Dill pickle recipe

Per quart measurements:

1 cup filtered water
1 cup white vinegar
2 crushed garlic cloves
2 teaspoons dill seed
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon canning salt
2 grams fresh dill


Wash and cut off the blooming ends of the cucumbers – they contain an enzyme that causes the cucumbers to get mushy when they aren’t connected to the vine.


Pack them all into jars, bring your brine just to a boil. You can either put your seasoning in the brine and divy it up into the jars after, or put them directly in the jars and just boil the brine.


Tap on the jars to get the bubbles out. Cap them and put them in a closet. I have been giving mine 3 days to ferment, but you can taste them each day if you’d like. Refrigeration stops the fermentation process. They should keep refrigerated for around 6 weeks, or you can properly can them to last for years.


The Scooby Doo Conspiracy

There’s gotta be *someone* I can sue.


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        From the oblivious youth, fully enthrawled in repetitious episodes of
 Scooby Doo, to the cultured young man I am now, I've constructed a
 malevolant theory behind a cartoon staple of my childhood.

        At first glance, Scooby Doo is an innocent cartoon, geared for those
 7 and younger.  A common battle against good an evil, a monotonous story:
 Suspected, spooky apparition that scares the gang for a half hour, before
 being foiled by the pesky kids after they reveal his identity as an old man,
 just trying to make some loot.

        Let us analyze the basics of an average episode of Scooby Doo.

 Step #1: The gang hangs out until...

 Step #2: A plot forms when something spooky (ghost, monster, deranged pirate
          ship captain, etc) appears and gives the gang a good scare.

 Step #3: Clues are found (or stumbled upon).

 Step #4: Scooby snacking is rampant.

 Step #5: The gang pieces the clues together (note that Daphne is rarely a
          participant in finding clues or having any revelations about the
          case, she's there because she's rich), foil the villians plans.

 Step #6: "...and I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for you
          pesky kids".

        These steps apply for every episode of Scooby Doo ever produced.  To
 anyone over 7 still actively watching Scooby Doo for its content, I'm
 impressed by your total lack of surprise when you find out that the ending
 your watching now has the same exact premise as the one you watched
 previously.  To you, my condolences.

        CONSPIRACY ONE. Scooby and Shaggy: Stoned.

 Example #1: They're always hungry. 4 scenes don't go by without
             Scooby and Shaggy consuming un-godly amounts of food.

  Example #2: They're always paranoid. Ever notice who's the first to let
              loose a "Zoinks!" or a "Yikes!"?

 Example #3: Shaggy's long hair, unshaven goatee, and grubby fasade are
             complete give aways of the stoner persona.

 Example #4: Note how confused Scooby and Shaggy always seem to be.

 Example #5: Also note how many times Scooby and Shaggy say, "like" in an

 Example #6: Scooby Snacks? Hrmmm.

 Example #6: The Mystery Van.

        Hunger, paranoia, confusion, and near constant giggling. The signs
 are all too clear.

        CONSPIRACY TWO. Fred: Pimp.

 Example #1: Fred constantly orders Scooby and Shaggy to "go that a'way" when
             pursuing clues. He then takes off with the girls in the other

 Example #2: Whenever the gang spends the night in a haunted castle/old
             motel, Scooby and Shaggy always share a room. This leaves you
             to wonder where Fred, Velma, and Daphne are.

 Example #3: Fred, Velma, and Daphne are always upset when Scooby and Shaggy
             interrupt their "alone time".

 Example #4: The Mystery Van.

        The way I look at it, Fred is getting the best of both worlds in
 whatever sexual excursions are taking place.  On one hand, there's Velma.
 Not the cutest thing I've ever seen, but definitely the brains of the group.
 Then there's Daphne.  Long legs, beautiful smile, flowing hair... what more
 could a guy ask for?

        What's more, the age of the gang (between 16 and 18, according to
 http://www.tbssuperstation.com/disaster/scooby/index.htm) is the perfect age
 for sexual and chemical experimentation.  Take into account the year they
 were living in (the 1970's), and it all makes sense. Scoob and Shaggy are
 too busy getting stoned to notice Fred and the girl's sexual exploits.
 Daphne is merely Fred's sex toy.  Velma isn't attracted to Shaggy (or
 Scooby, for that matter), so Fred rewards her brainy efforts with a good

 ( *(c) hOGS oF eNTROPY pRESS*   HOE #889 ~ WRITTEN BY: HYPOMONK ~ 10/23/99 )