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  • Venezuela police scramble to squash pumpkin threat

    10/24/2005 10:25:00 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 4 replies · 258+ views
    Reuters, UK ^ | Oct 24, 2005 | Reuters
    Venezuela police scramble to squash pumpkin threat CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan security services scrambled on Monday to tackle a new threat on the streets of Caracas: Halloween-style pumpkins carrying messages of rebellion against President Hugo Chavez. Local media showed heavily armed police and bomb experts surrounding one orange squash with a Halloween face and covered with stickers; others sprouted cables and wires making authorities wary they could be home-made explosives
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    09/21/2016 5:03:37 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 139 replies
    The Avon lady who visits my office building brought us the new catalogs this week; and I noticed that Avon is currently offering cookie cutters for making a cookie version of the sugar skulls, or ‘calaveras’ that are traditional for the Mexican holiday ‘The Day of the Dead’. I didn’t know much about this holiday, and while doing a search on it I happened to find a really wonderful website/blog devoted to decorated cookies: Along with all the other fantastic cookies, one entry includes a tutorial on making the skulls; and anyone who likes decorating cookies will love this...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    08/24/2016 12:03:01 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 105 replies
    I recently picked up a nasty ‘bug’ that threw me into a six-day fever. No idea what it was, but I’ve never been laid-out so badly, or so little interested in food - all I could taste was salt, and salt was revolting. I finally hit on vanilla ice cream as tolerable, and ate nothing else for days. There are still some ‘notes’ that I can’t taste, and I’m craving the weirdest things: “MacDonald’s Fish Sandwich???” - my husband must feel that he’s got a pregnant lady calling him at work and demanding this-or-that be picked up on the way...
  • Ancient Seeds Yield Once Extinct Squash

    01/01/2016 8:36:56 AM PST · by Popman · 131 replies
    Wimp ^ | NOV 24, 2015 | Jake Brannon:
    Students from Winnipeg, Canada recently discovered a stash of 800-year-old seeds while on an archaeological dig. The mysterious seeds, once planted, grew into a rare species of squash that has been extinct for hundreds of years. While we don't know if the seeds themselves were safe to eat, the squash that they harvested was absolutely delicious. Check out the images below to see the rare gourd for yourself and learn more about this discovery.
  • An origin of new world agriculture in coastal Ecuador (12,000 BP)

    02/14/2003 1:34:27 PM PST · by vannrox · 11 replies · 1,547+ views
    Eureka ^ | Public release date: 13-Feb-2003 | Dr. Dolores Piperno
    Contact: Dr. Dolores 011-507-212-8101Smithsonian Institution An origin of new world agriculture in coastal Ecuador New archaeological evidence points to an independent origin of agriculture in coastal Ecuador 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Suddenly, the remains of larger squash plants appear in the record. The Las Vegas site, described by Dolores Piperno of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) and Karen Stothert, University of Texas at Austin in the February 14th issue of Science, may predate plant domestication sites in the Mesoamerican highlands. The fertile and amazingly diverse lowland tropics seem like a likely place for agriculture to develop. But...
  • Steve’s Butternut Squash Bisque

    12/02/2014 5:18:47 PM PST · by lifeofgrace · 23 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/2/2014 | Steve Berman
    Okay, I like to cook.  I made this butternut squash bisque for Thanksgiving, and took it to my in-laws, where we devoured it and fought for the leftovers.  It's so good, I made it again, wrote down all the ingredients, remeasured everything, and made it into a real recipe. Here it is so you can try it. Makes about 8-10 servings.  It will take you a good hour or two to make this. Ingredients:1 medium butternut squash – peeled, seeded and cut into ˝” cubes (6 cups) 3 med yellow squash (4 if they are small) – seeded and cut...
  • Wrestling pins opponents, stays in Olympics

    09/08/2013 9:34:56 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10:57 a.m. CDT, September 8, 2013 | Philip Hersh
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Making a solid case for its modernity despite being a core sport of the ancient Olympics, wrestling saved its place on the Summer Games program Sunday. Wrestling wiped its opponents off the mat, defeating baseball / softball and squash to gain the one open spot on the 2020 Olympic program and be assured of staying at least through 2024. It took just one round of voting by International Olympic Committee members for wrestling to get the needed majority. Wrestling got 49 votes to 24 for baseball / softball and 22 for squash.

    07/19/2013 12:45:12 PM PDT · by greeneyes · 308 replies
    Free Republic | 7/19/2013 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread ... there is no telling where it will go and...
  • Genetic Marker Tells Squash Domestication Story

    01/10/2002 5:23:02 AM PST · by blam · 2 replies · 483+ views
    Eureka Alert ^ | 01-07-2002 | Oris Sanjur
    Contact: Oris Sanjur 202-786-2094 x8824 Smithsonian Institution Genetic marker tells squash domestication story In the January 8 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), The Cucurbit Network and the University of Puerto Rico establish mitochondrial DNA analysis as a powerful tool for understanding relationships among flowering plants. A comparison of mtDNA from cultivated squash, pumpkins, gourds and their wild ancestors strongly supports hypotheses based on archeological and ethnobotanical evidence for six, independent domestication events in the New World. Even Oris Sanjur, who conducted the genetic analysis was "surprised by the resolution" ...
  • Mystery Plant

    08/21/2011 11:24:57 AM PDT · by Twotone · 97 replies
    Vanity | 08/21/2011 | Self
    My aunt has an unusual plant that came up in her garden & needs some help identifying it. It looks like a variety of squash, & I've done a search for images. But nothing I found matches it identically. I thought I'd ask for some FReeper assistance...
  • Mexico crop loss 80 to 100 percent

