The Day America Was Attacked

Nope…….. has little do with Pearl Harbor and December of 1941.

Today, Saturday the 21 July, we will celebrate the attack on the US Mainland……as the Gap Band sang…..”Drop A Bomb On Me”……

I know the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and that is the only time America was attacked……well that is a falsehood in all its glory……but then falsehoods are all the rage these days.

The attack occurred on 21 July….100 years ago today…..the Germans attacked the mainland US……..(Do I have your attention now?)

Over 3,000 miles from the trenches and battlefields of the Western Front, where many hundreds of thousands had already died, residents of Orleans, Mass., were enjoying a typical summer morning on July 21, 1918, waiting for the fog to lift off the shore. Then suddenly, a German U-156 submarine broke the surface and brought World War I home. Orleans became the only part of the United States to be shelled by the enemy. For a brief moment, “over there” had become “over here,” the AP reports. Just after 10:30am, the heavy thump of something hitting land signaled the first attack on American soil in 100 years. Nobody was killed and the shells fired at the town landed in a marsh, but a tugboat was badly damaged and three of the four barges it was towing sank.

“I don’t know if it was the first shot or the sound of my feet hitting the floor,” the late Ruben Hopkins, then a 22-year-old guard at Orleans’ lifesaving station No. 40, recalled in a recording. “I was out of my bunk up there in seconds flat.” The submarine escaped as American bombers and flying boats attacked. To this day, it remains a mystery why such an advanced submarine would attack a target that had no real value. While instilling fear in the American public by attacking shipping was a tactic, going so close to shore seemed an undue risk. One theory is that the sub had hoped to cut the underwater communications cable that ran from Orleans to France. A commemoration is planned for Saturday afternoon on Nauset Beach to mark the 100th anniversary.

And now you know more than the average American about the history of their country.

Have a good day….be well, be safe….chuq

Saturday 21Jul18–Food Issues

Let me begin my weekend with some food stories that would fit nicely in my old food blog “The Food Nazi”……

First some archeology and food…..

At least 4,000 years before the advent of farming, humans were baking bread. Two dozen charred crumbs found in hearths at an ancient hunter-gatherer site in northeastern Jordan have been identified as the world’s oldest samples of bread—specifically, a 14,400-year-old flatbread made from wild cereals. That predates the next oldest sample found in Turkey by 5,000 years. Making bread from scratch—including grinding cereals—is labor intensive, note the researchers. “That it was produced before farming methods suggests it was seen as special, and the desire to make more of this special food probably contributed to the decision to begin to cultivate cereals,” says Dorian Fuller, one of a team of researchers who discovered the crumbs at the Natufian site of Shubayqa 1 in the Black Desert between 2012 and 2015, reports the Guardian.

Described Monday in PNAS, the bread was likely made from wild wheat and barley flour, with ground tubers of a plant called club-rush adding a bitter, nutty flavor, reports the BBC. Combined with water, the mixture is believed to have been baked in ashes or on a hot stone and consumed as part of a feast of gazelle, water birds, and hare, remains of which were also found. Tasting a bit like modern multigrain bread, the flatbread might have even formed part of a meat sandwich. Noting “food remains have long been ignored in archaeology,” researcher Amaia Arranz-Otaegui believes similar “bread-like cereal products” perhaps existed 25,000 years ago. Given this “exceptional find,” she now hopes to explore how the Natufians’ bread production influenced the later agricultural revolution

That was fascinating… let’s move into the present and possibility a look into the future of food…….

A Dutch company that presented the world’s first lab-grown beef burger five years ago said it has received funding to pursue its plans to make and sell artificially grown meat to restaurants in 2021.

Maastricht-based Mosa Meat, which has in the past received more than $1m from Google co-founder Sergey Brin, said it hopes to sell its first products – most likely ground beef for burgers – in the next three years.

The aim is to achieve industrial-scale production two to three years later, with a typical hamburger patty costing about $1.

Another interesting story……my burger is grown?  Now that may turn me vegan….but I like my beef medium to medium rare……LOL

Have a good day….chuq