Cooking, Food, Gardening, Nature

Learning Friday: This Is Where Vanilla Comes From

True vanilla flavor comes from the cured seed pod (bean) of the vanilla orchid. The properly prepared pod contains vanillin and 100s of other flavor compounds. Vanilla orchids are the only orchids that produce an edible seed. The primary producers of vanilla beans are tropical areas: Mexico, Madagascar, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea.

VANILLA PODS IN PLANT

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DRYING VANILLA PODS

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LIQUID VANILLA

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VANILLA STICKS

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Covid-19, Education, Health, Information

Learning Friday: Long Covid 19 Symptoms Of Long-Hauler Patients

All these symptoms can reduce the quality of life of the patient:

Long Covid is a range of symptoms that continue for weeks or months beyond the initial illness. It can happen to any Covid-19 patient, including those who were not hospitalized. Some patients develop medical complications that may have lasting health effects.

Nature, Travel

Volcano Eruptions Chile 2021 Year Update!

Overall, 43 volcanoes were in continuing eruption status as of 24 June 2021.

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When Calbuto erupted in 2015, it prompted the evacuation of roughly 4,000 citizens from nearby cities and villages in Chile.

The incredible shot of the rare phenomenon, captured above Calbuco volcano in southern Chile, won first prize in ‘The Perfect Moment’ photo competition.

The volcano overlooks the cities of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas, which have a combined population of roughly 250,000 people. It had last erupted in 1972, so authorities were somewhat surprised by the outburst. Calbuco is a stratovolcano (also known as a composite volcano), and these are best known for having explosive eruptions.

Agnosticism, Atheism, Free Thinking, Nonreligious

Saturday Night For The Freethinker: Imagine No Religion World Would Be A Better Place

When I thought I’ve seen it all!

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FREEDOM FROM RELIGION

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…It’s easy if you try…

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Now our freethought of the day:

Education, inspiration, Science

Learning Wednesday: Interesting Facts About The Human Body You Need To Know Part

  1. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea of the eye. It receives oxygen directly from the air.
  2. The human brain has a memory capacity equivalent to more than four terabytes on a hard drive.
  3. A newborn child can breathe and swallow at the same time for up to seven months.
  4. Your skull is made up of 29 different bones.
  5. Nerve impulses sent from the brain move at a speed of 274 km/h.
  6. A single human brain generates more electrical impulses in a day than all the telephones of the world combined.
  7. The average human body contains enough sulfur to kill all the fleas on the average dog, enough carbon to make 900 pencils, enough potassium to fire a toy cannon, enough fat to make seven bars of soap, and enough water to fill a 50-liter barrel.
  8. The human heart pumps 182 million liters of blood during the average lifetime.
  9. 50,000 cells in your body died and were replaced by new ones while you were reading this sentence.
  10. The human embryo acquires fingerprints within three months of conception.
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eating, Food, Gardening

Tropical Tuesday: I Am Growing The Fruit Summer Zucchini Squash In My Yard

Yes, you read well, fruit. Did you know that zucchini and squash are actually fruits and not vegetables?

THIS BEAUTY IS IN MY GARDEN

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Since squash contains seeds and develops from the flower-producing part of a plant, it is botanically a fruit. Squash isn’t the only plant that gets confused for a vegetable. Other fruits frequently called veggies include tomatoes, eggplants, avocados, and cucumbers.