Burning Questions


Busting out a new segment today called Burning Questions. Sometimes when I’m lying awake at night, important questions pop into my head. Left unanswered, they escape my mind and drift into the ether, never to be considered again. Well, no longer. Now, I’ll just dump them here. Let’s get right into it with some tough questions:

Who was the first person to make macarons?


For the less gastronomically sophisticated, macarons are distinctive looking cookies that are quite difficult to make. There’s about 10,000 steps in the recipe. They’re literally impossible to make unless you know exactly what you’re doing. So, like, how did these get discovered? This question can really be a stand in for any complex recipe. I know you can find the “history” of macarons pretty easily, but it still doesn’t say what inspired it. You can’t make this by accident. To get the top perfectly smooth and the feet to show up takes decades of training and study. Using only the egg white doesn’t seem like a natural inclination when experimenting. I just don’t get how someone invented this. I literally can’t wrap my mind around how stuff like this gets discovered. For me, the greatest mysteries of the world are Stonehenge, the Nazca Lines, and the invention of the macaron recipe.

How do companies get into the industrial machinery manufacturing business?


I realize this seems like a foolish question. They simply realized they could exploit a market deficiency by producing the tools of manufacturing. But some of these machines are so specific there couldn’t possibly have been a gap in the market before they made it. Most of these things can only be used by the one company producing whatever it is that’s being made. But some of the companies that produce the machinery are older than the ones making the products. Is it a huge ring of shell corporations? Do huge monopolies control our manufacturing sector? Did the founders of these companies originally set out to do something different and accidentally invent a hydraulic press? There’s a chance I might be overthinking this.

If every currency is down, how can any currency really be down?


I may be biting off more than I care to chew with this one, but how can every currency be either up or down at the same time? Along with things like GDP, isn’t each currency’s value based on its relation to every other currency? Or its relationship to gold? Well how can they all be doing the same thing at once? If everything is down, then shouldn’t the value remain the same? I don’t actually want an answer to this, because I think knowing the true economics of it would confuse me more than not knowing.

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