Who doesn’t love ice cream? Ice cream is a feeling that everyone can relate to. It’s most likely one of God’s most significant gifts to humanity. Ice cream is one of those foods that finds its way not only into everyone’s hearts but also into their souls. And the best part is you can have ice cream any time of the day! There is also National Ice Cream Day which is celebrated every third Sunday in July, this year on 19th July. How cool is that, a day meant just for ice cream.
Speaking of this frozen delight, did you know that our fondness for ice cream dates back to 400 BC? The history of ice cream is fascinating to learn about. Persians created an ice cream dish for their royal households using saffron, frozen rose water, vermicelli, and fruit circa 400 BC. Also, did you know that the ice cream we know today was formerly known as ‘Cream Ice’?! Amazing isn’t it.
With that said, ice cream is not only the usual chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. In fact, in the world, there are many types of ice cream flavour. By many I mean even the ‘weirdest’.
1. Goat Cheese Beat Swirl Ice Cream
Sweet Action Ice Cream in Denver, Colorado, offers this amazing combination. This creamy unique delicacy combines sweet and savoury flavours with a goat cheese base and handmade beet syrup. Samantha Kopicko, co-owner of Sweet Action Ice Cream, was inspired by her everyday breakfast to create this bizarre flavour. When asked about the flavour, Kopicko said it doesn’t taste anything like that salad, but it does strike some similarities.
2. Fish and Chip Ice Cream
It’s all about the UK. As a tribute to Great Britain’s favourite national meal, the Fredericks Dairies ice cream company in the United Kingdom is offering this extremely unique favour. The Fish and Chip flavour is made out of creamed fish fillet ice cream surrounded by vanilla and pepper batter, giving it a taste of the British seashore in a lick. It’s served with salt and vinegar seasoning and lemon slices, along with potato ice cream chips. Too good to be true!
3. Oyster Ice Cream
Even sea delicacies are not missed. Most probably you would have read Mark Twain’s classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and would be familiar with oyster ice cream, which is the main feature at numerous oyster festivals throughout the world. Dolley Madison, the First Lady, served ice cream for the first time at the White House in the 1810s. Because ice was expensive and difficult to get by when this ice cream was originally produced, it was considered a luxury product that only the higher classes could enjoy. This savoury ice cream is prepared by slowly heating oysters and cream and then freezing the finished product.
4. Curry Ice Cream
In the United States, Vosges Haut Chocolat is known for its delicious and unusual offerings. Along with weird chocolate flavours like bacon bars, cold truffles, cheese and chocolate, and more, one of their most strange ice cream flavours – Indian curry flavoured ice cream. Yes, you heard that right, CURRY! It tastes just like a pleasantly flavoured curry with a hint of fresh coconut, as the Naga tribes would prepare it at home.
5. Smoked Salmon Ice Cream
Let’s take it up north! Mister Artisan Ice Cream in Vancouver, British Columbia, is recognised for its handcrafted liquid nitrogen ice cream delights. The savoury smoked salmon ice cream sandwich was introduced in 2017, and it was a breakthrough invention of yet another strange ice cream flavour. It was a limited-edition dessert created to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday, and it was only available for two days. Smoked wild British Columbia salmon is mixed into a foundation of milk and cream cheese and placed between two cracker crumb wafers for the smoked salmon ice cream.
6. Honey Jalapeno Pickle Ice Cream
Once again the weirdest ice cream creation goes to Sweet Action Ice Cream parlour in Denver, the USA. While pickles and ice cream are the known meals for pregnancy cravings, this flavour is particularly popular among expectant moms. Although it may sound strange, this ice cream is delicious. It’s one ice cream that sells like hotcakes despite only being available once a year throughout the summer.
7. Squid Ink Ice Cream
While odd Japanese cuisine may be one of the strangest aspects of the country for some, an intriguing approach to learn about Japanese gastronomy is through their unique ice cream flavours. Squid ink flavoured ice cream is one of these unusual flavours. Because squid ink is widely consumed in Japan, this flavour started out as a curiosity. The flavour was originally intended solely for the most adventurous ice cream eaters, but it quickly gained popularity. The squid ink ice cream has a fishy flavour and is pitch black in appearance. As a result, you’d best get your taste senses ready!
