In 1826, a restaurant called Atwood & Bacon Oyster House opened in Boston in a building that was already more than 100 years old at the time. Today, it’s called Union Oyster House and is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned about Jack London. Oyster pirate, Socialist, and rail rider. Berkeley attendee, trekked the Yukon and Chilkoot Pass, took a rowboat 1500 miles down the Yukon River to the Bering Sea. Built his own yacht and mansion and wrote 23 novels, 7 plays, short stories, and poems. Died of alcoholism age 40 smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Oysters can get Herpes. The deadly virus killed 80-100% of affected oyster beds in France. An outbreak in England killed over 8 million oysters. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned of The Rolex Murder. On July 28, 1996, a man’s body washed up on a trawler in the UK seas. There was no identification on the body except a 25-year-old Rolex Oyster on his wrist. As Rolex maintains such meticulous service records, they were able to ID the victim and ultimately the murderer. plymouthherald.co.uk/news…
USA first lady Dolley Madison served ice cream in the White House around the 1810s. Her favorite flavor to serve was Oyster flavored ice cream en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
In the early 19th century, oysters were cheap and mainly eaten by the working class. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
Fishing nets account for 46 percent of the trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, with the majority of the rest composed of other fishing industry gear, including ropes, oyster spacers, eel traps, crates, and baskets. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Prior to British troops firing on civilians at the Boston Massacre in 1770, they were pelted with oyster shells, ice, stones, sticks, and beaten with clubs by an unruly mob. At the trial, the soldiers were successfully defended by none other than John Adams and all were acquitted of murder. famous-trials.com/massacr…
Today I learned of the Chespeake Deadrise. A boat purpose built for crabbing, fishing, hunting oysters and clams on the Chesapeake Bay. They are built using a method called "Rack of Eye" and builders have no construction plans making the knowledge on how to build them generationally learned. marinersmuseum.org/sites/…
Raw oysters are eaten alive. huffingtonpost.com.au/ent…
A New Orleans restaurant has been owned by the same family since 1840. Antoine's, famous for Oyster Rockefeller and Baked Alaska, has had five generations of the family run it, and a sixth is preparing to take over. It is the US's oldest continuously family-run restaurant. latimes.com/nation/la-na-…
James Madison and his wife Dolley frequently served ice cream at presidential events and dinners, particularly Dolley’s specialty, Oyster Ice Cream. whitehousehistory.org/unr…
Baby oysters are called "spats." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
Raw oysters are alive when you eat them businessinsider.com/oyste…
Oysters are protandric, or sequential hermaphrodites, where in their first year of sexual maturity they spawn as males and then become female over the following years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
Oysters Filter Water - An adult oyster can filter as much as 50 gallons of water a day. cbf.org/about-the-bay/mor…
Oysters were exceptionally popular as street food during the 19th Century. In New York, for instance, demand for shellfish was so high that the harbour's massive natural population had been almost totally wiped out by the 1850s. 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult estimated that "40,000 men and women" died each day when writing "Don't Fear The Reaper". The actual figure was about 100,000 higher. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(Do…
Unbeknownst to Will Ferrell and SNL, when Blue Oyster Cult originally recorded (Don't Fear) The Reaper, the band had a serious discussion about whether or not to use a cowbell in the first place. youtube.com/watch?v=uFTFT…
Oysters create pearls as a defensive mechanism in which to seal off parasites and other irritants that become trapped in their shells. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
The Hurons called a tribe to their South "blackened ridge pole people" becoming the French name "Andaste," the Powhatans called the same tribe "oyster river people" becoming the English name "Susquehannock," and the Lenape called these enemies "without penis" becoming the Dutch name "Minquas." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
The Chinese takeout box was an American invention originally designed to hold oysters and is rarely used for food in Asian countries nytimes.com/2012/01/15/ma…
Raw Oysters are still alive when you eat them businessinsider.com/oyste…
Oyster mushrooms are predators; luring, paralyzing and consuming nematode worms from the inside out using their mycelium. nps.gov/yose/blogs/mushro…
Oysters create pearls when they feel some sort of irritating foreign object inside of them, then layer on coat after coat of nacre as a defense mechanism, forming the pearl. thepearlsource.com/facts-…
Oyster mushrooms and straw can be used to clean oil spills. fungi.com/blogs/articles/…
It is estimated that trillions of oysters once surrounded New York City, filtering bacteria and acting as a natural buffer against storm surges. 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Some jellyfish "protect commercially valuable species, such as oysters, from predators." noaa.gov/stories/fact-vs-…
Forks with an optional notch provide extra leverage when cutting food that normally does not require a knife. Forks with curved tines, such as the oyster fork, are made to follow the shape of the shell. etiquettescholar.com/dini…
