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You Can Eat Avocado Seeds (But It’s Unclear Whether You Should)

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With the rise of avocado consumption and passion of its devotees, it makes sense that eventually people would start wondering how much more of the fruit can be useful. And it turns out that not only can you eat the prominent, pesky seed of an avocado, many are saying you should.

As reported by Lifehacker’s Skillet, research states that avocado seeds are a source of healthful bioactive phytochemicals. The team behind the study writes that the humble seeds “may improve hypercholesterolemia, and be useful in the treatment of hypertension, inflammatory conditions and diabetes.” The pits we normally pitch out have recently been touted as being full of antioxidants and nutrients, though there’s still some debate on those virtues. The California Avocado Commission even wrote a blog post saying they don’t recommend it based on the preliminary and inconclusive nature of the research.

By now you’re probably wondering, regardless of said nutritional value, exactly how do you go about eating an avocado seed? Well, it’s a process. Basically you dry it out, cut it up, and throw the pieces in a high-power blender or food processor to make a powder, which can then be added to everything from smoothies, to mole, to tea, facemasks, and whatever else you deem worthy.

If you don’t end up eating them, avocado seeds could prove useful in another way if you’re interested in analog alternatives to the old computer. Researchers in the same study from above write that avocado seed extracts have historically been used for ink “and research in our laboratory has explored the potential colorant properties of a polyphenol oxidase-produced colored avocado seed extract.”

[h/t Lifehacker]

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The First-Ever Troop of Homeless Girl Scouts Just Crushed Their Cookie Sales Goal
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Selling 32,500 boxes of cookies in a single week would be noteworthy for any team of Girl Scouts, but it's an especially sweet achievement for Troop 6000: The New York City-based chapter is the first-ever Girl Scout troop composed entirely of children living in homeless shelters.

According to NBC News, this season marked the first time the troop took part in the organization's annual cookie sale tradition. In early April, they received exclusive permission to set up shop inside the Kellogg's Café in Union Square. They kicked off their inaugural stand sale aiming to sell at least 6000 boxes of cookies: At the end of six days, they had sold more than 32,500.

Some customers waited in line an hour to purchase boxes from the history-making young women. Others gave their money directly to the troop, collectively donating over $15,000 to fund trips and activities. After purchasing their cookies, customers could also buy special Girl Scout cookie-inspired menu items from the Kellogg's store, with all proceeds going to Troop 6000.

The troop formed in 2016 as a collaboration between the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Mayor de Blasio, and the city Department of Homeless Services. Meetings are held in shelters across the city, and many of the troop leaders, often mothers of the scouts, are homeless women themselves. About 40 percent of New York's homeless population are children, and Troop 6000 had to expand last summer to accommodate a flood of new recruits. Today, there are about 300 girls enrolled in the program.

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Solve a Murder Mystery (and Eat Cheesecake) with The Golden Girls
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Something is rotten in the city of Miami. A murder has been committed—and nobody knows who’s behind the dastardly crime. The police are likely no match for the killer, so it’s up to the Golden Girls characters to combine their wits (over cheesecake, of course) to crack the case. But they can’t do it without your help.

That’s right: Peddler’s Village, a quaint shopping village in Lahaska, Pennsylvania, is now offering a Golden Girls Murder Mystery dinner and show every Friday and Saturday night through August 25, 2018. The whodunit takes place at Peddler's Pub at the Cock 'n Bull Restaurant, at 7 p.m.

While the major plot details have been kept under wraps (it is a murder mystery, after all), we do know that Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia have "invited a couple of well known detectives to join the party and discuss their famous capers." And given that the show is titled "The Golden Girls: The Curse of Jessica Fletcher," we can only guess (and hope) that an amateur sleuth from Cabot Cove, Maine will be making an appearance.

It's not the first time Peddler's Pub has hosted the gals from Miami; the current show is a sequel of sorts to the original Golden Girls Murder Mystery that Peddler's Pub put on back in 2016. Fun fact: Mental Floss Editor-in-Chief Erin McCarthy beat out a room full of other Betty White sangria-drinking armchair detectives to correctly solve the mystery during its original run. (She has the mug to prove it.)

Tickets are $69.95 per person, and you can make a reservation (which is required) by calling 215-794-4051. As for what you'll be dining on: You can scope out the menu online (and yes, the Girls’ favorite dessert is involved).

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