The Great Tootsie Roll Battle of the Korean War

On Veteran's Day we honor and celebrate those who have served their country in the armed forces. These individuals are known for bravery, selflessness, commitment to duty, and innovation in the face of challenges. Few moments in history illustrate all of these characteristics better than the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, when soldiers used a tasty... Continue Reading →


One Order of Meatballs, Please — Hold the Meat

Government regulations in the food industry generally require truth in advertising about a product's ingredients. It makes sense that a company should not be able to advertise its product as "100% fresh ground beef" if the product was neither fresh nor made entirely of beef. In Finland this concept has been applied strictly, causing one... Continue Reading →

A Classical Composition about Classic Caffeine Compulsion

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is primarily known as a classical composer of Christian music. It was rare that he strayed from religious themes in his music, but when he did it was for a purpose. One such occasion was when he wrote "Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht" ("Be still, Stop Chattering"), a composition devoted to coffee... Continue Reading →

College Students Rejoice: Pizza For Every Meal

In news that is sure to excite college students everywhere, a team of Scottish scientists announced the development of a pizza that is healthy enough to eat at every meal. Professor Mike Lean of Glasgow University and businessman Donnie Maclean worked with a team to produce the pizza which contains 30% of the recommended daily... Continue Reading →

You Say “Tomato” — I Say “Food Fight!”

At first glance, visitors might think they are witnessing a remake of the cult classic film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. As it turns out, those who happen to be in Buñol, Spain on the last Wednesday of August will merely be witnessing what has been billed as "The World's Biggest Food Fight." La Tomatina dates back... Continue Reading →

If You Can’t Afford This Fruit, You’ll Be Melon-choly

The Densuke watermelon -- commonly known as a black watermelon -- is a luxury item. Grown only on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, this gourmet fruit sells in department stores for $200 - $300 apiece. In 2008 one 17-pound Densuke melon sold at auction for $6,100. Connoisseurs tell us that the melon is unusually crisp, with... Continue Reading →

The Greatest Things Since Sliced Bread

The next time you use the phrase "the best thing since sliced bread," you might want to consider how recent of an invention that is. The first commercially-available device that made it possible to sell pre-sliced loaves in mass quantities was developed by Otto Frederick Rohwedder. His prototype was built in 1912, but it wasn't... Continue Reading →

The Sweet Story of the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve

You may have heard about the National Petroleum Strategic Reserve or even the  National Helium Reserve. Have you ever heard of the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve? Spread over a number of warehouses in rural communities of Quebec, Canada, vast quantities of maple syrup are held in reserve to guarantee a steady supply of maple... Continue Reading →

Nothing Half-Baked About First Televised Toy Commercial

The first toy commercial to appear on television was for Hasbro's Mr. Potato Head in 1952. Watch the commercial here. Unlike today's version of the popular toy, the 1952 version required children to use a real potato and affix plastic eyes, mouths, and ears. It wasn't until 1964 that a plastic potato came with the kit,... Continue Reading →

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