Ho Chi Minh, before becoming the first president of Vietnam, spent years travelling the world. He once worked as a cook in a hotel in Boston pri.org/stories/2017-09-1…
After Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants, graduated high school he worked as a fry cook during summers at a restaurant in Islesford, Maine known as Islesford Dock Restaurant. The restaurant would later be the inspiration for the Krusty Krab in the show. bangordailynews.com/2018/…
In the 1930s Bob Wian had a cushy job managing a restaurant but felt he didn't know the business fully. So he quit, got jobs as a dishwasher, fry cook, and then counter help. With that experience he started Bob's Big Boy, invented the double decker burger, and became hugely successful. burgerbeast.com/bobs-big-…
James Cook, the famed 18th century British explorer, was killed on the beach in Hawaii after he tried to kidnap the island's monarch, KalaniʻōpuΚ»u. hawaiihistory.org/index.c…
Today I learned of "The Vegetable Orchestra" - a group consisting of ten musicians, one cook, and a sound technician. They play a wide range of music on vegetables (carrot xylophones, pumpkin drums, leek violins, onion maracas, et al). After performances, the vegetables are cooked into a soup for the audience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
At the time of Captain Cook's arrival to Hawaii in 1778, the population was between 250k-800k. The 1900 U.S. Census identified 37,656 residents of full or partial native Hawaiian ancestry. The 2000 U.S. Census identified 283,430 residents of Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
The original try-outs of the ill-fated musical Carrie based on the book by Stephen King was riddled with technical problems including a set malfunction with a moving staircase that nearly decapitated actress Barbara Cook who portrayed Margaret. playbill.com/article/onst…
In the 1930s in Iowa, a cook created the Sloppy Joe. Based on research from Marilyn Brown at the Carnegie Library, this cooks name is thought to be Joe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
Besides from his acting Vincent Price was a Gourmet Cook mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of "Enoteca Maria" a Staten Island restaurant that only employs grandmothers to cook traditional food from their homelands goodmorningamerica.com/fo…
The second verse of The Doors - Riders on the Storm "There's a killer on the road, His brain is squirmin' like a toad", was inspired by a 1950 killing spree by Billy Cook. Among the six strangers he killed, was a family of four (and their dog) that he killed and dumped in a mine shaft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
At age 113, Bernando LaPallo continued to shop for himself, cook, bathe, shave without any assistance from anyone to help him in and out of the shower. He generally slept by 9:30 and got up at 3:30 or 4 am blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Today I learned about Cook's Pine (Araucaria columnaris) a tree from New Caledonia that, no matter where it is grown, will always tilts towards the equator. The closer to the poles, the greater the degree of the slant. Scientists predict this is due to the strongest sunlight being at the equator. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
Adam Walker was protected from a great white shark by a pod of dolphins while swimming to raise money for dolphin conservation. About 10 dolphins surrounded him for about 1 hr in Cook Strait, 6th leg of the Oceans Seven: a marathon of 7 long-distance open water channel swims around the world. news.yahoo.com/blogs/tren…
Today I learned of Sila Sutharat, a roadside vendor in Phetchaburi, Thailand, who for 20 years has used a grill made of 1,000 mirrors to focus sunlight to cook chicken and pork. A chicken cooks in about 12 minutes. bangkokpost.com/learning/…
Breaking Bad has a shot-for-shot Spanish remake titled "MetΓ‘stasis" featuring Walter Blanco, a struggling high school chemistry teacher in BogotΓ‘, Colombia, who teams up with his previous student JosΓ© to cook methamphetamine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
The inventor of the sewing machine had a dream where cannibals were going to cook him. In the dream their spears had holes at the tip that they raised up and down. This inspired him for the breakthrough of the machine, putting a hole at the tip instead of the base. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
26-yr-old Henry David Thoreau accidentally set fire to over 300 acres of forest where he was to build his famous Walden Pond shack when he & his buddy failed to beat back flames from the fire they set to cook fish they'd caught. Townsfolk called Thoreau a β€œdamned rascal” & β€œa flibbertigibbet.” history.com/news/thoreau-…
In 2009, Tim Cook offered a portion of his liver to Jobs, since both share a rare blood type and the donor liver can regenerate tissue after such an operation. Jobs yelled, "I'll never let you do that. I'll never do that." theregister.com/2015/03/1…
In 1954, when the Swanson TV dinner was first sold in retail outlets, it was controversial: men wrote to the company complaining that they preferred their wives cook from scratch like their mothers did as opposed to the "just heat and serve" meal. eater.com/2014/8/21/62144…
Queen Elizabeth, mother of Elizabeth II, had numerous nicknames, including: Buffy, Cookie, the Dowdy Duchess, the Fat Scotch Cook, the First Lady of the Turf, the Merry Mischief, the Most Dangerous Woman in Europe, the Original Queen of Hearts, the Smiling Duchess, the Upmarket Alf Garnett en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
"French onion dip" was originally called California dip since it was invented by an unknown cook in Los Angeles in 1954 where the recipe was originally published in the newspaper. The name "French onion dip" began to be used in the 1960s, and became more popular in the 1990s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
In 2000 movie Cast Away, Tom Hanks' character was stranded on a fictitious island south of Cook Island [which doesn't exist]. The shooting of film took place in Monuriki Island, Fiji. It's an uninhabited island like the island depicted in Cast Away but accessible by people in neighbor islands. theexpeditioner.com/wordp…
Richard the Lionheart knighted his cook after one particularly memorable feast. Richard made him β€˜lord of the fief of the kitchen of the counts of Poitou’. In those days of little hygiene, the cook was an important member of a noble household because his mistakes could kill his employer. historyextra.com/period/m…
