A Perfect Pear

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I have never heard of pear vinegar, have you? I mean, pears are supposed to be sweet. So how to you get vinegar from it? I mean, I like vinegar on my spinach just fine, and I’ve even been known to take a spoonful or two when I’m fighting a cold (there are people in the home office who swear that if you take a spoonful of vinegar a day that you won’t get colds, etc., or lots of other things – I find their reasoning questionable, but I suppose that if you drink enough of it then your breath would smell like vinegar and people will stay farther away from you and you’ll be healthier as a result).

I found this in Dahlonega, GA, in a wine tasting/gift shop. I though it was “purdy” (I’m trying to talk southern while here so I don’t stick out like a sore thumb). But I was surprised when I saw that it was from Napa, CA.

Has anyone ever tried pear vinegar?  If so, let us know what it’s like!!! I may have to try it….

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1556,  an earthquake in Shaanxi, China, kills an estimated 830,000 people. Counting casualties is often imprecise after large-scale disasters, especially prior to the 20th century, but this disaster is still considered the deadliest of all time.

The quake struck in late evening, with aftershocks continuing through the following morning. Later scientific investigation revealed that the magnitude of the quake was approximately 8.0 to 8.3, which isn’t close to the strongest tremor on record. However, the quake struck in the middle of a densely populated area with poorly constructed buildings and homes, resulting in a horrific death toll.

The epicenter of the earthquake was in the Wei River Valley in the Shaanxi Province, near the cities of Huaxian, Weinan and Huayin. In Huaxian, every single building and home collapsed, killing more than half the residents of the city, a number estimated in the tens of thousands. It was a similar story in Weinan and Huayin. In some places, 60-foot-deep crevices opened in the earth. Serious destruction and death occurred as much as 300 miles away from the epicenter. The earthquake also triggered landslides, which contributed to the massive death toll.

Even if the number of deaths caused by the Shaanxi earthquake has been overestimated slightly, it would still rank as the worst disaster in history by a considerable margin. The earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia in 2004 is generally considered the second deadliest disaster in history when 230,000 perished.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Humans produce about 10,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime. Saliva is required for taste—until food is dissolved by saliva, we cannot taste it.

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