Pink Himalayan sea salt is actually mined from mountains in Pakistan from a sea that existed hundreds of millions of years ago loveseasalt.com/himalayan…
Garden Veggie Straws, which shows fresh vegetables on the bag, and are promoted as a healthy alternative to chips, are actually made of salt, starch, and tomato paste. They have less nutrition than actual potato chips and the manufacturer, which has a history of false claims, is now being sued. nypost.com/2017/07/06/the…
Today I learned about the Great Papago Escape where twenty-five Germans successfully tunneled out of an Arizona POW camp near Phoenix. They built a raft, hoping to float their way down the Salt River, and eventually into the Gulf of California. Their plan failed when they learned the river was mostly dry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The movie 'Salt of the Earth' which is based in a true story of a 15 month-long strike and it was blacklisted by Hollywood because the writer, the director and the producer were alleged members of the Communist party and the actress Rosaura Revueltas was deported for being in this movie, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Ben Stiller removed the WTC from his movie zoolander because it came out on 9/28 and he didn't want to rub salt in the wound deseret.com/article/87161…
In the US in the late 19th Century it was briefly fashionable for people to form "13 Clubs" where they would dine in groups of 13, walk under ladders, spill salt at the table, etc. to demonstrate their lack of superstition. Several future US Presidents participated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
California’s Death Valley contains the lowest point in North America β€” a surreal landscape of vast salt flats. The basin sits 282 feet (86 m) below sea level where a temporary lake may form after heavy rainstorms. nps.gov/places/badwater-b…
Scientists believe that by 2050 the Dead Sea will be so salty that the salt will block water from evaporating, leaving a small pool of slimy sludge. Sinkholes that keep appearing around it, may prevent any permanent solution to its replenishment. timesofisrael.com/as-dead…
The Great Salt Lake in Utah has an Island with over 500 wild bison en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Sea turtles basically cry salt (without the emotion). The sea turtles' tear gland evolved into a "salt gland" so that it could expel salt from its body, which is very important for reptilian sea creatures. The substance released is salty brine. cancunturtles.com/info/be…
The mummified remains of a German man, Manfred Fritz Bajorat, were found on his boat off the coast of the Philippines in February 2016. He had died of a heart attack and a combination of salt air, ocean winds and hot temperatures created the perfect climate needed to preserve his body. everipedia.org/wiki/lang_…
Tabasco Sauce is not from Tabasco, Mexico, but Avery Island in Louisiana, which is not actually an island but an enormous salt dome that provides one of the main ingredients for the sauce and was briefly fought over during the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tab…
The Memory of Mankind has buried modern 'clay tablets' preserving the most important modern knowledge beneath a salt mine in Austria for future generations with clues to decipher them zmescience.com/science/ne…
In 2017, a group of travel influencers were banned from all U.S. public lands. Their violations included driving an RV across the Bonneville Salt Flats, walking on Yellowstone’s hot springs, and affixing a rope swing to the Corona Arch. A year later, they fell off a waterfall in B.C. and died. outsideonline.com/2325286…
Lake Pigneur became the deepest lake in Lousiana in 1980 after the Gulf Of Mexico flowed into it as the result of Texaco employees accidentally flushing the entire lake like a toilet into the salt mine beneath it. atlasobscura.com/places/l…
All-Dressed chips are a combo of BBQ, ketchup, sour cream & onion, and salt & vinegar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Ethiopia's Salt Ponds Contain One of the Few Places Life Cannot Survive on Earth: The Dallol pools are likely so hot, salty and acidic that even extremophile microbes are unable to enter. discovermagazine.com/envi…
Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz original camera negatives are stored 650 feet underground in a Kansas salt mine kansascity.com/entertainm…
Turks and Caicos, a major salt producing area, drew salt mounds on it's crest in 1889. When sent to London, igloos were drawn on it because they didn't know where the Turks and Caicos were. This was replaced by a flamingo crest in 1965. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Pink Himalayan Salt is one of the most expensive salts in the world. People claim it contains more minerals than ordinary table salt. Scientists found the amount of minerals it contains is so miniscule that it makes no measurable difference. businessinsider.com/what-…
Thomas Jefferson mentioned one of the reasons for Lewis and Clark expedition was to find a 180 miles long and 45 wide mountain of salt in Missouri. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The north and south portions of the Great Salt Lake in Utah are two separate colors. This is due to a railroad causeway disrupting the natural mixing of the lake's water resulting in part of the lake being saltier and promoting the growth of different types of algae. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Penguins have an specialized organ that filters salt from their bloodstream, allowing them to drink salt water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
