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November, 2010

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Best Colors…
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HardyCHROM Candida


A new study by Schreckenberger and Rekasuis concluded:

“HardyCHROM™Candida performed better that the BBL CHROMagar™ Candida in that the chromogenic pigments showed a darker, richer, more intense color, as well as better colony growth at 24 hours. In addition, HardyCHROM™ Candida has an indication for Candida glabrata when used in conjunction with the GlabrataQuick ™ kit.The chromogenic medium is easy to use, accurate and a cost effective method to use in the laboratory for identifying the most commonly encountered Candida species in clinical specimens.”

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SplashGuard II

Hardy’s SplashGuard II provides maximum protection from dangerous aerosols, while allowing full mobility of your hands.

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Gram Stain Advanced

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Hardy has formulated a gram stain that produces optimal color development. It produces brighter colors for results you can report with confidence. The kit uses stabilized iodine (non-regulated) and a decolorizer matched for superior results.

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Tastes Like Chicken?
But is it really chicken?


Well, about 50% of it is chicken. The highly processed Chicken McNugget also contains some surprises. The contents of the remaining 50% is listed below:

White boneless chicken containing:

  • water
  • modified food starch
  • salt
  • autolyzed yeast extract (includes a high percentage of MSG)
  • wheat starch
  • natural flavoring (botanical source)
  • safflower oil
  • dextrose
  • citric acid
  • rosemary
  • sodium phosphates
  • canola oil
  • monoglycerides
  • diglycerides
  • extractives of rosemary

Battered and breaded with:

  • water
  • enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid)
  • yellow corn flour
  • food starch-modified
  • salt
  • leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate)
  • spices
  • wheat starch
  • whey
  • corn starch

Prepared in:

  • Canola oil
  • corn oil
  • soybean oil
  • hydrogenated soybean oil
  • tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a preservative
  • citric acid
  • dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent, also found in “silly putty”

The Chicken McNugget is made from chickens that are too old to lay eggs. These chickens are stripped down to the bone, and then “ground up” into a chicken mash then combined with a variety of stabilizers, binders, chemicals, and preservatives, pressed into familiar shapes, breaded and deep fried, frozen and shipped to your local fast food establishment.

Incidentally, ingesting only one gram of TBHQ used in the frying oil can cause  “nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse,” according to ” A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives. Ref 1 , Ref 2 , Ref 3

Bon appetit!

Think about it…

The Thinker

  • If ATM stands for Automatic Teller Machine, why do we call it an “ATM machine”?
  • Why are there locks on the door of stores that are open 24/7 365 days a year?
  • If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn?
  • Why are there Braille dots on a drive-through ATM keypad?
  • Is there another word for synonym?
  • If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?




Bessie Braddock: “Winston, you are drunk, and what’s more, you are disgustingly drunk.”

Winston Churchill: “Bessie, my dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow, I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.”


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Micro Musings…

New Yorker cartoon Nov 2010

How to deal with the “difficult” boss.

Need fresh
for the new year?
Order Your MBL Control Organisms from Hardy


Hardy offers hundreds of ATCC derived organisms…for either qualitative or quantitative use. Also, see our control sets for the Vitek, Cepheid, MicroScan, API, RapID, and Sensititre.

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Pictured above is the Kwikstik; the easy “snap and streak” method for reconstituting lyophilized organisms.
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Seeing is Believing

Opt illusion - 3 boys

Here’s a vintage optical puzzle from 1800.
Can you find the three hidden boys?


“Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”

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Wisdom to ponder…

Bill Gates

Bill Gates
Founder of Microsoft.
Ranked the wealthiest person in the world from 1995 to 2009, excluding 2008,
when he was ranked third.

“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”

“If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.”

“If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?”

“Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.”

“Life is not fair; get used to it.”

“People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they? People feared coal, they feared gas-powered engines… There will always be ignorance, and ignorance leads to fear. But with time, people will come to accept their silicon masters.”

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”

“If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG.”

“Until we’re educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.”

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”


Rubin Nov 2010
Find more of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor.

Marxist Philosophies

Groucho Marx

“I don’t care to join a club that

accepts people like me as a member.

~ Groucho Marx ~
The world would be less in a snarl
if Marx had been Groucho instead of Karl.


“Life is a tragedy to those who feel…

and a comedy to those who think.”

~ Horace Walpole

Advice from the Founders…

Patrick Henry

“Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce at it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.”

~   Patrick Henry ~

American Patriot and Governor of Virginia
1736 ~ 1799

Signs of our times

America's Future
Hope springs eternal…

Are we getting ahead?

Stock chart

_____ Dow Jones Industrial average
_____ Dow adjusted for government calculated CPI
_____ Dow adjusted for real inflation per

It may seem encouraging that the Dow Jones has rallied as much as 74% from its low in March of 2009. However, when adjusted for real inflation, the Dow Jones is about equal to where it was in 1963! Stock market gains have been due to nothing but inflation. Source : National Inflation Association