In another fascinating article, the writers at Atlas Obscura talk about the Ice Slides of Russia. They describe that during the 15th and 16th-century Russians at the time would build these massive wooden structures 70 to 80 feet tall that spanned hundreds of feet long called flying mountains.
The structures were covered with water daily, and once frozen people would settle into a sled (nothing more than a hollowed block of ice stuffed with a bit of straw) and sled down a 50-degree slope.
It’s safe to say that this was not safest of activities, but it was a great way for daredevils and adrenaline junkies to get a rush at the time. It’s also noted that at one time Catherine the Great slid down herself. Read more about the Ice Slides here.
Today many people associate Hamburgers as a quintessential identifier of American cuisine. While there is no question that America is responsible for its popularity during the mid 20th century, its organs can actually be traced back to the Roman Empire.
Known as an Isicia Omentata, a Roman dish that contained ground meat pine nuts, pepper, and flavored with wine and garum. A great write up about the history of the burger can be found in this Food & Wine Article.
So the next time you bite down on that juicy, tender, burger just remember that it has a very long and fascinating history behind it.
The Penn Museum published an article about the discovery of a type of alcoholic beverage that dates back to the early Neolithic period (7000–6600 BC). Recovered from early pottery from Jiahu, a village in the Yellow River Valley, remarkably preserved as liquids inside sealed vessels of the Shang and Western Zhou Dynasties.
The contents of the vessel was a mixed fermented beverage of rice, honey, and fruit well over 9,000 years old. While we would not recommend people drink the contents of the jar, the beverage was recreated by Dogfish Head Brewery and served at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, 19 May 2005.
Yes the device that allows for us to enjoy delicious, buttery, flaky, checker-patterned breakfast meals is well over a century and a half old! While technically waffle irons have been around since the time of the early greeks the modern version that many of us use today was invited by Cornelius Swartwout in 1969. It is why August 24th is known as National Waffle day, so as you enjoy that delicious breakfast meal be sure to check out this great write up in Smithsonian Magazine about the history of the Waffle Iron.
The interesting people at Atlas Obscura, published a fascinating article about a very old type of jug used by Spaniards to cool water. Known as a Botijo, it dates back between 1,700 and 1,500 BC and its unique design can decrease water temperature down to 50ºF in just an hour during a hot summer day.