The 57 Varieties Of Heinz

The “57 Varieties” slogan was not developed because their product line included exactly 57 varieties. In fact, there were over 60 products when the slogan was proposed. The number 57 was picked by H.J. Heinz by combining his and his wife’s luck numbers. However, to print his “57 varieties” in his cookbooks (The Heinz Book of Meat Cookery, 1934, H.J. Heinz Company) he needed to combine a few products. The list, as it was printed in their cookbooks, can be found below. Today, the H.J. Heinz company has over 5,700 products.

apple butter
apple jelly
baked beans in tomato sauce without meat
baked beans with pork and tomato sauce
baked beans without tomato sauce with Boston-style pork
baked red kidney beans
beefsteak sauce
black raspberry preserves
blackberry preserves
cherry preserves
chili sauce
chow chow pickles
cooked macaroni
cooked spaghetti
crab-apple jelly
cream of celery soup
cream of pea soup
cream of tomato soup
currant jelly
damson plum preserves
dill pickles
distilled white vinegar
evaporated horseradish
fig pudding
grape jelly
green pepper sauce
homestyle gravy
India relish
manzanilla olives
mince meat
peach preserves
peanut butter
plum pudding
prepared mustard
preserved sweet gherkins
preserved sweet mixed pickles
pure cider vinegar
pure malt vinegar
pure olive oil
queen olives
quince jelly
red pepper sauce
red raspberry preserves
ripe olives
salad dressing
sour midget gherkins
sour mixed pickles
sour pickled onions
sour spiced gherkins
strawberry preserves
stuffed olives
sweet midget gherkins
sweet mustard pickles
tarragon vinegar
tomato ketchup
worcestershire sauce

Top 10 Most Banned Books: 2011

It’s Banned Books Week again. This year is the 30th anniversary. Since 2009 I have listed the top 10 most challenged books of the year on my blog. This year is no different – the books are listed below with links to Amazon for your purchasing pleasure. With over 326 formal challenges, as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, book banning efforts were alive and well in 2011.

I have also posted top 10 lists for the years 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001

Additionally, in 2010, I put together a list of the 100 Most Banned & Challenged Books Of The Decade by aggregating several lists from the American Library Association.


  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism

Names And Types Of Full Moons

Tonight’s full moon will be a “blue moon”. Despite its name, blue moons are not that rare of an event. The next blue moon is less than three years away in July of 2015. On average, blue moons come around once every 2.7 years. Some years even have two blue moons. This happened in 1999. In 2018 there will be two blue moons and a black moon.

There are two definitions for a blue moon. The original definition, given by the Maine Farmers’ Almanac (published in 1937), says that a blue moon is the third full moon in a season — spring, summer, autumn or winter — that has four full moons instead of the usual three. However the definition changed when J. Hugh Pruett, writing in the March 1946 issue of Sky and Telescope, misinterpreted the original definition to mean the second full moon in any given month. That version was popularized after being repeated in a broadcast on National Public Radio’s Star Date in 1980. The second-full-moon-in-a-month definition was also used in the board game Trivial Pursuit as well as education materials in the 80’s and the definition has stuck! You can read the long version of this story at Sky & Telescope. Below are lists of the many other types of full moons.

Monthly Full Moons

Wolf Moon (or Old Moon, The Moon After Yule)
This is the first full moon in January and it has its own awesome t-shirt. The Algonquin name for this full moon is Squochee Kesos or “sun has not strength to thaw”. Native Americans each have their own names for the year’s full moons
Snow Moon (or Quickening, Hunger Moon)
The First full moon in February is called the snow moon for obvious reasons. Quickening is the stage of pregnancy when the fetus is first felt to move. The February full moon lets us know that the birth of new life (spring) is months away yet.
Worm Moon (or Sap Moon, Death Moon)
As the ground thaws, night crawlers emerge during the evening hours and point themselves toward moonlight. The first Full moon in March can also refer to the tapping of maple trees.
Pink Moon (or Egg Moon)
The first Full moon in April. This moon has its own song.
Flower Moon (or Milk Moon)
The bountiful blooms of May give its full moon the name flower moon in many cultures.
Strawberry Moon (or Rose Moon or Honey Moon)
The harvesting of strawberries in June gives that month’s full moon its name. Sometimes referred to as a honey moon because it stays close to the horizon in June, and that makes it appear more amber
Buck Moon (or Thunder Moon)
Male deer, which shed their antlers every year, begin to regrow them in July, hence the Native American name for July’s full moon.
Sturgeon moon (or Red Moon, Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon)
North American fishing tribes called August’s full moon the sturgeon moon since the species was abundant during this month. It is also often called the Red Moon for the reddish hue it often takes on in the summer haze.
Beaver moon (or Mourning Moon)
The origin of the name for first Full moon in November is disputed. It’s named either for the Abundance of Beaver trappings or for the large amount of dam building activity among the flat-tailed aquatic animal.
Cold moon
The coming of winter earned December’s full moon the name cold moon.

