Many experts in the field of tacology place the invention of the taco to between 1,000 and 500 BC. At the time, the taco wasn’t in the form we know it today. Rather, it was used as an edible spoon to rake in other food. The name “taco” didn’t come about until much later. They were then called “tacos mineros” as they were most popular around Mexican silver mines around the 19th century. It was only shortened to the taco in the United States in 1905.
Bonus fact: the tacos of the 19th century Mexico were served with gunpowder.
Fiddle Leaf Figs
The popular houseplant is known for its finicky nature and tendency to die for seemingly no reason. However, in their native habitat of Western Africa, they can grow up to 10 feet tall! They typically start their life by growing on other trees. As they grow their roots surround the host tree, eventually strangling and killing it.
After water, coffee is the most drank beverage in the world. It is said that coffee was discovered by a goat herder in Ethiopia in the 1500s. He saw his goats eating coffee cherries. Afterward, he observed a change in their behavior; they gained a high amount of energy and they didn’t sleep at night. The herder shared his findings with local monks. After they made their own drink from coffee beans, they realized they could stay up all night and pray. Word spread to other Ethiopian monks and soon after reached all across the civilized world.
Life Beyond Earth
Panspermia is is the hypothesis that life exists throughout the Universe, distributed by space dust, meteoroids, asteroids, comets, planetoids, and also by spacecraft carrying unintended contamination by microorganisms
This means that life on earth could be a result of other life somewhere else in the universe. And it would imply that life is much more common in the universe than we previously thought.
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