bullish on who will be Time’s Person of the Year 2013

Drones (or "The Drone") (as of 2012 NOV 10) 

bullish on who will be Time’s Person of the Year 2012 

actual result: Barack Obama

Xi Jinping (as of 2012 SEP 16); Aung San Suu Kyi (as of 2012 APR 3); Bo Xilai (as of 2012 MAR 24) 


 

Thursday
Apr192012

The price of mangosteens is $19 for a 2lb bag in Chinatown or $95.48 for a similar size from Amazon (that's $29.99 + $65.49 shipping). We bought a 2lb bag in Chinatown today, although we had to think twice about buying them when we heard the price (of which we were borderline incredulous, but nonetheless stayed interested when seeing the woman behind the cart glowingly confirm with a big smile that the price was $19).  We felt pretty good about our purchase after we got home and discovered that what we paid was almost 80% cheaper than on Amazon.  And the taste? Without describing it and risking not doing it justice (think of trying to be hyperbolic but failing even to achieve exaggeration), I will only state that one can not help but promptly smile upon placing a piece of this fruit in one's mouth.  More mangosteen background is available at mangosteen.com, a site which is also mentioned in a NY Times article that describes the efforts of a Connecticut investor to bring the fruits to market here (see also past coverage of mini mangosteen mania mentioned in NPR).  The weblink for the distributor on the label of the bag we purchased is www.pok-expfruits.com, but based on some of the stories on the web, its hard to know whether or not our bag of fruit came in via Canada, Puerto Rico or some other path.  Either way, I believe that we'll be smiling when we have more tomorrow (or sooner). 
 
Here's a picture of the label:
A picture of us smiling (you would be smiling too if you just had a fresh mangosteen, and we just ate four):
A picture of a couple more from our bag:

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