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Today in History: Cooking Pioneer Fannie Farmer Opened Her School
first school to focus on healthy eating and serious measurements of ingredients
On August 23, 1902 — 113 years ago today — pioneering cookbook author Fannie Farmer opened the “Miss Farmer’s School of Cookery” in Boston, MA (in Huntington Chambers, 30 Huntington Avenue, Boston, adjacent to the Boston Public Library — now the site of Westin Copley Hotel). Fannie was a graduate of Boston’s first cooking school, “The Boston Cooking School,” which was founded in 1879 by the “Woman’s Educational Association of Boston” in order “to offer instruction in cooking to those who wished to earn their livelihoods as cooks, or who would make practical use of such information in their families.” At the Boston Cooking School, Fannie studied under Mary J. Lincoln, who researched and wrote Mrs. Lincoln’s Boston Cook Book: What to Do and What Not to Do in Cooking, a textbook used primarily for her students (so they would not have to copy recipes). 

Fannie graduated in 1889 from The Boston Cooking School. Because Fannie was one of the school’s top students, Fannie became assistant director of the school, and then director of the school in 1894. Fannie revised and expanded Mrs. Lincoln’s cookbook, and Fannie built on Mrs. Lincoln’s detailed and methodical approach to recipe writing, including careful measurements for each ingredient. During her time at The Boston Cooking School, Fannie began to understand the association between eating certain foods and good health. Fannie took a nutrition course at Harvard Medical School to learn as much as she could about healthy eating. Fannie’s version of the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book in 1896 became the best-selling cookbook of the era. After 8 years as director, Fannie resigned from the school in 1902 to open her own cooking school on this day in 1902. Fannie’s School lasted until 1944.

YouTube videos:
•Fannie’s Last Supper (length 04:16).

Web sources:

Book sources:
The Original Fannie Farmer 1896 Cookbook: The Boston Cooking School by Fannie Farmer.
Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Farmer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements (fiction based on certain facts) by Deborah Hopkinson.

Image credits:
•Fanny Farmer and young student.
•The Original Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, 1896, by Fannie Merritt Farmer.
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Did you know that strawberries provide iron? Eating fresh strawberries is a great way to ramp up your daily iron intake. Not only are strawberries a viable source of iron (a pint constitutes roughly 9% of the daily recommended value), but the high vitamin C content helps your body absorb more of the iron it needs. Strawberries make an excellent side to any breakfast dish, they're great in an afternoon smoothie, and you can also serve them as a sweet after-dinner treat. #infographic   #ironsupplement  
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“When I wanted to call the album '1989', people on the team questioned that. Every single element of this album has been called into question, and I’ve had to say “No, this is how we’re doing it.” And the fact that we came out and did the kind of numbers we did in the first week—you have no idea how relieved I was, because it was all on me if this didn’t work. It was a little hard to sleep the night of the album release.”
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Understanding the difference between Google and Microsoft by looking at their cafeterias.

+FOODBEAST breaks down the cultures of Microsoft and Google by looking at the food they serve employees.

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Microsoft culturally sees food through the lens of Star Wars: a capitalist empire with many free-market options that you vote for with your wallet. They pay you enough to think with your money.

Google culturally sees food through the lens of Star Trek: a socialist empire in search of truth, where the basics of life are made free for you to focus on the complicated.

#Google   #Microsoft  
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I could not imagine flying around the world by myself.
Today in History: Circumnavigations and Venus
On July 22, 1933 — 82 years ago today — U.S. aviator Wiley Post returned to Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York to complete the first solo around the world flight in 7 days, 18 hours, and 49 minutes. Post completed his circumnavigation in a purple-and-white Lockheed 5C Vega, which he named the “Winnie Mae.” Two technological advances allowed Post to attempt the solo circumnavigation: (1) an autopilot and (2) an experimental radio compass. As Post prepared to land at the field from which he began his record-setting trip, 50,000 spectators crowded onto the landing field as 1,000s more lined the highway leading to the airfield. 

In 1931, Post and navigator Harold Gatty made a 14-stop around-the-world trip in a little over 8 days — a flight which cut 12 days off the previous circumnavigation record set by the “Graf Zeppelin” in 1929. One of the first people to congratulate Post for his solo flight was Harold Gatty! Post’s record stood until 1973 when William P. Odom circled the globe in 3 days,1 hour, 5 minutes.

On July 22, 1962 — 53 years ago today — NASA launched the first spacecraft ever directed to Venus, Mariner 1. The launch went perfectly, but just before the spacecraft was set to separate from its rocket, the rocket fishtailed and went off course from its necessary trajectory for getting into space. The safety officer had no choice but to issue a “destruct command.” Later, it was determined that a single misplaced symbol of code — a software error — caused the rocket’s malfunction.

