Gelatin foodstuffs have a long culinary history. The ancient Egyptians made a gelatin-like substance from protein-rich animal materials
that they used in their cuisine
. It wasn't until the 17th century invention of pressure cooking devices
that the process of creating gelatin became significantly less labor and time intensive. The process was refined in the following decades, with the US inventor Peter Cooper filing the patent for Improvement in the preparation of portable gelatine
in 1845. He never made much of the patent, and sold it to Pearle B. Wait, who's wife, May Davis Wait, helped turn the gelatin into Jell-O, both naming the product and turning it into a sweet, fruit-flavored dessert. They, too, had no luck selling Jell-O, and sold the patent for $450 to Orator Francis Woodward, who struggled for a period, before turning to marketing to increase interest in the dessert
(NYT). By 1902, Jell-O was "America's Favorite Dessert," at least according to the advertisements.
And now you know the history of gelatin and Jello
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Archival cardboard, glue and screws: art by Scott Fife
is a well-produced video blog about traditional woodworking with hand tools. Many of the videos are aimed at the beginner. [more inside]
// Frankie Nazardo set out to capture
the glue gangs of Kathmandu.
Because people have a need to glue things to other things, there is thistothat.com
. Let's glue! One of the simplest yet more useful sites on the interweb.
"[A] team of scientists reports that it has produced a dry, glueless adhesive that would allow humans to scurry across the living-room ceiling."
Though still a long way from being practical -- one half-inch square of the prototype is worth around $500k -- this still-developing project never fails to bring a massive grin to my face. And how does it work? Well, you apply a keen knowledge of van der Waals forces
combined with an all-consuming interest in gecko podiatrics
.And yes, I suppose this could be considered a double-post, but I much prefer the term follow-up.
Woman glues child's eye shut
...I knew there was a reason for my paranoia. I hated (and still hate) eye drops.