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Ice cream, moo! scream

Posted by Jeff Miranda October 5, 2007 10:09 AM

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This just in from brand-new Flip Side blogger Carmen Nobel:

Last night marked the 17th annual Ig Nobel prize
ceremony, in which a magazine called "The Annals of
Improbable Research" honors scientific achievements
"that first make people laugh, and then make them
think."

This year the Ig Nobel Chemistry Prize went to Mayu
Yamamoto, a scientist from the International Medical
Center of Japan, who developed a way to extract
vanillin -- a vanilla fragrance and flavoring -- from
cow dung.

The Cambridge gourmet ice cream store Toscanini's has
created a flavor in her honor. Today at 11 a.m., with
Yamamoto in attendance, Toscanini's will be offering
free samples of "Yum-a-Moto Vanilla Twist." The
flavor, which utilizes real vanilla beans, will be
available after that at regular prices -- $3.75 for
one scoop and five bucks for two scoops.

(Toscanini's proprietor Gus Rancatore remains coy
about the rest of the ingredients. All I can say is
that I haven't seen any cows hanging out near the
store lately....)

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