Two separate historical accounts record that in 1566/1567 a Spanish presidio (Fort San Juan) was built in what would now be North Carolina. However, historians had been unable to locate any vestige of the moated structure. That is until archeologist Robin Beck targeted a large mound of dirt with a magnetometer. Bingo. The original fort had lasted only 18 months before it was leveled by Native Americans. Another irony is that the Spanish were seeking silver and were unknowingly a short distance from what would be the site of a significant gold strike in the 1800’s. Twelve-year-old Conrad Reed found a “shiny yellow rock” on his family’s North Carolina farm. That rock was later identified to be a 17-pound gold nugget and had gone unrecognized while it was used as a “purty door stop” for almost 11 years.
A myth suggests that most Americans in the 18th century believed the fruit of tomato plants was poisonous. Actually, many knew better and for decades had consumed tomatoes in various recipes. Even so, a few onlookers in the 1700’s were astonished when Thomas Jefferson publicly ate some solanum lycopersicum. That minority was collectively certain that the red and golden tomatoes were indeed deadly and that T.J. would not live another day.
German troops occupied and controlled Paris, France from June 14, 1940 until Aug. 25, 1944. The city’s re-taking by French troops was one of the more significant results triggered by the famous D-Day Invasion (launched June 6, 1944).
In 1875, Thomas Adams added licorice flavoring to some sap from a sopadilla tree (a.k.a. chicle). He cut the chicle into flat “sticks,” covered them with thin paper and sold said product as Black Jack Chewing Gum. It is in pretty much its original shape, color and flavor and still marketed (The Cadbury Co.).
Avoid motions with open palms and fingers spread when in Chile. This gesture is interpreted as calling someone stupid and is considered to be a serious insult. Well, please position personal palms politely – and have a great week.
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