Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote 23 sequels to Tarzan of the Apes. The ape-man discovers he is John Clayton, Lord of Greystoke, fights alongside Germans in WWI, finds a colony of Atlantis and the City of Gold, befriends a tribe of dog-sized humans, and has other bizarre adventures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Mussolini beleived pasta was the reason for many problems in the italian society and pushed for rice based food like risotto.He had support from artists of Italian Futurism, who claimed that pasta made people weak and lazy. contemporaryfoodlab.com/h…
Sushi pizza originates from Canada. Th dish was invented by Kaoru Ohsada while working at Nami Japanese Seafood Restaurant chef in Toronto. It uses a fried rice patty as the base and a variety of toppings drizzled with mayonnaise and wasabi powder. The dish is often served in wedges. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
Granulation on the sun is visible only in excellent seeing with high power and at least a 4-inch aperture filtered telescope. Sometimes called rice grain or lemon peel, this textured appearance is due to hot gas continually boiling up to the Sun’s surface, cooling, and sinking down again skyandtelescope.org/obser…
Throwing rice at weddings will not cause birds to explode and that the myth that it is harmful was probably started by churches and wedding venues who didn't want to clean it all up and for them to avoid potential slip-and-fall lawsuits snopes.com/fact-check/aga…
The rise in popularity of chopsticks among Asian cultures can be partly attributed to Confucianism (reduced use of table knives) and to rice being more clumpy and gummy so there is less need for spoons. gizmodo.com/how-chopstick…
The US patent office actually granted a patent on Indian Basmati rice to the prince of Liechtenstein (an alpine European microstate), in a case of "bio-piracy." The patent was eventually revoked after an international outcry. publiceye.ch/en/media-cor…
"Happy Buddha" is not really the Buddha, but a Chinese monk who carried a sack to give rice and sweets to children, like our Santa. people.howstuffworks.com/…
Researchers suggest that the ancient Chinese has been brewing beer since 7000 BC. It is believed that the ingredient used for the ancient Chinese beer were grapes, honey, hawthorns, and rice mentalitch.com/the-histor…
The band Savage Garden got their name from a quote in the book The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice bandnameexplained.com/201…
NASA once raided a Denny's as part of a sting operation to bust a 75 year old woman for possessing and attempting to sell a moon rock the size of a rice grain latimes.com/local/lanow/l…
Tempura was introduced to the Japanese by Portuguese missionaries in the 16th century observing abstinence rules for Catholics surrounding the quarterly ember days (Quattuor Tempora). Earlier Japanese deep-fried food was either simply fried without breading or batter, or fried with rice flour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem…
The reason recipes tell you to wash rice is so that individual grains do not stick together in the final dish foodnetwork.com/recipes/a…
The scientific name of rice is Oryza sativa, and it is not related to Cannabis sativa. Sativa, sativus, and sativum are Latin botanical adjectives meaning cultivated often associated botanically with plants that promote good health and used to designate certain seed-grown domestic crops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ory…
There is a Sake in Japan called Kuchikamizake made out of the saliva of virginal girls and rice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuc…
Differences in traits between wheat-growing north and the rice-farming south of China. Northerners were more direct and less concerned with social conformity than Southerners, who were more "interdependent, holistic-thinking and fiercely loyal to their friends" attributed to climate differences. eurekalert.org/pub_releas…
A company in Tokyo decided to make their HQ into a vertical farm. They gave up 43,000 square feet of space to grow food. 200 species of fruits and vegetables are harvested and served to employees. There is a 1000-square-ft rice paddy in the entryway. faircompanies.com/videos/…
Edgar Rice Burrows, escaped the Chicago flu epidemic of 1891, because he spent half a year at his brother's ranch in Idaho. wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_…
Jerry Rice (one of the greatest wide-receivers in NFL history) started playing football in his sophomore year of high school after his principal caught him skipping class. The principal noted how fast Rice sprinted away from him, which led him to recommend Rice to the football coach. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Sushi is not defined as prepared raw fish, rather it is the way of preparing and seasoning the rice with vinegar, sugar, and salt which is then often paired with raw fish as well as various other non-fish ingredients. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
Today I learned about Makgeolli, also referred to as takju (meaning β€˜cloudy alcohol’), is a Korean fermented rice wine. It is traditionally made with three ingredients: rice, Korean fermentation starter called nuruk and water. Unpasteurized, it contains high concentrations of nutrients, probiotics, and enzymes. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
During the Second World War, the Japanese army poisoned more than 1,000 water wells in Chinese villages to study cholera and typhus outbreaks. Japanese planes dropped plague-infested fleas over Chinese cities or distributed them by means of saboteurs in rice fields and along roads. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about Tthongsul. It's a Korean rice wine made out of fermented feces. vice.com/en_us/article/7b…
