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Ancient Egyptians as early as 2,700 B.C. depicted lettuce on tomb walls as a popular sex symbol and used it extensively as an aphrodisiac. Today, many enjoy our leafy greens as a salad, or as the comedian John Pinette says, “a promissory note that food will soon arrive.”However, ancient Egyptians as early as 2,700 B.C. depicted lettuce on tomb walls as a popular sex symbol and used it extensively as an aphrodisiac. Lettuce was closely associated with Min, Egypt’s god of fertility, who’s often shown with an erect penis. The phallic-shaped vegetable was reported to help the god and people “perform the sexual act untiringly.” In addition to lettuce growing in a rigid vertical line, it releases a white, milk-like residue when broken – an association with semen or breast milk. Though lettuce was not directly eaten, Egyptians widely used it by taking off the blue-green, bitter leaves, gathering the flower buds’ seeds, and pressing the seeds into a natural lettuce oil. This oil was then used in cooking, medications, and mummification.Later, the Romans and Greeks popularized the consumption of salad as part of a meal as we know it today. They believed it increased appetite and encouraged good digestion. Instead of the sexual stimulant Egyptians saw lettuce as, Romans and Greeks believed it could help put you to sleep.
While some of the facts surrounding the creation of the "Buffalo Chicken Wing" are debated, it’s certain that the Buffalo-style addition transformed public perception of this cut of chicken from garbage to greatness. Today, the Buffalo Chicken Wing is served in many restaurants, bars, and homes with or without football playing. While some of the facts surrounding its creation are debated, it’s certain that the Buffalo-style addition transformed public perception of this cut of chicken from garbage to greatness. In the 1960s, the chicken wing was usually thrown away or used to flavor stock. Now, it’s the most popular and expensive chicken part. Why the change? It was the idea of smothering the fried wing without breading in a hot sauce and serving it with celery and blue cheese dressing. How that idea came to be is debatable. Most agree that it was invented by Teressa Bellissimo, the co-owner of Buffalo, New York’s Anchor Bar in 1964. Based on the most authoritative retelling, chicken wings were mistakenly delivered instead of necks. Teressa created the wing recipe to sell as an appetizer. Her son says he asked her to make something unique for the bar regulars who had been spending a great deal of money there. Others say it was a late-night snack for her son and his friends.Regardless of how it happened, the recipe’s popularity took off within weeks and spread like wildfire.
Potatoes can be dangerous if they are consumed after expiration, or when they start turning green. At first, this is just chlorophyll in response to light exposure, but it is an indication that the toxic chemical solanine is present in the leaves, stem, or green part of the potato. Potatoes can be dangerous if they are consumed after expiration, or when they start turning green. At first, this is just chlorophyll in response to light exposure, but it is an indication that the toxic chemical solanine is present in the leaves, stem, or green part of the potato.Consuming potatoes is the top cause of solanine poisoning in humans. In one case from 1899, 56 German soldiers all experienced the symptoms of solanine poisoning, which can include diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, coma, and even death.Solanine poisoning happens most often when there is a shortage of food.Another extreme case of solanine poisoning broke out in the 1950s during a famine in North Korea, when people were forced to eat old rotten potatoes to keep from starving. 382 people were reportedly affected by the poisoning and out of those people, 52 went to the hospital and 22 of them died. To avoid the build up of solanine in potatoes, it is recommended to keep them stored in a cool, dark place, and if they have sprouted, you should to cut off the skin and the green parts, or not to eat them at all
Classified as a mobility scooter, the Ziesel electric contraption is not only stylish, it also comes equipped with a roll bar. Most impressively, it can easily maneuver in varying terrains including sand, mud, grass, gravel and snow. You think wheelchairs aren't that versatile?Then check out the Ziesel electric contraption - it's not only stylish, it comes equipped with a roll bar. The chair has a top speed of over 20 miles per hour. Weighing approximately 460 pounds, it comes with a four-point safety belt fit for NASCAR.The radical assisted movement vehicle doesn’t come with any wheels. Instead it runs on rubber coated caterpillar tracks, making it bear a resemblance to a bulldozer.According to the designers of the mobility scooter “The Ziesel is a pioneer for mobility by combining sustainable and environment-friendly technologies with pure outdoor fun. It is the only barrier-free sport-vehicle with electrical high-performance power for fun and freedom in nature.” The chair was specially made for outdoor extreme performance. It can be used throughout the entire year.Most impressively, it can easily maneuver in varying terrains including sand, mud, grass, gravel and snow. The mobility scooter comes equipped with LED lights, a tow bar, double suspension arm chassis, a heated seat, and technology ridden joystick. The starting price for a Ziesel chair is $24,000.
