Eight seconds on a bull seems like forever. Forever. I'll now add bull riding to my list of sports in which you can smoke and still kick ass. The only other sport on the list is bowling, FYI. Curling is under consideration.
Well, at least all of it that's made of grain. I don't have conclusive evidence that this is a bad thing (The WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer said glyphosate was probably carcinogenic in 2015, but a subsequent WHO report said it was unlikely to be carcinogenic). But is sure as hell doesn't seem like a good thing. I always suspected I'd had my lifetime dose, having grown up on a farm, but we were total amateurs in the 90's compared to now:
"Using a tactic now known as gastrodiplomacy or culinary diplomacy, the government of Thailand has intentionally bolstered the presence of Thai cuisine outside of Thailand to increase its export and tourism revenues, as well as its prominence on the cultural and diplomatic stages. In 2001, the Thai government established the Global Thai Restaurant Company, Ltd., in an effort to establish at least 3,000 Thai restaurants worldwide. At the time, Thai deputy commerce minister Goanpot Asvinvichit told the Wall Street Journal that the government hoped the chain would be “like the McDonald’s of Thai food.” Apparently, the government had been training chefs at its culinary training facilities to send abroad for the previous decade, but this project formalized and enhanced these efforts significantly."
And the Thai government even has quality control:
"...Thai diplomats in the US have been charged with supporting Thai restaurants in both logistics and strategy. “When we received the award, the Ministry of Thai Trade actually came to my restaurant and we discussed about how we can promote more and how they will support us in getting more products from Thailand,” said John Sungkamee of Emporium Thai in LA. “She suggested I should look into promoting the Thai rice berry. She also recommended the suppliers to obtain them from.” Sungkamee told me that he and other Thai restaurant owners across the country maintain a group chat, and the now-former Thai Consul General in LA has been an active member."