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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Squirt

What is Squirt?I like to save things. Especially if they're odd. Sometimes I save good things, and sometimes not.

When I went to New York for my MRI, I bought some Squirt. The empty bottle had been hanging around our kitchen for over two weeks now and Suz didn't like that. She wanted me to get rid of it. I had to agree with her, as the empty bottle of Squirt wasn't odd or special enough to save despite a number of totally wacky and unusual things.

I don't know what Squirt is. It has to be one of the most bizarre drinks I've ever drank. It's an unusual citrus flavour, and it's only half-carbonated, if that's even possible. I suppose I could've purchased a bad bottle, because it tasted like it was half-flat.

But not only is the juice weird, the label is way messed up too. There are warnings about not pointing the bottle towards people's faces, and a bold declaration that it contains less than 1% fruit juice.

The list of ingredients is also surprising. It contains much of the tasty stuff that other bottled beverages have, like the ever-popular preservative Sodium Benzoate, as well as some non-tasty stuff like Brominated Vegetable Oil.

It also contains something I have never heard of: Ester of Wood Rosin. I learned from Answerbag.com that it is used as a natural stabilizer for flavouring oils in fruit-flavoured beverages. Since my Squirt was citrus flavoured, it seemed appropriate that wood rosin was an ingredient. I don't know what's so unstable about it, but I assume it's the flavouring oils even though no "flavouring oils" are listed in the ingredients. Unless you count the super-gross Brominated Vegetable Oil.

Anyway, I told Suz I had no objections to recycling the empty bottle of Squirt. Now our kitchen is less cluttered - and less weird.

8 Comments:

Blogger Useless Man said...

BASTARD!

Why wouldn't you turn to the Useless Men instead of Answerbag?

You really make me "wonder" sometimes....

4:06:00 PM

 
Blogger Martini said...

I didn't know we were allowed to 'stack the deck' so to speak. Am I allowed to ask my fellow Useless Men a question? Ooh! That should be my question! If I'm allowed.

Am I?

6:40:00 PM

 
Blogger VicZan said...

Happy Birthday!

6:52:00 PM

 
Blogger patti_cake said...

Not a big fan of Squirt, it's kind of grape-fruity to me.
Oh and was it your birthday??? You gotta spill so we can wish you many happy returns :)

8:32:00 AM

 
Blogger Martini said...

Thanks guys!
Patti cake, I'll remember that for next year. Or maybe I won't, because I'm sooooooooo flippin' old!

11:25:00 AM

 
Blogger ms. creek said...

i like the ruby-red squirt...

3:38:00 PM

 
Blogger Ham said...

Sounds a bit like Orangina - only that's healthier.


I wonder if the vegetable oil contributed to the product being named "squirt." That can't be good for digestion.

1:07:00 PM

 
Blogger honkeie2 said...

Oil in our sodas..what will they think of next to add to the food for flavor...cow pies????
I like squirt, but I like saying that I am drinking it better. It always gets a few ppl....
'Why yes I am having a drink, how would u like a tatste of my Squirt'
Or 'Man I spilled my Squirt all over my desk, that is the last time I cyber one handed'

12:36:00 PM

 

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