It is illegal to trade onion futures in the United States due to the 1958 Onion Futures Act, after two traders in 1955 purchased 98% of the onions in Chicago and subsequently crashed onion prices while holding short positions on onion futures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
Americans eat an average of 18.8 pounds of onions every year and Libyans eat 66.8 pounds of onions in the same amount of time. ablogaboutnothinginpartic…
Julia Child passed away from kidney failure at her retirement home, Casa Dorinda in Montecito, California, on August 13, 2004, shortly after eating French onion soup, made from one of her own recipes by her longtime assistant. thedailymeal.com/eat/9-th…
The name β€œChicago” comes from the Algonquin language: β€œshikaakwa,” meaning β€œstriped skunk” or β€œonion” theskydeck.com/things-to-…
The Onion wrote a satirical article about a five-blade shaving razor in 2005, one year before Gillette actually came out with a real five-blade razor boingboing.net/2005/09/14…
Trading onion options is illegal. In the 1950’s two traders in Chicago cornered the market by crashing the price of a 50lb bag of onions to lower than the cost of the bag that carried them, leading to a shortage of onions in the U.S. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
On April Fools Day 1965 the BBC aired an interview with the supposed inventor of "SmelloVision" who cut onions and brewed coffee to prove he could transmit scents through a television screen. Viewers called and confirmed that they had received the smells. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sme…
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…
The US banned the trading of future contracts of onions in 1958. TLDR- two onion traders got greedy and basically formed a monopoly on onions. They also cornered the onion futures market on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. They made millions. The US gov put an end to it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
Potatoes and onions shouldn't be stored together because onions emit ethylene gas that spoils potatoes. rd.com/food/store-potatoe…
Today I learned of Vincent Kosuga, who is the reason why the US government banned the trading of futures contracts on onions on the stock market. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
State-run Chinese newspapers have fallen multiple times for the Onion, believing in the Onion’s satirical articles and quoting it as a credible source. theguardian.com/world/201…
Chinese newspaper cited The Onion naming the North Korean leader as the Sexiest Man Alive without realizing it was a joke macleans.ca/general/north…
"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…
Chicago's pest-control enterprises in 2017 removed over 14,000 skunks. Chicago likely got its name from tribal words meaning either skunk, on the skunk, skunk tail warning-movement, smelly wild onions, or skunk town. atlasobscura.com/articles…
All-Dressed chips are a combo of BBQ, ketchup, sour cream & onion, and salt & vinegar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
It is illegal in the US to trade futures contracts on onions and "motion picture box office receipts" due to the Onion Futures Act en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
Guns 'N Roses once went on tour with a car that broke down, so they hitchhiked to the gig, ate raw onions from a field along the way, made it to Seattle for the gig, and when they finished, the owner refused to pay them. They responded by trying, and failing, to burn the club down. ocweekly.com/read-an-exce…
Scientists found a medieval salve made out of wine, garlic, onion and oxgall which must be put in a brass vessel for nine nights to become an antibiotic that is potent against MRSA. theconversation.com/medie…
It is forbidden for Muslims to go to the Mosque after eating garlic, onions or other food of offensive smell sahihmuslim.com/sps/smm/s…
Losing the ability to smell lemons or onions could herald an early death telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
Today I learned that a thousand year old garlic and onion medical recipe was an effective antibiotic ointment. bbc.com/news/uk-england-n…
There's a French war song, the "Song of the Onion" which goes "I love the onion when it's fried with oil, I love the onion when it's good [...] But no onions for the Austrians." which originated when Napoleon commended his soldiers for eating onions before the Battle of Marengo. batalladevitoria1813.org/…
Gordon Ramsay once lost to a prison cook in an onion cutting competition. Ramsay offered him a job at one of his restaurants upon his release. youtube.com/watch?v=ToJpK…
Today I learned of the durian, an Asian fruit. Depending on their genetics, people perceive the fruit as either sweet and delicious, while others find is nauseating. One writer described it as smelling like "pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dur…
Today I learned about Vincent Kosuga, an American Onion farmer that made so much money from trading Onion futures, the United States passed the "Onion Futures Act'' banning the practice of trading Onion futures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