Sources: Veena World
Look Normal But They Are Actually Not, These Are 5 Scariest School In Malaysia
Ghost stories here in Malaysia are definitely something that is not rare or even uncommonly happened. Growing up in this particular country, ghost stories are often be told especially if they are ghost occurrences that happened in schools. That is why Malaysia would be categorized as one of the famous countries that have a lot of scary schools.
Almost every school in Malaysia has its own legacy of horror and scary stories. People have heard of various quirky and even comical tales, from the aunty who sells nasi lemak from door to door at 3 am in the dorm to the classic headless spirit who goes wandering around the school. All the scary stories really stick in the mind of the students.
1) Victoria Institution
The Victoria Institution was taken over during the Japanese Occupation and was used as a Japanese military base where there was much torture resulting in the deaths of many locals. Many British soldiers and locals were brutally tortured to death in the basement and some older buildings on the campus. Appearances of spirits are not only at night but many are also possessed during the day. One of the cases was a band member who was rehearsing until late one night ‘disappeared’ and was only later found on a water tank. He claimed he saw a woman who was alone, and politely, he asked where the woman was going and he did not remember anything after that.
2) Penang Free School
Built-in the year 1816, Penang Free School is located in Green Lane, George Town, Penang is the oldest school using the English medium in Southeast Asia. This means that this school has existed in Malaysia for more than 200 years and there is definitely a lot of history in this school. Stories like flashing lights and strange sounds at night are common. Some even claim to have heard the screams of a woman late in the middle of the night, associated with the spirits of prisoners tortured during the Japanese occupation
3) Danau Perdana School
Apparently, it already looks creepy. The school has been vacated since 2005 due to unsafe ground conditions to occupy as traces of cracks began to appear in the walls while it was still operating. One of the famous stories is that this school is inhabited by vampires, the spirit of a woman who died while pregnant. Some say the vampire was one of the school cleaners who had died.
4) Saint Michael Institution
Saint Michael’s Institution is a boys ’school located in Ipoh, Kinta, Perak. According to history, in 1912 a group of Catholic missionaries arrived here and began building a school next to the famous Kinta River. The school is reportedly very harsh as it was once used as the headquarters of the Japanese secret police during World War II. When it comes to the Japanese colonialists, there is no denying that there was a lot of torture and death going on.
5) Serian School
Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Serian or SMK Serian, once experienced an emergency incident that occurred in 2008. In the incident, 12 school students were hysterically attacked in which the students were seen screaming out of control and behaving strangely. The mass hysterical attack caused so much disruption that the class had to be suspended by the authorities. The school believes the incident stemmed from the presence of the paranormal.
From Endangered To Extinct, Getting Know The ‘Ivory-Billed Woodpecker’
Birds are vertebrate animals that have evolved to fly. Many of them can also jump, swim, and dive. Some animals, such as penguins, have lost their ability to fly but still have wings. Birds can be found in a variety of habitats all over the world. The ostrich, which stands nine feet tall, is the largest. The bee hummingbird, which is only two inches long, is the tiniest.
There are many species of birds that exist, some still can be found while others seem to have extinct. Recently, it has been declared that another species of bird had extinct. The ‘ivory-billed woodpecker’.
The majestic ivory-billed woodpecker, a stately black-and-white bird that previously nested in mature forests in the American Southeast and Cuba, was last sighted in the United States in 1944 in Louisiana. With no credible reports for decades, most ornithologists feared the bird had gone extinct. And then, on Wednesday, the US Fish and Wildlife Service revealed its decision to remove 22 creatures and one plant from the Endangered Species Act list, including the ivorybill, because the government deems them extinct.
The ivory-billed woodpecker goes by another name, the ‘Lord God Bird’, a nickname it earned because that’s what people cried out the first time they ever saw one: “Lord God, what a bird.” These birds’ plumage is predominantly a gleaming black-purple. White lines run from the cheekbones to the back of the neck, where they connect. Ivory-bills have a high crest, which is ragged in juveniles. They have a robust and straight bill, as do all woodpeckers, as well as a long, movable, hard-tipped, barbed tongue. The bill of an adult is ivory in hue, while that of a juvenile is chalky white.
