Page 3 - Interesting Facts

Coffee is so influential in Turkish culture that their word for brown literally translates to 'the color of coffee'!

Turkish coffee is a method of preparing coffee with coffee beans ground into a very fine powder, hot water, and sugar. The best Turkish coffee will have a thick foam at the top without any noticeable particles in the foam or liquid.

This method of brewing coffee is highly influential in Turkish culture. Their word for breakfast, kahvalti, literally translates to 'before coffee', and their word for the color brown, 'kahverengi', literally means 'the color of coffee'. They also commonly call their coffeeshops 'qahwa', which means 'coffee' in the same way that Western languages would call it a caf.


Scientists decapitated some trained flatworms. They remembered their training after their heads grew back!

Flatworms are tiny creatures that can usually only be seen under a microscope. Scientists spent two weeks training them to get food by moving across a rough floor of a petri dish. Other worms were introduced, and the ones that had been trained on the rough floor were more comfortable with their environment and got to their food faster than the newly introduced worms. The trained worms then got their heads cut off!

Amazingly, when their heads grew back, the worms retained their training! After just one 'reminder' session, they reached their food much more quickly than worms who had never been trained at all. Despite all of this research, scientists actually have no idea how this is possible!


A Dutch crime writer wrote a pretty suspicious book a year after his wife disappeared. The ending is soooo surprising

Richard Klinkhammer, a Dutch crime writer, wrote a book which explored seven ways to kill your spouse in great detail. He proposed this book to his publisher a year after his wife had disappeared, a crime which he was suspected of.

The manuscript was rejected for being too gruesome, but a few years later details of the manuscript began to surface in the Dutch underground press. With his new cult fame, he would appear on television occasionally and moved to Amsterdam with his new girlfriend, where the coverage of him had gathered him a small following among crime writers.

He only stayed in Amsterdam for three years, however, because in 2000, the new owner of his house found the body. The police had already searched the house and even had a plane fly over to do thermal scans of the property, but they never found anything. The body was buried under the shed's concrete base. At age 62 he was arrested and confessed to murdering his wife.


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New ideas in dementia care include fake villages for patients of the brain disease. Find out more

Sometimes families can be torn apart while deciding how to handle certain situations regarding the care of their elders with dementia. Loving sons and daughters don't want to leave their mothers and fathers with people that they don't know in places they've never been. Some simply don't want to have to deal with the burden of taking care of their family members at home—the stress of constant maintenance becomes too much for busy average Joes.

The creators of Hogewey in the Netherlands are completely aware of the difficulties of helping those with dementia. The place is filled with fake shops and restaurants to accommodate the life style of those suffering from severe forms of the common brain disease. With more than enough caregivers to handle the patients, the care facility is home to anything from a salon to a grocery store.

This creative solution to the difficulties of caring for our precious loved ones was started by two nurses who didn't want to put their own parents in traditional homes for the elderly. Though this idea of a 'fake' village for dementia patients is still in it's infant stages, other countries such as Germany and Switzerland have already began looking into creating their own versions of the facility. This could quite possibly be the future of dementia care.


Seattle, Washington is building a park where you can forage for your own food! Find out why

A lot of people today are driven to think consciously about the decisions they make regarding their health. Most restaurants are attempting to follow trends towards natural food ingredients, and it's only fair that the people should have their own opportunities to eat well at home.

Seattle, Washington is among the forerunners to jump on the bandwagon of public healthy eating. They have recently announced plans to develop a 7-acre piece of land into a food forest mostly open to all kinds of foraging. What makes this effort most impressive is perhaps it's location. This aspiring eco increase is set to be built smack-dab in the middle of Seattle.

The hope behind the effort is that those who work in the inner city, the middle class, will be able to pick from the natural and delicious foods that will dot the landscape of the park.

So far the effort will be named the Beacon Food Forest and will feature apples, pears, plums, grapes, blueberries, raspberries and plenty more.



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