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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Tuesday, October 19

the (almost) boring food question

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Hi, all!

Here’s a random fact to start your day.

Ramble of the Day

Some time ago, I stumbled upon a video of Indian actor Dino Morea talking about what he eats in a day. I’m sharing the video out of obligation to cite my sources, not because it’s truly worth watching. It’s a boring video, though I don’t think that’s a reflection on Morea in any way. He answered seemingly honestly, naming one normal thing after another the way I’d imagine many of us would if we were asked the same question.

The question of what one eats in a day is perhaps the most boring food question of them all. Arguably, almost any other question about food is revealing — How do you like your eggs? How dark do you like your toast? What’s your go-to dessert? I wouldn’t go so far as to argue the question of what one eats in a day is pointless, though. I would argue one has to ask selectively, because some people are a little weird when it comes to their eating habits. Let’s take television host Kelly Ripa as an example, via a video that Harper’s Bazaar unlisted from its YouTube channel last year but left on their website. (CW: disordered eating)

I bring it up not to tell Ripa what to do with food, but there are a few very strange eating habits she felt like sharing:

  • She has a certain salad for lunch, and then a smaller version of the same salad for dinner alongside other foods. (Ripa could just be picky — or incredibly certain — of her tastes. It definitely makes for a more interesting video than most others because she’s got one salad she sticks with pretty seriously.)
  • She seems to suggest she eats only one chocolate covered almond or cashew for dessert, outside of her birthday or Christmas. Just the one!
  • She basically only ever mentions eating greens or nuts. (At this point in my day, I’ve watched a few other “what I eat in a day” videos and the others have shared much more range.)
  • She will change things up, but only after sticking to her routine for an entire year.

Ripa is probably just one of a small number of people who reveal quite a lot when summarizing her daily diet. Perhaps one should ask the question enough times because they may luck into finding a very particular eater.

tl;dr: Asking most people what they eat in a day is probably not that interesting, but maybe if you ask enough people, you’ll find at least a few very particular eaters.

Stay informed, read this: Bethonie Butler and Emily Yahr interview 12 Black women from the world of reality television on achieving success despite constant stereotyping for The Washington Post

Links of the Day

Premier League clubs reportedly voted in favor of temporarily limiting Newcastle’s ability to strike sponsorship deals in an emergency meeting.

UEFA ordered England to play its next two home matches behind closed doors following crowd trouble at the Euro final.

The NWSL hired Marla Messing as the league’s interim CEO.

Norwich’s Dan Barden was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

A man pleaded guilty to improperly arranging the plane that crashed and killed Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson in 2019.

A longer read: Pjotr Sauer on a recent report from the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation, which accuses Alexander Lukashenko of using the sport as propaganda for the Guardian