Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Two for Tuesday #2

More useless information that you may find interesting.

I'm sure you are wondering why I'm mentioning artichokes. You will find out tomorrow. For now learn a little about this vegetable.

  • The artichoke is an edible thistle, brought to California by Italians in the 1800's.
  • The state's first artichoke farm was planted near the Bay Area.
  • A single medium artichoke has about 6gm of carbohydrates.
  • Almost 100% of all artichokes in the U.S. are grown commercially in California.
  • In 1949, Marilyn Monroe was crowned the first official California Artichoke Queen in Castroville, the self-proclaimed "artichoke capital of the world."

Don Knotts:

With the recent death of actor Don Knotts I rememer my favorite movie he starred in, The Incredible Mr. Limpet. I loved this movie as a kid and still enjoy it's goofy premise: Milquetoast Henry Limpet experiences his fondest wish and is transformed into a fish. As a talking fish he assists the US Navy in hunting German submarines during World War II.

As stupid as this movie was, it showed how Henry was able to rise to the occasion, fight his personal shortcomings and help the war effort.

Rent it and watch it with your kids.


TriSaraTops said...

Hmmmm...artichokes...I'm intrigued...

Papa Louie said...

I think I cried watching it as a kid.

Keryn said...

I love artichokes!