Oysters can have more than one pearl each youtube.com/watch?v=X56cp…
English writer Samuel Johnson was known to pamper his pets so much, he purchased oysters for Hodge himself, his beloved cat. A statue of Hodge sits today outside Johnson's former London home, perched on top of a dictionary, next to some empty oyster shells, inscribed β€œA very fine cat indeed.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hod…
A project aims to restore NYC Jamaica Bay's once thriving oyster population by creating inviting beds for them out of broken toilets. The oysters could help limit erosion and improve water quality by naturally filtering pollutants out. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about the pea crab, a kleptoparasite crab that finds a permanent home in oysters and is considered a delicacy pangeashellfish.com/blog/…
Humans who eat just six Northeast Atlantic oysters will unknowingly ingest 50 microplastic particles pnas.org/content/pnas/113…
The popularity of oysters in NYC was due to the overabundance of them nypl.org/blog/2011/06/01/…
On Pinky and the Brain, Brain once let Pinky plan a world domination scheme. During that episode, Pinky became an owner of an Oyster Petting Zoo, the mayor of a small town, the CEO of the largest news empire in the world, and eventually the Chairman of the Federal Reserve. youtube.com/watch?v=QfXBx…
The first truly waterproof watch was made by Rolex. The Oyster was created in 1926 christies.com/features/Ro…
In 2010, ~8 million Pacific Oyster grown off the coast of Kent, England, contracted herpes. telegraph.co.uk/foodanddr…
A two-inch oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day. ocean.njaes.rutgers.edu/h…
A single oyster can totally filter up to 2 gallons (7.57L) of water per hour. That means that only 10 oysters are capable of filtering over 1800L in a single day. twistedsifter.com/2014/10…
Oysters can give you hep A disabled-world.com/artman…
Rocky Mountain Oysters are also known as "Montana Tendergroins" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
When the first settlers arrived, oysters were so numerous in the Chesapeake Bay that they were able to filter the whole bay about once a week. Their current numbers are less then 1% of what they were at that time chesapeakebay.noaa.gov/oy…
In 2001 a blimp was promoting the XFL over an NFL playoff game in Oakland, Ca. The pilots lost control and evacuated the blimp. It ended up traveling 5 miles away and landed onto an Oyster restaurant. espn.com/moresports/news/…
Chinese food takeout containers were originally used for oysters wikipedia.org/wiki/Oyster…
Oysters can get herpes smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The actual name for a Chinese takeout box is an Oyster Pail. They were originally used to carry opened oysters so the customer didn't have to shuck them, and were re-purposed after the over-fishing of oysters in the mid-20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
That, since they lack a central nervous system and are sustainably farmed, many vegans eat oysters slate.com/articles/life/f…
In Hong Kong they import medium-sized oysters and put in cages suspended in rafts and farm them. It takes 6 to 12 months to grow to marketable size, otherwise when farmed from spat, it would take them 4 to 5 years to grow. kuula.co/post/7ln7P
Freshwater oysters contain many pearls of different colours, and here is a photo of a pearl oyster that has just been opened imgur.com/DXa8J
"It was once assumed that oysters were only safe to eat in months with the letter β€˜r’ in their English and French names. This myth is based in truth, in that in the Northern Hemisphere, oysters are much more likely to spoil in May, June, July, and August." en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/O…
Tiny crabs can live inside the gills of oysters. They use the oyster as protection and live on the food that the oyster gets for itself. These crabs are themselves considered an edible sea food delicacy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
Sonya Thoma holds the world record for oysters eaten at 37 Dozen + 1 (445) in 5 minutes. sonyatheblackwidow.com/id…
There is a small island in Corsica made from oyster shells leftover from Roman age trade. corsicaexperience.com/pla…
Oysters change their sex up to four times a year. books.google.co.uk/books?…
Starfish push their stomachs out of their mouths into oysters (or clams) shells and digest the oyster from within the oyster's shell. youtube.com/watch?v=2DFXG…
In a harvest of 2 1/2 tons of pearl oysters, only three or four oysters yeild pearls en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
The oyster toadfish makes a "foghorn" sound. NASA sent it into space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
The Roman emperor Vitelius once ate 1000 oysters in a single sitting. It was also common to supply oysters at Roman orgies. oysters.us/romans.html
To stop starfish from eating the oysters, oyster fishermen would break the starfish in half and throw them back, only to realize that each half would regenerate into a whole new starfish newworldencyclopedia.org/…
In the early 1900s oyster fishermen in Narragansett Bay tried to eliminate starfish that were preying on their oysters. Whenever they encountered starfish, they chopped them up with their knives and threw them back into the water. As a result, the sea star population increased explosively. books.google.com/books?id…
Oysters used to be able to filter the entire Chesapeake bay in 3 days now it takes a whole year. nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/201…
