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November 28, 2012

Trivia, November 28, 2012

According to Isidore of Seville's Etymologiae, a certain creature is said to be especially hostile to oysters. This creature waits patiently for the oyster to open its shell, inserts a pebble that prevents the oyster from completely closing its shell, and then devours the oyster's flesh. Name this oyster-eating creature.

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November 14, 2012

Trivia, November 14, 2012

As Thanksgiving feasting approaches, remember to eat your leafy greens. Collards are a staple in kitchens of the American South. The name "collard" is a corruption of what older name for the primitive cultivated cabbage of the middle ages, commonly included in pottage and said to sharpen sight, ease gout, and heal ulcers?

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