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Music History #3: “Yes! We Have No Bananas”

Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of Bill DeMain’s new column, where he explores the real historical events that inspired various songs. “Music History” appears twice a month. “Yes! We Have No Bananas” Written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn (1922) Originally sung by Eddie Cantor The Music The story goes that one day in 1922, songwriting duo Frank [...]

Cashew Nuts Grow Out of Crazy Apples

(© Getty Images.) File this under Seems Like a Hoax, But Isn’t: cashew nuts grow from the bottom of “cashew apples,” shown above. The apple portion is (adorably) called an “accessory fruit,” and it’s the handbag to this outfit — the nut beneath the apple is the part most of us actually eat. [...]

Man Spent 11 Years Walking Around the World

When you and I got the itch to walk, we usually go around the block a couple of times. But not Canadian Jean Béliveau. He went walking for 46,600 miles through 64 countries. And perhaps [...]

Dietribes: Lima Beans

• Though we have come to pronounce them differently, Lima beans were indeed named for the capital of Peru where they have been growing for over 7,500 years. Through trading and cultivation, limas became popular throughout the world, spreading across central America and the United States to Europe and Africa via Spanish and Portuguese ships!   • Lima beans [...]

How to Ripen Bananas

Grocery stores always manage to have a table full of bananas just the perfect shade of yellow to attract customers, that will last a couple more days while the family eats them. They are shipped in by the boatload from Central America, so how do they manage this feat? You can get the lowdown from [...]

The Rich History of Chocolate

This article is taken from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into History. Among the ancients, it was revered as “the elixir of the gods.” Today, it is the one sweet temptation that most of us find impossible to resist. Yet, for most of its 3,500-year history, it was not eaten but rather consumed as a [...]

Mysterious Non-Egyptian Pyramids

“QUANTUM SHOT” #603Link – article by M. Christian and A. Abrams James Gaussman and the Jewelled Pyramid of China Egyptian pyramids? Sure, everyone knows about the ones at Giza – and a few aficionados might know about the 138 others (!) scattered around them. Mesoamerican pyramids? Okay, a lot of folks know about them, [...]

The Quick 10: 10 of the Worst Blizzards Ever

We’re all hunkering down here in the Midwest since a blizzard is supposed to be hitting us pretty much all day Tuesday and Wednesday. As blizzards go, it’s probably not a big one… just enough to close the Interstates, schools, and some businesses. There have definitely been far worse – here are 10 of them. 1. [...]

What caused the fall of the Maya ?

For over one thousand years the Maya dominated Central America, now scientists believe that their demise may have been severely hastened as the re…

‘Veggie’ spider shuns meat diet

A remarkable type of spider has been found in Central America that feeds almost exclusively on plants, it is the first in out of 40,000 known spec…