that I thought it was a sign of madness.
Alyona lowered her head. I felt something like that. I thought it was worms latching onto me from the peat.
That is the place, little one. Take me there.
Alyona was about to step forward when the woman asked her another question.
What color was the substance you touched today?
It was not one color, ma’am. Alyona moved her hand down to her legs. She brushed unseen but felt passengers from her body. I grabbed it first because I thought it was rose root. My mother could turn the flower into medicine to sell or trade. Alyona knelt and touched the ground. Except that the flower was so low to the ground and it was not the red or yellow flower I normally pick. They were violet with orange centers.
They did not feel like flowers.
No. Alyona pulled her hand away from the ground. They stuck to me like honey.
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2023.05.30 22:13 russianbot716 Chattanooga 70.3 Race Recap
First shot at a recap so let’s see how we do!
What – IM 70.3: Chattanooga
Where – Chattanooga, TN USA
When - Sunday, May 21st, 2023
- PR - Yes (previous PR was a 5:30:12 at Ohio 70.3 in 2022)
- Sub 5:00 - Heck no
- Not blow up on run - Sorta?
TL;DR and Results
This was my 3rd 70.3 and my first with my coach who has been training me since the start of the fall 2022
Swim – 35:07
T1 – 5:03
Bike – 2:49:55
T2 – 3:13
Run – 1:51:57
Total time – 5:25:14
58th in AG (M27), 579 overall
Was a college soccer player (GK) and after college had a foray into BJJ and MMA with a couple fights. Realized that was dumb for longevity and switched to triathlon
2-3 sessions a week of 2.4K to 3.6K yards per session. Some workouts are speed focused, some are technique focused, so on and so forth. I have seen a good improvement on CSS these last few month from 1:40 to 1:33. I did swim team as a kid so I have been trying to recapture some of that swim experience. I also felt some recent breakthrough with decreasing my stroke rate and using fewer more powerful strokes. Have been very happy with my improvement these last months. I still remain a terrible to nonexistent kicker
Goal split - 35 Minutes
typically rides a week. Longer weekend ride and 2 during the week (on zwift trainer) with focus on cadence or power or VO2. I have a big problem with low cadence, recently been trying to get up into the 80s for when I am normally riding. However when I start putting power down I start reverting to the low 70s cadence of riding. As far as FTP I had worked my FTP up to 257 leading up to the start of the season. However I have felt pretty weak these last 2 month leading up to this actual race. It has been harder for me to put the power down. However on the outdoor longer rides I have felt very strong and very comfortable riding for longer periods. Outdoors I ride without power so will probably need to make that investment soon.
Goal Split - 2:30:00
Running has steadily improved with increased mileage and more speedwork. Recent 5K test had improved me to 6:33 for my fastest 5K. Additionally in the most recent half marathon race I had I finished 1:30:12 with a 6:57 avg. biggest issues I have been dealing with are some pain in my left Achilles at the very start of runs that typically disappears after a mile or 2. Typically 3-4 runs a week (1 tempo short, longer run on the weekend, Z2 10k).
Goal Split - 1:40:00
Woke up at 4 AM to get the body rolling. Had my usual prerace breakfast of 2 English muffins with peanut butter and honey as well as a power armour with caffeine and a cup of coffee. Transition setup right at 4:40 to give me plenty of time for the most important part of the morning, THE BM. Went back to my hotel and was able to get showered and dressed up for the race. Headed over to the busses for drop-off to the swim and get to the swim start 20-30 mins before the race start
Swim – seeded myself in the 30-35 minute group and set off! for those that fear swimming Chatty is a great race. It is a with the current swim so it felt like we were flying down the river. Dealt with a slight leak in my left goggle the entire swim which was pretty annoying but it was far from terrible. Also I forgot that in Chatty the swim is actually 1.4 miles instead of 1.2, so as I swam over 2100 yards I was thinking WTF why are we still swimming? This was the first time I seeded myself in the 30-35 min so I did deal with less of the slower swimmers who seed incorrectly. However I did still find quite a few in front of me who should not have been where they were. Mini Rant here, but seriously people why are you doing this? IDK this is just a huge pet peeve of mine when I have to swim all the way around a person (small problems I know...) rant over. But got through it without any real major contact with anyone
35:07 @ 1:23/100 yards - 7:48 PR!
T1 – Never had a wetsuit stripper before! that was fun. But this transition is long as crap. My watch clocked my total transition distance as almost half a mile which was crazy to me. Also I was a little slow getting my socks on today which was unusual. all and all a odd transition where I just felt slow and unfocused on what I was doing.
Bike – Set off on what had previously been my nemesis for my first 70.3 but felt like I would have an area of great improvement for today! with my goal of 2:30 I knew my goal average speed was around 22MPH, and for the first bit we were well on track! If I look at my average speed through the first 26 miles I was averaging 21.6 MPH. And this is a course with rolling hills most of the way. Goals of the bike were to try and really spin to get through the hill and not stuck grinding it out as this would destroy my legs. Also wanted to keep on my nutrition as I felt this really caused me to blow up on my runs in Galveston and Ohio. Fueling per hour was 1 x 55g carb Gatorade mix bottle and a maurten gel to get to 80 g carb per hours. Would then rinse down the body and sip water through the aid stations. after I burned through my 2 bottles I sipped on the Gatorade endurance bottle taken from the aide stations. In total took 160 g carb + some of the Gatorade endurance for nutrition. So all was going ok until after the "big" climb halfway. Not sure if it was fueling or the headwind that started. But my average speed just tanked. I felt like I had no power. When I tried to flex and stretch my legs I could just feel the damage in them. Not good. Then with the slower speed my mental game fell apart. mile 40-50 I was in a really bad mental spot and had decided at several points to just quit when I got back into transition as there was no way in hell I would break 5 hours. I felt like a failure and a loser. why had I been training 9-12 hours every week to just suck? Talk about a tale of 2 half's. Managed to get back to transition. Mini rant #2 - draft packs... screw you. A literal peloton of 8-10 people 2 abreast 5 deep flew by me at mile 45 and let me tell you I was big mad. Rant over. Also saw a guy lose control at 30 MPH and hit the deck pretty hard, hope he's ok. That was a nice bike to wreck on :( Also another guy almost started peeing on me (I was behind him) near the end and definitely did not use enough water to wash himself down after LOL.
2:49:55 - 20.07 MPH - 11ish minutes slower than PR :(
T2 – Made it into T2 and said alright lets just run the first 5k and see how we are doing then we can DNF if you really are that miserable. So got everything racked and ditched the 10 maurtens I had somehow acquired on the bike. but threw on my trusty Saucony Endorphin Pro 2s and set off
Run – That first hill out of transition took my already bad mental state and threw it into the fire. So I have never come closer to quitting than that moment. I did not somehow. And then the run flattened out. So after 1.5 miles I actually started to feel good mentally and that's when I knew I was going to finish. I also saw how my pace was going and I knew I would at least PR on the day if I just held the pacing I was doing. after the 1st aid station I decided I wouldn't push too hard on the run and simply walk through the aid stations. avg pace as 7:40-8:00 while running then would walk through the aid stations. in the aid stations I would douse with water and take Gatorade in. Also was putting ice in the suit. I think in total I had 2-3 gels throughout the run? and I stopped at every single aide station for drink and splashing myself with water. Besides the aid stations the only section I had to walk was an incredibly steep little hill right before the first bridge crossing to the other side of the river. That hill is a real ball buster. In terms of improvements I think if I really want to chop some time I have some free time if I don't walk through aid stations. I need to get better at doing that on the run to enable me to get that free time. Also I really didn't push at all my heartrate was pretty much in high Z2 for me the whole run. Also I was dealing with side stitches off and on the whole run so not sure how I can prevent that in the future but if I could eliminate that I would be a much happier camper. Also lap 2 on the run was SO CROWDED mind you there were 3k athletes but man that was a busy run course for the second lap. Saw the shoot and had the tear well up a little. Got over the line and had a quick little 30 second sob so that was that.
1:51:57 - 8:31 AVG - 11 min PR
Chatty has me feeling some really mixed emotions. I really was sure I was in for massive PR., chopping 30 minutes off my last PR. Instead I got a measly 5. Maybe I am being to hard on myself or am being greedy with the amount of time I feel I should be dropping? However when I think about it practically it is a much harder course with 2.3K feet in climbing over the bike and 600 or so feet in climbing on the run. So to PR on a harder course is good right? Just a confusing weekend for me about how to feel about it. I think nutrition is still and issue as I am left thinking why did I feel so weak on the bike? I have read some literature that 90-100g carb may be even better now so I think I will implement this into training. Also could I have been tougher and gone harder on that run? If you saw me out there I was in an blue and orange suit with a white helmet riding and old black and blue trek equinox 7 or black running hat. Next race is in July with the Happy Valley 70.3 so I have even more climbing to look forward to there. Will I be able to further PR? Let me know what y'all think of this write up or your thoughts on all this!
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2023.05.30 21:00 Legal-Turnover-2964 Dragon's Blood Mead
Ingredients needed 3lbs honey (clover) 1 32 oz RW Knudsen Organic Just Tart Cherry Juice 1 packet Lanvin D47 Yeast Nutrient
Supplies 1 Gallon Fermentation Vessel 1 bung plug 1 airlock 1 siphon 1 Graduated Cylinder 1 Hydrometer 1 Funnel 1 Turkey Baster
- Warm the honey to aid in pouring into your fermentation vessel.
- Add all the honey, all of the Tart Cherry Juice, and 1 tsp yeast nutrient. Then either shake or stir until well combined.
- Top with yeast and water leaving enough head space to shake and combine as well to allow for a possible vigorous fermentation (as I have found while fermenting cherry juice).
- Pull off a sample into you graduated cylinder and use the hydrometer to collect you Original Gravity or OG
- Put in bung plug and airlock (filled with Starsan) and place in a dark place (60 - 75 degrees F).
- Once fermentation has completed (check with hydrometer reading) rack/siphon over to new 1 gal fermentation vessel leaving the yeast byproduct behind and allow to clear.
- Bottle and enjoy, bottle aging will aid with flavor profile.
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2023.05.30 20:23 keepxdreaming Honey Maple Turkey, Ham, Pepperoni & Am. Cheese on a Poppy bagel
2023.05.30 19:45 Necrolancer96 Summoning Kobolds At Midnight: A Tale of Suburbia & Sorcery. 83
Somewhere, West Virginia, USA.
"PUT YOUR BACK INTO IT!!!" A harsh voice barked out.
grunted and whined as they continued to chop and hack at the thick trees that covered the south of the Duval Estate. It was slow going since they were using basic axes and handsaws. The dumb things couldn't be trusted with anything more advanced.
At least that was what Morty, and everyone else, thought. Morty placed a ice pack to his aching head as he nursed a stiff drink. He could only vaguely recall the Ball. He was excited, then annoyed, then angry. Oh yeah, the City Council and the Mayor stood him up.
Then he recalled something about swearing vengeance afterwards. He winced as a great tree fell to the ground with a groan, and a wet squelch as a drague
failed to get away in time. Vengeance was for another day, he thought.
He wanted his industry up and running yesterday, and he was annoyed that it was such slow going to get the forest cleared. The workforge was being rebuilt as they worked. In the meantime, the logs were being trimmed and stored in a hastily built shed to shelter them from the weather.
He didn't need the whole forest cleared, just enough for a decent path/road to haul the stone, ore, and lead from the deposits back here for storage and processing.
But even that was taking too long for Morty. So today, instead of dealing with matters involving the town, he decided to oversee the lumber operation. The back brick wall has since been torn down and the brick repurposed for other things around the base camp.
What stood now was a wide open view of the various oaks, pines, maples, beech and cedars that covered the area. Now he just had to tear it up. At least he will when the dragues
would stop dying from the falling lumber!
"TIMBER!!!" The harsh call of the Red Cap foreman came as a solid trunk of pine fell.
The various work crews of the dragues
scattered this time save for a handful that were either squished under the pine or lost appendages to it. The ones still alive were dragged away to the drague housing quarters. Small shanty shacks that were barely held together.
Morty followed and glanced inside, curious as how the dragues
were made compared to the rest. It was pretty similar to the rest of the goblins. Save for the fact the pool was a murky almost dirty dishwater color instead of the vibrant green of the other goblin pools. It also spawned 3-5 at a time instead of just a single goblin every few seconds.
Then again, given the rate they died it wasn't surprising to see them being pumped out faster and in a higher volume, especially if the near constant stream of dead dragues
being thrown into the pools to "refresh" them was anything to go by.
Morty, curiosity satisfied, went back to observing the operation. He stood under a pavilion with one of the smarter goblins as they gibbered about plans for collecting the lumber more efficiently. While they did so the Red Caps and other goblin grunts were patrolling the area, keeping the dragues
in line as well as keeping an eye out for anything that might wish them harm.
Which wasn't much at any rate. Other than a brief skirmish with a boar their presence scared away anything else. A bugbeabigfoot/whatever they called themselves came up and gave Morty a brief report.
All is well, the halflings were where they were every time they reported back. Though the scout did report that some of them, and a handful of humans, were doing some minor foresting on the west-side of the forest that Morty was clearing.
Nothing that was any issue, Morty thought. Though he would have to either send someone or go himself and make sure that the halflings knew what was and wasn't theirs.
But from the report it wasn't anything to worry about yet. Maybe he can keep a tree line that could separate the two, a natural boundary so to speak. He knew that when he started doing full scale agriculture that the walking spuds would be his natural, and only, competitors. But that was a future Morty problem, today Morty was dealing with just clearing more than a few feet of trees!
The only good thing about the dragues
was the same advantage that the other greenskins had, numbers. That was about it, they were too dumb to do anything complex, and too weak to do much of anything else. As soon as 10 new ones joined the work crews, twice that were hauled away, dead from exhaustion or some random act of violence between them.
Goblins were naturally petty. But the dragues
seemed even worse! They could barely work together, they required a Red Cap or someone else of higher rank to keep them in line just to prevent them from offing one another.
It seemed to Morty that a caste system had naturally formed. Him and the sisters at the top, the Red Caps and other house/smart goblins making the next step. Though he's started to notice a bit of a rivalry between the two groups. The Red Caps maintained that their military mentality and organization was better, and that they in turn were better than the house/smart goblins. The house/smart goblins in turn believed they were better as they were better educated and learned than the Red Caps.
Morty has had to intervene between fights in the manor already. He's limited the house staff to serving only himself and the sisters and relegated some dragues
to serving the Red Caps. This has resulted in more incidents of violence against the dragues
for spillage and other instances of "carelessness". But the serving staff were grateful to not be dealing with the "brutish" Red Caps.
After them it went the goblin grunts, and finally the dragues
. Not like Morty cared though. As long as they did what they were told he could care less. He watched a log get dragged away on a hastily built sled as he sipped his drink.
Out the corner of his eye he could see some of the smart goblins continue to tinker with the remnants of the scrapped vehicles. He heard them talking about building a "hauling kart" to better haul the lumber and future deposits they were going to exploit.
From what he's seen of the plans so far he would be surprised if it ran at all if it didn't explode, again.
That wasn't the only thing being worked on either at the moment though. While his armee
was being trained and drilled as it continued to grow, he was expanding the area around the manor.
A few guard posts were being built along the road to the manor, and he's already drew up plans to build some housing for the soldiery, either in town or here on the grounds. It'll keep them happy and content, and if he puts them in town then they can be quick and ready to deal with any... malcontents.
