How hard is it to determine whether ice cream should melt, in the context of international law? Edwin Vermulst attempts to lick that problem, in this lengthy exposition: “EC Customs Classification Rules: Should Ice Cream Melt?” Edwin A. Vermulst [pictured here], Michigan Journal of International Law, vol. 15, 1993, pp. 1241-1327.
“Ice Cream Stick Research” (read the article free, here online) is a featured article in the special ICE CREAM issue (volume 28, number 1) of the magazine, Annals of Improbable Research.
Sometimes things shrink, and sometimes this is a problem, as reported in this 1997 study: “Ice Cream Shrinkage: A Problem for the Ice Cream Industry,” U.K. Dubey and C.H. White, Journal of Dairy Science, vol. 80, no. 12, 1997, pp. 3439-3444. The authors, at Mississippi State University, report: When ice cream is shipped from one […]
Tradeoffs vex the production of even the most pleasure-producing products, such as ice-cream-on-a-stick treats. This study studies some of those tradeoffs: “Energy and Economic Analysis of Ice Cream Stick Production with Brine Tank Machine,” Riswanti Sigalingging and Lukman Adlin Harahap, Researchers World, vol. 2, no. 3, 2011. The authors, at the University of North Sumatra, […]
The Nutty Ice Cream Stick Machine patent is now more than 60 years old: “Ice Cream Stick Machine,” William A. Nutty, U.S. Patent 2,866,420, issued December 30, 1958. The inventor, in Chicago, Illinois, explains (in the patent): This invention relates to a method and apparatus for forming an ice cream novelty, and more particularly to […]
What may be an advance in the understanding of ice cream sticks’ aroma influence emerges from a reading of a now-almost-two-decades-old study. First, for anyone not familiar with ice cream sticks, here is an image of some generic ice cream sticks: “The Impact of Wood Ice Cream Sticks’ Origin on the Aroma of Exposed Ice […]
“Ice cream was made by using 0.5% insect’s gelatin and compared with that made using 0.5% commercial gelatin as stabilizing agent.” The two insects concerned, the melon bug (Coridius viduatus) and sorghum bug (Agonoscelis versicoloratus versicoloratus) were the subject of an investigation described in a new paper (for the journal Food Science and Technology International) […]
How many universes are necessary for an ice cream to melt? Asks Professor Milan M. Ćirković [pictured] of the Astronomical Observatory Belgrade, Serbia, in the Serbian Astronomical Journal, Vol. 166, page 55-59. His paper considers the possibilities of other universes where a soft ice cream, left to its own devices, might be generally more likely […]
Ice cream and ice can be used as, or as part of, musical instruments. Here are two instances. This patent concerns an invention in the field known (in a phrase auto-translated from the original Chinese into English) as “cartoon belt music ice cream”: “Cartoon music ice cream,” Chinese patent application 2476961 Y, filed May 16, […]
Would you care for a dogfood sandwich? New research investigates this question with regard to ‘Stigma’. Previous investigators of ‘Stigma’ (e.g.Fallon et al., 1984; Rozin et al., 1985, 1986) have examined people’s reactions to cockroaches and ‘Hitler’s sweater’. “For example, dipping a sterilized cockroach into a glass of juice lowered the average rating of the […]