Thursday, March 29, 2007

Global Gears of War Tournament Via Xbox Live

Hears the Press Release From Microsoft:

REDMOND, Wash. — March 29, 2007 — Microsoft® Game Studios and Epic Games, Inc. today announced the “Gears of War®” 2007 Global Xbox LIVE® Tournament, presented by the World Cyber Games, offering gamers the opportunity to curb-stomp and chain saw their way to the Grand Final in Prague, Czech Republic. The tournament promises nonstop thrills over Xbox LIVE.

“Gears of War” players across the globe will have the opportunity to compete in ranked matches on Xbox LIVE for four weeks of leaderboard play. The top 11 finalists in the world with the highest individual scores will receive the grand prize, a trip for two to Prague — the setting that influenced the game’s “Destroyed Beauty” scenic imagery — to compete in the Grand Final in July. The grand prize includes a four-day, three-night trip to Prague with round-trip coach air transportation for the winner and a guest, standard hotel accommodations, basic ground transportation in Prague, and a $200 Visa gift card.

The top four eligible ranked players from each participating country will win a three-day, two-night trip to their country’s 2007 World Cyber Games National Championship event. The trip includes round-trip transportation for the winner, standard hotel accommodations and a $300 Visa gift card. Secondary prizes include an Xbox 360™ package — boasting an Xbox 360 Pro System console, “Viva Piñata™,” “Project Gotham Racing® 3,” “Xbox LIVE Arcade Unplugged Volume 1,” “Kameo™: Elements of Power™” and a 12-month Xbox LIVE subscription, as well as “Gears of War” bonuses such as faceplates.

Registration for the tournament begins March 29 and continues through April 29, while official play begins April 9 and continues through May 6. Winners will be announced in May. More detailed information including full eligibility requirements, official rules and registration can be found at http://xboxlivetournament.com starting March 29.

“We are thrilled to offer the chance for gamers across the world to come together and share the glories of blowing apart someone into little chunks,” said Cliff Bleszinski, lead designer for “Gears of War.” “May the best man, or Locust, win.”

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New Boy X said...

Peanut butter is a food paste made primarily from ground roasted peanuts mixed in oil. It is popular primarily in the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Turkey and The Netherlands, but is overshadowed by Nutella (chocolate and hazelnut spread) in other parts of Europe.[citation needed] It also has above-average popularity in the Philippines, parts of the Middle East, South Korea and other areas where Americans have maintained a strong presence in recent decades. It is also manufactured in China, India, and other emerging markets. In Israel, peanut butter has been used as the coating of Israel's most popular snack, Bamba crisps

The first peanut butter was the ground paste that the ancient Pre-Columbian Mayan and Aztec civilizations of Mexico used as the base for a number of their "moles" (Pronounced MOL-ehs, IPA: /ˈmo.lez/, from Nahuatl molli, meaning sauce).

In 1890, George A. Bayle Jr. began to sell ground peanut paste as a Vegetarian protein supplement for people with bad or no teeth. In 1893, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg originated an early variety of peanut butter at the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan. Kellogg, along with his brother, W.K. Kellogg, patented a process for making peanut butter in 1895, but it used steamed peanuts rather than roasted peanuts. Contrary to popular belief, the renowned botanist George Washington Carver had no hand in inventing this food.[1][2]

Peanut butter was made in Australia by Edward Halsey for Sanitarium Health Food Company on May 29, 1899 and was sold as early as June 16.[3] Peanut butter was widely introduced in 1904 by C.H. Sumner at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (Saint Louis World's Fair) which also popularized the ice cream cone, hot dog and hamburger.

Founded by Benton Black, Krema Products Company in Columbus, Ohio began selling peanut butter in 1908 and is the oldest peanut butter company still in operation today. Other early peanut butter brands were sold by Heinz and Beech Nut.

In 1922, Joseph L. Rosefield developed modern peanut butter by using finer grinding, hydrogenation, and an emulsifier to keep the oil from separating. This created a creamy texture unlike the earlier peanut butter described as gritty, or pasty. He received a patent for stable peanut butter which had a shelf life of up to a year.

Swift & Company adopted the technology for their E.K Pond peanut butter which they had introduced somewhat earlier in 1920. In 1928 they changed the name to "Peter Pan". Peter Pan was originally packaged in a tin can with a turn key and re-closable lid but switched to glass during World War II. In 1932, Rosefield left that company. He formed the Rosefield Packing Co. and began selling "Skippy" peanut butter in 1933.

Peanut butter became a very profitable business in the United States. Currently, the best-selling American brand is Jif, a product introduced by Procter & Gamble in 1958. Jif is now made by the J.M Smucker Company. Australian health food company Sanitarium Health Food Company, has been making commercial peanut butter since 1898.[3] Sanitarium still makes peanut butter today.

There also exist other nut butters, made from almond, cashew, and hazelnut.

Modern peanut butter production

Nearly 50 percent of the U.S. peanut production went to peanut butter factories in 2001. This makes the U.S. the world's largest peanut butter supplier and consumer. Peanuts grown in other countries are usually harvested for cooking oil called peanut oil.

There are many types of peanuts. Small-seed peanuts are rich in oil and usually grown for peanut butter and oil. In the U.S., Runner Types and Spanish Types are two families of peanuts grown in southern states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. The first three states produce 60% of the peanuts that are used in peanut butter.

