Lack of Blogging, Facebook, and Why Asparagus Makes Your Wee Smell

I’ve read various posts around the internet by bloggers who, by their own admission, have just lost the passion for blogging.  They then apologise, before disappearing and leaving a once great blog to rot.  I was thinking about this recently while looking at my own blog and the infrequency of posting this year, which lead me to think “has the same happened to me?”.

My brief conclusion is that it hasn’t, but I’m blaming that – and the silence of many other blogs around the internet – on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.  It’s just so much easier these days to take a quick photograph on your mobile phone, choose “send to Facebook” or similar, and add a little comment, than it ever was to plug in your camera, download a photograph, log into your blog, upload the photograph, type the blog post…you get the idea.  With this in mind, I’ve decided that in the interests of regular blogging you’re going to be seeing a lot more mobile phone taken photographs from now on.  Yes, that’s 2 paragraphs of a disclaimer into why the quality of my photographs is lower than normal.

Farm Stall Picture

Abbots Garden Asparagus

Here’s my second recent article  with such a photograph, taken when I visited the local “Abbot’s Garden” farm shop recently to pick up some fresh asparagus.  I use the term “farm shop” loosely in this case; driving down a country road there is a sign with an arrow simply saying “Asparagus”, and following the arrow directs you into a farmyard where there is an honesty box and table stacked up with asparagus and gooseberries (the items for sale changing with the seasons).  Both were bought in abundance and quickly eaten with the simplest preparation possible.

And here’s something else.  What’s with that smell associated with eating asparagus that anyone who eats sufficient quantities of it will know, but no-one wants to talk about?  You know, you go to the toilet and….well, basically it makes your wee smell.

A quick search on Google yields the answers.  The British Asparagus website blames it on “sulphur-containing amino acids” which are broken down by the body when it is eaten (The Guardian calls this acid Mercaptan).  To make the issue more complicated, some people’s bodies don’t break down these acids, meaning they don’t witness the same effect – and will presumably look at you strange if you ever mention it.  Perhaps even more strange, is that some people who do have the effect simply can’t smell it due to their genetic make up.

On a final note, if the next time you eat asparagus you find yourself sniffing when in the toilet, don’t blame me.  I may have planted the seed, but it’s your sick mind that makes you do it.  ;)