The Science of Holy Butter

Pilgrims pour melting butter from their lamps into the yak butter lamps in the monastery, topping them up continually in Lhasa, Tibet. Don Smith/robertharding/Getty

There's more to butter than meets the eye. Each yellow pat of fatty goodness is nothing short of processed solar energy, and its long history entails many a magical and sacred rite. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian consider the curious nature of butter.

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Topics in this Podcast: myth, religion, science, Food