As soon as the workforge is up and running he also wants more artillery. Either cannons or mortars. If only there was sulfur and saltpeter nearby then his armee
could be entirely independent!
But you can't have everything. Though he wasn't sure what would be cheaper, ordering a bulk order of gunpowder or the ingredients to make it himself. Another problem for future Morty.
The workforge would also need to be expanded or liquified into separate specialized factories for processing the lead and iron. As well as a masonry to work stone. He wanted his manor turned into a fort by Christmas! A big stone starfort surrounding the manor itself! Walls lined with cannons! Sure it wouldn't deal with Apaches and Tomahawk missiles. But it was better than nothing!
The thrown together lumbermill was first on the list though. The fact that it burned up with the rest of the workforge was an annoyance that he didn't want to deal with again. So while the workforge was being rebuilt the lumbermill was being built away from it. Once it was up and running he can resume his lumber processing.
The Colonel had returned to the pawnshop. Though he was hesitant to enter. The same feelings from last night returned, worse than before. This time he was painfully aware of the new sensation in his breeches!
Once was a coincidence, twice was a pattern, was the human saying wasn't it, he thought as he shuffled. The fact that it's happened twice, and both times was in the presence, or even thought, of the pawnbroker, was enough to confirm his theory.
The other Red Caps were little better as the metamorphosis seemed to spring on them with little thought or feeling, he wasn't sure if it was sudden or if it had been happening for some time and they just didn't realize it.
Either way, it was something that the Red Caps now had to deal with. Sooner rather than later. Since yesterday the number of Red Cap recruits has fallen to pitiful levels. There would usually be potential in new spawns that would make it fairly obvious right from the get-go that they were worthy of donning the colors.
But that was rarer and rarer as time went by, and now he was sure that the days of drawing recruits from the spawning goblin pools was at an end.
He walked through the door as a little bell chimed above. Alerting Molly the pawnbroker of his presence. She actually smiled when she saw him. Which just made his nerves worse!
"Hello Colonel! How's the patrol goin'?"
He swallowed nervously.
"It's going as well as usual. Another nest is in the process of being put to the sword as we speak. Though there were also reports of a lone individual skulking about sometime last night."
She nodded with a smirk. It was actually kinda cute that the uniformed man was so nervous around her. A nice change from the hot and bothered country boys from one of the farms or ranches that would swagger in and try and pull their country boy charm on her.
"Heard about that this mornin'. Find out who it was?"
"We did not. I wanted to make sure that those under my- OUR protection weren't bothered by the incident!" He hastily corrected.
Yup, definitely cute, she thought as he continued to sweat and shuffle in her presence.
"Nope, as you can see everythin' is where its supposed to be."
He nodded his head at her words.
"Good! Good. Well, unless you would like to report anything than I will take my leave!"
He didn't wait for a reply before turning on his heel and making for the door. But then he stopped just as his hand reached for the door. He took a deep breath and turned around and looked at the still smirking pawnbroker.
"Though, if you are not doing anything tonight? Would you care to go for a nightly walk with me?"
"Why Colonel?! Are you asking me out once more?! And so soon?!" She asked with faux scandal in her voice.
"Y-y-your right, my apologies. It was improper as to inquire again so soon. I'll take my leave then." The Colonel said and turned to leave once more, a bit dejected that his offer was rebuked and ashamed that he couldn't wait a proper amount of time before asking her again!
"WAIT?!" Molly called.
He looked back at the pawnbroker.
"I was only teasin' a little! I would love to go for a walk with you tonight. If you still want?"
The Colonel smiled and nodded.
"Of course! I'll meet you after your work is finished?"
"That'd be fine!" She stated with a smile.
The Colonel left with a bit more pep in his step, though his nerves were shot from the situation. Another date, he thought excitedly! With his courtship of the pawnbroker going ahead now he just needed to get permission from the General to advance it when the time is appropriate.
The Colonel returned to the manor and searched for Morty, after asking around he found him in his study. As was the head butler, who looked to be speaking with Morty about something as well.
"-he staff are beginning to feel certain things that are not common among our kind Master. I have an idea what might be happening and I would like to inform you-"
"I desire to mate." The Colonel stated simply as he grew tired of the head butler's rambling.
Morty's only response was to spit and choke on his bourbon.
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2023.05.30 17:18 vode123 What do you think of “minimally processed” uncured lunchmeat
Lot of discussion out there saying processed meats cause cancer. There are certain uncured no nitrate/nitrite meats out there. I buy a brand of hams/turkey lunchmeat where the only ingredients are: Pork Hams, Water, Honey, Sea Salt, Maple Syrup, Turbinado Sugar, Celery Powder, Natural Flavor, Lactic Acid Starter Culture.
If you ate all of these ingredients separately, I don’t see they would be a cause for cancer. How does combining them into a single product increase cancer risk?
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2023.05.29 16:04 bextar568 Curb Sugar Cravings Supplements
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Do you find yourself succumbing to sugar cravings time and again? It can be a constant battle to resist the allure of sugary treats, but you're not alone. Sugar cravings affect many people, and they can be challenging to overcome. However, with the right knowledge and tools, you can take control of your cravings and make healthier choices. In this article, we will explore the world of sugar cravings and discover how supplements
can help you curb them naturally.
Sugar is everywhere in our modern diet, and its addictive properties make it hard to resist. It's no wonder that many people struggle with sugar cravings, often leading to excessive consumption of sweets, sugary beverages, and processed foods. But excessive sugar intake can have detrimental effects on your health, including weight gain, increased risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, and even negative impacts on mood and energy levels.
Understanding Sugar Cravings
Before we dive into the solutions, it's essential to understand why sugar cravings occur in the first place. Cravings for sugar can be influenced by various factors, including psychological triggers, nutritional deficiencies, and habitual patterns.
Health Risks Associated with Excessive Sugar Intake
Excessive sugar consumption can have severe consequences for your health. It can contribute to weight gain and obesity, increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, promote inflammation, and weaken the immune system. Additionally, sugar can negatively affect your dental health and lead to tooth decay. Understanding these risks can serve as a strong motivation to tackle sugar cravings head-on.
Reasons Behind Sugar Cravings
Sugar cravings can stem from different factors, and identifying the underlying causes can help you develop effective strategies to manage them. Let's explore some common reasons why sugar cravings occur.
Emotional eating, stress, and mood fluctuations can trigger sugar cravings. Many people turn to sugary foods as a form of comfort or reward, seeking a temporary boost in mood or relief from stress. Understanding the emotional triggers behind your cravings can help you find healthier coping mechanisms.
Certain nutritional deficiencies, such as inadequate intake of protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals, can lead to sugar cravings. When your body lacks these vital nutrients, it may crave sugar as a quick source of energy. Ensuring a well-balanced diet can help reduce cravings.
Habits play a significant role in our lives, and sugar cravings can become ingrained in our daily routines. For example, having a sugary dessert after every meal or indulging in sugary snacks during specific times of the day can create a pattern that reinforces the cravings. Breaking these habits and replacing them with healthier alternatives is crucial.
Managing Sugar Cravings Naturally
While supplements can be helpful, it's essential to adopt a holistic approach to managing sugar cravings. By addressing the root causes and making lifestyle changes, you can reduce your reliance on sugary treats. Here are some natural strategies to consider: Balancing Blood Sugar Levels
Stabilizing blood sugar levels is crucial to managing sugar cravings. Avoiding drastic spikes and crashes in blood sugar can help prevent cravings. To achieve this, opt for complex carbohydrates, whole grains, and foods rich in protein and fiber. These choices provide sustained energy and help keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day. Incorporating Protein and Fiber
Including protein- and fiber-rich foods in your diet can promote satiety and reduce cravings. Protein helps regulate hunger hormones, keeping you feeling full for longer, while fiber adds bulk to your meals, slowing down digestion and promoting a sense of fullness. Consider incorporating lean meats, legumes, nuts, seeds, and plenty of fruits and vegetables into your diet. Choosing Healthy Alternatives
Instead of reaching for sugary snacks, train your taste buds to enjoy healthier alternatives. Fresh fruits, natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup, and dark chocolate with a higher cocoa conten
t can satisfy your sweet tooth without the negative effects of excessive sugar consumption. Experiment with different flavors and find healthier substitutes that you genuinely enjoy.
Choosing Healthier Alternatives
The Role Of Supplements In Curbing Sugar Cravings
While making dietary changes is crucial, supplements can provide additional support in managing sugar cravings. Here are some supplements that have shown promise for curbing sugar cravings:
Chromium is a mineral that plays a role in regulating blood sugar levels. It helps enhance insulin sensitivity and can reduce sugar cravings. Consider incorporating a chromium supplement into your routine after consulting with a healthcare professional.
Gymnema Sylvestre is an herb traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine. It has been shown to reduce sugar cravings and decrease the sweetness of sugary foods when consumed. Gymnema Sylvestre supplements can be an excellent addition to your sugar-craving management plan.
Magnesium deficiency can contribute to sugar cravings, as this mineral is involved in various metabolic processes. Taking a magnesium supplement, especially if you have a deficiency, may help reduce cravings and promote overall well-being.
L-Glutamine is an amino acid that can help reduce cravings for both sugar and alcohol. It supports gut health and helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Incorporating L-Glutamine into your supplement routine may aid in curbing sugar cravings.
Finding The Right Supplement When choosing sugar-craving supplements, it's crucial to consider the following factors:
- Quality and Purity
- Ensure that the supplements you choose are from reputable manufacturers and undergo rigorous quality testing. Look for third-party certifications and check for purity and potency.
- Dosage and Recommendations
- Follow the manufacturer's suggested dosing instructions or speak with a healthcare provider for more specific guidance. Individual needs may vary, so it's essential to find the right dosage for you.
Sugar Flush Pro - Our Recommended Dietary Supplements
You can find more information on Sugar Flush Pro
on the official website of this product.
Sugar cravings can be a significant obstacle on the path to a healthier lifestyle. By understanding the underlying causes and making conscious choices, you can regain control over your cravings. Remember to focus on a well-balanced diet, adopt healthy habits, and consider incorporating supplements to support your efforts. With time and dedication, you can overcome sugar cravings and enjoy the benefits of a healthier, more vibrant life.
Frequently Asked Questions Q: Can supplements completely eliminate sugar cravings? A:
While supplements can provide support in managing sugar cravings, they may not completely eliminate them. Adopting a holistic approach that includes dietary changes, healthy habits, and supplements can help reduce cravings and make them more manageable. Q: Are there any side effects of using sugar-craving supplements? A:
In general, sugar-craving supplements are considered safe when taken as directed. However, it's essential to read the labels carefully and consult with a healthcare professional before adding any new supplements to your routine, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking other medications. Q: How long does it take for the supplements to start working? A:
The time it takes for supplements to start working may vary depending on the individual and the specific supplement. While it could take some people a few days to observe a difference, it might take others longer. Consistency is key, so it's important to follow the recommended dosage and give the supplements time to take effect. Q: Are there any lifestyle changes required to curb sugar cravings? A:
Yes, managing sugar cravings often involves making lifestyle changes. This can include adopting a well-balanced diet, incorporating regular physical activity, managing stress levels, and developing healthy coping mechanisms. These changes work in conjunction with supplements to help curb sugar cravings effectively. Q: Can sugar cravings be a sign of underlying health issues? A:
While occasional sugar cravings are normal, persistent and intense cravings may indicate underlying health issues or nutritional imbalances. If you find that your cravings are interfering with your daily life or if you have concerns, it's best to consult with a healthcare professional for a thorough evaluation.
Thank you for reading this article to the end. I hope you were able to learn something about managing your sugar cravings by making lifestyle changes for a healthier you. Please visit the official website
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2023.05.29 15:55 dinewild Basic BBQ Sauce Recipe
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BBQ sauce is more than just a condiment; it’s a key ingredient that elevates the taste of grilled and smoked meats to mouthwatering levels. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, attending a cookout, or simply craving some finger-licking goodness, BBQ sauce is an essential companion for meat lovers. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the fascinating world of BBQ sauce, exploring its history, regional variations, and tips for creating your own tantalizing concoctions. The Origins and Evolution:
The roots of BBQ sauce can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where early cooks discovered the magical combination of tangy, sweet, and smoky flavors. Over time, BBQ sauce evolved across continents, influenced by various culinary traditions. From the vinegar-based sauces of the American South to the tomato-based sauces of the Midwest and the mustard-based sauces of the Carolinas, each region developed its own unique spin on BBQ sauce
, showcasing the diversity of flavors in the world of barbecue. The Essential Ingredients:
While there are countless variations of BBQ sauce
, several key ingredients remain common. Tomato-based sauces often feature ketchup or tomato paste as a base, providing a rich and tangy flavor. Sweetness is achieved with ingredients like brown sugar, molasses, honey, or maple syrup. To add depth and complexity, spices such as smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper are incorporated. The choice of vinegar, whether apple cider, white vinegar, or a combination, brings a necessary acidity that balances the sweetness. Regional Delights:
Exploring the regional variations of BBQ sauce is like embarking on a delicious journey across the United States. In Kansas City, a thick, sweet, and smoky sauce reigns supreme, perfect for slathering on ribs or brisket. Head to the Carolinas, and you’ll find tangy, mustard-based sauces that add a zing to pulled pork. In Memphis, the emphasis is on a thin, tangy, and slightly spicy sauce that beautifully complements smoked meats. And in Texas, a bold, peppery, and tomato-based sauce complements the rich flavors of beef. Each region brings its own flair, providing a delightful array of BBQ sauce experiences. Creating Your Own Signature Sauce:
While regional sauces are beloved classics, there’s nothing stopping you from experimenting and creating your own signature BBQ sauce
. Start with a base of ketchup, tomato sauce, or even fruit preserves. Add sweetness with honey, brown sugar, or maple syrup, adjusting the amount to your taste. Play with various spices, such as cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, or even chipotle powder, to add depth and heat. Don’t forget the tangy element—apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, or Worcestershire sauce can provide that much-needed acidity. The joy of making your own BBQ sauce lies in the ability to tailor it to your personal preferences. The Versatility of BBQ Sauce:
BBQ sauce is not limited to slathering on grilled meats alone. It can be used as a marinade, a basting sauce, or a dipping sauce. Brush it on chicken wings, ribs, or burgers during the grilling process for a delicious caramelized glaze. Use it as a dipping sauce for crispy french fries or as a condiment for sandwiches. The versatility of BBQ sauce
knows no bounds, allowing you to explore its many applications in your culinary adventures.
BBQ sauce is an integral part of the barbecue experience, with its diverse range of flavors and regional variations. It has the power to transform ordinary grilled meats into extraordinary culinary delights. Whether you prefer a sweet and smoky Kansas City-style sauce or a tangy and mustard-based Carolina creation, the world of BBQ sauce offers endless possibilities for tantalizing your taste buds. So, grab your spatula, fire up the grill, and dive into the realm of BBQ sauce—a journey that promises deliciousness at every turn. Ingredients:
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a medium saucepan, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, and molasses. Mix well to combine.
- Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
- Add the smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and salt to the sauce. Stir to incorporate all the spices.
- Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking or burning.
- Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if needed. If you prefer a sweeter sauce, you can add more brown sugar or molasses. For a tangier flavor, add a little more vinegar or Worcestershire sauce.
- Remove the sauce from the heat and let it cool down completely.
