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V.24 No.33 | 8/13/2015

news

The Daily Word in cheese abuse, the resurrection of hitchBOT and the distortion of time

The Daily Word

Shoppers suffered injuries and a Walmart sustained damage in Alabama during a major storm and possible tornado.

The color chartreuse is actually named after the liqueur, made by Carthusian Monks since the mid 1700s. They named the liqueur after their monastery located in the Chartreuse Mountains.

This is what Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson looked like in High School.

John McAfee of antivirus software fame was arrested and charged with a DUI in Tennessee. He was armed and super high. Check out his mug shot!

Russia is committing violet crimes against cheese.

North Korea is creating its own time zone, proving that time is, indeed, non linear.

See where algebra was invented.

Been meaning to do some shopping? Take advantage of a tax-free weekend throughout the state, beginning today!

The robot that successfully hitchhiked across Europe and Canada is being rebuilt after it was "murdered" in Philly.

Oliver Hardy of the comedy duo Laurel & Hardy died on this date back in 1957.

V.23 No.51 | 12/18/2014

news

The Daily Word in Seth Rogen, angry Dutchmen, killer Zambonis, Walt Disney, and rectal feeding.

The Daily Word

Police ended a hostage crisis at a chocolate shop in Sydney, Australia.

In other Australian news, a shark killed a teenager.

Americans believe torture prevents acts of terrorism.

Speaking of torture, Karl Rove wants to feed your rectum.

An APD Officer accidentally shot a civilian on Sunday morning.

Seth Rogen is North Korea's biggest enemy.

The US is the most uncaring nation in the industrial world, and it's all Ayn Rand's fault.

Mother Nature screwed up the day for air travelers in San Francisco.

The liquid in E-ciagerettes is poisonous enough to kill a child.

The Dutch are not happy about Google's privacy violations through data collection.

In Wisconsin, a Zamboni is trying to kill people. A Plymouth Fury named Christine once tried to kill people.

Walt Disney died on this day back in 1966. He was 65. Here are some inspirational Disney quotes to get you through life or at least through the day.

V.19 No.16 | 4/22/2010
Not exactly the mushroom I was after.
Maren Tarro

Food

Today's Wild Finds: Suburban Foraging

The woods behind my apartment in Baltimore are full of goodies. It's still a little early, but I am finding tasty bites here and there. Cattail shoots are making a strong showing. Stripped of their leaves, the centers are a perfect replacement for genetically modified, pesticide-laden, supermarket cucumbers. And they're free, easy to find, a breeze to identify and grow in abundance. I'm waiting for them to be a bit taller before I harvest.

Wood violets are also in bloom; the flowers and young leaves make a great addition to salads. The flowers can also be used to flavor sorbets and beverages, and as decorations for cakes and pastries.

Mayapples are sprouting up all over the place, a good indication that morels are on their way. The leaves, stem and root are poisonous, but the fruits can be eaten in small quantities.

I think I may have found spicebush. The berries can be used in the same manner as allspice. I'm holding off on a definite identification until the berries ripen in a few months. Other possible finds include wild carrot, chicory and poison ivy. Not so excited about that last one.

My greatest find was fiddleheads. The young shoots of the ostrich fern are pure vegetative delight. It'll be a few days before they're tall enough to pick, but just locating them was a bit of an accomplishment. The fiddleheads, mayapples and certain trees I've identified suggest those elusive morels are soon to be mine (if the mushroom gods find me worthy and deserving).