In Chinese superstition, a chestnut dangling from a branch provokes fear. The character for “lì” means both “chestnut” and “afraid, trembling.”
The movie, Titanic, cost more to make than the ocean liner Titanic.
Aftershocks from Hawaii Island’s largest earthquake, in 1868, continue to the present day.
It was estimated to be a 7.9 on the Richter scale and the earthquake and resulting tsunami caused 77 deaths.
Ritual axe decorated with skulls and crown motifs. The handle and axehead are glass, and the rest is gilded bronze. The axe was likely to cut through delusions or sever psychological attachments to the worldly life, allowing one to spiritually evolve.
From the town of Derge in the Kham region (today’s Tibet). 1500s – 1600s CE.
The grand total? US$ 150.00
From Kansas City, Kansas.
Today’s cheesecakes are made with cream cheese, plus a combination of sugar, eggs, flour, and flavors. Cream cheese is a modern invention, but cheesecakes go further back. There is evidence that cheesecakes using ricotta, cottage cheese, mascarpone and others existed long before. However, if you traveled back to North America in the 1700s (and Western Europe) and ordered a “cheesecake” you would probably find yourself disappointed.
Cheesecakes used to have no cheese at all! Although they have various flavors a modern eater might recognize, like lemon, many others would be completely foreign, like potato cheesecake. As far as those who study the cookbooks of the 1700s can surmise, such cakes were called cheesecakes because they were made to have the consistency and texture of cheese, and also were usually made in a pie-like dish and kind of resembled a cheese wheel.
Some tidbits that interested me:
Four of the American founding fathers married widows: Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Franklin. Interestingly, none had sons with their wives.