An Austrian design company recently released plans for a new water craft which has been accurately described as a floating island. Some boats are very creative. An Austrian design company recently released plans for a new water craft which has been accurately described as a floating island. The boat can accommodate anywhere from 4 to six people.As an added bonus the boat has numerous hulls and it is foldable. The aspect that sets it apart is the added space. The deck is not only beautiful but it also offers freedom for sea goers allowing them to move around. The hull is classified as a “three section trunk”. When it’s closed, the three hull portions are basically folded into one another, making the overall boat size drastically decrease in size.That makes it easier to tow the boat or squeeze it into any marina spot. However when the floating island reaches a desired spot on the water, the hull can be opened up creating a huge, sprawling deck for relaxing. A built-in grill along with integrated storage spaces are a few additional highlights about the unfolded boat. What do you think? Would you like to own this boat?
One of the world's greatest statesmen recently passed away. Here are 7 facts about Nelson Mandela. One of the world's greatest statesmen recently passed away. Here are 7 facts about Nelson Mandela.Number 7 - He was born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, a small village in South Africa.Number 6 - He went to law school in the early 1940s at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and finally opened his own practice in the city in 1952.Number 5 - Mandela spent 27 years of his life in prison. Out of which, the first 18 years were in the notorious Robben Island prison where he was forced to perform manual labor. Number 4 - He received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his continued work to break the country’s segregation system. Number 3 - Mandela played a major role in the struggle to abolish apartheid and became the first black president of South Africa in 1994.Number 2 - Mandela has over 50 honorary degrees from universities worldwide. Numerous streets and buildings have been named after him.Number 1 - His birth name was Rolihlahla Mandela. His first name 'Nelson' was given to him by his school teacher.
Toni Kanwa's artwork, ‘cosmology’ showcases a network of impossibly tiny, needle sized figures, crafted of wood. There are some artists who have a knack for intricate work with difficult canvases. That’s the case for Toni Kanwa. Called ‘cosmology of Life’, it showcases a network of impossibly tiny, needle sized figures, crafted of wood. In total, there were 1,000 of the wooden art pieces arranged on a lit table, creating a population of sorts. Kanwa placed magnifying glasses near the display so viewers would be able to take a closer look at it. The most amazing aspect is that the details on the toothpick sized hand carved sculptures can’t be seen clearly with the naked eye.Kanwa’s inspiration for the traditions and cultures of the Indonesia Archipelago pushed him to create the ‘cosmology’ exhibit. The figures, shaped like talismans were molded and carved by Kanwa’s intuition, to reflect his views of spirituality and nature. Due mostly to his knowledge and affiliation with the culture and practices in Indonesia, Kanwa’s process in crafting the miniscule talismans involved dialoging along with planning how to use the material before taking the first steps in sculpting. What do you think of the artwork?
You can charter this yacht for $600,000 a week. You may not have millions of dollars in the bank but who says that has to stop you from experiencing a luxury super yacht?KISMET, a 2008 Super Yacht of the World, is available for charter starting at $600,000 a week.The captain of KISMET, Kyle Fultz stated “The opportunity to be involved in the building of KISMET was a golden one for me. Her superior range, stability, and state-of-the-art navigation and communication systems make her the ultimate platform for unlimited voyaging.” (1,3,1) Measuring over 223 feet long, the ship can accommodate up to 12 guests and 22 crew members. The yacht has a master bedroom, a decked out stateroom and four double cabins. The interior décor and layout can easily be considered a 5 star accommodation. The highly trained onboard crew offers spa treatments, top notch cuisine and water activities. As a way to spend the days, guests on the yacht can lay out on the lounge, work out in the gym, or relax in the steam room. (3,4,3) The boat also includes a dance floor with strobe lighting and a fully stocked bar.What do you think? How do you like the KISMET yacht?