When Guns 'N Roses broke down on their way to a gig in Seattle in 1985, they ate raw onions from a field at the side of the road, managed to hitch a ride to the club and, when afterwards the owner refused to pay them, they tried and failed to burn the club down. ocweekly.com/read-an-exce…
In ancient Egypt priests were forbidden from eating onions britishonions.co.uk/essen…
In Ancient Egypt, elite dined off meat, fruit, vegetables, and honey-sweetened cakes enhanced by the finest of wines, but the poor were limited to a more monotonous diet of bread, fish, beans, onions and garlic washed down with a sweet, soupy beer historyextra.com/period/a…
Wounded Viking warriors were given strong onion soup. After a few minutes someone would smell the wounds and if onions could be detected it meant that there were serious abdominal injuries and that death was inevitable. isaaa.org/kc/cropbiotechu…
Researchers at Yale cooked 4000-year old Babylonian stews from recipes written on ancient clay tablets, including a stew made from onion and leeks, beets, and broth of lamb youtube.com/watch?v=qfqhJ…
The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) says it is unacceptable to place ketchup on your hot dog after the age of 18. Mustard, relish, onions, cheese and chili are acceptable. hot-dog.org/culture/hot-d…
The Onion sold for more than the Washington Post smh.com.au/business/compa…
Jains in India follow a rigorous form of vegetarianism which also excludes underground vegetables such as garlic, onions, etc, to prevent injuring small insects and microorganisms; and also to prevent the entire plant getting uprooted and killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jai…
The satirical news outlet 'The Onion' is now worth more than most of the legitimate news outlets that it mocks thejournal.ie/the-onion-u…
Satirical news site 'The Onion' was almost "...Sued out of existence" in 1996 by Janet Jackson. The article that prompted the lawsuit? "Dying Boy Gets Wish: To Pork Janet Jackson." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Ellie Kemper, who portrays the title character in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is a contributing writer for The Onion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ell…
On September 10th, 2001, The Onion newspaper celebrated completing their first New York issue which was to be published the next morning. For obvious reasons, it was never released. yahoo.com/news/blogs/cutl…
The French praised 'Ratatouille' for perfectly recreating the environment of a restaurant kitchen. One chef said, "When Colette teaches the young cook how you cut onions, how you cook vegetables in a pan, how you season everything β€” that’s it, that’s how we do it!" seattletimes.com/nation-w…
A one pound onion has 191 calories, a Blooming Onion from Outback Steakhouse has 1954 calories. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
It's illegal to trade futures contracts for onions cei.org/blog/onions-have-…
The deepest hole drilled by humans into the Earth is a bit over 12 km. If the Earth was an onion, that would be the equivalent of the first layer of skin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kol…
Near Frankfurt in central Germany, a cheese is served that is topped with raw onions, which is locally known as "hand cheese with music". When strangers ask why it is called this way, they are told "the music comes later". This is a running gag pointing at the farts caused by the onions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Onions are the only crop to be completely banned from trading futures in. In the 1950's a man named Vincent Kosuga acquired so much power that at one point he controlled 98% of onions in America. Farmers and buyers were so angry that Eisenhower banned the entire market. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
Chicago is named after an onion. "The name Chicago derives from 17th century French rendering of a Native American term for ramps (Allium tricoccum), a type of edible wild leek, which grew abundantly near the river. The river, and its region, were named after this plant." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Onions are the only commodity banned from futures trading in the United States. The Onion Futures Act was passed in 1958 after two traders cornered the onion market in Chicago controlling 98% of all available onions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
Many observant Buddhists avoid eating the "five pungent roots" (or "five pungent vegetables") - onions, garlic, chives, leeks, and scallions - because they are thought to have an aphrodisiac effect that distracts them from meditation and other spiritual practices moonpointer.com/new/2013/…
On an episode of the F Word Gordon Ramsay challenged a prisoner to an onion cutting competition, after the prisoner won, Gordon offered him a job. theguardian.com/society/2…
Gordon Ramsay challenged a prison cook to an onion cutting competition. The inmate won. Ramsay immediately offered him a job at one of his restaurants upon his release youtube.com/watch?v=ToJpK…

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