- Once cooled, transfer the BBQ sauce to a jar or airtight container. It can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.
This basic BBQ sauce can be used as a marinade, basting sauce, or dipping sauce for grilled or smoked meats. Feel free to customize the recipe by adding your favorite spices or ingredients to make it your own!
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2023.05.28 17:21 VernonKazama My Mario Kart Wish List 📃
~ 1. Introduction ~
Here is a detailed description of my wishlist for a Mario Kart 9 or 10/X (if Tour is considered the 9th installment) I don't expect everyone to like all my ideas. This is just a wishlist. I obviously would be happy with any Mario Kart Nintendo decides to put out but in a perfect world, this is what I would want for it to be the best Mario Kart imo. I hope you enjoy.
*= Thoughts, Personal opinions, New ideas for modes, mechanics, driver outfits, vehicles, items, options, etc
- with numbered annotation⁰= Explanations on certain features
🔒= Locked. Must be unlocked by in game requirements or DLC
~ 2. Mechanics ~
~ Single Player / Multiplayer 》1P》2P》3P》4P》
Grand Prix》Class Optimization》Driver(s) Select》Vehicle Parts》Circuits》Cup Select》 Class Optimization options: Engine: 50cc》100cc》150cc》Mirror》All
¹》All Mirror¹》 Driver: Solo Dash》Double Dash》
² Drift: Automatic》Manual》³ Items: Normal》No Items》 Camera: Normal》First Person》
*¹ - All and All Mirror options are only available in Grand Prix. After a Circuit has been selected, It'll play each Cup in order of that specific Circuit.
*² - All race and battle modes will feature either a Solo Dash or the new Double Dash option similar to Mario Kart Double Dash for extra replayability and character combinations.
*³ - Even if not many people liked Automatic drifting, it was there for a reason for you to choose. Some liked it. Some didn't. It should be the player's choice.
*⁴ - Camera can also be changed freely during the race from the pause menu.
Time Trials》Driver(s) Select》Circuits》Cup Select》Course Select》 Race Solo》Race Against Ghost》View Ghost》Online Ghost》Upload Ghost Data》
• VS Race》Driver(s) Select》Vehicle Parts》Customized Race》Circuits》Cup Select》Course Select》 Customized Race options: Engine Class: 50cc》100cc》150cc》Mirror》 Driver: Solo Dash》Double Dash》 Drift: Automatic》Manual》 Teams: No Teams》Team Game》 Items: Normal》Frantic》No Items》No Items and Coins》Custom》 COM: Easy》Normal》Hard》Pro
¹》 COM Vehicles (Solo)²: All Vehicles》Karts Only》Bikes Only》 COM Vehicles (Doubles)
²: All Vehicles》ATVs Only》Buggys Only》 Courses: Choose》In Order》Random》 Race Count: 4》5³》8》12》16》32》64》All》 Laps: 1》2》3》4》5》
*¹ - Added a Pro difficulty to make the CPU feel more of a challenge.
*² - Wanted to split the vehicle selections between Solo Dash and Double Dash drivers. Solo Dash drivers will now only select between Karts and Bikes and Double Dash drivers will only select between ATVs and new Buggy vehicles. *Buggys are essential similar to the designs of the Karts used in Mario Kart Double Dash. ATVs are now bigger in size to help fit the idea of 2 drivers on one vehicle.
*³ - The original Super Mario Kart had 5 courses per Cup so I brought that option back for custom races.
*⁴ - Wanted to make the option available for players. These courses will be excluded from Laps option and be set to default when selected: ⁿ⁶⁴ Wario Stadium, ⁿ⁶⁴ Rainbow Road, ᵍᶜⁿ Baby Park, ᵍᶜⁿ Wario Colosseum, ³ᵈˢ Wuhu Loop, ³ᵈˢ Maka Wuhu, ³ᵈˢ Rainbow Road, ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Mount Wario, and ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Big Blue.
Battle》Driver(s) Select》Vehicle Parts》Customized Battle》Course Select》 Customized Battle options: Driver: Solo Dash》Double Dash》 Drift: Automatic》Manual》 Teams: No Teams》Team Game》 Items: Normal》Frantic》Skilled》Custom》 Round Time: 1 Minute》2 Minutes》3 Minutes》4 Minutes》5 Minutes》 COM: Easy》Normal》Hard》Pro》 COM Vehicles (Solo Dash): All Vehicles》Karts Only》Bikes Only》 COM Vehicles (Double Dash): All Vehicles》ATVs Only》Buggys Only》 Courses: Choose》In Order》Random》 Round Count: 3 Rounds》5 Rounds》7 Rounds》
*¹ - I shortened the rounds. Anything past 7 rounds is too much imo but that's just me. Also being a little bias cuz I'm not a fan of battle mode.
~ Online Play 》1P》2P》
Worldwide: Grand Prix*》VS Race》Battle》
Regional: Grand Prix*》VS Race》Battle》
Tournaments》Menu. Menu options: Create a Tournament: Icon》Name》Rules》Time Settings》Other》 *Rules options: Mode: 50cc》100cc》150cc》Mirror》Balloon》Classic Balloon
¹》 Renegade Roundup》Bob-omb Blast》Shine Runners¹》Coin Runners》 Shine Thief》Thunder Cloud Tag
¹》Random Battle》 Driver: Solo Dash》Double Dash》 Drift: Automatic》Manual》 Teams: No Teams》Team Game》 Items: Normal》No Items》No Items or Coins》Frantic》Skilled*²》Custom》 Round Time (Battle only): 1 Minute》2 Minutes》3 Minutes》4 Minutes》5 Minutes》 COM: No COM》Easy》Normal》Hard》Pro》 Vehicles (Solo Dash): All Vehicles》Karts Only》Bikes Only》 Vehicles (Double Dash): All Vehicles》ATVs Only》Buggys Only》 Camera: Normal》First Person》 Smart Steering: Smart Steering OK》No Smart Steering》 *Time Settings options: Frequency: Weekly》Daily》Fixed Period》 Start Day: Sunday》Monday》Tuesday》Wednesday》Thursday》Friday》Saturday》 Start Date: Dependent》 Start Time: Dependent》 End Day: Sunday》Monday》Tuesday》Wednesday》Thursday》Friday》Saturday》 End Date: Dependent》 End Time: Dependent》 Round Count: 4 Rounds》8 Rounds》16 Rounds》 Group Shuffling: Don't Shuffle》Every 4th Match》 *Other options: Player Rating: Any Rating》0-2999》3000-9999》10000-99999》 Public/Private: Open to Everyone》Code Required》
*¹ - Scroll down to Battle section for more info.
*² - Skilled Items for Battle mode only.
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- A Report button will finally be added to report cheaters/hackers/etc.
- I'm thinking Solo Dash races will feature the usual 12 players (1st - 12th place) while Double Dash races features upto 16 players but 8 groups total (1st - 8th place).
- Worldwide and Regional Grand Prix will be 2-12 racers (or 4-16 in doubles mode) in a 4-race Cup from any randomly displayed Cups. Cups are then selected based on player voting.
- Create Room will now feature customized options such as Mode, Teams, Items, CPUs, and Vehicles similar to the Create a Tournament option.
- For online, I'd also like for a better ranking system to prevent casual players from racing against competitive players and vice versa.
My Replays. View saved replays from previous races or battles on and offline. * You can now save more than just 6 replays.
Online Replays*¹ View shared replays from others online
*¹ - Should've already been added in the first place.
²* - View recent online races or battles replays. Earn coins by voting who'll be 1st. * Literally stole this idea from Smash.
~ Other Details
- The race start intro and race finishes to retro courses will have a remake version of their original transitions along with a rearranged verison of their original theme from that respective retro course. Example for better understanding. * Mario Kart GP courses will have the current game's race start and finish transitions.
- I somehow also want to incorporate a way that once the Retro Grand Prix is unlocked, the title screen will have remake versions of the original title screens from previous Mario Kart games similar to Mario Party Superstars. Example
- It would show different title screens at each start up similarly to how Mario Kart 8/Deluxe's title screens Example
- Sometimes the CPU seems to make decisions that only seem to target the player regardless of placement. I want a smarter CPU for harder difficulties that won't just use an item just to use. If a CPU is holding a shell, they should use it logically or defend themselves with it logically.
- I personally am fine with every other mechanic used in Mario Kart 8/Deluxe such as driving techniques used, amiibo settings, Stats, etc. Keep the same driving techniques even during Double Dash mode. I personally was not a fan of Mario Kart Double Dash's drift mechanic and would not want that function brought back.
~ 3. Characters and Vehicles ~
68 Total Drivers (including DLC) 32 Total Alternate Drivers. 100 Total Individual Characters.
- Driver select screen, press R button to rotate between alternate drivers. Some drivers will have upto 9 different outfits to choose from.
- I wanted the original 8 to be the starting roster.
Mario》Metal Mario 🔒》Tanooki Mario 🔒》Fire Mario 🔒》Ice Mario 🔒》Dr. Mario 🔒》 - Mario (Classic) 🔒 - Mario (Builder) 🔒 - Mario (SNES) 🔒 - Mario (Sunshine) 🔒 - Mario (Tuxedo) 🔒 - Mario (N64)*🔒 - Metal Mario (Gold) 🔒
Luigi》Penguin Luigi 🔒》Fire Luigi 🔒》Gooigi*🔒》 - Luigi (Classic) 🔒 - Luigi (Golf) 🔒 - Luigi (Builder) 🔒
Peach》Pink Gold Peach 🔒》Cat Peach 🔒》Fire Peach*🔒》 - Peach (Wedding) 🔒
Yoshi - Light-blue Yoshi - Black Yoshi - Red Yoshi - Yellow Yoshi - White Yoshi - Purple Yoshi - Pink Yoshi - Orange Yoshi
Bowser》Dry Bowser 🔒》Meowser 🔒》 - Dry Bowser (Gold) 🔒
Donkey Kong Jr. - Donkey Kong Jr. (SNES) 🔒
Koopa Troopa》Koopa (Freerunning) 🔒》 - Red Koopa (Freerunning) - Blue Koopa (Freerunning) - Purple Koopa (Freerunning) - Gold Koopa (Freerunning) 🔒
Toad》Cat Toad 🔒》Captain Toad 🔒》 - Toad (Pit Crew) 🔒 - Toad (Builder) 🔒 - Toad (Astronaut) 🔒 - Toad (Blue)* - Toad (Yellow)* - Toad (Green)*
Donkey Kong 🔒
Wario 🔒 - Wario (Biker)*
Birdo 🔒 - Birdo (Light Blue) - Birdo (Black) - Birdo (Red) - Birdo (Yellow) - Birdo (White) - Birdo (Purple) - Birdo (Green) - Birdo (Orange)
Baby Mario 🔒
Baby Luigi 🔒
Toadette 🔒》Peachette 🔒》 - Toadette (Explorer) 🔒 - Toadette (Builder) 🔒 - Toadette (Astronaut) 🔒
Paratroopa 🔒 - Green Paratroopa*
Diddy Kong 🔒
Bowser Jr. 🔒
Petey Piranha 🔒
King Boo 🔒 - King Boo (Luigi's Mansion)
Ms. Pac-Man 🔒
Dry Bones 🔒 - Dry Bones (Gold) 🔒
R.O.B. 🔒 - R.O.B. (Famicom)*
Shy Guy 🔒 - Light-blue Shy Guy - Black Shy Guy - Green Shy Guy - Yellow Shy Guy - White Shy Guy - Blue Shy Guy - Pink Shy Guy - Orange Shy Guy
Baby Peach 🔒
Baby Daisy 🔒
Funky Kong 🔒
Honey Queen 🔒
Baby Rosalina 🔒
Link 🔒 - Link (Champion's Tunic)
Villager 🔒 - Villager (Female)
Isabelle 🔒 - Isabelle (Winter)*
Inkling Girl 🔒 - Inkling Girl (lime green) - Inkling Girl (magenta)
Inkling Boy 🔒 - Inkling Boy (purple) - Inkling Boy (teal)
Hammer Bro 🔒》Boomerang Bro 🔒》Ice Bro 🔒》Fire Bro 🔒》
Monty Mole 🔒
Dixie Kong 🔒
King Bob-omb 🔒
Chargin' Chuck 🔒
Noki ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ 🔒 - Noki (Green) - Noki (Pink) - Noki (Yellow)
Pianta ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ 🔒 - Pianta (Pink) - Pianta (Yellow) - Pianta (Purple)
Professor E. Gadd ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ 🔒
Toadsworth ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ 🔒
Luma ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ 🔒 - Luma (Blue) - Luma (Pink) - Luma (Green) - Luma (Cyan) - Luma (Red) - Luma (Purple) - Luma (Black) - Luma (Orange)
Sonic the Hedgehog ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ 🔒
Miles "Tails" Prower ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ 🔒
King K. Rool ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ 🔒》Kaptain K. Rool*》
Krunch ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ 🔒 * Would be an excellent choice for a surprise DLC character to those familiar w/Diddy Kong Racing
Zelda ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ 🔒》Sheik*》
Kirby ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ 🔒
King Dedede ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ 🔒
Captain Falcon ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ 🔒
Samus ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ 🔒》Zero Suit*》
Geno ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ 🔒
- - there's plenty of room for more characters but I figured 100 was the perfect amount of characters, especially with the double dash feature with everyone potentially having a partner with no odd person out.
Available parts. The parts available are listed here in the order shown in the vehicle customization screen, with the following notation: ¹ = Changes color, depending on the character. ² = Changes color for the Koopalings. ³ = Changes color for Daisy, Baby Daisy, Rosalina, and Baby Rosalina. (DLC) = Part is only available as downloadable content.
- Personally, I would want a system that prevents everyone from choosing the best racer with the best vehicle parts. For example If Luigi is the best racer and his best vehicle is the standard kart with mushroom tires, and gold glider, obviously everyone will choose Toad and those exact parts to win races. I want everyone to choose their favorite racer and parts that make them comfortable to race in, and not just look at a list of the best racers and parts and just copy and paste that. I don't know how to fix this honestly but I'm sure someone could help with ideas to this to make everyone equal in a way on the track with their own individuality similar to what Mario Kart 7 did with their characters.