Vindaloo (curry) originated from Portuguese sailors, carne de vinha d'alhos ("meat in garlic wine marinade"). The basic structure of the dish was "preserved" raw ingredients, packed in wooden barrels of layers of pork & garlic, soaked in red wine. This was "Indianized" by the local Goan cooks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
3 billion people still cook over open fires and millions of people die each year from smoke inhalation. nationalgeographic.com/ph…
The cheeseburger was invented by a 16 year old short order cook in Pasadena, CA in 1924. It was described as the "Aristocratic Hamburger." Subsequent claims of birthing the cheeseburger occurs in Denver, CO in 1935, and in Louisville, KY in 1934. roadsideamerica.com/story…
Principal Akbar Cook installed a free fully-stocked laundry room at school because students with dirty clothes were bullied and missing 3-5 days of school per month. Attendance rose 10%. abc7ny.com/education/nj-h…
When Captain Cook returned from his first voyage he brought with him the term β€˜tattoo’ if not the practice itself. While inking designs onto the skin was no new thing in 18th Century Europe, ensured much attention to this ancient art and introduced a new word, β€˜tattoo’. rmg.co.uk/discover/explor…
The first European explorer to see Hawaii was Captain James Cook on Nov. 26, 1778, when he and his two ships anchored offshore of Kahului. However, he did not come ashore on Maui. As Cook sailed down Maui’s northeastern coastline, a royal double-hulled canoe approached from the Hana coastline. tourmaui.com/maui-ancient…
In 1567, a cook was caught stealing silverware from his employer and was sentenced to be hanged. In lieu of this, he agreed to be poisoned to test the effects of bezoars (stones that were thought to cure poisons) and go free if he survived. He died in agony 7 hours after being poisoned. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amb…
During WWII, Russian soldiers took β€œheat pills” that kept them warm in the winter; however, they would also lose weight despite eating well. 2,4-dinitrophenol spikes metabolic rate as potential energy is lost as heatβ€”it is banned as a weight loss aid (U.S.) as overdose can cook people to death. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The Maori in New Zealand had their own dogs, but they couldn't survive breeding with the european dogs so died out within 100 years of Captain cook's first voyage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
Tuna Fish create so much heat while fighting being caught that they can cook themselves alive blitzlift.com/the-tuna-fi…
Dane Cook had to send his brother to prison for stealing millions from him. youtube.com/watch?v=mE2i3…
Mary Mallon (Typhoid Mary) was an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever. She worked as a cook and presumed to have infected 51 people, three died. She refused to believe she carried the disease. Years after her first quarantine, she changed her name went back to being a cook. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Captain James Cook never actually held the rank of captain, but in 1775 was promoted to the higher rank of post-captain. captaincooksociety.com/ho…
Cassowary meat is so tough that people were told to cook it with a stone in the pot. "When the stone is ready to eat, so is the Cassowary." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Donuts were invented in New York and were originally called "Oily Cakes". The name later changed to Donut because nuts were added to the middle because the center would not cook properly. doyouremember.com/115457/…
The CEO of Charles Schwab often conducts interviews over breakfast, asking the cook ahead of time to slightly mess up the candidate's order. He judges their reaction as a test of their character. businessinsider.com/charl…
Due to the decreased atmospheric pressure at high altitudes, the boiling point required to cook is also low. At 8000ft above sea level, water will boil at 198 Β°F and thus Vegetables and some starches will simply take longer to cook. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
The Fore people of Papua New Guinea used to ritualistically cook and eat their deceased family members, which was thought to help free the spirit of the dead and to symbolize respect and mourning. This practice lead to Kuru, an incurable and fatal neurodegenerative disorder. wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuru_(…
FDR's White House housekeeper, Henrietta Nesbitt, was a legendarily awful cook. β€œOf course Henrietta did not personally do the cooking,” wrote a former WH maid, β€œbut she stood over the cooks, making sure that each dish was overcooked or undercooked or ruined one way or another.” newyorker.com/magazine/20…
David Cook, the founder of Blockbuster, started out supplying software to the oil and gas industries, but his wife made him enter the video business. He began by operating a franchise of Video Works, but when they refused to let him decorate his shop in blue and yellow, he went independent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Actor Danny Kaye was also a world-class Chinese cook and had an airline pilot's license. kirkusreviews.com/book-re…
Many Jews fought back against the Nazis. Eta Wrobel escaped transport to a concentration camp and helped organize a resistance group. Refusing to just cook and clean, she carried a weapon on patrols and set mines to destroy German vehicles. Once, she dug a bullet out of her own leg with a knife. jewishpartisans.org/parti…
Michael Jordan took home economics in high school to learn to cook because he was worried his big ears would make it hard to find a woman who would want to marry him. articles.latimes.com/1999…
Methamphetamine production creates a cat-urine-like smell which is why meth cooks will keep cats as a scapegoat for the smell ksl.com/article/30713038/…
The Azul wallpaper from Windows XP was taken in Aitutaki, Cook Islands in 1991 windowswallpaper.miraheze…
The Mangaia people of the Cook Islands have a sex positive culture, where casual sex with different partners, and frequent intercourse with multiple orgasms (as many as three climaxes nightly), are perceived as sexually normal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…

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