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Things I Really Didn't Know

Monday, April 22, 2013

Randy's favorite drink, Mountain Dew, was invented in 1940 in Tennessee by local beverage bottlers to be used as a mixer for whiskey. In 1964, the Pepsi-Cola acquired the rights to the formula. The name 'Mountain Dew' was originally slang for moonshine. To the best of my knowledge, Randy drinks it straight.

The scientific name for buttercups is Ranunculus, of which there are about 600 different species. While the buttercups I know of have bright yellow flowers, they can also be found with white, orange or yellow petals. Buttercups are poisonous to cows, horses and other livestock.

Every spring brings with it red wasps and they seem to be rather huge this year. Unless you get too close to their nest, they aren't aggressive but they still can startle the socks off of me. The red wasp is a type of paper wasp, which means they build their nests from dead wood and plant stems. Those items are mixed with their saliva to make a water-resistant home.

Cardamom is from the ginger family and, after saffron and vanilla, is the world's most expensive spice. If you can'f afford cardamom, using equal amounts of cinnamon and ginger is a good substitute. Cardamom has nothing to do with coriander. While I just happen to have two bottles of coriander in my spice cabinet, I am too poor to have any cardamom.

Plott hounds are one of the least known breeds of dog in America and were originally bred in Germany for boar hunting. They were brought to the United States by Johannes Plott when he emigrated in 1750. Plott hounds are the state dog of North Carolina.

April is National Soft Pretzel Month. This makes me wish that an Aunt Annie's was closer than Jonesboro.. Another pretzel fun fact: pretzels without salt are called 'baldies'. I didn't have a picture of a pretzel, so I used a picture of Roxy. That was only fair, since I used a picture of Otis earlier.

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