Other Types Of Full Moons

Black Moon
There is a range of, often contradictory, definitions of a black moon. Some suggest it is when there are two dark cycles of the moon in any given calendar month. Others say it’s when no full moon is present in a calendar month (This can only ever happen in February).
Blue Moon
Probably the most popular of the special moons, a blue moon is the second full moon in any given month.
Wet Moon (Cheshire Moon)
A wet moon is a lunar phase when the “horns” of the crescent moon point up at an angle, away from the horizon. This is caused by the relative angles of the moon’s orbit about the Earth and the Earth’s axial tilt compared to the Sun. During the extreme points of the Earth’s orbit the moon appears to rise almost vertically, so the moon’s crescent takes on the appearance of a bowl or a smile.
New Moon
A New moon is actually a moon phase. A new moon occurs when the moon lies closest to the Sun in the sky as it is seen from the Earth. The Moon is not visible at this time unless it is seen in silhouette during a solar eclipse. It can be considered a “dark full moon”. The new moon holds a lot of meaning in both religious and astrological calendars.
Super Moon
Let us not forget our colorful super moon.
Hunters Moon/Harvest Moon
The hunter’s moon is the first full moon after the harvest moon, which is the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox. These Moons are special because the time of moonrise between successive evenings is shorter than usual. The moon rises approximately 30 minutes later, from one night to the next, for several evenings around the full Hunter’s and Harvest Moons. Thus there is a much shorter period of darkness between sunset and moonrise around the time of these full moons, allowing hunters and farmers to work well into the evening. Each of these moons can be in September or October depending on the year.
Blood Moon
The term Blood Moon in Biblical prophecy appears to have been popularized by two Christian pastors, Mark Blitz and John Hagee. They use the term Blood Moon to apply to the full moons of the ongoing tetrad – four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons)

A Timeline Of Future Science Fiction Events

Below is a list of predictions made by speculative science fiction authors both past and present. Also listed is the novel or short story in which the prediction was made, as well as the year it was published.

Notably, the list puts the Hunger Games in the year 2108 and robot cats finally make an appearance in 2966. My favorite entry by far is the year 2107 when “Everyone blogs about themselves, all day, without shame: ‘only perverts do things in private.'”
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The Nine Satanic Sins

The Church of Satan encourages individuality and the gratification of desires, however, it does not suggest that all actions are acceptable. Anton Szandor LaVey wrote the “The Nine Satanic Sins” in 1987. They consist of:

1. Stupidity
2. Pretentiousness
3. Solipsism
4. Self-deceit
5. Herd Conformity
6. Lack of Perspective
7. Forgetfulness of Past Orthodoxies
8. Counterproductive Pride
9. Lack of Aesthetics

I can mostly agree with this list.

2011: The Year In Blogging

It was another great year for readership here at Artifacting. 2001 brought 1,016,006 absolute unique readers to the blog. I’ve been writing this blog for seven years so it feels great to have finally hit the 1M mark. Below is a graph of my total number of absolute unique readers throughout 2011. The peak in late August came from the blog entry about the art of stealing. The dip in mid December was a result of the site getting hacked.

Absolute Unique Visitors 2011

The top ten most visited posts published in 2011:

  1. Get A Cute Nickname For Your Boyfriend Or Girlfriend
  2. Rainbow Dash Attack
  3. 5 Million Dollars 1 Terabyte
  4. Colorized Version Of Burning Monk Thích Quảng Đức
  5. 24 Hours Of American Hardcore Punk Songs
  6. Grantland (And ESPN Page2) RSS Feed
  7. The Gävlebocken (Gävle Goat) Has Once Again Gone Up In Flames
  8. Hewlett-Packard (Still) Knows Nothing About Personal Computers
  9. Disneyland Entry Whistle/Sound Ringtones
  10. Colfax Avenue, 1972

Referring sites sent 94,092 unique visitors to Artifacting in 2011 via 2,613 sources. That is actually a slight from 2010. Below is a chart of referrals to Artifacting throughout 2011:
Unique Visitors From Referring Sites

The top ten referring sites to Artifacting (with search engines removed) during 2010 were:

  1. Facebook
  2. Stumbleupon
  3. Yahoo Answers
  4. Reddit
  5. Wikihow
  6. Metafilter
  7. The Blaze
  8. Fishing Buddy
  9. Boing Boing
  10. Twitter

Once again, not a single personal blog has made the list (this hasn’t happened since 2008). I beginning to believe personal blogs are going the way of the ghost.

General stats for Artifacting are as follows:
Posts 1,278
Categories 78
Comments 7,530

If you’re interested I also have the same stats for 2010, 2009 and 2008.

2011: My Year In Music

According to these are the bands that I listened to most during 2011. Five bands in my top ten this year were also on last years list.

1. Ween (2nd last year)
2. Toots And The Maytals
3. The Beatles
4. 10 Foot Ganja Plant
5. Modest Mouse (4th last year)
6. The Weakerthans
7. Descendents (1st last year)
8. Against Me! (6th last year)
9. The Cure (5th last year)
10. Cloud Cult

Below is a wave graph of the top artists that I listened to over the last year (click for a larger image). It’s a great way to visualize the trends in my listening habits throughout the year.
2011 Wave Graph

Additionally, here is a list of my most listened to songs of 2011:

1. Professor Longhair – Big Chief
2. The Beach Boys – Sloop John B
3. The Beatles – In My Life
4. Mary J. Blige – Family Affair
5. Jane’s Addiction – Summertime Rolls
6. Gerry Rafferty – Right Down The Line
7. Elvis Presley – Burning Love
8. The Police – Bring On The Night
9. Porno for Pyros – Kimberly Austin
10. Modest Mouse – Never Ending Math Equation

Some of the best live shows I’ve seen this year include:
New Pornographers
The Itchy-O Marching Band is the service I use to track my listening habits. I’m always trying to discover new music so please go ahead and friend me over at

2011: My Year In Movies

I didn’t track my movie watching again during 2011. The fact is I didn’t really even watch that many movies over the last year (Much of my TV time was spent watching all of the Mad Men episodes). However, here are the five great movies I have seen over the past 365 days:

1. Herb & Dorothy (10/10)
2. Wrist Cutters: A Love Story (9/10)
3. Exit Through the Gift Shop (8/10)
4. Blue Valentine (8/10)
5. Young Adult (8/10)

I have done a few posts over the past year that have to do with movies. Go explore them under the movies tag.