Mullet Over #501

In 1862 an American astronomer named Alvan Clark noticed a small dim light near the famous Dog Star (Sirius). The newly discovered star was dubbed Sirius B, but a few of the word-witty amongst those hilarious astronomers soon began to refer to the little star as “Pup.” 

Others of the clique (who wished to flaunt their educational backgrounds) designated the star as Canicula (which is Latin for “little dog”). I find the situation Sirius and shall not make light of the subject.

I had heard rumors that some vessels of wine sell for more than the $20 limit that I once splurged. Research seems to confirm the gossip. A bottle of 1787 Chateau d’Yquem was on the market for $60,000 and a bottle (I supposed the containers to be bottles and not those handy paper cartons) of 1811 Chateau d’Yquem recently sold for $117,000.

Many horticulturists believe that the apricot originated in Armenia. In fact, an alternative name for the apricot is “Armenian apple.” There are at least 50 varieties of apricot and all are said to contain high levels of beta-carotene and vitamin C. Even timber from the tree is prized. It is used to make the musical instrument, the duduk (often called “apricot pipe”). I did not make this up.

Billions of people eat mushrooms. The most popular is the white (or “button”) mushroom. There are thousands of known mushroom species, but only 60 of the varieties are commercially cultivated as food. However, approximately 2,000 varieties are being scientifically analyzed as potential sources of special medicines that may be effective in battling cancers, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, high cholesterol, etc.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to appear on television. The event was in 1939 and FDR was telecasting from the World’s Fair in Chicago.

Many of the highly trained engineers and scientists who were previously employed as assemblers of nuclear weapons became unemployed for much of the last decade. However, there has now emerged a thriving industry involved with disassembling nuclear weapons. It is a dangerous business where boo-boos can render severe consequences. Experienced disassemblers are much in demand and are reportedly paid handsomely.

Researchers and environmentalists often stress that precious water resources have been inefficiently utilized. As an example, the experts cite that in 2010, an average of 100 gallons of water were consumed in order to produce one pint of apple juice. Well, I suggest that you purchase Chateau d’Yquem for special occasions only – and that you have a most pleasant week.