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Romancing the Joe, How Coffee Got It’s Nickname

It’s a lazy summer day and your on a tropical beach with the man of your dreams. “I love you,” he says as a warm breeze sweeps down from the sand dunes and tumbles through his sun bleached hair. “Marry me.” You start to say yes, but your voice comes out sounding like a fog horn. Lover-boy pops like a pin-pricked balloon, the sand dunes turn into…

How the English Fell in Love with Tea

The recent Fourth of July celebrations have me thinking about tea. It had a part, after all, in getting this whole independence thing started. What is it that makes tea oh-so-British? In the Beginning, God Made Tea Well, as British as it seems, tea wasn’t born in England, and it didn’t even appear there until the mid-17th century. Its origins are in ┬áChina, and for a large chunk…

The crazy connection between Spam and . . . Hobbits?

Surprise! SPAM is celebrating its birthday today! On May 11th, 1937, Hormel officially registered the trademark. And Guess what, JRR Tolkien published the Hobbit in September of that same year. ┬áThat means both are celebrating their 80th birthday! If only Tolkien had the foresight, he could have come up with something like this: “They distributed the packages as fairly as they could, though Bilbo thought his lot was wearisomely heavy, and did not at…