After harvest, peanuts are sent to factories for inspection. The inspected peanuts are roasted in ovens. After roasting, they are rapidly cooled by air to stop cooking. This helps to retain its color and oil contents.

The cooked peanuts are then rubbed between rubber belts to remove the outer skin. The kernels are split with the hearts removed and then cleaned and sorted. Next, the peanuts are sent to the grinder.

The peanuts are ground twice: pulverized to small bits first, then ground with salt, sweetener and usually a stabilizer to keep the oil from separating. So-called "old-fashioned" or "natural" peanut butter typically does not contain a stabilizer. The oils will separate after a time; these varieties are frequently stored in the refrigerator, which prevents the oil from separating back out. Skippy recently introduced a "natural" peanut butter which does not require any stirring. It does, however, contain palm oil as a stabilizer.

In the United States, peanut butter must contain a minimum of 90% peanuts, according to US food laws. Artificial sweeteners, artificial colors and preservatives are not allowed. (This is why some peanut butter manufacturers' low-calorie or low-fat or high artificial products instead call themselves peanut spread.) Some brands may add salt and sugar (indicated by dextrose, sucrose or fructose on the label) to suit the taste of the average consumer (or even molasses, as Jif does), while other brands offer peanut butter without such additives for those who prefer the unadulterated peanut taste.

Trivia

* According to PeanutButterLovers.com "In 1890, an unknown St. Louis physician supposedly encouraged the owner of a food products company, George A. Bayle Jr., to process and package ground peanut paste as a nutritious protein substitute for people with poor teeth who couldn't chew meat. The physician apparently had experimented by grinding peanuts in his hand-cranked meat grinder. Bayle mechanized the process and began selling peanut butter out of barrels for about 6¢ per pound."
* In Turkey, peanut butter was introduced in the 1980s by Turks who went to The Netherlands to work and who, when they went on holiday to Turkey, took jars of this product as gifts to their family members, who liked it a lot. A peanut butter factory was established in Mersin by the local company Polmak [2] and the U.S. company Nabisco Planter's [3], who put the first (small) jar of creamy peanut butter on the market in the middle of the 1980s. Peanuts were supplied by local farmers who successfully cultivated the plant in the Adana-Osmaniye Region (Cukurova Area in the southern part of Turkey) mainly to be used as roasted and salted snacks. Polmak's partnership with Nabisco Planter's ended in 1987, and Polmak continued to produce the creamy peanut butter under the brand name of "GOLD". In 2001, Polmak started to produce a peanut butter flavored with vanillin ("BALKREM"). The company does not produce a "crunchy" variant of peanut butter.
* Dutch peanut butter is very different from its international counterpart. It is salty instead of sweet and most people say it has a similar taste to that of Satay sauce. This peanut butter is called "pindakaas", literally translated as "peanut cheese". The Dutch gave their peanut butter this name because the word "butter" was protected by law, so they had to look for another name.
* On May 15, 1963, U.S. astronaut Gordon Cooper ate some bite-sized peanut butter sandwiches in the last and longest Mercury mission. He carried 2,369 kcal (9,919 kJ) of food at launch and consumed only 696 kcal (2,914 kJ). He did not like the cubed food. His flight lasted 34 hours, 19 minutes and 49 seconds.
* In 2002, an intentionally irreverent pseudo-scientific paper was published [4] establishing that "Peanut Butter has no effect on the rotation of the Earth". (See also Ig Nobel Prize)
* The Fluffernutter is a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow creme, typically using the Fluff brand of creme.
* One of the favorite foods of Elvis Presley was a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.
* Arachibutyrophobia, a joke phobia, is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one's mouth (see -phob-).
* An outdoor bird feeder is often made from a pine cone smeared with peanut butter and covered with birdseed.
* Creamy peanut butter is often used to remove chewing gum from clothing and hair.
* March 1991, Skippy Peanut Butter introduced the "peanut on top", which has been copied by many companies later on. Frank Duyvelshoff of Product Research was given credit.
* The hydrogenated oil in most peanut butter brands is not usually made from peanut oil but from cheaper vegetables oils such as soybean, canola and cottonseed.
* In the U.S., March 1 is National Peanut Butter Lover's Day and March is National Peanut Month.
* In 2004, University of Georgia scientists developed a peanut butter dispenser to make peanut butter sandwiches. It resembles a hand-held, bulk tape dispenser and squirts out peanut butter in sheets.[5]
* Some peanut butter brands have been sold in decorative glass containers that could be used as drinking glasses. Boscul Peanut Butter glasses from the 1950s are sought after by collectors.[6]
* On the UK show Brainiac, peanut butter was found to be a better emergency shaving cream than whipped cream and other alternatives.
* Peanut Butter Jelly Time is a famous Internet cartoon.
* Plumpy'nut is a peanut butter-based food used to fight malnutrition in famine-stricken countries. A single pack contains 500 kilocalories, can be stored unrefrigerated for 2 years and requires no cooking or preparation.
* In an episode of the popular American animated series Family Guy, there is parody of Back to the Future, where "Doc" claims that peanut butter was invented by a black man.
* Using high pressure and high temperatures, it is possible to transform peanut butter into diamonds [7], [8]
* In an episode of American Dad!, Stan and Steve claim that it was Abe Lincoln's wife who invented peanut butter.[9]
* In the TV series Lost, when Claire is asked what she misses most since crashing on the island, she answers peanut butter. She also implies that in Australia peanut butter isn't popular, and no one likes it but her.