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Ketchup, Fish & Chips – The history of the foods you love

Ketchup, Fish & Chips - The history of the foods you love | eklectica.in
Dan Jurafsky, a Stanford linguist and author of the fascinating new book – The Language of Food, says:
“What we think of as our culture’s foods — ketchup, or fish and chips — usually developed over long periods of time across many cultures.”
The word ketchup came from Chinese. It’s a mixture of the word “tchup,” which means “sauce” in certain Chinese dialects, and “ke,” which refers to preserved fish. And there’s a reason for that. Ketchup was originally a fish sauce.

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Why Do We Sign For Things?

Why Do We Sign For Things? | eklectica.in
Signing is a very old ritual, according to Rabbi Pinchas Allouche. He’s a scholar of the Talmud, a collection of Jewish texts that’s over 1,000 years old.

The Talmud not only mentions signatures; it has rules for them.

In ancient times, a signature was required for all kinds of economic transactions. If you wanted to buy a goat, you had to sign a document. And just like with credit cards today, sometimes you had to sign even for smaller purchases.

Nostalgia for an old-fashioned milk bottle

Nostalgia for an old-fashioned milk bottle | eklectica.in
The announcement that Dairy Crest’s last glass milk bottle plant is to close has prompted a flood of nostalgia for a former staple of the British street.

The era of the glass milk bottle has left a legacy. Not least memories of the way milk used to be advertised.

But the nostalgia relates as much to the diminished presence of the milkman as the bottles themselves. Their ever-presence in British lives made them ripe for pop culture parody – mainly the faintly ludicrous idea of them having adulterous relationships with lonely women.

How Does Food Influence Our Dreams?

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In his book Your Brain on Food, Dr. Gary Wenk, a professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at the Ohio State University and Medical Center, discusses how a person’s diet influences brain functioning.

Google “food and dreams,” and the results will convince you that everything from cheese to chicken tikka masala is a catalyst for memorable dreaming.

Although there appears to be no real formulaic, empirical connection between our day-to-day intake of food and its impact on our dreams, there is a link: One that’s deeply personal, encompassing not only our history with certain foods, but also our genetic makeup.

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Who Made That Cocktail Shaker?

Who Made That Cocktail Shaker? | eklectica.in
At one time, drinks were either stirred with long-handled spoons or tossed back and forth between two glass tumblers, which made for excellent showmanship but not great mixing (not to mention the mess). Eventually, says David Wondrich, a cocktail historian whose books include “Imbibe!” and “Punch,” someone “came up with the bright idea of sticking a tin cup on top of a glass and shaking with ice, which forms a seal. By the 1850s, they were making custom shakers entirely out of metal — sterling, alloy, brass and silver-plated.”