    02/11/2011 11:11:43 AM PST · by Errant · 144 replies
    IceAgeNow ^ | 8 Feb, 2011
  • Security Gourd: Man Fights Off Robber With Squash

    11/04/2010 9:59:27 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 18 replies
    AOLNews ^ | November 3, 2010
    (Nov. 3) -- A delivery man in New Hampshire found a new way to squash crime. When a crook attempted to rob a corner store in Manchester, a worker delivering food to the shop stopped the perp with the closest weapon he could find -- a squash. According to, the strange incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Oct. 30 when suspect Sean Cullen, 25, entered the Hillsborough Market and passed a note to a shopkeeper reading: "Give me your money, or you're going to die." At that moment, good Samaritan Greg Geden walked into the store and pulled the perp...
  • Montana woman fends off bear attack with zucchini

    09/23/2010 6:00:03 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 09-23-2010 | Matt Volz
    HELENA, Mont. – A Montana woman fended off a bear trying to muscle its way into her home Thursday by pelting the animal with a large piece of zucchini from her garden. The woman suffered minor scratches and one of her dogs was wounded after tussling with the 200-pound bear.
  • Squash And Carrot Bake

    10/07/2009 1:50:33 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies · 312+ views ^ | 10/07/2009 | Stacey Winder
    Tired of the same ole green bean casserole? This will be a welcome change to add to your upcoming Thanksgiving feast!
  • Ban on Misshapen Produce May be Nixed (Disfigured Fruits and Vegetables)

    07/24/2008 8:39:39 PM PDT · by Coffee200am · 52 replies · 160+ views
    Web India 123 ^ | 07.25.2008 | UPI
    Disfigured fruits and vegetables could be allowed in stores after most European Union members voted to loosen restrictions on produce, officials say. Misshapen bananas and cucumbers could be in stores by next year if reforms on produce rules are carried out, The Telegraph reported Thursday. The Telegraph said produce standards are so strict, many edible foods are discarded by farmers. European agriculture commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel said she thinks some regulations should also be thrown out for onions, garlic, cauliflower and spinach. In this era of high prices and growing demand, it makes no sense to throw (misshapen fruit and...
  • Three Viruses Threaten Watermelon, Squash, Pumpkins, Cucumbers And Now Green Beans

    04/24/2008 7:34:21 AM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 179+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-24-2008 | US Department of Agriculture
    Three Viruses Threaten Watermelon, Squash, Pumpkins, Cucumbers And Now Green BeansCucurbit Leaf Crumple Virus, a major problem of cucumbers, was found in green beans in Florida for the first time. (Credit: USDA) ScienceDaily (Apr. 20, 2008) — Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Florida have made recommendations to help growers deal with several whitefly-transmitted viruses that threaten cucurbits and other crops in that state. In recent years, the number of whitefly-transmitted viruses in cucurbit fields, home to crops like cucumbers, squashes, pumpkins, melons and watermelons, has increased to almost epidemic proportions in Florida. Researchers led by plant pathologists Scott Adkins...
  • Squash grown 10,000 years ago in Peru

    06/28/2007 6:39:04 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 29 replies · 599+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Thu Jun 28, 6:09 PM ET | By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer
    Squash grown 10,000 years ago in Peru By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer Thu Jun 28, 6:09 PM ET WASHINGTON - Agriculture was taking root in South America almost as early as the first farmers were breaking ground in the Middle East, new research indicates. Evidence that squash was being grown nearly 10,000 years ago, in what is now Peru, is reported in Friday's edition of the journal Science. A team led by anthropologist Tom D. Dillehay of Vanderbilt University also uncovered remains of peanuts from 7,600 years ago and cotton dated to 5,500 years ago in the floors...
  • Play About Demonstrator's Death Is Delayed [Rachel Corrie]

    02/28/2006 10:20:26 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 88 replies · 5,739+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 28, 2006 | JESSE McKINLEY
    A potential Off Broadway production of "My Name Is Rachel Corrie," an acclaimed solo show about an American demonstrator killed by an Israeli bulldozer while trying to stop the destruction of a Palestinian home, has been postponed because of concerns about the show's political content. The production, a hit at the Royal Court Theater in London last year, had been tentatively scheduled to start performances at the New York Theater Workshop in the East Village on March 22. But yesterday, James C. Nicola, the artistic director of the workshop, said he had decided to postpone the show after polling local...
  • Reporter murders squirrel

    05/30/2005 7:19:50 AM PDT · by Radioactive · 43 replies · 1,397+ views
    Daily Record ^ | 05/29/05
    TV GIRL SOUASHED MY BABY SOUIRREL May 28 2005 A REPORTER sent to do a story about a baby squirrel stood on the fluffy creature by mistake and killed it. Inka Blumensaat wanted to tell how a pet cat had saved the orphaned squirrel by adopting it as her own. But the friendly rodent jumped on her leg as she filmed her report and she panicked and trampled it underfoot,breaking its neck. Heike Reher, whose cat adopted the squirrel in Lubeck, Germany, said: 'The reporter started leaping about like a mad woman. She squashed the squirrel completely. 'Everyone looked at...
  • Kerry Wants Depp as Vice President

    05/09/2004 10:30:08 AM PDT · by Delta 21 · 20 replies · 496+ views
    PakTribune ^ | Friday May 07, 2004
    WASHINGTON : Presidential hopeful and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry today announced he has offered Johnny Depp first refusal of the coveted VP spot in his Democratic bid for the White House. I first saw Johnny in that scissors movie, Kerry told reporters, and I’ve wanted to run with him ever since. A source close to the Kerry campaign stated that Kerry believes Depp’s charm, charisma and intense global popularity is just the thing needed to sway voter support of post-teen females, twenty-something housewives, every woman in middle-aged America and that ‘certain section of guys’ towards the Democratic ticket in November....