From baby’s conception to his or her world entrance, each little second is spent developing into what will be a big and unique personality. Besides the more obvious movements Moms feel, here are 10 things these precious ones do before even being born. From baby’s conception to his or her world entrance, each little second is spent developing into what will be a big and unique personality. Besides the more obvious movements Moms feel, here are 10 things these precious ones do before even being born:Number 10 – Stay Up at Night – It is believed many babies in womb are nocturnal. After birth, they go from being a night owl to learning day and night. Number 9 – Breathe – Even though a baby gets oxygen through the umbilical cord, the lung muscles develop as they imitate Mom’s breathing. Number 8 – Smell – Babies jump at bad smells like cigarettes, or enjoys good ones like Mom’s food. Number 7 – Laugh by Bouncing – Babies joyfully bounce in response to Mom laughing. Number 6 – Startle – Babies gets scared by any sudden sounds like Mom sneezing. Number 5 – Light sensitivity - Researchers have determined that a fetus can be sensitive to light. By shining a light on a mother’s belly, the baby’s eyes appear to blink when the light is shone on their face. Number 4 – Yawn – After a long night, a good yawn might be in order. Number 3 – Think – Baby’s brain waves have been recorded as early as 6 weeks. Number 2 – Dream – Baby’s dreaming is evidenced by rapid eye movement. Number 1 – Feel Pain – While debates continue, many authorities seem to confirm that babies feel pain as early as 8 weeks.
For the holiday season this year, the US Botanic Garden has a holiday model train exhibit featuring world's greatest landmarks. The United States botanic garden in Washington D.C. is a gorgeous living plant museum that has been delighting and awing visitors since it was established in 1820. For the holiday season this year, staffers announced a gorgeous fantasy train display that has been placed in the East Gallery. The track, which measures approximately 800 feet spans around stunning surroundings including a replica of the Eiffel Tower. The model train zooms around the track on several levels, giving viewers a sneak peak as it moves past the various displays.The whole conservatory is intricately decorated and the tropical plants and flowers act as gorgeous, colorful backdrops to the train. Logs serve as tunnels for the scaled trains to barrel through.The trains weave around beautiful exhibits and through cut out holes in natural conifer trees. It’s a never-ending job keeping up with the train for a perfect photo opportunity. Single train cars are also planted around the track, operating both forwards and backwards around the same exhibits. What do you think of the conservatory's model train exhibit?
Two Cornell University psychologists have proven that the worse someone’s skill and knowledge levels are, the more arrogant they are. Two Cornell University psychologists have concluded from their research that the worse someone’s skill and knowledge levels are, the more arrogant they are. Justin Kruger and David Dunning published a research paper on this idea in 1999, and it has become known as the Dunning-Kruger effect. Through a series of experiments involving university students and their actual versus perceived abilities in grammar, logic, and humor, they showed that those students performing the worst had the highest opinion of themselves. Meanwhile, the students who did best displayed the greatest humility and doubt that they beat out as many of their classmates as they did. Apparently, the not-so-bright don’t realize their mistakes, but through education and competence training, they begin to have a more realistic estimate of themselves Kruger and Dunning also reference other research that shows this effect extends to everyone from hunters and doctors to business managers and politicians. While charisma could help them get to the top, they might still lack the actual competence to perform well. What do you think? Do you agree with this theory?
A recent study shows that immigrants are less likely to engage in violence and criminal behavior than people born in the US. A recent study shows that immigrants are less likely to engage in violence and criminal behavior than people born in the US. Said one of the authors of the finding, “It turns traditional theories on their head. Immigrants often come to the United States with very little. They are socially disadvantaged. But they’re not contributing much to the crime rate.” The path to discovering this involved assessing data from a survey given to 43 thousand people. The pool of participants reflected the national make-up. Respondents were asked if and how often they’d engaged in bullying, stealing, and other violent and nonviolent but antisocial behaviors. After factoring in controls for alcohol and drug problems, mental health issues, and demographics, among others, the scientists found that immigrants were significantly less likely to involve themselves such activities. The discovery held true regardless of country of origin, be it Africa, Latin America, Asia or Europe. Unfortunately, the longer a person lived in the US, the more likely they were to start behaving in a way that was either antisocial or violent. That was also true of individuals who had moved to the US prior to their teenage years.
