Fish sauce — that funky, flavor-enhancing fermented condiment — is part of what gives Southeast Asian cooking its distinctive taste. But it turns out, this cornerstone of Eastern cooking actually has a long history on another continent: Europe. And it goes all the way back to the Roman Empire.
We gave them fish sauce they gave us the noodle. Seems fair.
For most of us, the joyous discovery of old alcohol would mean finding a forgotten Bud in the back of the fridge. However a lucky few get to taste truly ancient elixirs, like a sailing team who discovered 30 bottles of almost 200 year-old champagne from a shipwreck off the Aland islands between Sweden and Finland (pic 3). They brought one bottle back to verify the shipwreck’s age, then verified the champagne. With each bottle expected to fetch $68,000 at auction, the happy crew most likely celebrated with a bottle of beer. Enjoy…well read about 10 of the oldest surviving alcohols in existence:
Army and Navy Stores Whiskey with cellar tags: “Mid 19th century Army and Navy old Liqueur Wisky”.
Absinthe Edouard Pernod from Lunel. The earliest intact sealed absinthe bottle yet unearthed from the 1870s.
The world’s oldest drinkable champagne, from the early 19th century, salvaged from a shipwreck off the Aland islands. At least three of the recovered bottles were Veuve Cliquot.
A large format bottle of Armagnac from 1865.
The Hannisville Cache with two carboys of rye, two carboys of whiskey and one carboy of gin. The whiskey was distilled in 1863, held in oak barrels for 50 years and put into the carboys. Purchased by John Welsh, US ambassador of Great Britain in the late 1870s.
A Hungarian Tokaji wine from the Royal Saxon cellars, bottled in the 1680s.
The oldest dated rum bottle, a Vieux Rhum Anglais from 1830.
1775 Massandra Sherry de la Frontera, sold for $43,500 in 2001.
Rüdesheimer Apostelwein from 1652 (non-drinkable) and 1727 (drinkable) from Bremen, Germany. The bottle and the label are from the 1950s.
A bottle of wine from a mid 4th century Roman stone sarcophagus, unearthed from a vineyard near Speyer in Germany in 1867.
June 4, 1989: China’s Army Storms Tiananmen Square
On this day in 1989, hundreds of pro-democracy protesters were killed by army troops in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.
During the spring of 1989, China’s communist regime was threatened by the largest pro-democracy demonstration in the country’s history. After several weeks of failed negotiations to end the protest, the Chinese government authorized nearly 300,000 soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to seize control of Tiananmen Square. As a result, hundreds of protesters were killed and thousands arrested. Explore FRONTLINE’s timeline of the protests and massacre at Tiananmen Square.
The most famous photograph from the standoff at Tiananmen Square is seen above. The protester known as “Tank Man” became an inspiration for protesters around the world. FRONTLINE’s “Tank Man” reflects on what he means for China today.
Source: BEIJING - JUNE 5, 1989: A lone demonstrator stands down a column of tanks June 5, 1989 at the entrance to Tiananmen Square in Beijing. (Photo by CNN via Getty Images)
As it is incredibly easy to find info or museum relics of the Civil War or the history of the settlers, it’s pretty hard to find a complex timeline of American history. This timeline index isn’t perfect but I think gives a pretty good idea of what should be consider a fundamental of American History.
BBC — A new exhibition aims to celebrate the role Muslims played in saving Jewish lives during the Holocaust.
The Righteous Muslim Exhibition is being launched at the Board of Deputies of British Jews in Bloomsbury, central London.
Photographs of 70 Muslims who sheltered Jews during World War II will be displayed alongside stories detailing their acts of heroism.
The exhibition hopes to inspire new research into instances of collaboration between the Muslim and Jewish communities.
Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to victims of the Holocaust, honours nearly 25,000 so-called “righteous persons” who risked their lives to protect the Jewish community during Nazi Germany’s reign of terror.
Some 70 Muslims have recently been added to the list. The exhibition explores their stories.
‘Empathy and cohesion’
Among the “righteous” are the Hardaga family from Bosnia who provided shelter for the Jewish Kavilio family when German forces occupied Bosnia in 1943.
Half a century later, the Hardagas were themselves saved by the Kavilios during the Bosnian Civil War.