Wednesday, June 26, 2019

One Tough Woman...!

Many times we tend to overlook women in history. That's really a shame, as some of them were pretty dang tough. Here from Listverse is an article of one such woman.

The Woman Who Was Hanged (And Then Some)

Photo credit: W. Burdet

In 1650, housemaid Anne Greene was seduced by the grandson of her employer and became pregnant. But she told no one. She miscarried six months later and buried the body of her son by herself. When the body was discovered, Greene was charged with infanticide despite clear evidence that the child had been born dead.

Greene was found guilty and sentenced to hang. On December 14, she was “turned off” the scaffold, hanging by the neck for almost half an hour while her friends thumped her on the chest and pulled on her legs with all their might to shorten her ordeal.

Finally, her body was cut from the scaffold and was ordered to be sent to a surgeon for experimental purposes. As she was placed in the coffin, a guard heard Greene breathe. He jumped up and down on her chest a few times to finish her off as an act of charity—or so he said.

Despite this, the surgeon revived Anne Greene with “hot and cold cordials,” throat tickling, and a hot enema. The last one, it seemed, did the trick. Anne Greene was later pardoned, got married, and had three more children before finally dying in childbirth in 1665.


See what I mean? One tough ol' bird, I tell ya!

Coffee inside this morning.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Let's Talk About Physics...!

Nature certainly does a few things in Her own way, and sometimes we just don't know why. She is a smart ol' gal, it seems. Here from Listverse is a good example for ya.

Heat Induced Freezing



Water is the most important liquid on Earth. It’s is also one of the most mysterious and counterintuitive compounds in nature. One of water’s lesser know properties, for example, is that hot water freezes faster than cold water. It is not fully understood why, but the phenomenon, known as the Mpemba effect, was originally discovered by Aristotle over 3,000 years ago. The mysterious effect has been attributed to a range of phenomena, but it remains a mystery.

See what I mean? Just one more of Mother Nature's secrets, I reckon.

Coffee out on the patio before it gets too hot.

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Golden Sword...!

Just imagine finding something like this on your property.You just never know when these things are going to show up. This reported find is from Listverse.

Gold-Hilted Sword



Photo credit: Paul Reid via the Archaeology News Network

While excavating a new soccer field, Scottish workers unearthed a treasure trove of Bronze Age artifacts. Among these, they discovered a mysterious sword with a golden hilt. Believed to be 4,000 years old, the sword is so delicate that researchers are unable to remove it from the ground. Their goal is to lift the entire block of surrounding soil and transfer it to a lab environment. Given its delicate nature, the find may be either a spear point or a broken sword.

Scotland is filled with Bronze Age sites. Researchers were recently able to recreate the likeness of a Scottish woman, “Ava,” who died 3,700 years ago. It turns out the Bronze Age inhabitants of the Scottish Highlands are physically indistinguishable from their modern counterparts. Work on the soccer field has been halted until archaeologists can investigate the site.

It is always amazing to me that objects buried that long in the ground survived at all!

Coffee inside because it is just to hot to sit on the patio.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Built In Lie Detector...!

Here is a little something you might find interesting. Seems we all have a built in lie detector. I didn't know that, did you? Here is the thinking behind this idea.

If you feel like someone is lying, even if you have no logical reason to think so, they probably are. It turns out your gut is much better at detecting lies than your brain. Studies show you’re more successful at determining whether someone is lying when you jump on your first instinct, because having too much time to think about it can make you wrong more often.

Just thought you might find that interesting. Read more about this study here.

Coffee on the patio this morning!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Need A Job? Try This...!

When times get hard for many of us, sometimes the answer is a second job. If you can qualify, this one might just fit the bill.

Professional Mourner



Photo credit: atlasobscura.com

The death of a loved one can be difficult to deal with, and everyone copes in his own way. Some people mourn for days before getting their lives back to normal. Others shut themselves away until they can be around people again.

Still others take it one step further and get professional mourners to do their grieving. Although it may sound weird to the rest of us, these mourners are dedicated professionals in quite a few parts of the world.

Professional mourning has been a thing for thousands of years in many regions, including Africa, China, and ancient Egypt. However, China is mostly where it’s still big business.

The job consists of showing up to the funeral and staging a believable session of mourning—complete with physically breaking down and wailing. This may sound alien to the rest of us, but it’s completely normal in Chinese culture. These pros can also earn quite a bit depending on how good they are.

I found this over on Listverse, of course.

Coffee out on the patio, where the temps are climbing every day.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

I Like This Version Best...!

Once in a while, a change in a recipe makes for a better product. At least, it did in my opinion, with ketchup. Here is the story of the change from Listverse.

Ketchup



Americans call it ketchup; others call it tomato sauce. Whatever you call it, the tomato-based sauce is slathered all over tons of meals every day. However, does squirting fermented fish guts on your breakfast sausages sound appealing? This was actually the origin of the sauce so many know and love today.

The Chinese ke-tsiap was a pungent sauce made from fermented fish. During the 18th century, the British tried to copy the unique flavor of this Asian sauce using foods such as anchovies, mushrooms, and nuts.

Tomatoes were eventually added to the recipe in the early 19th century, but the tomato-based ketchups spoiled easily. Ingredients such as coal tar were added to the mix in an attempt to improve the shelf life of the sauce.

It wasn’t until the late 1800s that a man named Henry Heinz decided to not only modify the type of tomatoes used but to take advantage of the fruit’s natural preservatives. He also added a healthy dash of vinegar to the mix to make the world’s favorite condiment we enjoy today.

I really like the taste of ketchup on certain foods, like french fries and hash browns. However I use it sparingly on other foods as well.

Coffee out on the patio this morning. No ketchup in mine, thanks.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Jello Socks...?

It seems like everyday we are finding a new use for plants and animal by-products. All the rage right now is a plant based replacement for meat. However, think of all the other uses for the making of clothes and the like. From Listverse, here is an article about gelatin.

Gelatin



You know gelatin as the stuff in your JELL-O, some frosted cereals, and sometimes even yogurt. Where you won’t find gelatin is in your clothes.

Yet.

While you probably think of gelatin as being gooey and jiggly in consistency, it’s actually a powder made from crushed skin, cartilage, bone marrow, and other animal by-products. This makes it a perfect candidate for a sustainable, less wasteful material from which to make clothes.

Researchers have succeeded in spinning yarn out of gelatin. The yarn is then treated with a spray of formaldehyde gas and lanolin, producing a strong, warm yarn you can spin into gummy-bear mittens (sugary flavor not included).

Using gelatin to make clothes isn’t all that weird, either. The textile industry experimented with using vegetable and food by-products as far back as a century ago, until the petroleum-based industry took over.

Today, as we look for greener and less biologically harmful ways to live, scientists—and designers—are looking for more natural sources for what we wear. It might sound strange now, but you probably won’t give a second thought to wearing JELL-O socks, bamboo dresses, or sour milk shirts in the future.

I guess it's all fine and dandy to find alternative ways to use plants, but are we really to the point in our lives where this is a major concern? How about focusing on something a bit more important...like curing diseases. Worry about the jello socks later.

Coffee out on the patio this morning.