The British company E2V has developed a device that can remotely disable the engine any car that’s within about 50 yards of it. The British company E2V has developed a device that can remotely disable the engine of any vehicle that’s within about 50 yards of it. It’s called the RF SafeStop and its prototype was recently demonstrated for the public.The system, which is intended for law enforcement use, sends radio frequency pulses to the target vehicle’s electrical system and shuts down the engine. The car then just safely glides to a halt. Some have expressed concerns that it takes too long. Others worry that it could potentially inhibit the driver’s ability to brake or steer. E2V has said their method doesn’t pose any greater threat than the alternatives, including but not limited to lethal force. Tire spikes were specifically mentioned as they can be especially dangerous when used to stop motorcycles. Another situation that could benefit from the technology is stopping vehicles that are believed to be filled with explosives. Naturally, older cars that don’t have electrical systems are impervious to the device. The company says they’ve already gotten inquiries from government agencies and security organizations.
Just as it’s debatable whether you should shake or stir for the best tasting martini, a true martini’s ingredients, why it’s called a martini, and exactly how and where the classic drink was invented also seem to be a matter of opinion. Who can forget the classic James Bond lines. However, just as it’s debatable whether you should shake or stir for the best tasting martini, a true martini’s ingredients, why it’s called a martini, and exactly how and where the classic drink was invented also seem to be a matter of opinion.Most agree a true martini starts with gin and vermouth. After that, people add anything from olive juice and bitters to olives and cherries. As time has gone on, variations like the vodka martini have become popular. The most authoritative account of its creation takes us to the city of Martinez, California. In the 1860s during the Gold Rush, a miner visited a bar after a long day and asked for a refreshing drink. The bartender created the Martinez cocktail, “a blend of Italian vermouth, Old Tom gin, bitters, sugar syrup, and maraschino liqueur.” After a few of those, the miner couldn’t pronounce the “Z” and called it a “martini.”Other legends include a similar story set in San Francisco as well as an Italian vermouth maker using the brand name of Martini, also in the 1860s.
Microsoft is working on a smart bra prototype with built-in sensors to help women avoid overeating and stay healthy, among other similar devices for both men and women. If a device could tell you when you were stressed and about to emotionally overeat, would you still do it? Microsoft researchers bet such an alert would help you prevent an eating binge. The company is working on a smart bra prototype with built-in sensors to help women avoid overeating and stay healthy. The removable electrocardiogram and electro-dermal sensors detect stress levels by measuring body temperature and heart rate activity. This fully loaded bra also includes a gyroscope and accelerometer. Since the bra’s worn close to the heart, its sensors can collect data much more accurately than a mood ring or the smart underwear for men that Microsoft also trialed. The data’s then communicated to the person wearing the bra in real time through a smartphone app. One big drawback is that the current prototype needs recharging every 3 to 4 hours.Microsoft’s also working on putting the technology for this same purpose into a bracelet, which can be worn by women and men. What do you think of the concept?
A recent study has dealt a significant blow to feminism, showing evidence of “striking differences” when it comes to gender and brain connectivity patterns and indicating that men and women are each better suited to different tasks since birth. Since the 1970s, feminists have argued that stereotypical and perceived differences between males and females in terms of school and work performance are due mostly to conditioning and that they are born with the same equal, innate capabilities. A recent study has dealt a significant blow to this argument, showing evidence of “striking differences” when it comes to gender and brain connectivity patterns and indicating that men and women are each better suited to different tasks since birth. University of Pennsylvania researchers analyzed and drew on about 1,000 brain scans, and determined that male and female brains are indeed wired differently. Females have greater connectivity between the right hemisphere in charge of intuitive thinking and the left hemisphere in charge of logical thinking. This makes women more inclined to have better memories, be more emotionally and socially involved, and multitask successfully. By contrast, males have greater connectivity from front to back of the same hemisphere, which makes them better at learning and performing any one given task. Men tend to have better perception and coordination. Lead researcher and radiology professor Ragini Verma said, “I was surprised that it matched a lot of the stereotypes that we think we have in our heads.”
