Olive Oatman was captured in 1851 by Native Americans who slaughtered most of her family. She eventually integrated into a Mohave tribe and was given tattoos to enter the afterlife. Settlers traded to "free" her in 1857. She was the first tattooed American woman; her story remains mysterious. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy. Since 2004, Italian law insists Neapolitan pizza must include wheat flour, flour yeast, mineral water, peeled tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, sea salt & olive oil to be considered pizza. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
Today I learned about oil wrestling, the national sport of Turkey. Wrestlers - called pehlivan, meaning "hero/champion" - douse themselves in olive oil, and the winner is whoever can achieve a hold on his opponent's leather pants, or kisbet - typically by putting his arm through them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil…
The Beatles wanted to buy an island in Greece, which had a small fishing village, 4 beaches, & a large olive grove. Four small neighbouring islands surrounded it, one for each Beatle. They changed their mind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Popeye was *not* the main character of his comic strip until he became insanely popular, Olive Oyl was. The strip was called Thimble Theatre and Popeye debuted ten years after it started. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Black olives are just ripe olives huffpost.com/entry/green-…
The reason why Olive Oil bottles are so dark is because it's protecting the oil from the light, Which if not dark will degrade the oil. oldtownoil.com/blogs/freq…
Before the fall of the Roman Empire, people throughout modern-day Europe used olive oil lamps for lighting; after the fall, they generally used candles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The Dime (United States coin) has the flora of the Olive Branch and the Oak Branch represented with the Torch. The Torch stands for Liberty, the Olive Branch for Peace, and the Oak Branch for Strength and Independence. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dime_(…
One of the most common explanations for the name Jeep comes from Popeye. In E.C. Segar's Thimble Theatre comics featuring Popeye and Olive Oyl, there is a magical pet named Eugene the Jeep. Not only was his species a Jeep, but it was also the only word that would come out of his mouth. cjponyparts.com/resources…
Nachos - heated tortilla chips covered with melted cheese, olives and other food items - are named after their Mexican inventor Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nac…
Olive oil adulteration is the #1 source of agricultural fraud in the EU. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
Spain is the largest producer of olive oil, but the highest consumption per capita is Greece. aboutoliveoil.org/olive-o…
That, in their natural state, olives are almost completely inedible; to combat this 99% of olives are bathed in lye, a powerful corrosive, for several days. mic.com/articles/107536/i…
According to a 2001 study, sponsored by the BBC, France 3 and Discovery Channel, Jesus's skin would have been more olive-colored than white or black, and that he would have most likely looked like a typical Galilean Semite of his day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rac…
Ancient Greeks used olive oil as sunscreen. It did absolutely nothing in the way of protection, but it did make their skin very soft. jamanetwork.com/journals/…
There is a 115 ft tall mound in rome called Monte Testaccio that is made of about 53 million broken amphorae. They were used mostly to bring olive oil from today's Spain, but reusing that kind of amphorae was unusually difficult. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
The word oil comes from a word meaning olive tree. Oil comes from the Greek ἔλαιον (elaion), "olive oil, oil" and that from ἐλαία (elaia), "olive tree", "olive fruit". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil
The Presidential seal doesn't change in a time of war. The eagle usually faces the olive branch, but on the Resolute desk, it faces the arrows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
Truffles are not a required ingredient for truffle oil. Truffle oil can be produced using any oil (commonly olive oil) and nearly all truffle oil is produced from one synthetic flavor compound, 2,4-dithiapentane, which can legally be called truffle aroma. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tru…
The Palmolive brand name comes from the B.J. Johnson Soap Company Palmolive soap that was made with palm and olive oils. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Most black olives are just unripe green olives treated with a solution to darken them nationalgeographic.com/cu…
Convicted murderer Victor Feguer the last person to be put to death in Iowa requested a single olive with the pit still in it as his last meal. He hoped once dead, the seed would produce an olive tree which would be seen as a symbol of peace murderpedia.org/male.F/f/…
After "the world’s largest beach clean-up" at Mumbai's Versova beach, Olive Ridley turtles returned to lay eggs for the first time in 20 years. globalcitizen.org/en/cont…
Olives are essentially inedible when picked because of bitterness. They undergo processing in two phases of debittering and transformation. theperfectfood.eu/en/2017…
