Onions: Awesome Things & Some History

Get past the tears and sniff it in

According to our egghead pals over at Wikipedia, the onion has a long and glorious past. For instance, get this:

•Ancient Egyptians used to worship onions. That’s right — they believed their spherical shape and concentric rings symbolized eternal life. They also used to bury their dead with onions, figuring that the strong smell would eventually bring them back to life.

• In Ancient Greece, the athletes used to munch on onions because they thought it would lighten the weight of their blood. Remember: this was before Atkins.

• Roman gladiators were rubbed down with onions to firm up their muscles. Probably also helped them slip out of tough bear hugs and sleeper-holds, too.

• Okay, last one: in the Middle Ages, onions were more valuable than a new jousting sword or a decent moat subcontractor. People paid rent with them and gave them as presents. Doctors even prescribed them to move bowels, stifle coughs, lift erections, and kill headaches. Seriously, imagine a big bag of onions wedged between the eye drops and skin cream at the drug store. That’s what it was like back then.

Anyway, given that illustrious past of the almighty onion, I sort of feel like they don’t get enough credit these days. We don’t worship them like we used to, but maybe we should. After all, they’re still cheap, healthy, and easy to store. And they really do have a lot of healthy properties. Plus, and here’s the best part, they smell delicious when they’re frying in a sizzling glob of butter.

Yes, when you walk into a house and smell those onions frying, it’s a beautiful moment. Partly because they smell delicious, partly because it means someone’s cooking dinner, and partly because now you have to solve the mystery of what’s cooking. It could be anything, really: perogies, sausages, curry, maybe a stir fry? The point is that the house smells great and you can’t help but start salivating.

So next time you’re frying up a pan full of onions and sniffing up that delicious aroma, just remember to stop for a second and think about its proud and noble heritage. Because they’ve come a long way to be part of your dinner tonight. And they’re happy to be here.



Fast Food in the U.S. is on the Rise (20 Pics)

20. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen: 2016 U.S. sales: $3.1 billion Fast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise

19. Jack in the Box: 2016 U.S. sales: $3.5 billionFast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise

18. Little Caesars: 2016 U.S. sales: $3.5 billion

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17. Arby’s: 2016 U.S. sales: $3.6 billion

Fast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise

16. Dairy Queen: 2016 U.S. sales: $3.6 billion

Fast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise


15. Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s: 2016 U.S. sales: $3.8 billion

Fast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise


14. Chipotle: 2016 U.S. sales: $3.9 billion

Fast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise

13. KFC: 2016 U.S. sales: $4.5 billionFast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise

12. Sonic: 2016 U.S. sales: $4.5 billion

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11. Panera Bread: 2016 U.S. sales: $5.2 billionFast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise

10. Domino’s: 2016 U.S. sales: $5.3 billionFast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise

9. Pizza Hut: 2016 U.S. sales: $5.8 billionFast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise


8. Chick-fil-A: 2016 U.S. sales: $8 billionFast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise


7. Dunkin’ Donuts: 2016 U.S. sales: $8.2 billionFast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise

6. Taco Bell: 2016 U.S. sales: $9.4 billionFast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise

5. Burger King: 2016 U.S. sales: $9.7 billionFast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise

4. Wendy’s: 2016 U.S. sales: $9.9 billionFast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise

3. Subway: 2016 U.S. sales: $11.3 billion

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2. Starbucks: 2016 U.S. sales: $14.8 billionFast Food In The U.S. Is on The Rise

1. McDonald’s: 2016 U.S. sales: $36.4 billion

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Here’s How Much Sugar is Actually in Your Juice Pic

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Here’s How Much Sugar Is Actually In Your Juice

You might not think a tall glass of fruit juice is loaded with sugar, but it really is. Considering that some fruit juices can have as much (or more) sugar per serving as most brands of soda, opting for  juice instead of soft drinks may not be doing yourself as much of a favor as you think. So before you pour another glass, check out how much sugar is actually in your juice.

American Cantaloupes Aren’t Real Cantaloupes

If you’ve ever bitten into the sweet, pastel orange flesh of a melon with a gray webbed rind and thought to yourself, “Yum, cantaloupe,” you were wrong. Not about the deliciousness, but about the name of the fruit. A “real” cantaloupe, or at least the original bearer of the name, is a European cantaloupe. What Americans think of as cantaloupe is a different fruit.

7 Perfect Foods to Eat as a Midnight Snack

Sometimes, despite having eaten a big dinner, you’re still hungry when you’re about to go to bed. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us.

We bet that you’ve heard the rumor that eating late could cause you to gain weight, but as it turns out, this might not actually be true.