~ Karts (Solo Dash)
Standard Kart¹ 4-Wheel Cradle 8-Bit Pipe Frame¹ Apple Kart B Dasher Badwagon Barrel Train Biddybuggy (Buggybud)¹ Birthday Girl (Royal Ribbon)²/³ Blue Falcon Blue Seven Booster Seat (Baby Booster) Bruiser (Growlster) Brute Bull's-Eye Banzai Bulldog-W ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ Bumble V Cact-R Cact-X Cat Cruiser Cheep Charger Cheep Snorkel Circuit Special¹ Clanky Kart Classic Dragster (Nostalgia 1) Cloud 9 Crawly Kart Cucumber Dasher II Daytripper (Royal Racer) Dozer Dasher Dragonfly Dry Bomber Egg 1 Flame Flyer Gold Mantis Gold Pipe Frame Gold Standard (Gold Kart) Green Apple Kart Honeycoupe (Dragonetti) Hurricane Jet Cruiser Jetsetter (Aero Glider) Jumbo Jetter Kiddie Kart¹ Koopa Clown² Landship ² Light Dancer Light Tripper Mach 8 Mini Beast (Concerto) Mushmellow Offroader P-Wing Paintster Parade Kart Penguin Slider Pink Mushmellow Pipe Frame¹ Piranha Prowler Poltergust 4000 Power Flower Prancer Prop Kart Quickshaw ROB-BLS Rambi Rider Royale Shooting Star Sky Pop ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ Sneeker (Bounder)¹ Snow Skimmer Soda Jet Sports Coupe (Sports Coupé) Sprinter (B Dasher Mk. 2) Star Broom Steel Driver Streamliner Streetle Super 1 Super Blooper (Turbo Blooper) Surf Sailer Swift Talon Tanooki Kart Tea Coupe Tiny Titan (Rally Romper) Tiny Tug Tri-Speeder Wario Car Warship Wild Wing Wildlife Yellow Taxi Zucchini (Gherkin) Speed Star ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ Source
Whirlwind Sport ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ Source
Egg Mobile ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ * Was inspired by this image I found. Source
Reminds me of the Egg Mobile with Monster tires White Cat ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ Source
Dark Schnieder ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ Source
Car¹ ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ * Source
* the number in the center will be replaced by driver's logo Dragoon Kart ⁽ᵈˡᶜ * Source
~ Bikes (Solo Dash)
Standard Bike¹ Bit Bike (Nanobike) City Tripper¹ Flame Rider Hurricane Jet Bubble (Bubble Bike) Master Cycle Zero Mr. Scooty (Mr Scooty) Phantom Quacker ROB-LGS Shooting Star (Twinkle Star) Sugarscoot (Bon Bon)¹ The Duke Varmint Wario Bike Zip Zip (Rapide) Zipper Wheelie Bike ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ Source
Bullet Bike¹ Comet Dolphin Dasher Flame Runner (Bowser Bike)¹ Jet Bike Mach Bike¹ Magikruiser¹ Master Cycle Sneakster (Nitrocycle) Sport Bike¹ Yoshi Bike¹ Zinger Sting ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ * just an idea I had for a new bike based off of a beta imagine for Donkey Kong racing. Source
* the number in the center will be replaced by driver's logo. Bike version of the Prop Kart
~ ATVs (Double Dash)
Standard ATV (Standard Quad)¹ Bone Rattler Inkstriker Spear (Torpedo)¹ Splat Buggy Teddy Buggy Tyrant Wild Wiggler Hovercraft¹ ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ Source
~ Buggys (Double Dash)
Standard Buggy ¹ Banisher Bolt Buggy Bullet Blaster Coach³ * Heart Coach/Bloom Coach from Mario Kart Double Dash DK Jumbo Fire Buggy¹ * Red Fire from Mario Kart Double Dash Goo-Goo Buggy¹ Koopa Dasher Koopa King Para-Wing Pipe Buggy¹ Piranha Pipes Turbo Birdo Turbo Yoshi Waluigi Racer
Standard (Normal) 8-Bit Standard Ancient Tires (Ancient Tyres) Azure Roller Bicycle Tires Blue Monster Blue Standard (Normal Blue) Button Capsule Crimson Slim Cushion Cyber Slick Drum Gold 8-Bit Standard Gold Tires (Gold Wheels) Heart Rings Hot Monster (Funky Monster) Iron Leaf Tires (Leaf Tyres) Metal Monster Mushroom Mushroom Off-Road Red Monster Retro Off-Road Roller Slick Slim Snorkel Tires Sponge Triforce Tires (Triforce Tyres) Wood (Wooden) Yoshi Tires
Super Glider¹ 8-Bit Jumping Mario Beast Glider (Ghastly Glider) Bowser Kite Butterfly Sunset Cloud Glider Crimson Crane Droplet Glider Eggshell Glider Eggshell Glider Fare Flier Flower Glider Gold Glider Great Sail Hylian Kite MKTV Parafoil Oilpaper Umbrella Paper Glider Parachute Paraglider (Breath of the Wild) Paraglider (Parafoil) Peach Parasol³ Plane Glider Ribbon Swooper (Swoop) Waddle Wing Waluigi Wing Wario Wing Magic Carpet ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ Source
Wizpig Glider ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ Example
at 00:31 Tails Flier ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ Source
Knuckles Glider ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ Source
Gunship ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ Source
~ 4. Items ~
× – Does not appear in Battle Mode.
~ Items found on the track
Item Box - Gives the player a random item. Items given are based on the player's distance from first place. * I would like for them to look either similar to how they looked in Mario Kart 64 or Mario Kart DS' design.
Coin - Gives the player a small boost and increase top speed when more are collected, up to a maximum of ten.
Rupee - The equivalent of a coin, used for Hyrule Circuit and Zelda related courses. They replace coins in the item roulette and in the track.
Bell - The equivalent of a coin, used for Animal Crossing. They replace coins in the item roulette and in the track.
Cash - The equivalent of a coin, used for Splatoon related courses. They replace coins in the item roulette and in the track.
Balloon ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ - The equivalent of an Item Box, used for Diddy Kong Racing related course. Source
Item Box (Capsule) ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ - The equivalent of an Item Box, used for Sonic related course. Source
Star Block ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ - The equivalent of an Item Box, used for Kirby related course. Source
Banana ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ - The equivalent of a coin, used for Donkey Kong Country / Diddy Kong Racing related courses. They replace coins in the item roulette and in the track. Source
Ring ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ - The equivalent of a coin, used for Sonic related courses. They replace coins in the item roulette and in the track. Source
Food ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ - The equivalent of a coin, used for Kirby related courses. They replace coins in the item roulette and in the track. Source
~ New Items
Coin Block ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ - * floats above player for a short time (10 seconds). Hop to collect upto 10 coins. Can only be obtained if player has 0 coins. Replacing the Coin Box item from Mario Kart Tour. Example
~ Returning Items
Banana Peel - When a kart hits a Banana Peel, it spins out. You can carry one behind your kart to protect yourself from a single attack. Can be thrown backward and forward.
Green Shell - Travels in a straight line and knocks over a kart it hits.
Red Shell - Red Shell Homes in on the closest kart in front of the player and knocks it over.
Feather - Causes the player to spin and leap in the air, providing a small speed boost upon landing, akin to a regular trick (characters will also perform a trick animation during the jump).
Mushroom - Provides the player's kart with a small speed boost.
Super Star - Provides the player invincibility from all terrain and items, and also giving a speed boost.
Boo - Unleashes Boo, who turns the player invisible for a brief time, making them impervious to enemy attacks, and steals an opponent's item. Cannot steal Special Items.
Coinˣ - Grants the player two extra coins and a micro boost.
Lightningˣ - Causes all opponents to drop their items, shrink, and drive slowly for a short time.
Fake Item - Looks just like an item box, but when you run into it, it knocks you over.
Bob-omb - Explodes after a short time when thrown or dropped, knocking over any kart in its blast radius.
Blooper - Sprays ink on all racers ahead and reduces their visibility. The racers hit also lose some of their traction while sprayed.
Bullet Billˣ - Transforms the player into a Bullet Bill, rocketing through the track with auto-pilot, and providing invincibility from all terrain and items.
Spiny Shellˣ - Targets the racer in first place, knocking over all other karts in its path.
Super Horn - Emits a radial shockwave hitting racers, as well as destroying all obstacles, including the Spiny Shell.
~ Special Items
Fireball (Red) - Three fireballs will revolve around your kart. They split up after they're thrown and go sliding ahead. These powerful pyrotechnics can take out multiple opponents at once. Drivers: Mario, Fire Mario
Fireball (Green) - Three fireballs will revolve around your kart. They split up after they're thrown and go sliding ahead. These powerful pyrotechnics can take out multiple opponents at once. Drivers: Luigi, Fire Luigi
Fire Flower - Allows the player to throw fireballs for a short time that cause other karts to spin out on impact. Drivers: Metal Mario, Fire Peach, Fire Bro
Ice Flower - Three balls of ice will revolve around your kart. Throw them all at once and they'll freeze any kart they hit, causing them to slide. Drivers: Ice Bro, Ice Mario, Penguin Luigi
Heart - This protective Heart revolves around your kart for a set amount of time, shielding you from attacks. Any item that hits the player becomes theirs to use. A cute and handy item. Drivers: Peach, Daisy, Villager, Wendy, Mametchi
Yoshi's Egg - This egg rolls down the road and home in on opponents. When they hit and break, they'll drop three more items. Drivers: Yoshi
Birdo's Egg - Homes in on the kart in front of you and crashes once it hits. Three more items will fly out when it breaks. Drivers: Birdo
Chain Chomp - This fearsome beast chases karts with reckless abandon, pulling the player behind it at breakneck speeds. Drivers: Baby Mario, Baby Luigi
Triple Mushrooms - Orbits the player's kart, providing them with three separate speed boosts. Drivers: Toad, Toadette
Golden Mushroom - Provides the player's kart with continuous speed boosts for a short time. Drivers: Captain Toad
Mega Mushroom - The driver grows bigger, which allows them to squash other racers by running over them, making them lose their items and slow down for a moment. Drivers: Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Wiggler
Poison Mushroom - A stationary item. Looks like a regular mushroom but If one is run into, the victim shrinks, as if hit by a Lightning. Shrunken racers who run into it revert to normal size. Drivers: Kamek * ngl, i didn't really know who to give this item to
Mushroom Cannon - A cannon designed to resemble a Mushroom. Continually shoots out Mushrooms in front of your kart for a set time. Drivers: Monty Mole, Peachette, Toadsworth
Triple Green Shells - Three green shells that orbit the player's kart, protecting them from incoming attacks. Drivers: Koopa Troopa, Dry Bones, Lakitu, Koopa (Freerunning)
Triple Red Shells - Three red shells that orbit the player's kart, protecting them from incoming attacks. Drivers: Paratroopa, Dry Bones, Lakitu, Koopa (Freerunning)
Bowser's Shell - An awe-inspiring giant shell! As it careens down the road, slamming and ramming into karts, it's the very image of Bowser himself. Drivers: Bowser, Bowser Jr., Dry Bowser
Triple Bananas - Three bananas that orbit the player's kart, protecting them from incoming attacks. Drivers: Donkey Kong Jr., Dixie Kong
Giant Banana - Not only does this big banana spin out karts that hit it, but after being struck it breaks into three regular-sized Bananas. Drivers: Donkey Kong
Banana Barrels - Arm your kart with two fully-loaded barrels of Bananas! Continually shoots out Bananas in front of or behind your kart for a set time. Drivers: Diddy Kong, Funky Kong
Thunder Cloud - A thundercloud hovers over the recipient and strikes it with lightning after 10 seconds. The user shrinks to a very small size for 10 seconds, driving more slowly. Before this happens, the user has higher speed and acceleration while not losing speed when driving off-road, and may pass the cloud to an opponent by bumping into them. Drivers: Blinky, Pinky, Inky, Clyde * If there was absolutely no choice but to have the next Meta character, it'd be the Ghosts. Having one of the worst possible specials in the game should balance them out.