On July 22, 1972 — 43 years ago today — Russia’s Venera 8 landed softly on the planet Venus.

On July 22, 1983 — 32 years ago today — Australian pilot Dick Smith completed the first solo helicopter flight around the world. 

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Book sources: (coming soon)

Image credits (not yet complete):
•1933, Wiley Post posing before his Lockheed 5C Vega, the plane in which he traveled around the world as the first solo pilot to accomplish the feat.
•1962, Mariner 1 launched July 22, 1962. 
•1962, Mariner 1 immediately after “destruct command” given, from frame of video by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.
•1972, Venera 8 landing capsule. NASA:
•1983, Dick Smith, helicopter world circumnavigation record-setter (photo, May 2013). By Eva Rinaldi from Sydney Australia (Cropped from Dick Smith) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
•1983, A Bell 206 Jetranger helicopter, similar to the one Dick Smith used to circumnavigate the world. By Mfield - Matthew Field, (Own work) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

#history #tech-history #solonavigators #Venus #circumnavigation #circumnavigators
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Minky studying Facebook v. Google+ active user stats
One of Minky’s favorite sites is the “Internet Live Stats” site that provides real-time counting for various types of Internet services, features, and social media sites. Here, Minky is focused on how Google+ is adding “active users” much, much faster than Facebook.

FB = 1,448,523,281
G+ = 1,321,296,753
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“My parents taught me never to judge others based on whom they love, what color their skin is, or their religion. Why make life miserable for someone when you can use your energy for good? We don’t need to share the same opinions as others, but we need to be respectful. When you hear people making hateful comments, stand up to them. Point out what a waste it is to hate, and you could open their eyes.”
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God has given me a new day. Hope He's done the same for you !!!!
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Nope, not in here. No, just no. Go away, human...
So tomorrow's #Caturday , though.

#GIF   #Cat  
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It's about time.
History on YouTube via AP
Isn’t this fantastic?
The Associated Press has teamed up with British Movietone to share more than a century's worth of newsreel footage with the denizens of the internet. The pair w...
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I could not imagine flying around the world by myself. Excellent post.
Today in History: 4 Significant Events in Spaceflight
On July 19, 1963 — 52 years ago today — Joseph “Joe” Walker, a NASA test pilot, became the first and only X-15 pilot to fly over 100 kilometers (62 miles) in altitude (his actual altitude was 106 kilometers (66 miles), the point at which “space” officially begins according to the international definition established by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

On July 19, 1969 — 46 years ago today — NASA’s Apollo 11 entered lunar orbit to complete an essential step necessary for humankind’s first attempt at landing on the Moon (which occurred the next day).

On July 19, 1975 — 40 years ago today — NASA’s Apollo “CSM-111” mission undocked from the Russian Space Agency’s Soyuz 19 to become the last Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), the collaborative international program that prepared the way for the International Space Station many years later.

On July 19, 2011 — 4 years ago today — Space Shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) to become the last Shuttle to visit the ISS.

YouTube videos:
•NASA Chief Test Pilot Joe Walker’s X-15 Flight (length 07:57).
•Edge of Space: X-15 – World’s Fastest Rocket Plane (length 27:04).
•STS-135 Space Shuttle Atlantis Undocks from the International Space Station, July 19, 2011.
•STS-135 Timelapse of Undocking Flyaround of ISS, July 19, 2011.

Web sources:

Book sources: 
Transiting from Air to Space: The North American X-15 by Robert S. Houston, Richard P. Hallion, and Ronald G. Boston.
X-15: Extending the Frontiers of Flight by NASA and Dennis R. Jenkins.
Apollo 11: The History and Legacy of the First Moon Landing by Charles River Editors.
The Eagle Has Landed: The Story of Apollo 11 by Jeffrey Smith.
Beyond the Stars – NASA’s 50 Years of Manned Space Flight – Part 10 – Apollo-Soyuz Test Project by Henry M. Holden.
The Partnership: A NASA History of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project by Edward Clinton Ezell.
Atlantis: The Final Space Shuttle Mission by Tony Riches.

Image credits:  
•1963, left: X-15 in flight.
•1963, right: cockpit of an X-15. Public domain.
•1969: Apollo command module attached to Lunar Excursion Module as it orbits the Moon.
•1975: Artist depiction of the Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft just before docking occurred.
•2011: Space Shuttle Atlantis, after it undocked from the International Space Station, to begin its return to Earth.

#history #history -tech #spaceshuttle #Atlantis #Apollo -Soyuz #CSM -111 #Apollo11 #X -15
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