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This month's question is: What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?
I don't know that I'd call anything I've researched strange. Interesting yes, but not strange. I haven't researched anything like what kinds to poisons to use, or how long does it take to choke a person to death, or is there a ghost of JFK haunting the White House, but I have done some very interesting and in depth research on, among other things, chocolate.
|Cocoa beans come from this fruit. The seeds are |
surrounded by a sweet meat.The trees are native
to Central America and only grow within a small
Supposedly chocolate in candy form didn't make an appearance until the 19th century. However, there's strong indications that soon after the Spaniards conquered the Aztecs and Mayas nuns added sugar to chocolate and were the first to make candies. In 1544 it was a delegation of Maya nobles to the court of Prince Phillip who first brought chocolate to the Old World, not Cortes as some would have us believe. The Spanish crown became so enthralled with drinking chocolate they wanted to keep it secret and only a few monks, hidden away in Spanish
monasteries, knew the recipe for preparing the beans. But eventually the secret was leaked and it became the new rage in Europe.
|Pedro de Toledo|
Here endth the lesson.
Today I'm thankful for, what else, chocolate!
What are you thankful for? Do you have a favorite kind of chocolate? A favorite candy bar? And what's the strangest thing you've ever researched?