The good news is that it’s usually more about what you are eating and how much, rather than what time you’re eating.

If you’re consuming the right foods and giving yourself a buffer before you hop into bed, eating late at night isn’t going to make a huge difference.

Below you’ll find seven foods that are perfect to eat as a late-night snack.

 1. Whole Grains

altThe serotonin present in whole grains will help the body to relax, while the fiber will keep you full right up until your next meal.

You should opt for a slice or two of whole-grain bread (with sliced fruit and natural peanut butter), or whole grain cereal with milk.

2. Bananas

altOn toast with peanut butter (the protein will help keep you full), or on their own, bananas are a fantastic snack if you get hungry at night.

Furthermore, bananas are also a great source of potassium and magnesium, which are muscle relaxants will help you fall asleep.

3. Cottage Cheese


This cheese contains casein, a slow releasing protein that gradually releases Amino acids while you sleep and helps repair muscles.

4. Turkey

altTurkey contains tryptophan, an amino acid that makes you tired, which explains why you always want to take a nap straight after a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

Eat a couple of slices of turkey on some rice crackers for a great way to ease your hunger before bedtime.

5. Cheese

If you prefer a vegetarian option, then cheese also contains tryptophan.
So, if you feel like you need a little help at night to fall asleep, grab yourself a Babybel or a serving of string cheese.

6. An Apple and Peanut Butter


altApart from being extremely delicious, the fiber and protein present in this snack will fill you up without leaving you feeling too full.

7. Cherries

altIf you have a sweet-tooth, then cherries are the perfect choice for you. 

They contain melatonin, which will help to regulate your sleeping patterns.
Furthermore, they’re also a very good source of antioxidants and can help repair any 
damage to your body that has been caused by free radicals.  

Did You Know This About Food?

Cashews grow on trees.

Brussels sprouts grow in long stalks.

Did you know that in the 1830’s, ketchup was sold as a medicine? That’s right … the delicious condiment that we all know and love was once believed to cure a variety of ailments! But why don’t we use ketchup for its medicinal uses today?? …because it was a scam. In an effort to boost sales, one enterprising manufacturer bottled ketchup as “Dr. Miles’ Compound Extract of Tomato”, claiming that it had the capability to cure anything from baldness to athlete’s foot, and all points in between. In a counter-attack, the H.J. Heinz Company rooted out scientific studies which claimed that tomatoes had antioxidants which were beneficial in preventing cancers. While this is true, the carotenoid known as lycopene, which actually is present in ketchup, occurs in such small quantities that it does not provide any significant medical benefits to the consumer.

Carrots were originally purple.

McDonalds sells 75 hamburgers every second of every day.

Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing.

Ripe cranberries will bounce like rubber balls.

An average ear of corn has an even number of rows, usually 16.

Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.

Honey never spoils. You can eat 32,000-year-old honey.

Peanuts are not nuts. They grow in the ground like this, so they are legumes.

Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.

The probability of you drinking a glass of water that contains a molecule of water that also passed through a dinosaur is almost 100%.

Honey is made from nectar and bee vomit.

Quinoa is seeds.

Kiwis grow on vines.

Ginger is the root of a plant.

 Cinnamon is just the inner part of a tree.

Artichokes are flowers that are eaten as buds. This is what they look like when flowered:

Spam is short for spiced ham.

The ever-popular hot weather treat known as the Popsicle™ was invented by Frank Epperson when he was just eleven years old. Born in 1894, Epperson was raised in San Francisco. One winter night in 1905, he mixed a soft drink made with soda water powder and water – a popular concoction at the time. He left a stirring stick in it and mistakenly left it on the porch overnight.

Epperson found the fruit-flavored substance frozen to the stick when he awoke the next morning, as temperatures had dropped to record lows during the night. Though he is said to have tasted it and shown it to his friends, he did little else with his accidental “invention” for a number of years.

More than 18 years later, in 1923, Epperson decided to apply for a patent on his “frozen ice on a stick.” He decided to call the novelty the “Eppsicle” ice pop. He also began producing the treat in several different flavors. By then, he was a father, and his children had begun referring to the Eppsicle as the Popsicle. Later he officially changed the name. That name has stuck for nearly a century.

In 1925, Epperson sold his rights to the Popsicle to the Joe Lowe Company in New York. The Popsicle gained popularity very quickly – first made with birch wood sticks and selling for just a nickel. Later, the twin Popsicle became available. This model had two sticks so that children could share the treat.

Peas are one of the most popular pizza topping in Brazil.

There are over 7,500 varieties of apples throughout the world, and it would take you 20 years to try them all if you had one each day.