Rome imported enough olive oil that the dumping ground for the jars it was shipped in is still visible today as the 115 ft high Monte Testaccio en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Italy sells more Italian olive oil than it can produce foodbeast.com/news/olive-…
Ships in distress used to spill a few litres of oil (olive-, fish-, and later special storm oil) into the sea to mitigate the waves under a thin layer of viscous oil. Some still carry oil for this purpose. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sto…
An 86-year-old wrote an upbeat review for her local paper about a new Olive Garden. She was mercilessly mocked by the Internet. Anthony Bourdain thought she had a valuable POV on small town dining. So he published a book of her reviews. eater.com/2013/8/19/63856…
It was Thomas Jefferson was a serious foodie, who introduced America to waffles, Mac and cheese, Parmesan, olive oil, and champagne. nationalgeographic.com/pe…
Today I learned of Olive Ann Beech, who was known as the First Lady of Aviation. She became the first female to be president of a major aircraft company in 1950. With the motto "slowly we go", the company rolled out many new twin engine models. Beech was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1981. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
Olives are essentially inedible when picked. It takes an extensive curing process for them to become edible, with no history of how an inedible fruit became such a popular fruit. delallo.com/blog/olives-n…
Gold replica of an olive branch, the traditional symbol of peace, which was left on the Moon's surface by Apollo 11 crewmembers. The gesture represented a fresh wish for peace for all mankind. spaceflight.nasa.gov/gall…
Because of the Italian Mafia 75-80% of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the US Doesn't Meet the Legal Grade for Extra Virgin cbsnews.com/news/60-minut…
William Marston, creator of Wonder Woman, was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife and with Olive Byrne, whose distinctive bracelets were the inspiration for the hero's trademark arm wear. He had children with both women and they continued to raise the children together after his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
Mt. Olive pickle company is based in a town called Mt. Olive and the street is One Cucumber Blvd, at the intersection of Cucumber and Vine. mtolivepickles.com/contac…
Today I learned of the Octopus Stinkhorn. The fungus erupts from the egg by forming into four to seven elongated slender arms. The arms unfold to reveal a pinkish-red interior covered with a dark-olive spore-containing gleba. In maturity it smells like putrid flesh. wikipedia.org/wiki/Clathr…
The comic strip character Olive Oyl was created 10 years before Popeye. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
During World War II, Steinway & Sons airdropped pianos with large parachutes and complete tuning instructions into the battle for the American troops. Called the Victory Vertical or G.I. Steinways, the pianos were to provide a bit of relaxation. The pianos came in olive, blue, and gray drab. steinway.com/news/feature…
The Australian Department of Health made cigarette packaging Pantone 448, considered by researchers to be the "ugliest color in the world." They initially referred to the color as "olive green", but the name was changed after concerns were expressed by the Australian Olive Association. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
Olive Oil was used in Clasical Greece as sexual lubricant. menshealth.com/sex-women/…
Ridley Scott tried to make Gladiator (2000) an authentic representation of Ancient Rome. An early script had Maximus doing a product endorsement for olive oil, which was historically accurate for famous gladiators to do, but the detail was left out in later scripts for being too unbelievable. ign.com/articles/2000/02/…
The "refrigerator test" to identify authentic versus counterfeit or adulterated extra virgin olive oil doesn't actually work ucdavis.edu/news/our-own-…
Green olives and black olives are the same fruit, the green ones being picked before ripening and black ones let to ripen on the tree. huffpost.com/entry/green-…
Today I learned of Varina Davis, first lady of the Confederacy. Criticized for her olive skin tone and high level of literacy, she later became a newspaper columnist, was friends with Julia Grant (widow of Ulysses S. Grant) and declared in an article in 1901 that "the right side won the civil war". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Var…
Olive Oyl was a comic strip character for 10 years before Popeye was created. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
In 2014 Olive Garden shareholders voted to replace the company's entire board of directors after investors got into a disagreement over the promise of unlimited bread sticks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
Victor Harry Feguer, the last person to be put to death in the state of Iowa, requested his last meal consisting of just an unpitted olive. The seed found in his stomach implied that he had hoped for an olive tree to sprout forth at his burial site nydailynews.com/news/crim…
In 1965 Milton Olive III sacrificed his own life to save a group of soldiers by smothering a live grenade. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor award, becoming the first African American of the Vietnam War to do so. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…

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