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Mincemeat steamed sponge pudding


The dessert that eats like a meal

Pies that contain meat were once the rule, rather than the exception. Modern mincemeat may not contain any meat at all, but the history of the pie and its name is full of surprises.
A honeycomb

Honey as Medicine

Sweet relief

Ongoing medical research is turning up a multitude of curative uses for honey. Besides soothing sore throats, it may help to heal wounds, prevent tooth decay, and even perhaps even reduce the risk of heart disease.
A temple in Petra, Jordan


The city of stone

An ancient city in Jordan was carved out of the walls of a deep, narrow canyon. You won't find the Holy Grail there, but Indiana Jones would still keep busy unearthing its mysteries.
Pat O'Brien's Bar in New Orleans

Pat O’Brien’s

Home of the hurricane

The legendary New Orleans bar that created the hurricane cocktail is a hot spot for pilgrims, especially those that sit in the patio next to the flaming fountain.
Fleur de Sel

Fleur de Sel

The last word in gourmet salt

One of the world's rarest and most expensive kinds of salt comes from the sea, but has a very special method of harvesting.
An autogyro in flight

The Autogyro

Taking the proto-helicopter for a spin

What do you get if you cross and airplane and a helicopter? A funny-looking aircraft with an unpowered rotor. Whatever else you can say about it, it won't stall at slow speeds.
Teams entering pool in wife carrying World Championships

Wife Carrying Contests

Obstacles to a healthy relationship

Those wacky Finns. The best-known and goofiest sporting competition in Finland involves carrying a woman through an obstacle course. The reward? The woman's weight in beer!
Freeze-dried ice cream

Freeze Drying

The amazing science of lyophilization

It's not just for instant coffee and camping foods anymore! The process by which virtually all the water can be removed from something while keeping its structure intact is being applied to everything from flowers to pets.
A bottle of castor oil

Castor Oil

The all-purpose health aid and poison

The old cure for constipation has also been used as a weapon, and extracts from the same plant produce a deadly poison.
Map showing the Walloon Region within Belgium


Green Bay and the French connection

What's the connection between Belgium and Green Bay, Wisconsin? It's not cheese, but a little-known language called Walloon.
A French butter dish

French Butter Dishes

Fresh butter without refrigeration

A refreshingly low-tech way to keep butter fresh without making it rock-hard and unspreadable, French butter dishes rely on simple physics.
A snow crust

Snow Crusts

A few words about the surface of snow

Are there really dozens of Eskimo words for snow? Maybe or maybe not, depending on how you look at it. But there are definitely at least eight English terms for "snow crust."


Exotic fruit and vampire repellent

Referred to by some as the king of fruits, this tropical fruit has an overpowering aroma and a flavor that, to be generous, is an acquired taste.
An anechoic chamber

Anechoic Chambers

The sound of silence

For testing audio equipment and other sensitive tasks that require a complete absence of reflected sounds, an anechoic chamber is the ultimate cone of silence.
Chish & Fips shop


Sixing up mounds

An professor at Oxford University around the beginning of the 20th century is remembered not for his keen intellect but for his frequent verbal blunders.

Today is…

Pi Approximation Day

An apple tart (an approximation of apple pie)
If you write your dates the, um, wrong way, then today is 22/7, which is approximately π. To celebrate, you may eat something that approximates pie.

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