POW Block - The POW Block appears above the karts as a 2D image, warning players of its arrival, and causes any racer on the ground ahead of the user to spin out and drop their items. * Since wheelies are no longer a thing, it always spins out other racers unless they're in anti-gravity mode or during an in air trick Drivers: Mii, Don-chan
Super Leaf- Gives the player's kart a tail that can be used to deflect items, knock over opponents and collect coins. The tail will disappear after a moment or if the player is hurt. Drivers: Tanooki Mario
Lucky Seven - Surrounds the player with seven items that rotates around its kart. The player receives a Mushroom, Banana, Green Shell, Red Shell, Blooper, Bob-omb, and a Star. Drivers: King Boo, Pauline, Poochy, Nabbit, Chargin' Chuck, Pianta, Noki
Boomerang Flower - Can be thrown up to three times, hitting racers forward/backward and when it returns to its user after the first and second use. Driver: Boomerang Bro, Larry
Piranha Plant - Automatically chomps on obstacles and other racers, giving a short speed boost for each bite. Drivers: Petey Piranha
Double Bob-ombs - Two Bob-ombs will revolve around your kart. Throw them both at once. Drivers: Wario, Waluigi, Roy
Bob-omb Cannon - Continually shoots out Bob-ombs in front of your kart for a set time. Drivers: Shy Guy
Giga Bob-omb - After being thrown, it will explode after hitting a kart or bouncing 3 times. It has a larger blast radius than a standard Bob-omb. Drivers: King Bob-omb
Bubble - Briefly envelops your kart and protects you from damage for a set time. While in the bubble, you will get a speed boost and float in the air. Drivers: Baby Peach, Baby Daisy, Baby Rosalina, Lemmy
Dash Ring - Tosses out three rings in front of you along the track. Pass through them for a speed boost! Drivers: Rosalina, Luma, Ludwig, Honey Queen
Hammer - Throws multiple Hammers in an arc aimed at karts in front of yours. Drivers: Hammer Bro
Super Bell - A bell rings above the driver, knocking away nearby karts and items. The bell rings three consecutive times. Drivers: Cat Peach, Cat Toad
Capsule - Three colorful capsules surround your kart. They'll bounce at opponents when thrown. Drivers: Dr. Mario
Splat Bomb ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ - * Explodes after a short time when thrown or dropped, knocking and spraying ink on any kart in its blast radius and reduces their visibility. The racers hit also lose some of their traction while sprayed. Drivers: Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy
Magical Boomerang ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾ - * Works like a Boomerang Flower that tracks closes kart infront of player like a Red Shell Drivers: Link
Magnet ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ - * a powerful magnet that pulls opponents towards the player Source
Nayru's Love ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ - * will surround the racer's kart with a protective shield. Any items that hit this shield will be reflected back at the racer who used them. If a driver using Nayru's Love is attacked with an item such as a Lightning, the racer who used the Lightning item will take damage. Drivers: Zelda
Copy Ability ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ - * steals Special item from any racer. If no racer has a special item on them, it'll randomly generate a random racer's Special Item. Drivers: Kirby
Dedede's Hammer ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ - * driver using Dedede's Hammer, will swing it around for about 5 seconds. Any karts hit will be squashed, causing them to lose their item and speed momentarily. Drivers: King Dedede
Invincibility Shield ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ - * become invulnerable to all damage for a short time. Drivers: Sonic, Tails
Bombs ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ - * Think Double Bob-ombs, the original Triple Bananas and the Feather item. If used as a protective item, upon the explosion, the player will leap in the air, providing a small speed boost upon landing. Drivers: Samus
Geno Flash ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ - * works like a Lightning but doesn't strink opponents. Drivers: Geno
- - R.O.B. and Professor E. Gadd have the ability to obtain any special item, excluding Fireball (Green), Birdo's Egg, Lucky Seven, Nayru's Love ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾, Copy Ability ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾, and Geno Flash ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾
~ 5. Courses ~
161 Total Courses
Nitro Grand Prix Mushroom Cup》 Flower Cup》 Star Cup》 Special Cup 🔒
Retro Grand Prix 🔒 Mushroom 🍄 Courses : Shell Cup》Golden Dash Cup》Red Coin Cup》Blue Coin Cup》Banana Cup》Lucky Cat Cup》1-Up Cup》Gold Cup》
Flower 🌷 Courses: Leaf Cup》Turnip Cup》Freezie Cup》Metal Cup》 Lightning Cup》Rock Cup》POW Cup》Heart Cup》
Star ⭐️ Courses: Sun Cup》Moon Cup》Red Shell Cup》Thunder Cloud Cup》Wing Cup》Boomerang Cup》Coin Block Cup》Warp Cup》
Special 👑 Courses: Vanish Cup》Cherry Cup》Mega Cup》Tanooki Cup》? Block Cup》Spiny Cup》Shine Cup》Grand Cup》
World Grand Prix🔒 Lightning⚡️Courses: Egg Cup》Triforce Cup》Crossing Cup》Bell Cup》Propeller Cup》Fruit Cup》Feather Cup》Acorn Cup》Super Cup》World Cup》
Extra Grand Prix 🔒* Excellent idea to introduce courses from the Mario Kart GP series as well as new courses for DLC content
~ New Courses
Nitro Grand Prix: Mushroom Cup 🍄 1. New Mario Circuit 2. TBD 3. TBD 4. TBD
Nitro Grand Prix: Flower Cup 🌷 1. beach- or water-themed course 2. TBD 3. TBD 4. TBD
Nitro Grand Prix: Star Cup ⭐️ 1. ice- or snow-themed course 2. TBD 3. TBD 4. TBD
Nitro Grand Prix: Special Cup 👑 1. TBD 2. TBD 3. New Bowser's Castle 4. New Rainbow Road
~ Retro Courses
Mushroom 🍄 Courses Retro Grand Prix: Shell Cup 1. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Mario Kart Stadium 2. ᵈˢ Yoshi Falls 3. ᵍᶜⁿ Baby Park 4. ˢⁿᵉˢ Bowser Castle 1
Retro Grand Prix: Golden Dash Cup 1. ʷⁱⁱ Luigi Circuit 2. ᵍᵇᵃ Shy Guy Beach 3. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Sweet Sweet Canyon 4. ᵍᶜⁿ Dry Dry Desert
Retro Grand Prix: Red Coin Cup 1. ³ᵈˢ Toad Circuit 2. ⁿ⁶⁴ Moo Moo Farm 3. ᵍᵇᵃ Riverside Park 4. ʷⁱⁱ Toad's Factory
Retro Grand Prix: Blue Coin Cup 1. ⁿ⁶⁴ Luigi Raceway 2. ˢⁿᵉˢ Donut Plains 1 3. ᵈˢ Cheep Cheep Beach 4. ³ᵈˢ Shy Guy Bazaar
Retro Grand Prix: Banana Cup 1. ᵈˢ Figure-8 Circuit 2. ʷⁱⁱ Moo Moo Meadows 3. ³ᵈˢ Cheep Cheep Lagoon 4. ⁿ⁶⁴ Kalimari Desert
Retro Grand Prix: Lucky Cat Cup 1. ˢⁿᵉˢ Mario Circuit 1 2. ᵍᶜⁿ Peach Beach 3. ⁿ⁶⁴ Koopa Troopa Beach 4. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Thwomp Ruins
Retro Grand Prix: 1-Up Cup 1. ᵍᶜⁿ Luigi Circuit 2. ³ᵈˢ Daisy Hills 3. ˢⁿᵉˢ Ghost Valley 1 4. ᵍᵇᵃ Bowser Castle 1
Retro Grand Prix: Gold Cup 1. ᵍᵇᵃ Peach Circuit 2. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Water Park 3. ʷⁱⁱ Mushroom Gorge 4. ᵈˢ Luigi's Mansion
Flower 🌷 Courses Retro Grand Prix: Leaf Cup 1. ᵍᶜⁿ Mushroom Bridge 2. ᵍᵇᵃ Boo Lake 3. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Twisted Mansion 4. ³ᵈˢ Rock Rock Mountain
Retro Grand Prix: Turnip Cup 1. ᵍᵇᵃ Mario Circuit 2. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Toad Harbor 3. ⁿ⁶⁴ Choco Mountain 4. ˢⁿᵉˢ Bowser Castle 2
Retro Grand Prix: Freezie Cup 1. ᵈˢ Desert Hills 2. ᵍᶜⁿ Mario Circuit 3. ʷⁱⁱ DK Summit 4. ᵍᵇᵃ Bowser Castle 2
Retro Grand Prix: Metal Cup 1. ʷⁱⁱ Mario Circuit 2. ⁿ⁶⁴ Frappe Snowland 3. ᵍᶜⁿ Daisy Cruiser 4. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Shy Guy Falls
Retro Grand Prix: Lightning Cup 1. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Mario Circuit 2. ˢⁿᵉˢ Ghost Valley 2 3. ᵈˢ Waluigi Pinball 4. ʷⁱⁱ Wario's Gold Mine
Retro Grand Prix: Rock Cup 1. ˢⁿᵉˢ Choco Island 1 2. ᵈˢ Delfino Square 3. ³ᵈˢ Music Park 4. ⁿ⁶⁴ Mario Raceway
Retro Grand Prix: POW Cup 1. ³ᵈˢ Wuhu Loop 2. ʷⁱⁱ Coconut Mall 3. ᵍᵇᵃ Cheese Land 4. ᵈˢ Shroom Ridge
Retro Grand Prix: Heart Cup 1. ⁿ⁶⁴ Toad's Turnpike 2. ³ᵈˢ Mario Circuit 3. ˢⁿᵉˢ Donut Plains 2 4. ᵍᶜⁿ Waluigi Stadium
Star ⭐️ Courses Retro Grand Prix: Sun Cup 1. ᵍᵇᵃ Snow Land 2. ˢⁿᵉˢ Choco Island 2 3. ᵍᶜⁿ Yoshi Circuit 4. ⁿ⁶⁴ Bowser's Castle
Retro Grand Prix: Moon Cup 1. ⁿ⁶⁴ Wario Stadium 2. ʷⁱⁱ Koopa Cape 3. ᵍᵇᵃ Yoshi Desert 4. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Mount Wario
Retro Grand Prix: Red Shell Cup 1. ʷⁱⁱ Daisy Circuit 2. ᵍᵇᵃ Ribbon Road 3. ᵈˢ Mario Circuit 4. ᵍᶜⁿ DK Mountain
Retro Grand Prix: Thunder Cloud Cup 1. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Sunshine Airport 2. ⁿ⁶⁴ Sherbet Land 3. ˢⁿᵉˢ Vanilla Lake 1 4. ³ᵈˢ Maka Wuhu
Retro Grand Prix: Wing Cup 1. ᵈˢ DK Pass 2. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Dolphin Shoals 3. ³ᵈˢ Neo Bowser City 4. ʷⁱⁱ Grumble Volcano
Retro Grand Prix: Boomerang Cup 1. ᵍᶜⁿ Sherbet Land 2. ³ᵈˢ Wario Shipyard 3. ⁿ⁶⁴ Royal Raceway 4. ˢⁿᵉˢ Bowser Castle 3
Retro Grand Prix: Coin Block Cup 1. ˢⁿᵉˢ Koopa Beach 1 2. ᵈˢ Tick-Tock Clock 3. ʷⁱⁱ Maple Treeway 4. ᵍᵇᵃ Bowser Castle 3
Retro Grand Prix: Warp Cup 1. ³ᵈˢ Piranha Plant Slide 2. ᵍᶜⁿ Mushroom City 3. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Electrodrome 4. ᵈˢ Airship Fortress
Special 👑 Courses Retro Grand Prix: Vanish Cup 1. ˢⁿᵉˢ Donut Plains 3 2. ʷⁱⁱ Moonview Highway 3. ᵍᵇᵃ Bowser Castle 4 4. ᵍᶜⁿ Rainbow Road
Retro Grand Prix: Cherry Cup 1. ³ᵈˢ DK Jungle 2. ᵍᵇᵃ Broken Pier 3. ˢⁿᵉˢ Ghost Valley 3 4. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Rainbow Road
Retro Grand Prix: Mega Cup 1. ʷⁱⁱ Dry Dry Ruins 2. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Bone-Dry Dunes 3. ⁿ⁶⁴ Banshee Boardwalk 4. ˢⁿᵉˢ Vanilla Lake 2
Retro Grand Prix: Tanooki Cup 1. ᵍᶜⁿ Wario Colosseum 2. ³ᵈˢ Rosalina's Ice World 3. ʷⁱⁱ Bowser's Castle 4. ⁿ⁶⁴ Rainbow Road
Retro Grand Prix: ? Block Cup 1. ᵈˢ Wario Stadium 2. ˢⁿᵉˢ Koopa Beach 2 3. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Bowser's Castle 4. ᵍᵇᵃ Rainbow Road
Retro Grand Prix: Spiny Cup 1. ᵍᵇᵃ Lakeside Park 2. ᵍᶜⁿ Dino Dino Jungle 3. ᵈˢ Bowser Castle 4. ʷⁱⁱ Rainbow Road
Retro Grand Prix: Shine Cup 1. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Cloudtop Cruise 2. ⁿ⁶⁴ Yoshi Valley 3. ³ᵈˢ Bowser's Castle 4. ᵈˢ Rainbow Road
Retro Grand Prix: Grand Cup 1. ⁿ⁶⁴ D.K.'s Jungle Parkway 2. ᵈˢ Peach Gardens 3. ᵍᶜⁿ Bowser's Castle 4. ³ᵈˢ Rainbow Road
Lightning⚡️Courses 🔒 World Grand Prix: Egg Cup 1. ˢⁿᵉˢ Rainbow Road 2. ᵗᵒᵘʳ Berlin Byways 3. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Wild Woods 4. ˢʷᶦᵗᶜʰ Yoshi's Island
World Grand Prix: Triforce Cup 1. ˢⁿᵉˢ Mario Circuit 4 2. ᵗᵒᵘʳ Los Angeles Laps 3. ᵗᵒᵘʳ Piranha Plant Cove 4. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Hyrule Circuit
World Grand Prix: Crossing Cup 1. ᵍᵇᵃ Luigi Circuit 2. ᵗᵒᵘʳ Sydney Sprint 3. TBA 4. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Animal Crossing
World Grand Prix: Bell Cup 1. ᵍᵇᵃ Sky Garden 2. ᵗᵒᵘʳ Singapore Speedway 3. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Super Bell Subway 4. TBA
World Grand Prix: Propeller Cup 1. ˢⁿᵉˢ Mario Circuit 3 2. ᵗᵒᵘʳ Vancouver Velocity 3. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Ice Ice Outpost 4. ˢʷᶦᵗᶜʰ Sky-High Sundae
World Grand Prix: Fruit Cup 1. ᵍᵇᵃ Sunset Wilds 2. ᵗᵒᵘʳ New York Minute 3. ᵗᵒᵘʳ Bangkok Rush 4. TBA
World Grand Prix: Feather Cup 1. ˢⁿᵉˢ Mario Circuit 2 2. ᵗᵒᵘʳ London Loop 3. ᵗᵒᵘʳ Ninja Hideaway 4. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Mute City
World Grand Prix: Acorn Cup 1. ᵗᵒᵘʳ Paris Promenade 2. ᵗᵒᵘʳ Merry Mountain 3. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Dragon Driftway 4. TBA
World Grand Prix: Super Cup 1. ᵍᵇᵃ Cheep-Cheep Island 2. ᵗᵒᵘʳ Amsterdam Drift 3. TBA 4. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Big Blue
World Grand Prix: World Cup 1. ᵗᵒᵘʳ Tokyo Blur 2. ʷⁱⁱ ᵘ Excitebike Arena 3. ᵗᵒᵘʳ Athens Dash 4. TBA
~ Extra/DLC Courses
Extra Grand Prix: Mario Cup 1. ᵃᵍᵖ Mario Highway 2. ᵃᵍᵖ Mario Beach
Extra Grand Prix: Extra Mario Cup 🔒 1. ᵃᵍᵖᵈˣ Splash Circuit 2. ᵃᵍᵖᵈˣ Tropical Coast
Extra Grand Prix: DK Cup 1. ᵃᵍᵖ DK Jungle 2. ᵃᵍᵖ Bananan Ruins
Extra Grand Prix: Extra DK Cup 🔒 1. ᵃᵍᵖᵈˣ Bananan Labyrinth 2. ᵃᵍᵖᵈˣ DK Jungle
Extra Grand Prix: Wario Cup 1. ᵃᵍᵖ Diamond City 2. ᵃᵍᵖ Snow Panic
Extra Grand Prix: Waluigi Cup 1. ᵃᵍᵖ² Stadium Arena 2. ᵃᵍᵖ² Waluigi Stadium
Extra Grand Prix: Pac-Man Cup 1. ᵃᵍᵖ Pac Mountain 2. ᵃᵍᵖ Pac Labyrinth
Extra Grand Prix: Extra Pac-Man Cup 🔒 1. ᵃᵍᵖᵈˣ PAC-MAN Stadium 2. ᵃᵍᵖᵈˣ NAMCO Circuit
Extra Grand Prix: Bowser Cup 1. ᵃᵍᵖ Bowser's Castle 2. ᵃᵍᵖ Castle Wall
Extra Grand Prix: Extra Bowser Cup 🔒 1. ᵃᵍᵖᵈˣ Bowser's Factory 2. ᵃᵍᵖᵈˣ Bowser's Castle
Extra Grand Prix: Rainbow Cup 🔒 1. ᵃᵍᵖ Rainbow Coaster 2. ᵃᵍᵖ Rainbow Downhill
Extra Grand Prix: Yoshi Cup 1. ᵃᵍᵖ² Yoshi Park 1 2. ᵃᵍᵖ² Yoshi Park 2
Extra Grand Prix: Toad Cup 1. ᵃᵍᵖᵈˣ Peach Castle 2. ᵃᵍᵖᵈˣ Kingdom Way
Extra Grand Prix: Don-chan Cup 🔒 1. ᵃᵍᵖᵈˣ Bon Dance Street 2. ᵃᵍᵖᵈˣ Omatsuri Circuit
Extra Grand Prix: Bowser Jr. Cup 1. ᵃᵍᵖᵈˣ Aerial Road 2. ᵃᵍᵖᵈˣ Sky Arena
Extra Grand Prix: Inklings Cup 1. Splatoon themed course * Splat Circuit 2. Splatoon themed course
Extra Grand Prix: Sonic ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ 🔒 1. Sonic themed course * Twinkle Circuit Source
at 1:00 2. Sonic themed course * Green Hill Zone related course
Extra Grand Prix: King K. Rool ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ 🔒 1. King K. Rool/Donkey Kong Country related themed course 2. Diddy Kong Racing related themed course * Jungle Falls or Darkmoon Caverns Source 1 Source 2
Extra Grand Prix: Zelda ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ 🔒 1. Zelda themed course * Lost Woods 2. Zelda themed course
Extra Grand Prix: Kirby ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ 🔒 1. Kirby themed course * Fantasy Meadows (from Kirby Air Ride) Source
2. Kirby themed course * Meta Knight's Halberd or The Great Cave Offensive
Extra Grand Prix: Samus ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ 🔒 1. Metroid themed course 2. Metroid themed course
~ 6. Battle ~
In all games, the engine class of Battle Mode is fixed to 50cc. An exception is the Renegade Roundup mode where it is increased to 100cc.
~ Battle Modes
Balloon Battle》Team Balloon Battle》 Classic Balloon Battle》Team Classic Balloon Battle
- Mini Bomb Karts return. Shine Thief》Team Shine Thief》 Bob-omb Blast》Team Bob-omb Blast Shine Runners Coin Runners (Coin Battle)》Team Coin Runners》 Renegade Roundup
Thunder Cloud Tag ⁽ⁿᵉʷ⁾* - Similar to Shine Thief but reverse. Think of it as Tag. A random player has a Thunder Cloud and must tag others to lose it from above their head. If the player holds the Thunder Cloud when the timer reaches zero, this process repeats until one player remains.
