…Yum! Sun-Dried Possum!

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Every place and culture has it’s favorite kind of music, art, dance and food.  If I lived in Italy I’d probably weigh 500 pounds because Italian food (all that pasta!) is my favorite cuisine!  When I spent two months in Ghana a couple of years ago, I learned that I am not a fan of Ghanian food.  When I got back to the US, a cheeseburger was my treat! (That and a HUGE ice-cold Dr. Pepper!)

Different regions of a country can have their own cultural and culinary favorites.  When you think of Idaho, you think potatoes, right?  Maine? Lobster!  Georgia?  Peaches…but did you know Georgians are also big-time into sun-dried possum?  I didn’t either, until last Saturday, that is.  In Dahlonega is a store that has all kinds of fascinating stuff in it, and on our way out the door, I spotted the display in today’s photo.  Sun-Dried Georgia Possum in a can!  I mean, voices all over Georgia’s hills are asking the question: “Ma, what’s for dinner tonight?”  “Sun-dried possum in a can!”  “Oh, goody!  Yum!”  Maybe the best thing about it is that it’s only $2.95 per can!

You’ll be happy to know that the contents on the can stipulate that it was road kill possum that was ground to sawdust by a passing tractor-trailers on the highway outside of town.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  in 1905, well on its way to losing a war against Japan in the Far East, czarist Russia was wracked with internal discontent that exploded into violence in St. Petersburg in what became known as the Bloody Sunday Massacre.

Under the weak-willed Romanov Czar Nicholas II, who ascended to the throne in 1894, Russia became more corrupt and oppressive than ever before. Plagued by fear that his line would not continue—his son, Alexis, suffered from hemophilia—Nicholas fell under the influence of such unsavory characters as Grigory Rasputin, the so-called mad monk. Russia’s imperialist interests in Manchuria at the turn of the century brought on the Russo-Japanese War, which began in February 1904. Meanwhile, revolutionary leaders, most notably the exiled Vladimir Lenin, were gathering forces of socialist rebellion aimed at toppling the czar.

To drum up support for the unpopular war against Japan, the government allowed a conference of the zemstvos, or the regional governments instituted by Nicholas’s grandfather Alexander II, in St. Petersburg in November 1904. The demands for reform made at this congress went unmet and more radical socialist and workers’ groups decided to take a different tack.

On January 22, 1905, a group of workers led by the radical priest Georgy Apollonovich Gapon marched to the czar’s Winter Palace in St. Petersburg to make their demands. Imperial forces opened fire on the demonstrators, killing and wounding hundreds. Strikes and riots broke out throughout the country in outraged response to the massacre, to which Nicholas responded by promising the formation of a series of representative assemblies, or Dumas, to work toward reform.

Internal tension in Russia continued to build over the next decade, however, as the regime proved unwilling to truly change its repressive ways and radical socialist groups, including Lenin’s Bolsheviks, became stronger, drawing ever closer to their revolutionary goals. The situation would finally come to a head more than 10 years later as Russia’s resources were stretched to the breaking point by the demands of World War I.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  Globally, boy babies are 25% more likely to die in infancy than girl babies.



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