Monkeys in Japan learned to wash sweet potatoes in fresh water to clean them. They later switched to washing sweet potatoes in salt water. It is theorized that this is because they like the salty taste more than plain potatoes. link.springer.com/article…
In the 5th century BC, diabetes was first identified by a surgeon named Sushruta who pointed out that the urine of diabetics was sweet enough to attract ants and sticky to the touch. He noted that diabetes affected rich castes and was related to the excessive consumption of rice and sweets ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about Elephant Mosquitos. Despite being the largest genus of mosquito, their diet consists exclusively of honeydew, sap, and other sweets. The only exception to is their larvae, which greedily eats the larvae of other mosquitoes. wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxorh…
King’s Hawaiian Bread was founded by an Okinawan immigrant to Hawaii who based it on the sweet bread that fellow sugar plantation workers from Portugal made and is no longer made in Hawaii but comes from Torrance in Los Angeles latimes.com/archives/la-x…
The Beatles hit 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' wasn't about the drug LSD. John Lennon's son drew a picture at school one day, and told Lennon that it was called Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. John thought that was sweet and used it in the song, only realizing the LSD in the name after the fact youtube.com/watch?v=umF60…
Oranges are a hesperidium, a kind of modified berry with sectioned pulp inside a separable rind. The sweet orange, which accounts for 70% of global orange production, is a hybrid of ancient cultivated origin between a pomelo and a mandarin. britannica.com/plant/oran…
After Chuck Berry accused Brian Wilson of stealing the melody of "Sweet Little Sixteen" for "Surfin' USA", the Beach Boys' manager gave Berry the copyright to the tune. He didn't tell the members of the band, however, who learned 25 years later that they weren't getting royalties from the song. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
Cats only have a few hundred taste buds, compared to 9000+ for humans. They are unable to taste anything sweet. They dislike anything bitter like lemons or coffee, interpreting it as something dangerous. purina.co.uk/cats/key-lif…
In 2019 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards signed over all publishing rights to Bitter Sweet Symphony back to Richard Ashcroft (of The Verve) bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Before Europeans used the word "panther" for melanistic leopards and jaguars, it was a mythical animal, typically a big cat with a multicoloured hide. In heraldry it is depicted with coloured spots and flames coming from its mouth and ears, representing the sweet smelling odour of its roar. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
In 1858, over 200 people in England were poisoned with arsenic, after buying and eating accidentally-poisoned sweets. 21 of them died. The event contributed to the passage of the 1868 Pharmacy Act in the United Kingdom and legislation regulating the adulteration of foodstuffs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/185…
Since 2014, Paul Rudd and Jeffrey Dean Morgan have been co-owners of Samuel's Sweet Shop, a candy store in the town of Rhinebeck, New York. They saved it from being closed after the previous owner, a friend of theirs, died suddenly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
The song "November Rain" was left off of Guns N' Roses major breakthrough album "Appetite for Destruction" at the last minute, as "Sweet Child of Mine" was thought to be enough of a ballad for one album. loudwire.com/guns-n-roses…
The artificial sweetener Splenda was discovered accidentally when a lab assistant was asked to β€œtest” a new compound of sucrose and chlorine, and misheard the request it as β€œtaste”. He discovered that it had a sweet taste and it was then developed as a sugar substitute saveur.com/artificial-swe…
The first known cat with a name was called Nedjem meaning `sweet' or `pleasant' and dates from the reign of Thutmose III (1479-1425 BC). guinnessworldrecords.com/…
"Sweet 16," referring to the 16 teams remaining in a sports tournament, is a trademark of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. The NCAA had to strike a deal with the KHSAA to use that phrase to describe the eighth-finals of its men's and women's Division I basketball tournament. slate.com/news-and-politi…
Neil Young's song "Alabama" partly inspired Lynyrd Skynyrd to write "Sweet Home Alabama" as a retort, but he later regretted writing it. countryliving.com/life/en…
Austin Powers was a character created for a faux English music band called "Ming Tea", along with the Bangles' Suzannah Hoffs and Matthew Sweet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
The first artifical sweetener Saccharin was discovered on accident when a chemist forgot to wash his hands after work and tasted something "unspeakably sweet" during supper. He dropped his dinner and went on to taste every beaker in his lab, which luckily for him contained nothing poisonous. todayinsci.com/F/Fahlberg…
Citric acid, one of the most common food additives (sodas, ice cream, processed sweets, cider, baby food) is usually not made from lemons, but by feeding sugar to black mould through an industrial process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
The Beach Boys stole "Surfin' USA" from Chuck Berry's song "Sweet Little Sixteen" mentalfloss.com/article/9…
Candy Land was invented to cheer up children living in polio wards. Polio paralyzed many of its victims and the game offered the illusion of movement. Allowing the sick children the loose themselves in the sweet imaginative world of the game. theatlantic.com/technolog…