ˢⁿᵉˢ Battle Course 1 ˢⁿᵉˢ Battle Course 2 ˢⁿᵉˢ Battle Course 3 ˢⁿᵉˢ Battle Course 4 ⁿ⁶⁴ Big Donut ⁿ⁶⁴ Block Fort ⁿ⁶⁴ Double Deck ⁿ⁶⁴ Skyscraper ᵍᵇᵃ Battle Course 1 ᵍᵇᵃ Battle Course 2 ᵍᵇᵃ Battle Course 3 ᵍᵇᵃ Battle Course 4 ᵍᶜⁿ Cookie Land ᵍᶜⁿ Block City ᵍᶜⁿ Luigi's Mansion ᵍᶜⁿ Nintendo GameCube ᵍᶜⁿ Pipe Plaza ᵍᶜⁿ Tilt-a-Kart ᵈˢ Nintendo DS ᵈˢ Twilight House ᵈˢ Palm Shore ᵈˢ Tart Top ᵈˢ Block Fort ᵈˢ Pipe Plaza ʷⁱⁱ Block Plaza ʷⁱⁱ Delfino Pier ʷⁱⁱ Funky Stadium ʷⁱⁱ Chain Chomp Wheel ʷⁱⁱ Thwomp Desert ³ᵈˢ Honeybee Hive (Honeybee House) ³ᵈˢ Sherbet Rink ³ᵈˢ Wuhu Town ˢʷᶦᵗᶜʰ Battle Stadium ˢʷᶦᵗᶜʰ Sweet Sweet Kingdom ˢʷᶦᵗᶜʰ Dragon Palace ˢʷᶦᵗᶜʰ Lunar Colony ˢʷᶦᵗᶜʰ Urchin Underpass ᵗᵒᵘʳ New York Minute B ᵗᵒᵘʳ Paris Promenade B Icicle Pyramid or Smokey Castle ⁽ᵈˡᶜ⁾ Source 1 Source 2
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2023.05.28 09:01 TheKiweGuye Activities in GTA 6 and GTA Online 2
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GTA has had some pretty good side activities that ranged from pretty fun to absolutely terrible. However, here are some side activities that I believe can be pretty fun in GTA 6 and Online 2. Note that some of these will
appear due to the setting, but many probably won't. This is just a fun little list. Golf: A pair of golfers playing some golf.
Golf should return from GTA V, and like in GTA V, it should play somewhat the same. However, one thing that should appear is a golf tournament. In GTA 6 and Online 2, golf tournaments are a type of competition (either between NPCs or players) that allows you to play against said NPCs and players, and be able to pass through the competition, gaining a reward in the end. The max payout (which includes various factors) is around $2 million dollars. This allows players to gain an easy amount of money, guaranteed they manage to win, as well as a personal trophy that they can hang in their apartment. Hunting: A Floridian hunter posing over his kill, a wild boar. Another Floridian hunter posing over her kill, an American Alligator
Hunting should return from both GTA V and RDR2. Boar, deer, gators, pythons, quails, and turkeys can all be hunted, and even more animals in different parts of the map. In both online and singleplayer, these animals can sell for a decent price and their meat can be used in cooking (if it exists). Rare animals allow you to unlock different tools and cosmetics, such as hats, gator skinned clothing, and weapon skins (like gator skin template). Amusement Parks: A parody of Disney World Orlando might be a great way to expand the world. Same for some water parks in Florida.
Amusement and water parks should make an appearance in GTA 6, although how they would work is pretty uncertain. For one, I doubt there would be children in these parks (due to obvious reasons), but I am also unsure what they would allow the player to do in these waterparks, so this is kind of iffy for me. Fight Club: A parody of King of the Streets (an incredibly dangerous fighting promotion) that is hosted underground might be a really fun activity in both single and multiplayer.
Of course, this idea will only work if the fighting mechanics have been expanded upon since RDR2 (or even using the same mechanics). Punches, kicks, takedowns, grappling, and other fighting moves are all allowed here. Not only that, there's two divisions: male and female (meaning that even Lucia can get involved in the action). In online, players can fight each other in either exhibition matches or in tournaments that allow them to gain money and rewards by winning matches. The more you win, the more your popularity increases, allowing you to gain absurd amounts of money, albeit at the cost of more players targeting you for your position. Gymnasiums: A fitness system would be very good for GTA 6, as it would allow you to increase both your strength and stamina, as well as being able to make your character look skinner and muscular.
Gymnasiums would be a very neat addition in GTA 6, being a returning addition from GTA San Andreas. Not only that, it would allow GTA 6 to become the most customizable GTA ever, allowing for the player to customize both Jason, Lucia, and maybe even the Online protagonist a lot more. Gun Ranges: A gun range in Vice City is pretty much expected (at least I hope so) as long as an Ammu-Nation exists (which it will).
Gun ranged hopefully might make a return to GTA 6, in which you'll be able to either upgrade your shooting skill, or take place in challenges that allow you to either unlock weapons or attachments. This applies to both GTA 6 and Online. Not only that, you can enter a "friendly" competition against both you and another playefriend. This applies to both singleplayer and online (if one protagonist has different shooting levels, then they will be harder in singleplayer). Racing: Two racers side by side in an American city.
I believe that racing can be further expanded in both single and multiplayer. For singleplayer: Drag races can be initiated by honking your horn next to a tuned out car (yours has to be tuned out as well), and you would race until a certain point (selected by either you or the NPC), and you would race. The rewards vary depending on your and the NPC's demands, and the NPC can either respect the wish and give you it fairly, or they'll lash out and try to attack you (either fight you or shoot you). As for online, adversary modes should return, but they should be tweaked to have some more fun. Maybe some Mario Kart style power-ups alongside some actual changes to ensure that the one with the most skill
out of the entire lobby. Not only car races, but also sea races, air races, and a combination of all 3 might be a cool way to further expand Online (as long as they fix most of the issues in GTA V's Online). TV Shows: Michael De Santa watching Jay Norris getting his head blown off on TV (according to Wyman, he's not dead).
TV shows should make a return to GTA 6, with one discerning return: They are actually updated to ensure that it either follows the story (for crime shows, news, and other programs), or they have an actual plot and are like...well a real TV show. It should do the same as online, but the progress of the TV show depends on how far you are in the story, and it updates simultaneously. Movie Theater: The Good Robot (?) in a GTA V movie theater.
Like TV Shows, new movies could release every once in a while, expanding the world with the absolute shitty movies that are coming out nowadays. While it is true that this is not in Los Santos, Vice City still has a prominent movie viewing industry (like most states in the US). Not only that, it may be a good way to see Michael De Santa make a cameo by showcasing some of the films he has been producing. Gambling Games: A regular game of roulette on a gambling table.
In some small casinos or even illegal casinos that are only accessible to those who are used to the underground, you can play some gambling games. They could be: Blackjack, Texas Hold Em', Five Card Draw Poker, Baccarat, Roulette, and more if Rockstar wants to add some. Maybe, there could be a possibility of cheating (in singleplayer) with either Lucia or Jason. Flying School: A seaplane flying over the ocean, near Miami.
Since its highly unlikely that either Jason or Lucia knows how to fly by default, its possible that a flight school in GTA 6 is very likely to appear. Not only that, it may allow the player to learn flying maneuvers, dogfighting strategies, and other things relating to flying. Before going to flight school, you won't be able to fly at all (or at least very poorly/no maneuverability). In online, the same applies, but its not as necessary as singleplayer (as it simply allows you to raise your flying ability). Martial Arts: An MMA fighter showcasing how to perform a double leg, while the female MMA practitioner is practicing a guillotine choke.
Martial arts may be one of the best ways of becoming better at unarmed fighting. There's a large variety of martial arts too, including Kickboxing, regular Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, and more. They unlock special moves that are not only very powerful but incredibly useful in a fight. In Online, these martial arts are also learnable, and allows players to engage in a fist fight that actually involves skill.
and finally: Bar Activities A pair of three friends or colleagues enjoying 3 old fashioned.
Note that is only for singleplayer, as there's not much for a reason for it to appear in Online, but it wouldn't hurt to be added. In Singleplayer, drinking at a bar will allow you to conversate with a character or NPC and learn more about it. For regular NPCs, it will simply discuss about their day (there's a set amount of them), while actual characters will allow you to further expand on their motives, characterization, and personality. Not only that, it allows for a good way to decide on what personality Jason or Lucia have. Aside from drinking, games like darts, pool (definitely be re-added from GTA 4), beer pong (in either college or private drinking sessions), or even a simple truth-or-dare with characters (allows for some shitbaggery shenanigans). Not only that, alcoholic drinks will allow you to regain some health and special ability (if it exists).
And that's pretty much it.
Thank you for reading this entire post, and I know its a long one. Thank you for sticking with me through all my posts, and I hope I don't disappoint. If you think I missed something, please include it here, I would love to read your comments. Anyways, hope you all have a wonderful day or night.
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2023.05.27 21:09 kavyaorganicfarm 13 Best Health Benefits of Chia Seeds
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Chia seeds have gained popularity in recent years due to their impressive nutritional profile. These tiny seeds, derived from the plant Salvia hispanica, are packed with essential nutrients and offer numerous health benefits. Here are 13 of the best health benefits of chia seeds:
- Rich in Nutrients: Chia seeds are a nutrient powerhouse, containing essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese. They are also an excellent source of fiber and protein.
- High in Antioxidants: Chia seeds are rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body against free radicals, unstable molecules that can damage cells and contribute to chronic diseases.
- Promote Digestive Health: The high fiber content of chia seeds promotes healthy digestion. They absorb water and form a gel-like substance in the digestive tract, which aids in bowel regularity and prevents constipation.
- Support Weight Loss: Chia seeds can be beneficial for weight management due to their high fiber and protein content. They help increase satiety, reduce appetite, and promote feelings of fullness, which can aid in weight loss efforts.
- Boost Energy and Endurance: Chia seeds have been used historically by ancient cultures as an energy booster. They are rich in carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats, making them a great source of sustained energy for athletes and active individuals.
- Aid in Blood Sugar Control: Chia seeds can help stabilize blood sugar levels due to their high fiber content. The soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance that slows down the absorption of sugar, preventing blood sugar spikes.
- Support Heart Health: Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for heart health, as they help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, and improve cholesterol levels.
- Promote Bone Health: Chia seeds are rich in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, all of which are essential for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Consuming chia seeds regularly can contribute to overall bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties: The omega-3 fatty acids found in chia seeds have anti-inflammatory effects, which can help reduce inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is linked to various health conditions, including heart disease, arthritis, and certain types of cancer.
- Support Brain Health: Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for brain health and cognitive function. Including chia seeds in your diet can provide a good plant-based source of these beneficial fats, promoting optimal brain function.
- Aid in Detoxification: Chia seeds contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, which aids in detoxification and promotes a healthy digestive system. The fiber helps eliminate toxins and waste products from the body.
- Improve Skin Health: The high antioxidant content of chia seeds can help protect the skin against damage from free radicals, which can contribute to premature aging. Additionally, the omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds help nourish the skin and promote a healthy complexion.
- Easy to Incorporate into the Diet: Chia seeds are incredibly versatile and can be easily incorporated into various recipes. They can be sprinkled on top of yogurt, added to smoothies, used as an egg substitute in baking, or mixed into oatmeal or cereal.
While chia seeds offer many health benefits, it's important to consume them in moderation and alongside a balanced diet. As with any dietary changes or supplements, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian to determine the best approach for your individual needs.
- What are the 10 benefits of chia seeds?
Certainly! Here are 10 key benefits of chia seeds:
- Nutrient-Rich: Chia seeds are packed with essential nutrients, including fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, and antioxidants.
- Digestive Health: The high fiber content of chia seeds promotes healthy digestion, prevents constipation, and supports bowel regularity.
- Weight Management: Chia seeds can aid in weight loss and weight management due to their high fiber and protein content, which help reduce appetite and increase feelings of fullness.
- Energy Boost: Chia seeds provide a sustainable energy source, making them an excellent choice for athletes or those needing an energy boost throughout the day.
- Blood Sugar Control: The soluble fiber in chia seeds forms a gel-like substance in the digestive tract, slowing down the absorption of sugar and helping regulate blood sugar levels.
- Heart Health: Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and support overall heart health.
- Bone Health: Chia seeds are a good source of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium, all of which are important for maintaining healthy bones and preventing osteoporosis.
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties: The omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds have anti-inflammatory effects, potentially reducing inflammation and the risk of chronic diseases.
- Brain Function: Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for brain health and cognitive function. Consuming chia seeds can support optimal brain function.
- Versatile and Easy to Use: Chia seeds can be easily incorporated into various recipes, such as smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, and baked goods, making them a versatile and convenient addition to your diet.
Remember to consume chia seeds in moderation and as part of a balanced diet. If you have any specific health concerns or dietary considerations, it's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian for personalized advice.
- What is chia seeds biggest benefit?
Chia seeds offer a wide range of health benefits, but one of their most notable advantages is their high nutrient content. Chia seeds are incredibly nutrient-dense, containing essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and healthy fats. This comprehensive nutritional profile contributes to overall health and well-being.
The specific nutrients found in chia seeds, such as omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants, provide several benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids support heart health, reduce inflammation, and promote brain function. The high fiber content aids in digestion, supports bowel regularity, and helps control blood sugar levels. Antioxidants help protect the body against free radicals and oxidative stress, reducing the risk of chronic diseases.
While chia seeds' nutritional profile is certainly impressive, it's important to note that no single food can provide all the necessary nutrients for optimal health. A balanced diet consisting of a variety of nutrient-rich foods is key. Nonetheless, incorporating chia seeds into your diet can be a valuable addition to enhance overall nutrition and well-being.
- What happens when you eat chia seeds everyday?
When you eat chia seeds every day as part of a balanced diet, several positive things can happen:
- Increased Nutrient Intake: Chia seeds are packed with essential nutrients like fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and antioxidants. Consuming them daily can help ensure you're getting a good dose of these nutrients, contributing to overall health and well-being.
- Improved Digestive Health: Chia seeds are rich in fiber, which aids in digestion and supports bowel regularity. Regular consumption can help prevent constipation and promote a healthy digestive system.
- Enhanced Energy Levels: Chia seeds are a great source of sustained energy due to their balanced combination of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. Including them in your daily diet can help maintain stable energy levels throughout the day.
- Better Blood Sugar Control: The soluble fiber in chia seeds forms a gel-like substance in the digestive tract, which can slow down the absorption of sugar and help regulate blood sugar levels. This can be beneficial for those with diabetes or anyone looking to maintain stable blood sugar levels.
- Support for Heart Health: Chia seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to numerous heart health benefits, such as reducing inflammation, improving cholesterol levels, and lowering blood pressure. Consuming chia seeds regularly can contribute to overall heart health.
- Weight Management: Chia seeds are high in fiber and protein, which can promote feelings of fullness and help reduce appetite. This can support weight management efforts by aiding in portion control and reducing overall calorie intake.
- Anti-Inflammatory Effects: The omega-3 fatty acids found in chia seeds have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is associated with various health conditions, so including chia seeds in your daily diet may have a positive impact on overall inflammation levels.
- Improved Skin Health: The antioxidants present in chia seeds help protect the skin against damage from free radicals, promoting healthier skin and potentially reducing signs of aging. The omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds also contribute to skin nourishment.