A Japanese hospital has an entrance test for aspiring medical students - they must perform 3 tasks in 15 minutes using surgical instruments - make miniature paper cranes, reassemble a dead bug from parts and make miniature sushi using a single rice grain. 40 students are selected odditycentral.com/pics/ja…
In 1963 The Rolling Stones recorded a song just for the use in a Rice Krispies advertisement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Today I learned of water puppetry where puppets on water are used to tell popular stories or folktales. It originated in 11th century east Asia in the flooded rice fields en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
The Buddha recommended eating rice porridge, saying "There are these five benefits in rice porridge. What five? It stills hunger, dispels thirst, settles wind, cleans out the bladder, and promotes the digestion of the remnants of undigested food. These are the five benefits of rice porridge." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Muammar Qaddafi had a crush on Condoleezza Rice. Sometimes referring to her as his β€˜African princess’, he had a Libyan composer write a song called β€˜Black Flower in the White House,’ and had a homemade scrapbook filled with photos of the former U.S. secretary of state. vanityfair.com/news/2011/…
Today I learned of 'Taco Rice' an Tex-Mex inspired Okinawan dish consisting of taco flavored hamburger meat on top of white rice along with cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
Along a lonely stretch of highway in Awa-shi, Japan, a rare vending machine sells homemade meals of fresh curry over rice. The vending machine owner, Tadashi Yoshimoto, grows the rice in every meal just down the road on his own farm! youtu.be/O_CSLU28hCI
In Sesame Street, cookie monster ate painted rice cakes and not cookies because the oil from the cookie would damage the puppets. soyummy.com/cookie-monste…
Muammar Gadaffi had a serious crush on U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. When Rice prepared to leave Libya after a state visit, Gadaffi gifted her $212,225 worth of gifts, including a locket with his own picture inside, a signed copy of his Green Book, and a lute. theatlantic.com/internati…
Cookie monster doesn't really eat cookies, but instead, rice cakes. This is because the oils in cookies would ruin his fur muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Co…
Today I learned the Great Wall of China's Strength Comes From Sticky Rice telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Humanity produces 1,000 times more transistors annually than GRAINS of wheat and rice combined realclearenergy.org/artic…
Rice does not need to grow underwater β€” paddies are flooded to control weeds β€” Today a System of Rice Intensification is practised in 20 countries that has greater yields, using 30-60% less water. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Pringle is not a potato chip. Procter & Gamble argued that Pringles were only 42% potato flour, with the rest mostly a slurry of wheat starch, corn and rice flour, and vegetable oil. They made this argument because according to Britain's 1994 VAT Act, potato products was subject to a 17.5% tax. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned of weevils, 6 mm beetles that live in rice, corn, beans and other similar foods. thespruce.com/what-is-a-w…
Rice farmers often put fish into their water-laden fields in a process called β€œrice-fish culture.” The fish act as pest control, improve oxygen circulation, and can even fertilize the soil with their droppings. This can increase the crop yield by 10% or more. idrc.ca/sites/default/fil…
Each year humanity produces 1,000 times more transistors than grains of rice and wheat combined realclearenergy.org/artic…
Muammar Qaddafi was obsessed with Secretary of State, Condolezza Rice. During one visit he showed her a video with photos of her with various people, set to a song composed just for her called β€˜Black Flower in the White House.’ When his house was raided a scrapbook of her pictures was found. vanityfair.com/news/2011/…
In 1982 Jim Rice saved a 4 year old boys life. The boy was hit in the face by a foul ball and Rice knew it would take several minutes for the ballparks EMS to get to the boy. He immediately sprinted into the stands, picked up the boy, and ran him into the dugout to the team doctor. si.com/mlb/2017/09/26/yan…
Today I learned of black garlic, where garlic bulbs are aged for three weeks or more at a strictly regulated temperature and humidity, typically aged in something like a rice cooker. As weird as it sounds, it actually does not taste much like garlic, but has a rather mild and sweeter flavor. thespruceeats.com/black-g…
More than 1/5 of all the calories consumed by humans worldwide is provided by rice alone. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
Today I learned about Golden Rice, genetically modified rice that has an increased nutritional value in an attempt to fight malnutrition in poverty stricken places. sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flas…
Rice Krispies are called Rice Bubbles in Australia and New Zealand en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
"Of the 4 percent of the 250 000 to 300 000 known edible plant species, only 150 to 200 are used by humans. Only three - rice, maize and wheat - contribute nearly 60 percent of calories and proteins obtained by humans from plants." fao.org/3/y5609e/y5609e02…
Tortoise jelly is available in some tea shops in China with big gold or silver pots. Called gwei ling go in Cantonese, the genuine stuff is made from powdered tortoise shell and can be as expensive as 300 HK dollars for a rice bowl's worth appetiteforchina.com/reci…