In Nordic countries like Denmark, people enjoy a salty licorice candy using a different type of salt -- ammonium chloride. Its flavor can be incredibly polarizing due to how much more potent it is to table salt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
After the Battle of Aspern-Essling (1809), the surgeon of the Napoleonic Army Larrey, lacking salt, seasoned a horse meat bouillon for the wounded under his care with gunpowder. It was also used for sterilization in ships when there was no alcohol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
There is no corn involved in making corned beef, the 'corns' are the name for coarse grains of salt used in the curing process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
The US has 727M barrels of oil hidden in underground salt caverns science.howstuffworks.com…
The CIA not only tried to assassinate Fidel Castro literally but also tried their hand in character assassination including using thallium salts to attempt to destroy his famous beard en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ass…
Salt mines are used for storage because of their lots of space, low humidity (45%), and low risk of fires. E.g. in Kansas. youtu.be/gI5qV-kvLeg?t=13…
Lakes near ocean coasts have a slightly higher salt content because of wind. Wind transfers salt off the ocean to fresh water lakes, altering the ecosystem and hostng unique forms of microbial life manoa.hawaii.edu/explorin…
Today I learned about the Salt Witch of the Nebraska Plains. Indians maintained that a salt column was under the custody of the Salt Witch, and when they went there to gather salt they would beat the ground with clubs, believing that each blow fell upon her person and kept her from working other evil. legendsofamerica.com/ne-s…
The Dryas julia butterfly of Costa Rica drinks crocodile tears for the salt and protein content. sciencemag.org/news/2014/…
The the chemical formula of the salt that makes solid cheese smooth and creamy spells out NaCHO. cooksillustrated.com/scie…
Lithium Chloride is the only other Chloride salt that tastes good. youtube.com/watch?v=RJh9y…
Nazi Prisoners built a raft and escaped their POW camp. Only to find that the Salt River had run dry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The British government built a 1,100 mile long Great Hedge of India to enforce a salt tax in Northern India but failed horribly since people started throwing salt over the hedge atlasobscura.com/articles…
Butterflies and bees need salt to survive, so they sometimes drink the tears of crocodilians such as caimans and other animals in regions where the mineral is scarce. thisiscolossal.com/2016/0…
The human foot is one of the heaviest sweat producers on the body and contains 250,000 sweat glands. However, these eccrine glands produce sweat of mostly water and salt meant to cool you, and it has very little odor on its own. health.howstuffworks.com/…
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…
The idiom "take with a grain of salt" dates to 25 AD and refers to an antidote to poison. To take a poison or an idea with a grain of salt means to reduce it's effectiveness. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Today I learned of Salt-Rising Bread: a bread which replaces yeast with Clostridium Perfringens, a bacteria that is the 3rd most common cause of food poisoning in the US. popsci.com/article/scienc…
In the harsh winter of 2008, the town of Ankeny, Iowa used expired garlic salt to help thaw the roads, keeping several tons from going to a landfill. npr.org/templates/story/s…
Butterflies congregate on turtles' and crocodilians' eyes to drink their tears. They need salt and the tears of these reptiles are an easy way to obtain it. bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
The Aral Sea was once the fourth largest inland body of water. Soviet irrigation projects diverting it's source rivers caused it to dry up to 1/3 its size in 40 years. Now it is mosly desert and home to toxic salt storms. britannica.com/place/Aral…
Willem Kolff created the first dialysis machine in the Netherlands during WWII. Lacking materials, he used sausage casings, tin cans, a washing machine, and salt water. He also saved more than 800 people from the Nazis by hiding them in his hospital. And he later invented the artificial heart. nytimes.com/2009/02/13/he…
Before the invention of toothbrushes, Europeans cleaned their teeth with rags rolled in salt or soot while Indians and Africans chewed on sticks from the Salvadora tree. theconversation.com/curio…
Today I learned that Iguanas Sneeze SALT! lizards101.com/why-is-my-…
There is a massive salt mine underneath the city of Detroit atlasobscura.com/places/d…
, Rollie Free set the American motorcycle land speed record in 1948 on the Bonneville Salt Flats while lying prone on the motorcycle's rear fender wearing a bathing suit, sneakers, and a shower cap (yes, there is a pic). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
A turquoise lake in Siberia is nicknamed the "Novosibirsk Maldives" because of how tropical it looks. Popular with Instagrammers, it is actually a power plant's ash dump and caused by calcium salts and other metal oxides bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Iodized salt raised the average IQ by 3.5 points nationally and as much as 15 points in some areas saturdayeveningpost.com/2…
The founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, was so frugal that he would regularly pocket salt and pepper packets at restaurants, reuse teabags, and drove a 1993 Volvo. He was worth $58.7 billion at the time of his death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ing…
Japan has about 4,000 kinds of salt. knowwhereyourfoodcomesfro…
Today I learned of Distichlis palmeri, a grain plant with a high salt tolerance. Until recently it was thought to be extinct. But a breeding program of the remaining plants has bred varieties with yields of 2 tons per hectare, and is a strong candidate to become a major global food crop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dis…
Today I learned of the Sour Toe Cocktail. a drink garnished with an actual human toe that has been dehydrated and preserved in salt, which originally belonged to a miner who had it amputated in the 1920s. It was accidentally swallowed in 1980 but since then seven more have been donated. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
Salt-cured capybara (the largest living rodent) is consumed during Lent in Venezuela, where the popularity of the dish prompted the Vatican to declare that capybara isn’t meat but fish. people.com/pets/5-things-…
Today I learned about the Salt Cathedral of Realmonte, a Catholic church built within the tunnels of a old salt mine in Scily. weirditaly.com/2016/02/07…
The British planted an 1100 mile hedge through the center of India in the 1800s to enforce salt tariffs. Each mile required 250 tons of thornybrush and other organic material to create, and patrols carried as much as 100,000 tons of material per year for repairs. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
Today I learned about Andy George who spent $1,500 and 6 months making a single sandwich completely from scratch. He did absolutely everything from making his own cheese to harvesting his own wheat. He made his own salt and made his own oil. He grew sunflowers and collected their seeds to extract fat. fortune.com/2015/09/23/15…
Flamingos can drink near-boiling water from geysers - they live in a high-salt environment, and this is often the freshest source of water available seaworld.org/animals/all-…
Today I learned about Salina Turda, a massive Roman salt mine in Transylvania which contains an underground theme park and other tourist attractions including a lake, mini golf course, and bowling alley. The salty air down there is apparently very good for asthma. atlasobscura.com/places/s…
The popularity of salt and pepper as near universal table condiments was due to Louis XIV who considered most other forms of seasoning a vulgar act. Today, over 27,000 tons of black pepper is consumed by US alone. gizmodo.com/how-salt-and-…
The oldest ever living organisms were 250 million year old (~20 million years before the first dinosaurs) endospores that were revived from stasis after being preserved in salt crystals news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/t…
The marine iguana, a Galapagos Islands reptile which swims in the ocean, deals with salt intake by "sneezing" it out its nose en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Sea salt around the world is contaminated with plastic. Microplastics were found in salt from the UK, France, Spain, China and USA. The plastic mainly comes from water bottles. theguardian.com/environme…
The city of Detroit sits on top of a working salt mine, and that the mine has provided road salt for most of North America since 1910. detroitsalt.com/history/
The word "salary" comes from the word salt. lexico.com/en/definition/…
In 2019 Clay Hughes and Cody James traveled 3,530 miles by bicycle from Salt Lake City, Utah to Denali in Alaska to hike up and ski down the mountain. They carried all their gear, including their skis, the entire 81-day journey. outsideonline.com/2399562…
Deleted scenes of the film Event Horizon were found in a Transylvania salt mine. However, they had been improperly stored and had rotted away, making them unusable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
In 1985 two co-workers from Sears recorded a rap song for a friend's class project. That song grew in popularity as radio stations started playing it. Although they called themselves Super Nature, the song had the line, "we the Salt and Pepa MCs" so listeners and DJ's dubbed them Salt-N-Peppa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
There is often sugar added in table salt globalnews.ca/news/168933…
Today I learned of the Lake Peigneur disaster in which an oil drill in a lake accidentally struck a salt mine, causing the entire lake to drain into the mine taking barges and an entire island with it. youtube.com/watch?v=p_iZr…
A McDonald's Caesar Salad has more calories, fat and salt than a Double Big Mac burger cbc.ca/beta/news/business…
There is a hotel made of salt in Bolivia with a strict rule of not licking the walls. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
"Salt Bae" (Nusret Gokce) is a bachelor and has 13 children. nytimes.com/2018/02/16/ny…
What happens when we drink sea water: A kidney can't make urine from a concentration of salts of more than 2%. Seawater is made of 3% salt, so if we drink it the kidneys have to use existing water from our body to dilute the extra salt, which in turn makes us even thirstier. paradise.docastaway.com/d…
