You might not realize it, but in historical terms, this is a golden age for vegetables. As Rupp points out in her introduction to this delightful book, “for a substantial chunk of human history, people have turned their noses up at vegetables.” But that doesn’t mean that our ancestors did without them completely. In each chapter, Rupp (who holds a Ph.D. in biology) takes a different vegetable and explores its significance to human beings over the centuries. Did you know, for example, that in ancient China growers would suspend stones from each end of a cucumber to combat its natural curliness? Or that the high-protein bean may have helped pull Europe from the Dark Ages? Or that Abraham Lincoln spearheaded a short-lived campaign to boost the popularity of cabbage? A fascinating – if mildly eccentric – read.
Some people like to travel by train because it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of an airplane.
I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”
“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” —Everyone following you on Instagram
A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.
Comedian Greg Davies
Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.
Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.
My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me everything you know.”
“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” —Alcohol
@yoyoha (Josh Hara)
My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.
Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?
A: A mechanic.