This was originally published on Off The Main Page on July 7, 2017.
Happy World Chocolate Day! Here are 10 great facts about chocolate to celebrate:
1. This is not the only chocolate celebration.
Today is not the only celebration of chocolate. We also have National Milk Chocolate Day on July 28, International Chocolate Day on September 13, and National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day on November 7.
2. White chocolate is not really chocolate.
I knew it! Technically, it doesn’t have any cocoa solids or chocolate liquor, so it’s not technically chocolate. It does have a bit of cocoa butter in it.
3. Marie Antoinette loved hot chocolate.
Marie Antoinette loved to drink hot chocolate at Versailles. She didn’t just love the taste, she also believed that the drink was an aphrodisiac.
4. Cacao was once used as currency.
The Aztecs loved the cacao bean so much that they used it as currency at the height of their civilization.
5. A pair of British confectioners invented solid chocolate.
In 1847, a pair of confectioners mixed cacao beans, butter, sugar, and chocolate liquor to make a solid “eating chocolate.”
6. Cocoa and cacao are the same thing.
They are both the same bean, so the words are interchangeable.
7. Making chocolate is hard work.
It takes over 400 cacao beans just to make one pound of the sweet stuff.
8. Chocolate has a very special melting point.
Chocolate melts at 93 degrees Fahrenheit, just below the human body temperature. That’s why chocolate melts so easily on your tongue.
9. Cacao trees live to be over 200 years old.
Although, they only make cacao beans for 25 years of their lifespan.
10. Napoleon loved Chocolate.
He insisted that wine and chocolate be made available for himself and his officers during intense military campaigns.
This was originally published on Off The Main Page on June 26, 2017.
For my fellow nerds, here are five different possibilities of orders to watch the Star Wars movies in:
1. Episode Order – I, II, III, IV, V, VI
According to George Lucas, this is the correct way to watch them. However, is it really the best way? If you watch the prequels first, then the whole Darth Vader is Luke’s father thing is old news. All of the good stuff becomes anticlimactic.
2. Rogue One Order – R1, IV, V, I, II, III, VI, VII
Rogue One is a standalone movie; however, its story line is closely tied to the Death Star saga. So, many fans have declared this the best way to dive into the Star Wars universe.
3. The Time Machine Order – *IV, *V, *VI, I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX
This one is basically impossible to replicate. It requires watching the original cuts of IV, V, and VI before the CGI edits of the 1990s. They haven’t been released since 2006, and Disney hasn’t made any plans to re-release them anytime soon.
4. Theatrical Release Order – IV, V, VI, I, II, III, VII, VIII, IX
This is the most obvious and popular way to experience the saga.
5. Machete Order – IV, V, II, III, VI, VII, VIII, IX
This order was first proposed by software blogger Rod Hilton in 2011. It drops the bad stuff while amplifying all of the good things in the saga. It also cuts whiny Anakin and most of the Jar-Jar Binks ridiculousness of Episode I.