Fish can make noises - and sing choruses as a shoal. Clownfish chirp and pop, Oyster toadfish hum and blare like foghorns and croaking gourami, well, croak. sciencealert.com/fish-hav…
The Republican Oyster Bay Roosevelts, of which Theodore belonged, and the Democratic Hyde Park Roosevelts, of which Franklin belonged, actually had a fierce rivalry. They even went as far as to sabotage the each other's political elections. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roo…
The paper box associated with Chinese takeout was originally invented for storing oysters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
Oysters have no brain. freewebs.com/oysteraficio…
Seagulls have been known to drop live oyster shells on paved and hard surfaces so that cars can drive over them and break the shell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Too…
Blue Oyster Cult would use their original band name, soft white underbelly, to perform at small club gigs in the united states in the 1970s and 1980s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Chinese takeout containers are called "oyster pails" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
Baby oysters (less than 1 inch long) are called spat. In larval form, they attach themselves to a hard surface (usually an adult oyster) and once glued, they gain the name of spat until they become juvenile oysters, which usually takes about a year. hatchery.hpl.umces.edu/oy…
Chinese takeout cartons were invented in America and were originally meant to transport shucked oysters en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
Dolley Madison, wife to US President James Madison, preferred oyster flavored ice cream at dinner parties held at the white house. Other popular ice cream flavors at the time included Parmesan cheese ice cream and asparagus ice cream. pbs.org/food/features/ice…
Oyster mushrooms set mycelium traps to catch and eat live nematode worms. youtu.be/0n04wCkIpuQ
The Criminal Code of Canada has a section relating to the theft of oysters laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/e…
Oysters are protandric, or sequential hermaphrodites, meaning they change from males to females in different stages in their lives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
75% of oysters in the UK contain Norovirus. food.gov.uk/news-updates/…
There's a flower whose (edible) root tastes like oysters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
In Thai the vagina and oyster are the same word thai-language.com/id/1332…
Oysters reproductive organs contain both eggs and sperm. Because of this, it is technically possible for an oyster to fertilize its own egg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
Those little crabs you find in oysters are a delicacy and mean that they were sourced from the North Atlantic region. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
Pearl Oysters can produce multiple pearls at the same time. mypearls.co.uk/pages/moll…
Blue Oyster Cult's lead singer just guessed that 40,000 men and women died everyday en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/D…
The term "Mother of Pearl" refers to Nacre, the mineral an oyster uses to create a pearl. m.livescience.com/32289-h…
Oyster stouts are a type of beer made by adding oyster shells while cooking to add body to the stout (not a seafoody taste) foodrepublic.com/2012/12/…
There have been 23 International Comstock Mountain Oyster Fry competitions. The winner in 2009 admitted she didn't eat them (Mountain Oysters are a euphemism for bull/calf testicles) nytimes.com/2009/03/18/us…
The iconic Chinese takeout container was originally designed to carry raw oysters. nytimes.com/2012/01/15/ma…
In 1376, just six years after the nets were first tried, fishermen complained to King Edward III that trawls, were ''destroying the flowers of the land beneath the water there, and also spat of oysters, mussels and other fish upon which the great fish are accustomed to be fed and nourished.'' nytimes.com/2003/07/29/sc…
The legendary dish, Oysters Rockefeller, was named in honor of John D. Rockefeller. The richness of the sauce inspired the chefs and staff of Antoine's Restaurant to name it in honor of Rockefeller, the richest American at the time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
Oysters can change their gender to another and back again depending on which is best for mating animals.nationalgeographi…
The cowbell in Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper" was added as an overdub at the last minute. washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn…
Oysters can get herpes thefishsite.com/fishnews/…
The Luoyang Bridge in China, built almost 1000 years ago, used breeding oysters to help cement the granite blocks together. appletravel.cn/holidays/t…
The Virginia Constitution has a Section in it about protecting Oysters law.lis.virginia.gov/cons…
A Chinese food container is called an Oyster Pail en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
The Chinese takeout box was originally created as an inexpensive and sanitary way for buyers to bring home shucked oysters. It wasn't until after WW2 that the oyster pail was quickly adopted for Chinese takeout. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
Those wet naps used at BBQ restaurants take centuries to rot away in landfills...and the only thing that can speed up the process is oyster mushrooms! economist.com/node/185841…
Oysters can get herpes. guardian.co.uk/environmen…
The human body creates fibrous capsules over loose objects trapped inside like oysters make pearls. nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056…

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