BBC Science Focus
Ride and dine
At the risk of sounding at best a bit weird and at worst completely barking, I have always been fascinated by cheese, ever since I was forced to watch White Christmas as a child and Bing Crosby explained how different cheeses can affect your dreams. I have, in the past, eaten particularly pungent cheeses at bedtime in the hope of dreaming the winning lottery numbers.
In your July issue (p66), Dr Farrimond explained why some people like strong cheeses and why we have a ‘taste’ for danger foods. This idea linked to the dopamines mentioned in the piece on rollercoasters in that same issue (p70). Perhaps I could launch a gourmet thrill experience in partnership with a theme park. Puffer fish (illegal in the UK), then a stinky cheese board, followed by kopi luwak (civet poo) espresso, then an intense white-knuckle ride.
The only drawback is that the cleaning bill for the rollercoaster cars would be astronomical… Simon Elson, Burton-on-Trent