There used to be so many oysters in the Chesapeake Bay that they piled up almost to the water's surface, causing navigational hazards. Then we harvested them by the millions, and now the population is down by 99.7%. It's one of "the largest documented declines of a marine species" umces.edu/oysters/history
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…
Rocky Mountain Oysters are not oysters but Fried Bull Testicles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roc…
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…
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…
The Ankylosaur bones dated during the Cretaceous Period from Carlsbad, California, which was discovered in Point Loma Formation mudstone containing oyster shells and a shark tooth, perished near a river or estuary and the swift waters carried the body out to sea and buried it in the sediments sdnhm.org/exhibitions/fos…
β€œTurtle Mound” in Florida is the largest shell midden on the mainland United States and is primarily comprised of oyster shells and refuse from the prehistoric Timucuan people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
19th century New York City was so lousy with oysters, they were typically sold for cheap from street carts for the working class. The remaining shells were then used as pavement for roads, crushed into mortar paste for construction, or burned for lime. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Ketchup was not always the tomato sauce we have come to love. It originally meant 'brine of pickled fish' and contained ingredients such as egg whites, oysters, mushrooms and walnuts, among other things. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ket…
The song β€œI’m In Love With A Big Blue Frog”, featured on a Disney children’s album, was written by the original lead singer of the band that became Blue Oyster Cult. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
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…
TIL: Oysters were such a big business in Maryland and Virginia that they were considered working-class food instead of a luxury. The Oysters were such a business that oyster pirates fought naval battles against maritime police over hunting grounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
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…
In the early 19th century, oysters were cheap and mainly eaten by the working class. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oys…
Today I learned of "Pitting" storing oysters in cellars or pits to overwinter. capeandislands.org/post/w…
Regis Philbin broadcasted from Prince Edward Island in July 2010 but disliked local mussels and oysters because they were salty and squirmy. P.E.I.'s tourism office hoped "Live! With Regis & Kelly" would bring attention and tourism to the island, at a cost of $1 million to taxpayers ctvnews.ca/regis-and-kell…
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…
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…
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-…
Raw Oysters are still alive when you eat them businessinsider.com/oyste…
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 alive when you eat them businessinsider.com/oyste…
Oysters Filter Water - An adult oyster can filter as much as 50 gallons of water a day. cbf.org/about-the-bay/mor…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
Oyster mushrooms are predators; luring, paralyzing and consuming nematode worms from the inside out using their mycelium. nps.gov/yose/blogs/mushro…
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…
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 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…
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…
Oyster mushrooms and straw can be used to clean oil spills. fungi.com/blogs/articles/…
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 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…
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/…
Some jellyfish "protect commercially valuable species, such as oysters, from predators." noaa.gov/stories/fact-vs-…
Humans who eat just six Northeast Atlantic oysters will unknowingly ingest 50 microplastic particles pnas.org/content/pnas/113…
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…
The popularity of oysters in NYC was due to the overabundance of them nypl.org/blog/2011/06/01/…
A two-inch oyster can filter up to 50 gallons of water a day. ocean.njaes.rutgers.edu/h…
The first truly waterproof watch was made by Rolex. The Oyster was created in 1926 christies.com/features/Ro…

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