Today I learned about Grand Saline, Texas, which has enough salt underneath it to last humanity 20,000 years. texashillcountry.com/texa…
Khewra Salt Mine is the world's 2nd largest Salt Mine Located in Punjab Province of Pakistan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khe…
Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street was inspired by an incredibly rude waiter at Oscar’s Salt of the Sea Tavern, where creator Jim Henson and director Jon Stone frequently had lunch together. muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Os…
You shouldn't store fish sauce in the fridge because it will cause the salt to crystalize. eatbydate.com/other/condi…
Today I learned of transatomic's molten salt reactors that can use nuclear waste to create energy. They can harness the 300,000 metric tons to β€˜power the world for decades’ nationalgeographic.com/ne…
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…
In 1799, the Italian scientist Alessandro Volta fashioned an arm-long stack of zinc and copper discs, separated by salt-soaked cardboard. This β€œvoltaic pile” was the world’s first synthetic battery, but Volta based its design on something far olderβ€”the body of the electric eel. theatlantic.com/science/a…
Tequila with salt covers the taste of bad/impure tequila, and is traditionally sipped in Mexico vinepair.com/articles/nev…
Salt Lake City holds the title for the highest JELL-O consumption per capita, in the world and is Utah's Official State Snack. slate.com/human-interest/…
90% of table salt is contaminated with tiny pieces of plastic. ecowatch.com/table-salt-m…
A single Chilean Flamingo named "Pink Floyd" escaped a Utah aviary and lived a solitary life at the Great Salt Lake for 18 years, eating brine shrimp and socializing with gulls and swans. Locals unsuccessfully petitioned to have other flamingos released in the area to keep Floyd company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Salt Lake City, Utah, had a Chinatown that was located in a section called "Plum Alley", which lasted until 1952. It contained a Chinese population that worked in the mining camps and the transcontinental railroad. Plum Alley was eventually razed and replaced by a parking terrace en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Seagulls can drink salt water, as well as fresh water, as they possess exocrine glands located in supraorbital grooves of the skull by which salt can be excreted through the nostrils to assist the kidneys in maintaining electrolyte balance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gul…
Rian Johnson wanted to show extreme violence in The Last Jedi's final battle, but couldn't do so in a PG-13 movie. To solve this, the planet Crait was covered in a layer of salt which, when displaced by the fighting, revealed a red landscape and made the battlefield appear drenched in blood. cinemablend.com/news/2302…
Penguins and other marine birds have a supraorbital gland above their eye socket that breaks down sodium in their bloodstream. Which allows them to remove salt from saltwater and make it fresh water for them to survive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
The United States has crocodiles that have been recorded to be just as large as Australian Salt Water Crocodiles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Today I learned of a guy who made a chicken sandwich literally from scratch -- he grew a garden, harvested wheat, slaughtered a chicken, travelled to boil ocean water for salt, etc -- it took him 6 months and cost him $1,500. He didn't think it tasted very good. today.com/food/making-chi…
Animals in the wild travel to 'salt licks' in order to lick essential nutrients from natural deposits. Because of this behaviour, animals are often attracted to roads after winter salting, and can cause collisions or end up as roadkill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
The first artificial skating rink used a mixture of pig fat and salts as an ice substitute, and failed within its first year due to the noxious smell. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Although iodine was added to table salt in the U.S. beginning in 1924 as an antidote to goiters caused by iodine deficiency, it had the unanticipated side effect of raising the national IQ by an average of 3.5 points. blogs.discovermagazine.co…
The little sombrero lid on margarita salt containers is actually a lime juicer to help you salt your glass kegworks.com/jose-cuervo-…
Emperor Wu of Jin (China) had so many concubines that he could not choose between them, he often rode his goat-driven carriage around the palace until the goats decided to stop. Because of this many of the women planted bamboo leaves and salt outside their bedrooms to attract the goats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
Gandhi was met with incredulity when he chose a tax on salt as a focus in a campaign for India's independence, but his "Great Salt March" helped change world opinion. As the march ended, he raised a lump of salty mud and declared, "With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
The British invented the "toast sandwich" which is literally a sandwich with buttered toast as the filling. A 1861 recipe suggests adding salt and pepper to taste, and that it "will be found very tempting to the appetite of an invalid." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toa…

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