It's important to note that individual responses to consuming chia seeds may vary. Additionally, it's recommended to incorporate chia seeds into a balanced diet rather than relying solely on them for all nutritional needs. If you have any specific health concerns or dietary considerations, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian for personalized advice.
- How many chia seeds should I eat a day?
The recommended daily intake of chia seeds can vary depending on factors such as your age, overall health, and dietary needs. However, a general guideline is to consume about 1 to 2 tablespoons (15-30 grams) of chia seeds per day. This amount is considered safe and can provide you with a good dose of the beneficial nutrients found in chia seeds.
It's worth noting that chia seeds expand and absorb liquid when consumed, forming a gel-like consistency. Therefore, it's essential to drink plenty of water or other fluids throughout the day to prevent any potential digestive discomfort.
As with any dietary change or addition, it's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian, especially if you have specific health conditions or concerns. They can provide personalized recommendations based on your individual needs and help you determine the appropriate amount of chia seeds to include in your diet.
- Can we drink chia seeds in water daily?
Yes, you can drink chia seeds in water daily. In fact, chia seeds are often mixed with water to create a refreshing and nutritious drink. Here's a simple method to prepare chia seed water:
- Take 1 to 2 tablespoons of chia seeds and place them in a glass or container.
- Add about 1 cup (240 ml) of water to the seeds.
- Stir the mixture vigorously for a minute or two to prevent clumping.
- Let the mixture sit for about 5 to 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to absorb the water and form a gel-like consistency.
- Stir the mixture once again to break up any clumps and ensure an even distribution of seeds.
- You can add a squeeze of lemon juice, a splash of fruit juice, or a sweetener like honey or maple syrup if desired to enhance the flavor.
- Drink the chia seed water right away or refrigerate it for a few hours to allow the chia seeds to fully expand and create a thicker texture.
Chia seed water is a convenient way to incorporate chia seeds into your daily routine and reap their nutritional benefits. It's important to note that chia seed water can have a gel-like texture, so some people prefer to strain it or blend it for a smoother consistency. Additionally, it's advisable to drink plenty of water or fluids throughout the day when consuming chia seeds, as they absorb liquid and can expand in the digestive system.
As always, if you have any specific health concerns or questions about incorporating chia seeds into your diet, it's best to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian for personalized advice.
- What is the best time of day to eat chia seeds?
There isn't a specific "best" time of day to eat chia seeds, as it largely depends on personal preference and how they fit into your overall eating routine. Chia seeds can be consumed at any time of the day that works best for you. Here are a few considerations to help you decide:
- Breakfast: Many people enjoy adding chia seeds to their breakfast routine. They can be sprinkled over oatmeal, yogurt, or added to smoothies for a nutrient boost to start the day.
- Snacks: Chia seeds can be incorporated into snacks like energy balls, homemade granola bars, or mixed into nut butter for a healthy snack option.
- Pre-Workout: Chia seeds can provide sustained energy, so consuming them before a workout can be beneficial. You may choose to add them to a pre-workout smoothie or have them with a light snack.
- Post-Workout: Chia seeds are a good source of protein, which can aid in muscle recovery. Adding them to a post-workout meal or snack can be beneficial.
- Hydration: Chia seeds can absorb liquid and help retain hydration. Some people prefer to consume chia seed water or incorporate chia seeds into their beverages throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Ultimately, the best time to eat chia seeds is when it works best for your schedule and personal preferences. You can experiment with different times and meal options to find what works well for you. It's important to note that chia seeds can expand and form a gel-like consistency, so make sure to drink plenty of water or fluids when consuming them.
If you have specific dietary concerns or goals, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian for personalized guidance on when and how to incorporate chia seeds into your diet.
2023.05.27 06:42 throwaway_69420_1234 Desperately trying to lose weight and maintain muscle mass.
Been bouncing from obese to normal weight and back my entire life, work in healthcare and Have a reasonable understanding of nutrition. Over the last year I began exercising and kinda fell in love with lifting heavy, now I'm looking to shed pounds and maintain any of my muscle mass and strength if possible. I work away from home 3 weeks at a time and eat the same thing every day out of ease.
Breakfast- Sunny boy hot cereal 1/4 cup Frozen blueberries 1 cup Maple syrup, amber. 2 tablespoons Hardboiled egg, medium size, 2.
Lunch- Black beans, canned, 132 ml Chipotle peppers in ancho sauce, canned 70.6 grams. Flatbread, protein up, carb down, 1. Ground turkey 140gr Burrito seasoning 1/3 packet.
Oven roasted salmon, 125grams. Asian blend frozen vegetables, 100 grams Sweet potato, roasted. 1 cup
Pineapple, chopped, 1 cup. Builders protein bar, 1. Tex mex tuna, canned, 85 grams.
Total for the day is 1873 calories, 134 grams of protein, 40 grams of fiber and 2700mg of sodium. I'm looking to maintain my fiber intake, increase protein, and have concerns about the sodium intake, increasing my vegetable consumption would also be optimal as would adding a second portion of pineapple daily..
I do not cook with oils, I drink black coffee and take magnesium, zinc, vit D, 5g creatine and pre-workout. I average like 15k steps a day when I'm home but unfortunately probably only 5000 daily while away at work for 3 weeks. I currently work out 5-6 days a week hard and am well under my BMR. Please poke holes or add suggestions to my diet so I can work on being my best self.
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2023.05.26 21:45 LikeCurry ~*~ Fae Folk & Otherworldly Beings ~*~ Plus Critters! Nui Cobalt Designs Reviews
Howdy and happy Friday! I was headed over to nuicobaltdesigns.com
to place an order for their new Fairy Tales Reimagined collection, and realized I have some reviews for returning scents that might be helpful for some trying to make some decisions!
I have always been a huge fan of NCD - the quality of the fragrances, the super quick turn around time, and Nui and Josh are just about some of the sweetest people I have ever encountered. If you haven't checked this house out yet, I highly recommend it.
Likes - Woods, ambers, vanilla, some gourmands (mostly "warm" fragrances)
Dislikes - Rose, most florals, apple, coffee (just the fragrance, I will drink coffee ALL DAY), most aquatics, chocolate Feu Follet - Sultry southern magnolia, wild muscadine, creamy honeysuckle, and Spanish moss clinging to the trees.
One of the most beautiful floral scents I've ever smelled....and I'm not usually one for florals... I usually like fragrances I wear to have a gourmand quality to them. This however, is so creamy and white smelling. I absolutely get the magnolia and honeysuckle, and there's a bit of greenness from the spanish moss. I don't really pick up on the muscadine, but that could be because it's a scent I've never registered before. It all blends together to make this beautiful, humid, white floral that is just so sophisticated. I'm going on a date tonight, and am glad I chose this one to go with today. I feel very grown up and professional. Gargoyle
- Rain-drenched lavender, cathedral incense, beeswax candles, and ancient stone
Wet, in the bottle, I get a blast of lavender; sharp and cooling. As it dries on the skin, the sharpness fades and cool, wet stone comes forward. I can practically feel it under my hands, edges worn smooth from the touch of time and countless passers by. I get the smokiness of incense and beeswax after the lavender has lost its headiness. Overall, this is very straightforward and true to its notes, and I find it very calming and relaxing. I've been wearing it to bed a lot lately, and am glad I got a full size. Gryphon
- Top notes of fresh ginger, hinoki, and white grapefruit, a glowing heart of sandalwood incense, saffron, and hay, with a base of bronze musk, sun-warmed suede, and rich benzoin.
Wet in the bottle, this is so refreshing - I get notes of ginger and citrus and maybe something floral in the background. Applied to the skin, I get an initial burst of fresh, zingy ginger, and it is so perfect and lovely. The white grapefruit is there just long enough to tell you about what a star she is, then she departs making way for the gorgeous sandalwood incense and benzoin. This one also has a fresh quality to it that I think comes from the saffron and hay notes - it makes it feel breezey and light. I'm also loving the musk note in this - it definitely does have a "bronze" feel to it, and just melds so perfectly with the rest of the notes without taking the scent over. The suede note feels soft and just slightly peeks through as the scent wears longer. I find this one almost morphs into a "my skin but better" fragrance after wearing it for a few hours. Absolutely phenomenal. Valkyrie - Fossilized amber, effervescent honey mead, well-worn leather and cold steel
This is immediately effervescent and bright, and I get honey mead and a gorgeous amber right away. It takes on a very golden feel to me, gleaming and glowing. There is an element of cold that I get as the oil dries on the skin, with a metallic twang to it and the leather is so well blended that it doesn't stick out much to me, but rather sits more in the background. This has great longevity, but does sit quite close to the skin the longer it wears as those top notes disappear. I'll definitely be full sizing this one. Black Capped Chickadee
- Dogwood saplings, cedar resin, the tang of young stone fruits: still tiny and green, sugar maple, pine nuts, and barely-thawed soil.
Oh this is really interesting, and not really what I was expecting. I'm getting something kind of sweet and cottony - kind of woody, but not at the same time. It's slightly floral, too, but very lightly so. It feels fuzzy to me, and fresh - like laundry put out on the line to dry. Eastern Chipmunk
- Pecans and pistachios with Moroccan spiced coffee, black fig preserves, and roasted marshmallow.
Oh no....in the vial I can smell coffee. I forgot that coffee is a death note for me. I think it's because I drink so much coffee that it's actually part of the makeup of my body now, but I just cannot with coffee fragrances, it never smells right in my nose and doesn't sit well on my skin. When I put it on, the coffee is right there at the forefront, and also something that smells kind of anise-like, I wonder if that's the "black" component in the fig preserves, which does bring a chewy, figgy sweetness to the blend. The pecan and pistachio come through, giving it a nice nuttiness that blends really well with the spiciness of the coffee, and there's a smokiness to it from the toasted marshmallow that hovers over everything. I actualy feel like the coffee aspect of it recedes over time, and it becomes more of a nutty/anise forward fragrance. Overall, dark, spicy, and a little sweet. Elf Owl -
A bright concoction of liatrix, yellow sandalwood, beach-tumbled teak, solar musk, crushed coriander, and a scant pinch of pale cinnamon
This one is bright and very light feeling! There is an almost dried hay or dried grass scent I get towards the front of the fragrance, and a very light wood base. The musk is reserved and not too punchy, and feels warm and sunny. I get coriander towards the tail end giving it a fresh lift, and don't really get any cinnamon. Definitely nice for days you want something light and sunny! Glasswing Butterfly - A diaphanous veil of coconut water, elderflower, moonlit gardenia, silver musk, green lavender, and a slender twist of lime.
Light and airy, I definitely get lime straight away, but it's not overpowering, and as that recedes I get lavender and the elderflower and gardenia - nice white florals that are a tad creamy. The silver musk lies underneath everything kind of bringing it together. This one didn't last long on me, flittering away like the butterfly of it's namesake, but it is very clean and pretty while wearing. Great Eared Nightjar
- Labdanum, sweet myrrh, pipe tobacco, guaiac wood, dragon’s blood, blackcurrant, and santal.
I was a little hesitant with this one in the vial, but when it meets the skin it really shines. There is a resinousness to it, but there's also a tart, fruity sweetness with a bright almost citrusy twist to it. I love the pipe tobacco note here, and the dragon's blood doesn't go powdery. I was very surprised by this one.
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2023.05.26 06:26 Gadburn SCP 63
Liberation Day Plus Fifteen.
:Carlos Hernandez, [Redacted]:
"Are ya ready lads?"
"Aye Aye, Captain!" Despite the hearty cheer, the rest of the boys were fidgeting, and anxious to begin.
"Good, now let's finish this." Normally Murphy would play along, and shout the next part of the iconic line, but like the Irishmen said, they weren’t here to fuck around.
Though no one had said it out loud, if the old centaur and his woo woo Harry Potter shit didn't pan out, they'd all be in for a fate far worse than death.
An eternity of torment and pain would be their reward for their failure, and worse… that thing would be free again.
"The second stage of the wardstone is ready to commence." The finely sculpted obelisk glowed with an otherworldly light and began purging both seen and unseen corruption.
"Looks like you're up, horseman." The younger horse and deer people bristled at the borderline disrespectful words directed at their spiritual leader.
To be fair, if someone called the Pope a man in a dress, he might take offence as well. Not that he was particularly religious, but it was the principle of the matter.
"I look forward to expunging such a vile entity from this world, Englishman." Goliath and Roo fought back laughter as their intrepid leader had to bite his own tongue for once.
The thick lead door soon began to rise to the sound of churning gears, and Tengri stave in hand led his acolytes forward.
Holding their breath they all watched, and waited. The dwarf was next to enter, then it was their turn.
The bright lights of the room were blinding at first, but as their eyes adjusted they witnessed the once terrifying creature spasming and writhing on the floor of its cold metal prison.
Clearly the Dwarven artefact had done its job well.
Within moments Tengri and the others began their purification ceremony. Chanting, handwaving, glowing eyes, all that jazz…
In response, inhuman screams and howls erupted from the cowering and grotesque looking anomaly.
The dark coloured bile-like slime which had previously covered its body, half heartedly clung to its, and soon began evaporating into wisps of black smoke, leaving behind a gaunt and emaciated humanoid.
The first attempt at exercising the ‘Old Man’ was only partially successful, but fortunately Tengri and his followers had more than enough gas in the tank for another few rounds.
The second round of chanting soon came to an end, followed by the third, and the fourth.
After just shy of half an hour the quivering, whimpering, and sickly humanoid lay curled up in the foetal position, in a vain attempt to hide itself.
By the fifth round, the puta even had the audacity to begin pleading, it moved to its knees, hands clasped together as if in prayer. He could feel something inside snap, and punted the carechimba with his steel toed combat boots.
A satisfying thunk filled the room, and except for Murphy, everyone including himself froze at the outburst. Though, aside from the monster’s head snapping back, nothing happened.
It was almost impossible to resist the urge to continue, but Murphy had already allowed him one good hit without a word, two would be pushing it. The fact that the old Irishmen hadn’t immediately stepped in was more than he could have asked for.
Murphy never allowed for anything less than the highest levels of professionalism, personal feelings were not to be a part of what they did. That’s why the man’s next words came as such an utter shock.
“Don’t stop on my account lad, go on.”
“The fooker never gave any of ‘is victims no mercy, why should he get any?” A cruel and feral look overtook the man’s normally blank and uninterested face.
“I said… get to it!” With a shout, a size eleven boot came down hard with a crunch on the wretched creature.
After that, the floodgates opened.
He wasn’t sure how long the brutal beatdown lasted, but after some time each of the Foundation operatives backed away, their breathing ragged.
Despite their best efforts, very little visible damage could be seen, and once again the rage burned inside him.
Peeling off the black mask he knelt down, and grabbed the thing by the neck.
“Do you remember me, cabrón!?” It gazed blankly back at him with no spark of realisation, or any indication it recognised him.
How could it just act like it didn’t remember!? Slamming its head against the lead floor gave off a squelching crunch.
“What about the boy!?” Again he slammed its head against the metal floor.
“What about Dex?! Parker!? Vic?! Fletcher!?” For each name shouted, another crunch echoed off the walls.
“Are you fucking smiling now!?” A large pair of clawed hands grabbed him around the arm and another around the chest from behind.
In his rage, he almost took a swing at Moro and Pops who had begun dragging him off.
