Patrick Stewart: Lobster Halloween Costume


No this is not a Red Lobster ad.  Patrick Stewart dressed as a lobster for Halloween takes the prize for me for best celebrity costume of Halloween 2013.  Did you know that lobsters can live up to one hundred years of age?  Let's hope Patrick can live that long and supply us with his wit.
Lobsters have a carotenoid pigment called astaxanthin in their shell, which provides a red coloring. However, in most lobsters, this reddish color is mixed with other colors to form the lobster's normal coloration. Astaxanthin is stable in heat, while the other pigments are not. This means that when a lobster is cooked, the other pigments break down, leaving only the bright red astaxanthin, thus a bright red lobster on your plate!