Ben & Jerry's Invented Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

It was suggested by a customer in 1984, and Ben & Jerry's liked it. But the flavor was only offered in one store in Burlington, Vermont. Meanwhile, they experimented with the flavor, trying to get the familiar cookie dough taste and texture, even when frozen. Once they were satisfied, chocolate chip cookie dough pints started appearing in grocery stores across America. And the rest is history!

What Was The Maratha Empire?

Sandwiched between the decline of one great empire, and the rise of another, the Maratha Empire lasted just under 150 years. Here’s the story of those 150 years.

A New Sphinx Discovered In Flooded Ancient Temple

When draining the flooded temple of Kom Ombo, near the southern Egyptian city of Aswan, archaeologists were surprised (and delighted) to find a previously-unknown sphinx statue. Hewn from the surrounding rock, it sits 28 cm (11 in) wide and 38 cm (14 in) tall. Small but mighty! It probably dates back to the Greco-Macedonian Ptolemaic dynasty, which ruled Egypt from 305 BCE to 30 BCE, because two reliefs of King Ptolemy V, similarly carved from sandstone, were also recently found at the temple.

Where Oghuz Lives

Oghuz is a sub-branch of the Turkish language family. Approximately 110 million people speak an Oghuz language, and they are broadly able to understand each other. The fun thing about looking at Oghuz languages' distribution: it maps out, very clearly, the historical migration of Turks from Central Asia to the Anatolian peninsula.

What Is This?

It is a Japanese incense burner! Dating to the 1800s, the bug is made of iron and gold, with a silver-lined inside.

The World Looks On And Says It Is Well

Born a slave in Mississippi in 1862, just a few months before the Emancipation Proclamation and a few years before the end of slavery in her state, Ida B. Wells ended her life a prominent activist for women's rights and against lynching. She first worked as a teacher, in Mississippi and then in Memphis, Tennessee where the pay was higher. While in Memphis, Wells began writing for newspapers around issues of civil rights and segregation.

In 1892, in a mixed-race Memphis neighborhood, a grocery store was set up by three free black businessmen: Tom Moss, Calvin McDowell and Will Stewart. Their stores was somewhat successful and it drew customers away from a white-owned grocery store nearby. The white store owner and his supporters clashed with the three men on a few occasions, to the point that they guarded their store each night. One such night the violence escalated, and thirty black men were arrested in the ensuing confusion. Moss, McDowell, and Stewart were never given a chance to defend themselves in court. A mob dragged them from the jail and shot them in the street.

This event helped inspire Ida B. Wells to fight against lynching, a campaign which she championed for the rest of her life. It was not a welcome message in Tennessee. Wells received many death threats, and she had to move from Memphis to Chicago in 1893 for her own safety.

The title of this post is the last line of an anti-lynching article, written by Wells in 1900 in Chicago, entitled "Lynch Law in America."

Why Is Nepal's Flag Not Like Other Flags?

The flag of Nepal is in the shape of two pennants, one sewn on top of the other. They symbolize the Rana dynasty's two branches, which ruled the country from 1846 to 1951. In the 1800s, the two red pennants were joined to represent the nation of Nepal, and in 1962 the conjoined form was officially adopted by Nepal's constitutional government. To the Nepalese today, the flag symbolizes the country's two religions -- Hinduism and Buddhism -- living side by side.

Pennants like Nepal's flag used to be common for regional flags in Asia. But the rectangular flag, common in European countries, eventually took hold around the world, replacing regional symbols of allegiance.

What Is A Hobgoblin?

It means "an object that inspires superstitious dread or apprehension." Shakespeare's Puck, from his play A Midsummer Night's Dream, is described as a hobgoblin. "Puck" itself is associated with the mischevious and supernatural. The Welsh have the pwca, the Irish the púca, both potentially harmful or helpful depending on their whim. Early Anglo-Saxons named many places in southern England "puc" -- like Pucehole, Pucanwylle, and Pokshudde -- if they suspected it could be home to evil spirits.

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    By Lillian Audette

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