After all the years with the spectre of this thing hanging over his head, the nightmares, and jumping at shadows. To finally vent all the bottled up feelings he’d been carrying since that horrible night…
Fletcher should have been here for this.
“Feel better, Hernandez?” No one had called him that since entering into the Foundation’s service. For years… all he had been was a man with no name, no identity.
How did he feel? He felt like a sedan had just been lifted off him, he felt lighter, and freer than anytime in the last several years.
With a deep ragged breath he let the two members of his unit pull him away.
“That’s what I like ta hear.” Without missing a beat, Murphy turned back towards the centaur shaman.
“Hit him again, Tengri.” The ‘Old Man’ recoiled harder from those words than any of the physical blows it had been dealt.
Their allies from beyond the Gate began the seventh round of the ceremony without hesitation, and he was delighted to witness that it could in fact get worse for their prisoner.
After they finished, Murphy knelt down to speak with the creature.
“Ya know how this ends, ya fooker. Give us what we want an it all stops.” That was news to him, hadn’t this just been an execution? What could the Foundation want from it?
“Let those poor bastards out.” It hesitated only for a brief moment before waving a trembling hand.
Human beings began materialising all over the room. It was… it was hard to look at them in the state they were in.
They were in ragged clothes, which hardly covered them at all. Welts, sores, and other marks of torture and abuse were clearly visible as well. None made a sound, or responded to finally being free. How anything could have survived for so long was a question he did not want the answer to, nor What unimaginable horrors they had been subjected to.
Among them were two familiar faces, he shook and quivered while sucking in a breath of air. It was hard to even look at them, as one of the deerwomen tended to them.
As the last of the people finished appearing Murphy nodded to Tengri
A beam of blinding white light erupted from the tip of the shaman's staff and pierced SCP one zero six through the chest. It didn't even have time to scream one final time as it was blasted from this world.
Nothing remained of its body, not even ashes.
It was over, it was finally over.
:Four, London Airport:
"So it's done? Excellent, you take the boys to our special spot, and have a few cold ones for me."
"No, I'm sure. Enjoy yourselves, I'll be in touch. Viel Spaß, Kameraden."
England was just as dreary as the past dozen or so times he'd visited. Opening the umbrella, he stepped outside into the rain.
It was a little frightening just how adaptable Humanity was. The revelations of magic, aliens, and fantastical creatures had done little to get in the way of the day to day rat race.
As he stood waiting for the bus, a man with a truly marvellous moustache and a rather long nose approached.
"A fine English morning, wouldn't you agree?" He offered in greeting.
"It's raining cats and dogs out here, I'd hate to see what you consider a bad day!" They both shared a polite laugh.
"So my good man, what can I do for you?"
"You… you don't know me?" After studying the man's face more closely, nothing jumped out at him.
"I'm afraid I do not, if we have met before, I offer my sincere apologies. I meet a great many people." The man wasn’t exactly disappointed, but more so surprised.
"I see, what about those people there? Do any of them seem familiar to you?" In recent years it had become less common for people to recognise him from old pictures or history textbooks; however it still occasionally occurred.
But to experience the reverse was a novel experience.
"Hmmm, let me see."
There was a tall, finely dressed blond man, with a strong looking physique. To his left was a refined woman sporting long black hair, bright red lips, and sharp narrow eyes.
Neither seemed familiar, onto the others then.
To the right of the blonde man, stood a slightly shorter olive skinned man with long brown hair who had an arm wrapped around a scrawny and twitchy bespectacled young man with poor posture.
"I'm afraid that I don't recognize any of them, but now you've got me curious. Where do you think I know you from?"
"You were in charge of us at the ISTC in Pfullendorf for SOF training."
"Ah, I see. Then you have my apologies, I was a right bastard there."
"You were certainly intense, and demanding but not unfair." That was always the hardest thing to balance.
Being too tough would result in those under your command resenting you, and the authority you represented; however, being too lenient would only aid them in receiving a swift end.
At some point fairness had to yield to reality, and sometimes even cruelty, for every lesson no matter how harsh learned while in the safety of training was one that could save a recruit while in the field.
"You know I recall being masked up in front of all my classes and field tests."
"Yes, you were. As I recall, even in the showers." He had offered some extra incentives to those who could unmask him, but none had been able to meet the challenge, or so he thought.
"Now that I've scratched that itch, what are you doing here?"
"I'm afraid, I'm not at liberty to say."
"Shame, maybe I could have assisted."
"It truly is." The man withdrew an antique pocket watch from his breast pocket and sighed.
"It was nice speaking to you Bill." The man gazed wide eyed for a moment, then chuckled.
"The name's John."
"Sorry, you just have that 'Bill' look about you."
"There are worse things to bear a resemblance to, I suppose" they both shared a good laugh, then shook hands.
He watched as 'Bill' and his friends departed. It was a strange interaction, perhaps he'd look into them later.
As the rain fell in puddles around him, a rather interesting idea occurred. Pulling out his old Nokia, he punched in Murphy's number.
"Hey, you remember that giant one eyed bastard's declaration? I've got an idea" By the time he was done explaining, Murphy was howling on the other end.
"I figured that you would approve, I'll keep you apprised, enjoy your time off."
Just as Murphy hung up, an old red double decker bus pulled up to the stop. He was comfortably ahead of schedule, and was looking forward to going at a slightly less hectic pace for once.
:Tra’lak Hel’vek, London’s School for Magical Education and Research:
"That's good, concentrate, feel the power flow through you." It was utterly exhausting keeping the tiny flame lit.
"Don't be so tense, relax, trust yourself, and the flame. Let it grow, you are its maker, its guardian, nurture it, and when it grows strong, it will remember."
"I…ugh, I can't." It hadn't even been half a minute yet.
After a few more seconds, the black and gold flame vanished into a wisp of smoke.
At first he had been ecstatic to be free of the Empire, his House, and to be learning this strange ‘magic’, but everyone else in the class was passing him by.
He flinched as a sturdy hand came down on his shoulder.
"Don't you worry, young man, it just takes time. Don't lose heart, If magic were easy, everyone would be an archmage!" The old hairy human's oversized gut shook as he let out a deep bellowing laugh.
Did the males of this world care so little about their appearance they would allow themselves to become so out of shape and unkempt?
“Now get cleaned up, and we can begin with the theory part of the class." Most of the younger students booed while the older ones nodded in appreciation.
An hour passed by quickly as he took down notes with the archaic writing implement. Why they wouldn't let them use electronics was beyond his understanding.
Letting out a deep sigh as his fellow 'classmates' stumbled off towards the next lesson, he once again noticed most of them were older adults who, like himself, required 'special' attention.
According to the instructors, the younger you were when you began your training, the easier it would be to advance. As a person aged, they became more rigid in their thinking, and it became harder for new ideas and perspectives to permeate and develop.
“Oh my God, Tray! I’ve been waiting for the whole class to tell you how cute your nails look!” Though there were a fair number of people older than him, there were quite a few people his own age and younger.
Flicking out his hands he gave his best diva impression, haughty look included. To be fair, it was already a mastered act.
“Who needs to be good at magic, when I've got looks like these, girls!” The teenagers just giggled and performed their own mock version, flicking their hair and posing as well.
The three teenagers had been such a breath of fresh air. While he had been relatively cautious around Melony, Sandra, and Victoria initially, his concerns about them being girls were short lived.
It was more than a little jarring to see them behaving like Shil’vati boys their age, and when those of his own sex downright avoided him, he couldn't really be all that picky.
Males were never really ‘friends’, but when all you had were thirsty or overprotective women in your life, even fake friends were a necessity.
Human women on the other hand were simply lovely to be around, all their compliments felt genuine, and they were more than happy to help a gu- er girl out.
The one thing they definitely had in common though with the rest of the galaxy’s boys, was being absolute gossip princes, and they were absolutely vicious! Ah, it was like being back at the academy.
“Sooo, Melony overheard you talking to your ‘friend’.”
“Oooh, did she now?” He cast an imperious look towards the pale human with light brown hair , who immediately blushed red and covered her face. While they were clearly interested in the opposite sex, it seemed that those desires weren't directed at him.
“Can the Tyra Banks routine. We know you’ve got a hot boyfriend, and we want the deets.” A… what?
“Yeah what Vicky said, and we want to know if he’s got any cute friends!” Sandra asked while eagerly leaning in.
“I want to see who could possibly be in your league!” Victoria interrupted again.
“Wait, you think I'm a.. you think I’m that way?!” All three of the teen girls nodded emphatically and squealed.
“I mean look at you, perfect hair, makeup, nails, clothes, you probably spend like an hour getting ready to go out.”
“Two. Minimum.” he accidentally let slip.
“Told you Sandra, and nobody wears pants that are that tight and colourful if they aren't, well… you know.”
“So I like to look good, what's the problem with that!? None of that means I am-” He was beyond flustered now.
“He was sending you pics from the gym, and you were going on about how big and strong his muscles were." Goddess preserve, hot women had muscles where he was from!
"Yeah, and when he got back, he was taking you somewhere nice and-"
“Have you two done it!? Melony blurted out, seemingly having rebounded from her prior embarrassment.
“Are you a top or a bottom, I mean it's cool either way…” Now it was his turn to blush hard. These girls weren’t even near the age of majority, how did they even know about stuff like that!?
"Okay, that's about enough of that. Stop badgering the poor boy!" Professor Faust exclaimed loudly with a grin on his bushy face before ushering the trio away.
“No buts, off with you!” Sandra turned back and silently motioned that she would call him later before they all dispersed out of the door.
What a mess, he’d show them Olreev later.
"Good kids, but that social media stuff and reality TV has definitely rotted their brains."
"Though I thank you for the assistance, I am not a child, Professor." The human brushed off his less than polite response with a wave of his hand.
"You live as long as I have, and everyone might as well be straight off their mother's teat!" Another immortal, here?
"Oh i'm not one of those mad bastards, just got lucky some years back after creating a rather special stone, never could do it again though. Nothing really special in me, like them." Well reading minds doesn't count apparently.
"'Not a mind reader either, heheheh."
"Glad to hear it! Now let's see a picture of your lovely lady!" The joyful smile grew even wider.
What could be the harm? Plus Olreev would get a kick out of the whole story, then he could ask why in the deepest depths anyone could think he was a homosexual.
The human let out two long high pitch whistles.
"That is not appropriate, Professor." Perhaps he shouldn't have shown Faust the ones of her doing leg presses and squats.
"What? I'm old not dead young fella! She's gorgeous!
"Of course she is!' He proudly exclaimed.
“Sounds like you’re quite taken with her.”
“She is the most important person in my life.” He couldn't stop the boyish smile from worming its way across his face.
“Maybe after she gets back, I'll pay her a visit, show her what a real man can do.” The friendly and jovial atmosphere surrounding them turned frigid.
“...What did you say…”
“You heard me, boy.” The once gentle hand grabbed him roughly and lifted him well off the ground. Why?! What in the Deep was going on!?
“She’s a strong looking woman, deserves more than you’re weak… effeminate carcass.” He could feel himself heating up, burning…
“You think… she’d leave me for an unwashed boar like you?!” Diffusing the situation was the smart thing to do, not provoke the human further.
“No, not likely while you’re still alive. I’ll be sure to console her afterwards.” Anger, rage, and hate consumed his mind.
“Oh poor Tray, he was such a promising student. I told him to be careful, I told him not to practise by himself, he wasn’t ready yet. It saddens me greatly that he was consumed by his own flames…” The professor threw him roughly to the ground, and conjured blue fire around his hands.
“I’ll have to make sure not to laugh, your flames are just as pathetic as you are, I doubt they'd even be able to roast a marshmallow.”
“You won't so much as even look at her!”
“I want you to know, I’m going to enjoy her whether she likes it or not, maybe those young girls too. They’re just so eager and full of life!”
“I’ll kill you!”
“AHHHHH!” Black and gold flames erupted alongside his primal scream. The fire washed over the disgusting human, until the disgusting deviant was completely enveloped
Collapsing back to the ground, he looked on in horror as the psychopath stood completely unharmed.
“Merlin’s beard, lad. That was goddamn impressive!” Much of the classroom was charred black, despite it being highly resistant to any kind of damage, physical or otherwise.
His mouth flapped open and shut in shock as he was picked back up off the ground, and returned to his feet.
“Shit, I… fuck lad, I don’t like doing that. Don’t tell no one I pushed you that far. You, you're like me-”
His fist slammed into professor Faust’s chin.
“I am nothing like you!” The fire inside burned, and raged, begging to be released again.
“Shit, your hand is probably broken, we’ll have to fix that as well.” What kind of metal was this brotherfucker made of?!
“I know you're pissed, give me a second to explain. You’re like me, you need to feel the fire to call it. I had to teach you in another way.”
“You call assaulting me, threatening to murder me, and force yourself on my woman teaching!?” The flames returned to his hands, hotter and fiercer than before.
“Fire… fire is both the protector and destroyer, it is the light in the dark and the all consuming blaze. The flame can be manifested within you, to empower and strengthen not just your physical form, but your heart as well, it can even be shared among those most important to you.
“Unfortunately such paths are not open to one such as yourself, your flame is one of destruction and wrath, just waiting to be unleashed. Your flame, unfortunately, will require a much more disciplined hand.”
“Even if any of that is true, you had no right to do ANY of that!”
“You must know from where your fire comes, if you do not, you and those you care for will be consumed in the Flame’s endless hunger.” The black fire spread up his arms and shoulders.
His whole life he'd been powerless, and even after all the grueling training he had undergone, it hadn't amounted to anything. When the humans had put their rockthrower against Olreev's, he couldn't do a damn thing.
“Your flame will grow wild if left unchecked, but under my guidance… you will burn worlds, or heat up your tea. Honestly, it’s your fire, and you can do whatever you want with it; however, as long as you're here, you're going to learn how to control it so that… doesn't happen outside.” His flames had fully engulfed him by now, and was now quite literally melting the floor.
“...Fine… But you won't ever speak about Her like that again.”
“By Zues’ shapeshifting cock, I’ll say whatever I please. My master burned down my village, set my dog on fire and threw me off a cliff, and you’re upset about words? Stop your bitching, and show me your fire, you pissant!”
Was the male still acting? It didnt matter, no one would EVER push him around again! The cunt wanted more, by the Deep Minder, he’d get more!
“I swear, if I have to get the bird involved in this…” Faust mumbled.
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Thank you to u/BlueFishcake
for the setting and my editor u/0rreborre
and to all those who have contributed to the SCP universe for years.
Carechimba - Popular Colombian insult meaning asshole, feel free to use any of the swears you see. I got your back.
Viel Spaß - Have fun in German. (Honestly, I didn't even know the Germans had a word for fun.)
Kameraden - I’m gonna go out on a limb, and guess that you all know this one.
ISTC - The International Special Training Centre for signatory nations, which include Germany, Belgium, Greece, the U.S., Norway, The Netherlands, Italy, Romania and Turkey, as well as other NATO allies.
Johann Georg Faust - also known in English as John Faustus was a German itinerant alchemist, astrologer, and magician of the German Renaissance. In the year 1506, there is a record of Faust appearing as performer of magical tricks and horoscopes in Gelnhausen. Over the following 30 years, Faust appeared as physician, doctor of philosophy, alchemist, magician and astrologer, and was often accused as a fraud. The church denounced him as a blasphemer in league with the devil. Faust had also supposedly joined Protestantism.
Oh no, Protestantism!
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