Happy day! Here are two interesting yet unrelated stories about gonads.
“If we were to cook one recipe from these cookbooks every day for the rest of our lives we’d never get through them,” Onstad says. “I appreciate how much of cookbookery is just pornography.”
One of the first things we do after a tour of his garden (“the plan is to plant all of the really expensive vegetables so that you don’t have to buy them”) is hit that pornography. He pulls a dog-eared copy of the Larousse Gastronomique off the shelf and searches for testicle preparation, which instructs us to parboil the balls, cool them immediately under water, and peel off the tough outer encasing. Onstad sets the water to boil.
Secondly, did you know that by zapping you testicles with an ultrasound, it could provide a cheap and easy vasectomy?
The idea of using ultrasound as a contraceptive comes from James Tsuruta and Paul Dayton of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, who have shown it to work in rats. The animals stopped producing sperm following two ultrasound blasts, given 48 hours apart, and remained infertile for at least six weeks.