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Despots, toast and our first guest post

with 17 comments

Guest posts are the new black. In an incredibly lazy attempt to publish another post in the lead-up to Christmas without actually doing much work, I’ve asked Adrienne over at healthytakeover to come up with 5 random questions for me to answer. Let’s call it a quasi guest post. I’ve sent back a few questions of my own, so expect to see them on her blog sooner rather than later. See, I’m not the only one who tends to be lethargic at this time of year.

Question 1: Single malt or a blend?

I’m a single malt guy through and through, but I discovered a triple malt last year called Monkey Shoulder. While it is technically a blend, the three malts that they combine are single malts, which means I’m still a single malt boy. The way I see it, by drinking Monkey Shoulder, I’ve just tripled my ability to enjoy single malt Scotch.

Monkey Shoulder: it’s cheap, and it’s good.

If you can find it, try it. Monkeys and alcohol: what more do you want? Source:

Question 2: What are you wearing right now?

I’d like to freak everyone out by saying that I’m sitting here typing in a Donald Duck outfit sans pants, a la Peter Griffin. But I’m not. I’m naked. Come on, stop trying to gouge out your mind’s eye.

You’re NEVER going to get that image out of your head. There’s also a fair chance you’ll never read this blog again. Source:

Author’s note: if you are contemplating seeking restitution for the psychological trauma caused by the answer above, I wish you luck: the $7.85 I currently have in my wallet won’t divide well between a few thousand people.

Question 3: In light of the recent passing of Kim Jong-il, and the impending succession of his youngest son, do you think North Korea may finally start to emerge from the curtain of isolation? (A note from Adrienne: the questions can’t all be softballs)

While I – along with the rest of the world – would love the death of the “Dear Leader” despot to signal change for North Korea, I can’t see it happening. Kim Jong-un is cognizant of the fact that the entire planet is watching and waiting. The problem is, I believe that instead of trying to forge his own identity as a leader in order to better the lives of the North Korean people, he will see this period as an opportunity to flex his muscles and demonstrate that he truly is his father’s son.

“Do you have any idea how fucking busy I am?”

Question 4: What’s a perfect day off work for you?

I’m not entirely sure how the day would pan out, but it would definitely involve Eggs Benedict, several affogatos and a 30-year-old bottle of single malt. There could be some reading, or I could just plant my ass on the lounge and watch DVDs until I ran out of snacks. Zooey Deschanel bringing me the snacks would be better, but that scenario is unlikely, given that she seems to have lost my number.

Question 5: What’s the best way to eat Vegemite?

While there is no bad way to eat Vegemite, my preferred method is with butter on thick, fresh white bread from the bakery. Oh, Vegemite, how I do love thee.

You can never have too much Vegemite. Source:

So here we are, at the conclusion of the first ever guest post on The Dissemination of Thought. However, before I leave, I want to test a theory that Marc Schuster has about what making vague references to Mr T will do for your view statistics. Since we all know I’ve got a wee problem with checking my view stats every twenty-four seconds, I couldn’t resist seeing if his hypothesis works. It also goes without saying that I couldn’t make a totally irrelevant reference to Mr T without the obligatory accompanying photograph of Mr T.

Mr T. Sort of. Source:

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  1. What’s Vegemite?? It sounds very unappealing.

    Curly Carly

    December 20, 2011 at 10:52

    • Vegemite is a way of life. It’s a spread made from yeast extract, and is apparently a very acquired taste. It’s the reason tourists think Australians will eat anything.


      December 20, 2011 at 11:03

      • I love Vegemite! And let’s face it, Aussies will eat anything.


        December 20, 2011 at 13:07

      • I didn’t know Australians will eat anything. Actually, come to think of it, I don’t know anything about Australians. Either way, I’m almost positive I’ll never try Vegemite, mostly because of the name and partly because of the description you provided.

        Curly Carly

        December 20, 2011 at 15:08

      • When it comes to Vegemite, there is no middle ground: you either love it or loathe it.


        December 20, 2011 at 18:12

      • Vegemite seems to be one of those things that unless you are fed it from the first day of eating solids as a baby, you never quite get the taste of. Thick toast, lots of butter and a little bit of Vegemite for me.

        One of the strangest things I have had was Japanese peanut butter. Really sweet, not salty like the Aussie version. Just all wrong.


        December 20, 2011 at 22:25

  2. Congratulations on your induction to being a big time blogger now. Guests posts and tons of new subscriptions all the way.


    December 20, 2011 at 12:13

    • Does the big time involve being paid? If so, I think the cheque may have gone missing in the mail.


      December 20, 2011 at 12:20

  3. As for the Donald Duck outfit (which I sickeningly adore) I would take a naked photo of any person before forcing them to split the tiny amount of cash in their wallet. Nudity is a great equalizer, especially when one must choose between cash and cock.


    December 20, 2011 at 23:46

    • I thought Peter’s Donald Duck outfit was disturbingly amusing, but it’s not something that I’d venture outside in myself. It’s just better for everyone that way.

      Welcome to TDoT, and thank you for your input. Please be aware that we have a no pants, no entry rule. Having the pants folded up in your backpack doesn’t count.


      December 21, 2011 at 07:50

  4. I sampled the vegemite when I had the good fortune to visit Australia a few years back, but took a pass on the witchetty grubs that were offered to me when we were in the outback. I draw the line at worms.


    December 21, 2011 at 00:59

  5. Yep, Vegemite still sounds unedible. But my equivalent would be livermush. We eat it every Christmas morning. It’s a regional food from the southern part of North Carolina. And you grow up just knowing not to ask what’s in it. I think your body naturally rejects it the first time you eat it. But it’s sure delicious once you get over that stomach cramp hump.

    Adrienne schmadrienne

    December 21, 2011 at 01:41

    • I googled livermush, and while they talk it up by saying that it “is colloquially known as poor man’s pâté”, I’m a little dubious.


      December 21, 2011 at 07:34

  6. I’m definitely a single malt girl, the smokier the better. I will definitely be on the lookout for Monkey Shoulder. Hell, with a name like that how could one resist?


    December 23, 2011 at 13:29

    • The only thing better than the combination of monkeys and Scotch is a bear wearing a hat and riding a unicycle.

      Welcome to The Dissemination of Thought. Feel free to make yourself a drink, but keep your hands off the good stuff.


      December 23, 2011 at 14:36

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