In 2019 an expedition that descended to the Mariana Trench, the deepest area in the world's oceans, found a plastic bag and sweet wrappers at the bottom of the Trench. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Shirley Temple disliked her namesake drink, as she disliked the idea of cocktails for children. She also found most varieties to be "too sweet" for her tastes. She also sued companies seeking to mass produce the drink, claiming it diluted her commercial value and invaded her privacy. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Sweet oranges are a sterile hybrid, with all varieties coming from cultivated mutations after a single domestication event around 300 BCE in the Southern China/Northeast India area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ora…
Today I learned of "Operation Rock Wallaby", a helicopter mission which dumped thousands of pounds of veggies (mostly carrots and sweet potatoes) to wallabies and other animals left without a food source after surviving wildfire in New South Wales. sea.mashable.com/science/…
The taste map of the tongue that many people learned in school is nonsense. Taste receptors for salty, sweet, bitter and sour are found all over the tongue. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Today I learned about Vulture Bees. Bees that eat rotten meat and make meat honey from it, which is clear and sweet. the13thfloor.tv/2018/01/1…
Chuck Berry played the Gibson ES-335 guitar from when it was issued in 1958, the same year as his hit single β€œSweet Little Sixteen” until his death, when he was buried with it. Eric Clapton hoped to impress Berry by appearing on stage with a Gibson ES-350TN but Berry never noticed americanbluesscene.com/wh…
A researcher has developed a handheld "lickable screen" device that, when inserted into your mouth, can recreate all taste sensations associated with food. It relies on electrolytes inserted into 5 gels controlling the intensity of the 5 basic flavors: sour, sweet, bitter, salt and umami. techxplore.com/news/2020-…
Yams and sweet potatoes are entirely different vegetables. If you're American, you've likely never eaten a real yam in your life--most of the so-called yams you see in American grocery stores are actually orange-fleshed sweet potatoes bonappetit.com/story/diff…
Poland and Bayern MΓΌnchen football star Robert Lewandowski only sleeps on his left side, to preserve his stronger right leg; and always eats desserts first, because sweet foods digest quicker, so by metabolising them first, he avoids mixing them in his stomach with protein and carbohydrates theguardian.com/football/…
Due to hyper-inflation in Zimbabwe, 8 foreign currencies were used as legal tender: US $, British Β£, Japanese Β₯, Chinese Β₯, Indian β‚Ή, Australian $, South African rand, and Botswana pula. Due to the scarcity of small change, shops often gave change in sweets, cellphone airtime, and even condoms bbc.com/news/world-africa…
, Naloxone, the drug they give to instantly stop a Heroin overdose, can also reduce the consumption of sweet, high-fat foods in obese binge eaters. academic.oup.com/ajcn/art…
The earliest record of a named cat is from over 3400 years in Egypt, his name was "Nedjem" which means sweet or pleasant. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Cats cannot taste sweet things because of a genetic deficiency. After analysing two genes responsible for sweetness detection, one was missing in cats, meaning they lack the ability to produce a protein for tasting sweetness. petful.com/food/why-cant-…
The term sweet-pea does not refer to a pea that is sweet, rather a sweet pea is a flower. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
People with sensitive noses are capable of smelling when it's about to rain due to atmospheric chemicals reacting and creating ozone, which has a pungent, sweet smell. scientificamerican.com/ar…
A constant runny nose with a sweet rather than salty taste is likely to be cerebro-spinal fluid, not mucus. pgblazer.com/cerebrospina…
Today I learned of Sam Panopoulos, a Greek Canadian restaurateur who in 1962 at the Satellite restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, decided to put ham and pineapple on a pizza, aiming for something sweet and savory. He called it the Hawaiian pizza and his food invention has earned wrath and praise ever since. cbc.ca/news/hawaiian-pizz…
One of the reasons why Northern Cheyenne reservation traditionalists oppose coal mining on the reservation is that the 1700s Cheyenne mystic Sweet Medicine prophecized that mining the "black rock" would change the tribe forever. dailyyonder.com/black-roc…
The reason artificial sweeteners like sucralose taste horribly bitter to some people is a direct result of their genes. Said cause their taste receptors to develop in such a way that said sweeteners can bond to both sweet and bitter receptors. Sugar can only bind to sweet. news.psu.edu/story/284556…
One evening, while rushing for dinner after a long day at the lab, Constantin Fahlberg, a chemist at Johns Hopkins, forgot to wash his hands that had traces of benzoic sulfimide. This compound made his dinner taste sweet, and that’s how he discovered the artificial sweetener Saccharin. todayinsci.com/F/Fahlberg…
It's a myth rats/mice absolutely love cheese, they prefer sweet foods animals.howstuffworks.com…
When we eat something sweet and feel that momentary bit of pain at the back of the jaw, its because of the largest salivary gland (Parotid gland) going into overdrive to help with digestion. vinepair.com/articles/why…
The "Where do we go now?" ending to Guns N Roses 'Sweet Child O' Mine' was born from the band not knowing how to finish that part of the song. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_…
Physicians in the middle ages would drink their patients urine to diagnose medical conditions. They were able to accurately diagnose diabetes because the urine tasted sweet. sekisuidiagnostics.com/bl…
The beak like mask which the black plague doctors wore was actually filled with sweet smelling substances usually Lavander; It's purpose was to aid with the smell of rot and decay and second, they believed that good smell would help them fight Black plague, which they believed it to be airborne. wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague…
"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/…
Cats Cannot Taste Sweets scientificamerican.com/ar…

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