The Etymology of Unicorn Tears

May 23, 2012 2 comments

Amazing and wondrous things happen when two like minded, devilishly fantastic and curious individuals have brunch, or sometimes silly things, this is one of those times.  After a few jokes the term “Unicorn Tears” was uttered, actually in reference to some medicine, and it made us think, where did this currently fashionable term originate from?

The phrase Unicorn Tears has been around for quite some time, but for the life of me I can’t find the etymology.  My Google Fu is very strong, unfortunately trying to determine the etymology of this pop culture phrase is difficult.  Google’s search index is absolutely contaminated with references to “Unicorn Tears” thanks to the popularity of the phrase and the use in many recent Internet Meme.

My usual source for such information is typically Urban Dictionary, unfortunately this time around their definition comes up a short, the various meanings are given but no etymology.  I turned to twitter, but the one person that replied simply pointed me back to Urban Dictionary, as if I didn’t check their first.

The two meanings, abridged, from Urban Dictionary:

1) Snake Oil (The most common usage)

2) Male Ejaculate

I’m primarily focused on the first meaning as that’s the usage that is so popular.  So my question dear reader, where did this phrase start?  Movie?  Book?  TV?  Was there a “Ground Zero” Internet meme that started it all?  Surely someone knows, and if you do, please comment below, or tweet me @paulmon.

My guest for brunch this past weekend hasn’t offered me a reward, but I’m thinking impressing her just might get me another brunch where we can discuss similar mind blowing topics.

Recipe: Spicy Southwest Stuffed Red Peppers

February 19, 2012 4 comments

The following recipe is easily made paleo; I’ll flag ingredients that aren’t and provide suggestions. This is something I threw together tonight.

Ingredients:
1lbs grass fed ground beef
Home Made Taco Seasoning (see below)
1 small onion diced very thin
1 jalapeño pepper
3 table spoons of salsa (get one with no sugar or make your own)
Hot sauce to taste (I use Cholula which isn’t paleo, but you don’t use much)
1/2 cup of Mexican shredded cheese (Not Paleo)
3 large or 4 small red peppers.
1/3 cup of water
 
Taco Seasoning*:
1 tsp. salt
2. tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 tps. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/2-1 teaspoon ground cumin, depending on your preference

Directions:

Brown the ground beef, don’t drain the fat, add taco seasoning once brown  and add water. Mix well, simmer for 5-10 minutes on low.  While the meat is cooking chop up the onion, jalapeño, and cut the top off and remove the core of the red peppers.  Let the meat cool, I throw it in the freezer.  Once the meat is cool add the thinly diced onion,  jalapeño, hot sauce and the 3 table spoons of salsa and mix with a large spoon combining well.  Fill the peppers with the meat mixture, don’t pack the meat in but don’t leave it too loose either.  Cook in oven on a shallow roasting pan for 30-45 minutes at 350F add cheese in last 15-20 minutes. Don’t cover anything, you want the peppers to brown.

Serving suggestion: I cut the pepper down the middle meat filling each half then lay on some avocado slices, hot sauce and salsa.
Enjoy!

 *Thanks to  at http://www.lifeasaplate.com/ for the Taco Seasoning Recipe.

We can’t control what we can’t control

There are many things we can control; when to wake up, when to decide to look for a new job, when to hit the gym, how to cut our hair. However we seemingly worry about things we have no control over; will I get the job offer, or in sports such as CrossFit the times of others in a workout or strokes of your “opposition” in a golf game.

Worrying about things others control, such as how someone else is playing golf serves you no good. It might motivate you, and that would be good but typically we turn this into concern, worry and stress. You don’t control the output of others, nothing you do in a golf game, crossfit competition or pretty much anything else in life will make a material impact on the output of others. So stop worrying about others can do and start putting that energy into what YOU can do.

You can only control what you can control.

Categories: Quotes

Random Paul Quote for July 8th, 2011

Honesty must start with yourself; if you aren’t honest with yourself how can you begin to be honest with others?

When you find yourself trying to convince yourself of something, take a step back and ask yourself if you are being honest and true to yourself. The answer will likely surprise you.

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Random Paul Quote for June 3rd, 2011

Knowing you suck at something is powerful so long as you take it as a chance to improve.

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Random Paul Quote for May 31, 2011

Approach life like nothing bad can happen and lots of good will likely be the result.

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CrossFit Games Open & Meet My Nemesis

I entered the Reebok CrossFit Games Open which is a 6 week open competition in the sport of fitness.  It’s open to anyone in the world and runs from March 15 to April 24th.  Each week a CrossFit workout or “WOD” will be posted and participants can do the workout at a CrossFit gym, or video the performance and upload it to the Crossfit Open website.  There are over 20,000 registered participants!  The athlete’s performance will be judged to make sure the movements are correct and to see how quickly or how many reps you completed in the workout.

The top people in each division then go on to a CrossFit games regional qualifier and the top from there go onto the CrossFit games at the end of July.  The first WOD was published on the 15th of March and consisted of the following:

  • 30 Double Unders (Skipping, 1 jump 2 turns of the rope)
  • 15 Power Snatches @ 75lbs for men and 55lbs for women (Bar to overhead, clean and jerk is fine too, etc)

AMRAP (As Many Rounds as Possible): 10 minutes.

On the surface this sounds rather innocent as the weight isn’t that heavy the time isn’t that long.  It only takes doing this workout once to realize how good a measure of fitness this workout is.  This workout isn’t about strength, its about breathing.  After about 2 rounds your heart rate and breathing WILL NOT slow down for the entire workout, and since you’re trying to get as many reps in as possible, you don’t have the luxury of being able to rest to get your heart rate to slow down.

I’ve done the workout 2 times so far, and am considering trying it again on Sunday as a last attempt, I want to be able to do 5 rounds minimum and really am not happy with anything less.  At my first attempt my double unders were awful, 1, 2, trip, 3, 4, trip, 5, trip.  Frustrating since I’m very good and VERY fast at double unders.  I only managed 3 rounds and 24 double unders in my first go all because of my double unders.  In my second attempt my double unders were much better, not perfect, hard to be perfect at double unders when you’re rocking a 175+bpm heart rate, but much better.  However I was getting tired and took too many breaks.  The only way I’ll make my 5 rounds is to push myself where my mind doesn’t want to take me, but in the end that’s the place that will make me stronger.  I managed 4 rounds and 11 double unders in my second attempt.  I believe I need to recover one minute, I need to be one minute faster and take less breaks.  If I decide to do the workout again, I’ll do just that and I’ll get whomever is around me to yell at me if I take more than 5 second breathers.

I didn’t enter the CrossFit Games Open with any dreams of qualifying for the games or regionals.  I did it for one simple reason, it will push me to do better, and work harder.  Without risk there is no reward and without trying there is no gain.

Open Workout #2 is a week delayed because of some technical issues with the Reebok CrossFit Open website.  If I have one big worry for the following WODS it’s got to be Handstand Push-ups.  They are a big weakness of mine and the last thing I still have to scale at my gym. I can do ring dips, muscle ups, and pull-ups until the cows come home but HSPU are my nemesis.  My issue is technique and not strength, I know I can do them, I just don’t do them well which means I burn out quickly and have to result to a “kipping” type of HSPU which means I’m not doing them RX.  I did find a great CrossFit Journal video (membership required) that gave me some pointers that I plan to try at Square One CrossFit tomorrow, starting with wall position, having my toes against the wall rather than heels.  With any luck I can get my HSPU worked out before they show up in one of the Open WODs.

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