Statistics about how alcohol consumption relates to intelligence reveal that smarter people tend to drink more. Statistics about how alcohol consumption relates to intelligence reveal that smarter people tend to drink more. One statistic from the United States Department of Health says that 68 point 4 percent of college graduates are regular drinkers, compared with 35 point 2 percent of people who drink regularly but never graduated from high school. Another study compared all the babies born in the UK during a week in March of 1958. The results of that study, which tracked the subjects for 50 years, show that children who scored higher on an IQ test also reportedly drank more on a regular basis later in life than subjects with a lower IQ.According to research done by scientists at the London School of Economics, women with a college degree were 86 percent more likely to drink most days than women participating in the study who hadn’t graduated from high school.Researchers proposed several possible reasons behind the results including “a more intensive social life that encourages alcohol intake… more exposure to alcohol use during formative years…and greater postponement of childbearing and its responsibilities among the better educated.” Yet another study, this time of Danish men, found that respondents who drink wine are smarter than those who choose to drink beer.
There’s been a lot of talk about vitamin C-enriched showers, but some scientists warn people not to fall for the hype. There’s been a lot of talk about vitamin C-enriched showers, many touting them as being beneficial in the arenas of both beauty and health as they neutralize the chlorine in water. Leonard DiCaprio reportedly had them installed in his new Greenwich Village home and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas features them in what they call their Stay Well rooms. They’re actually not as expensive as their clientele would imply, with filters and showerheads available for around 40 to 100 dollars.The jury is still out, however, on if they’re even worth that much.Experts have advised that the showers don’t really work as well as people think they do. Yes, from a strictly scientific standpoint, vitamin C does in fact nullify chlorine.The thing with the shower system is that the amount of time the vitamin is in contact with the water isn’t likely enough to make that happen. Further, skin presents as an impenetrable barrier for both chlorine and vitamin C, so no loss or gain there. According to one chemist, in the end any argument for or against them is unnecessary as the amount of chlorine found in public water supplies isn’t harmful.
The National Christmas Tree Association says that 30 to 35 million American families buy fresh farm grown Christmas trees every year during the holiday season. Christmas tree farms that are growing Fraser fir trees in North Carolina and Oregon are being threatened by a mold that is killing the roots and destroying their crops. The National Christmas Tree Association says that 30 to 35 million American families buy fresh farm grown Christmas trees every year during the holiday season. Christmas tree farms that are growing Fraser fir trees in North Carolina and Oregon are being threatened by a mold that is killing the roots and destroying their crops. The Phytophthora mold is capable of causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the Christmas tree industry. John Frampton, a Christmas tree geneticist at North Carolina State University, said: “The organism that causes this disease was introduced in the 1900s we think, so it's been with the industry ever since it started in North Carolina in the 1950s and 60s. This past summer we had an unusually large amount of rain and that's when the Phytophthora is more active and more liable to be spread.” Farmers are now growing other breeds of firs like the Turkish and Nordmann that aren’t as susceptible to the root rotting mold.Also, farmers are experimenting with grafting a Frasier fir tree onto the roots of other Fir species, and trying to figure out the genetic mechanism behind the other specie’s resistance to the mold.
Andrea Colombo, who has a fascination with vintage cars along with another designer Linda Assandri, who focuses more on the girly girl, jewel encrusted details, have created a piece of home décor called the Glamour Beetle Armchair. Finding a unique, exceptionally rare home décor item can prove to be a challenge. Two designers have now joined forces to target the eclectic crowd. Andrea Colombo, who has a fascination with vintage cars and Linda Assandri, who focuses more on the girly girl, jewel encrusted details, have created a piece of furniture called the Glamour Beetle Armchair.The innovative chair is a combination of both women’s passions and talents featuring legitimate wings from a 1960s era Volkswagen Beetle. The centerpiece of the Beetle front end is an upholstered rustic looking chair. The chair somehow manages to combine art and femininity, with help from the Swarovski crystals, but there is also a masculine aspect given that the outer frame is comprised of a vintage vehicle. The legs and trim serve as finishing touches on the furniture piece, crafted from the buyer’s choice of silver leaf or gold. The beautiful and imaginative chair is made entirely in Italy. What do you think of the glamour chair? How do you like the idea of having one in your house?