When Zachary Tayler was supposed to take the oath of office, he didn’t until the next day, as it was sabbath. So between Noon on March 4th and Noon March 5th, the president pro tempore, David Rice Atchison, was technically president for one day. scholastic.com/teachers/a…
The earliest verifiable evidence of alcohol comes from Jiahu, China (7000–6650 BC). Chemical analysis shows it was a fermented drink made of grapes, hawthorn berries, honey, and rice. nationalgeographic.com/ma…
Because rice noodles are made with rice flour rather than wheat flour, they contain no gluten. This is important for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance or allergy. The main health benefits of rice noodles are that they contain no gluten and are not made with eggs. healthyeating.sfgate.com/…
Cookie Monster from Sesame Street doesn't actually eat cookies. The props used in the scenes where he devours "cookies" are painted rice cakes. soyummy.com/cookie-monste…
Sushi as we know it began in the paddy fields of Asia, where the fish was fermented with rice vinegar, salt and rice which was discarded. It was introduced to Japan in the Yayoi Period. It went through changes over periods and is now a staple food strongly associated with Japanese culture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
The founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Low, was deaf. She suffered from frequent earaches and even lost hearing in one of her ears when a grain of rice became lodged in it during her wedding day. She always made light of her disability, using humour to ease people. stacycordery.com/juliette…
Japanese rice wine used to be made (and still is made) from the spit of beautiful Virgins. This type of Saki is called Kuchikamizake vice.com/en_us/article/vv…
In 2001 the daughter of a 70yr old Japanese man saved him from choking on a mochi rice cake by sucking it out with a vacuum cleaner. japantimes.co.jp/news/200…
Sushi has an etymology that refers to "vinegar rice" and not "raw fish" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
Nikolaus Otto, the inventor of the internal combustion engine, was a salesman for "colonial goods" -- coffee, tea, rice, and sugar.[ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nik…
An illiterate retired guard in his 70s saved many of Timbuktu’s priceless manuscripts during the 2012 Al Qaeda occupation of the city, by smuggling them out of the city at night in rice sacks, in a cart. Jihadists went on to burn whatever manuscripts were left. irishtimes.com/news/world…
The name Goku means "awakening to emptiness" as well as how much rice it would take to feed a person for a year. dragonball.fandom.com/wik…
The myth that birds can't eat rice is so popular that it killed the wedding tradition coleswildbird.com/fact-or…
Today I learned of Mildred Day, who invented the Rice Krispie Treat and was also the first person to serve a meal on an airplane desmoinesregister.com/sto…
Rice University has a nonprofit ed-tech based initiative called OpenStax, which provides completely free, openly licensed college and university level textbooks for various subjects. openstax.org/
β€œsushi” doesn’t mean β€œraw fish”. It actually refers to a dish of vinegared rice served with various fillings and toppings, which may include raw fish. eat-japan.com/sushi-perfe…
Japanese Sushi Rice is less than 100yrs old. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Water is used in rice fields to prevent weeds. Rice doesn't actually need that much water, but since it can thrive in such conditions, whereas weeds cannot, it's a natural protection against them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
During the making of "Interview With The Vampire". Tom Cruise was the only person that read that entire Ann Rice's Vampire Chronical series. While the director was too lazy to read the book and Brad Pitt stopped after one chapter because he thought the book was stupid. grantland.com/hollywood-p…
Today I learned about David Rice Atchison, who was president for one day, of which he spent most of asleep. atlasobscura.com/places/g…
Calrose rice, a prominent rice variety in the United States, was once smuggled in large quantities to Asia and sold in the black markets as it was considered "exotic". english.chosun.com/site/d…
Jasmine rice isn't actually scented and flavored with jasmine. It's just a distinct variety of rice that naturally has a fragrant, floral aroma. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
Not all rice grains are the same. Each type can be used for specific dishes: long grains for regular cooking because it does not have a distinct flavor; short grain for desert or sushi; medium grain for desert or creamy dishes. riceassociation.org.uk/co…
Today I learned of pacu jawi, the traditional cattle race of Tanah Datar, Indonesia. The race consists of the jockey holding the tails of two cattle while they sprint across a muddy rice field. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
Snake wine is an alcoholic beverage produced by infusing whole snakes in rice wine or grain alcohol. The drink was first recorded to have been consumed in China during the Western Zhou dynasty. bbc.com/travel/story/2015…
Comedian Jimmy Fallon was in the 2001 HBO WWII series "Band of Brothers" as 2nd Lt. George Rice for a cameo youtube.com/watch?v=Uq5qR…
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dreamed of becoming a concert pianist. She entered college as a music major. However, after taking a course in international politics, she changed her career aspirations womenshistory.org/educati…
Laksa is a spicy noodle soup popular in Peranakan cuisine of SE Asia. Laksa consists of thick wheat noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup based on either rich and spicy curry coconut milk or on sour asam. CNN Travel ranked 7th most delicious food in world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
