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Phenom-nom-nom Redux

Phenom-nom-nom Redux

You say potato, I say a dangerous tuber that people will only eat in the face of actual starvation. You say tomato, I say a poison apple from the mysterious new world that’s killing the aristocracy. We can hardly imagine a salad without tomatoes or trip to the...
The Great Escapes

The Great Escapes

In 1935, on Long Island, NY, an employee of Frank Buck’s Jungle Camp Animal Park left a plank of wood across the moat surrounding an enclosure of rhesus monkeys. The plank escaped the notice of the worker, but not that of a monkey named Capone. In an arguable...
Fizz Fizz, with Fantastic History of Food

Fizz Fizz, with Fantastic History of Food

When president Teddy Roosevelt signed the Pure Food and Drug Act into law in 1906, manufactures of foods, beverages, and drugs had to scramble to remove ingredients the government just banned and update their labeling. The law hampered sales of things like Coca-Cola,...
Sisters Doing It For Themselves

Sisters Doing It For Themselves

  In a small, rarely talked about African kingdom, surrounding the king, is an elite and highly trained corp of bodyguards.  Armed with staved and spears, they command respect everywhere they go.  And they’re all women.  This isn’t Wakanda and the Dora Milaje. ...
How Does Your Garden Grow

How Does Your Garden Grow

On a once neglected plot on their recently inherited estate, the Duchess of Northumberland undertook to make a special garden.  Inspired by a trip to the Medici estates in Italy, the Duchess wanted to make a garden that was both beautiful and educational.  The...