Fun Facts About Rice

July 22nd, 2014

Rice is a staple of human nutrition, it is one of the most consumed foods in the world. Just by numbers it is probably the highest because of the strong rice culture in highly populated countries such as China and India. Both those countries are also the main producers of rice thus it being so cheap and popular there. Rice is also one of the most ancient parts of human diet, historians suggest it being more than 5000 years old with first use being located in China. In China, the word for rice is the same word for food that’s how ingrained it is in their food culture. Why is rice so popular? It might have something to do with the variety of rice producible. Nearly all the countries that produce rice have their own variety, there is the Chinese black rice, Thai rice, Basmati rice from India and many more from a whole list of other countries.  Not only rice is so variable but it can be eaten along with anything, from veggies to meat to grains. In most Asian countries rice is the most eaten food, in Burma the average person will consume over 230 kg of rice per year. Because of rice’s popularity in densely populated countries it is the main food source for more than half of the earth’s population. Rice not only feeds people but it gives them work, for example in Thailand rice creates more than 50% of the labor workforce. Despite rice not being as popular in the West as in the East, it is growing in demand around the world because of it’s relatively cheap price and fulling appetite. Rice’s cultivation is fairly simple, it is harvested once a year and requires lots of rainfall. Rice seeds require lots of water to grow, rice growth requires lots of labor and water. Despite its labor intensive requirements rice is the second most produced food after corn(maize). Those were some fun facts about rice.

Fun Facts About Salt

January 2nd, 2014

If there was one thing that has changed the lives of humans most drastically, it might aswell be salt. The oldest usage of salt might be impossible to indicate but the first mass production and trade start around 650 bc. Since then salt has been used in everything, for food, for chemistry, for medicine, for gardening and much more. First thing to know is that there are two sort of salts, rock salt and sea salt. Rock salt has been a massive center point of history, where some of the biggest cities in antiquities were ones with salt mines around. In england, before the massive use of salt Liverpool was a small port town but with the discovery of a salt mine it went on and became one of the busiest ports in the northern west. So thats a brief summary of salt and how valuable it was. Here [...] Continue Reading…

Fun Facts About Ancient Fashion

December 24th, 2013

This isn’t about fashion of the current day but of a time long ago. Fashion has a tendency of changing very quickly, comparing fashion from 5 years ago is even absurd now imagine comparing fashion from centuries ago. It’s not something people think of when they are studying history but fashion has always been there and has had some quite interesting trends. Here are a few fun facts about ancient fashion.

One of the first pieces of clothing humans wore was footwear. Footwear was common among humans even long before they ever wore anything on their upper body. Footwear in the middle ages back a staple but not always for the right reasons. Footwear was used to protect the feet but also to show social status. As there were many different kinds of footwear, the most common was something less like footwear but more like current day socks. Also in [...] Continue Reading…