If you were to place a grain of rice on the first square of a chess board, then placed 2 on the next, then 4 on the one after, then kept doubling, the number of grains of rice that you would need to place on final square, is the amount of rice you would need to cover India to depth of 1m singularitysymposium.com/…
Because oils from cookies can be damaging to puppets, the cookies consumed by the Cookie Monster on Sesame Street are actually rice crackers painted to resemble cookies muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Coo…
Today I learned of Magnaporthe Grisea, otherwise known as Rice Blast, a form of blight that effects rice and destroys enough crops to feed 60+ million people, every year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
A study showed that 62% of Japanese people said they would eat an onigiri (rice ball) made by someone they know, only 30% said they would eat the onigiri crafted by an unfamiliar or unknown hand. This is attributed to the legacy of 16th century ninja poison rice ball assassinations. japantoday.com/category/f…
The year before β€œSatisfaction” made them superstars The Rolling Stones wrote and recorded a Rice Krispies jingle for a TV commercial. snopes.com/fact-check/the…
Rice does not need to grow in water, but since it can survive it, is done so to control weeds and other pests- creating higher yields. sagevfoods.com/MainPages/…
Gabe Mirkin, the man responsible for coining the acronym RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) -- a mnemonic for treatment of soft tissue injuries -- recanted his support for the regimen in 2014, saying that ice and complete rest may delay healing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RIC…
Today I learned about the "Century Egg", a duck, chicken, or quail egg that is preserved in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls for several weeks to several months. This gives the yolk a dark black color and a strong flavor due to hydrogen sulfide and ammonia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Bananas are one of the oldest cultivated crops, circa when rice and potatoes were 1st domesticated (1:05). Also, the kind we eat today are not the same type our grandparents ate. Pre-1960, bananas known as Big Mike’s were bigger, tasted better, and had thicker skins meaning less bruising (8:43). youtu.be/h8vTt9Y1mkQ
During JFK's famous speech at the Rice University football stadium, the "We choose to go to the Moon" line was followed by big applause from a joke which preceded it. It was a rhetorical "why does Rice play Texas?". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_…
Sushi is the vinegared rice, not the raw fish (or other) that comes when you order it. thekitchn.com/what-exactl…
Today I learned a musical about Chess was written in 1984 with music and lyrics by two members of ABBA and Tim Rice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Half the rice grown in California is the offspring of a mutant strain created in the early 1970s by radiation breeding nytimes.com/2007/08/28/sc…
Humans are technically classified as granivores, the same class as birds like finches, because two thirds of the average human diet comes from grain. Specifically, rice, wheat, and maize. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omn…
Hornworm Catarpillars on my tomato are the walking dead when little white rice looking things appear on their backs. Those things are actually cocoons of pupating Braconid Wasps, which are harmless to humans but a parasitoid of the worms. aggie-horticulture.tamu.e…
Thre is a small village named Shingo in Japan, which by its inhabitants is believed to be the last resting place of Jesus. They believe that instead of Jesus his brother Isukiri died on the cross and Jesus fled to Japan to become a rice farmer. zetetique.org/herai_en.ht…
Chinese Nationals were charged with stealing rice farming technology from Arkansas(US) justice.gov/usao-edar/pr/…
The Japanese dish Oyakodon, made with chicken and eggs, translates to β€œParent and child rice bowl” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oya…
The iconic font for "Star Wars" was derived from Helvetica Black because designer Suzy Rice thought that it was the most Fascist typeface she could think of. gizmodo.com/how-the-star-…
Sometime around 1500 A.D., an African farmer planted a maize seed imported from the New World. Today, maize accounts for more than half the calories people consume in many African countries. Maize supplanted Africa’s own historical grain cropsβ€”sorghum, millet, and rice hup.harvard.edu/catalog.p…
Rice is grown in water to prevent weed growth, rice does not need to be surrounded by water to grow, however, weeds will die surrounded by water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Sticky Rice is responsible for the incredible staying power of the Great Wall of China’s mortar. Proving to reinforce the bricks strongly enough to resist earthquakes and modern bulldozers while keeping the building intact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sti…
In the 19th and early 20th century, photographs did not often depict smiling people in accordance to cultural conventions of Victorian and Edwardian culture. In contrast, the photograph Eating Rice, China reflects differing cultural attitudes of the time, depicting a smiling Chinese man. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
South Korea’s national drink is soju, a clear alcohol, typically made from rice or barley, with an alcohol content of about 20 percent and a government-mandated price of about $1 per bottle, so all citizens can afford it. nypost.com/2016/09/03/the…

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