Ivory-billed woodpeckers utilize their massive white bill (made of bone rather than ivory) to remove bark from dead but still-standing trees and gain access to the beetle larvae that are their major meal. Some Native Americans used to esteem these currencies as decorative ornaments. They’ve been discovered in archaeological sites far away from the bird’s original range, implying that they were valuable as trade objects.
Ivory-billed Woodpeckers foraged in huge stands of trees and in regions where many trees had recently died due to flooding, fire, or other disturbances. They were once found in upland pine woods, but by 1891, they were primarily found in bald cypress swamps, where they bred and foraged at the drier edges where the swamps met highland pine forests.
Ivory-billed Large beetle larvae from the longhorn, jewel, and click beetle families were largely eaten by woodpeckers. They also ate the considerably smaller larvae of the bark beetle family, including the southern pine beetle, to a lesser extent. These beetles can breed in huge numbers in regions where fires, floods, and other natural disasters have resulted in stands of dead trees, which Ivory-bills prefer. They stripped the bark from dead trees and fallen logs with their enormous bills, or created extensive excavations into the wood as Pileated Woodpeckers do. Hickory, pecan, magnolia, poison ivy, grapes, persimmons, hackberries, and possibly acorns were among the fruits and nuts they consumed.
Ivory-billed Woodpeckers were known to be sociable, with reports of up to 11 birds foraging in the same tree at the same time. The birds were most likely monogamous and kept their pair connections all year. A male perched near a female, the duo preened, and then the birds briefly clutched each other’s bills, according to one description of a courtship display. Also, they have an extremely graceful flight with long, swooping glides between trees.
Here are some other cool facts to know about this amazing bird:
- The Ivory-billed woodpecker is the largest woodpecker in the United States.
- Because of its rarity and elusiveness, the Ivory-billed woodpecker is also known as the “Holy Grail bird” and the “Lord God bird” or the “Good God bird.” “King of the Woodpeckers” and “Elvis in Feathers” are two other nicknames for the Ivory-billed woodpecker.
- The Ivory-billed woodpecker is the only North American woodpecker with a beak that is flattened laterally and curved like a beveled wood chisel.
- Ivory-bills usually build their nests in or near broken-off stumps in living trees, where the wood is simpler to excavate; the overhanging stump can help conceal the opening from rain and predators by casting a shadow over it.
- After a series of sightings in Arkansas beginning in 2004, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology was involved in attempts to relocate Ivory-billed Woodpeckers in the southeastern United States from 2006 to 2010.
- Ivory-billed Woodpecker bills were used as decorations by Native Americans. Archeologists discovered Ivory-billed Woodpecker skulls far outside of the woodpecker’s recognized range, indicating a booming bill trade spanning much of North America.
Unfortunately, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker isn’t the only huge North American woodpecker to have perished as a result of habitat degradation. The world’s largest woodpecker, the Imperial Woodpecker of Mexico, hasn’t been sighted since the 1950s. In 2010, a hunt for Imperial Woodpeckers in the Sierra Madre’s pine forests yielded no results. Only museum specimens and a few small fragments of reconstructed film footage from the 1950s are currently known about the bird.
(Video) Bride Had To Prepare Baby’s Food During Wedding Ceremony
Because of the current horrendous COVID-19 pandemic that still hits the world nowadays, a lot of celebrations and also mass gatherings had to be put on hold to make sure that the deadly virus does not get spread to other people and make the situation worse than it has been now. One of the on-hold celebrations would be the wedding ceremony.
Because the celebration had to be put on hold, some people decided not to do the wedding ceremony at all but some other people decided to do the wedding ceremony some other time. Because of that, some couples have had the time for them to stay together in the same house after they got married before they manage to do the wedding ceremony. That is exactly what happened to this couple that has to take care of their baby during their own celebration.
@hairulazmeerbila kau nikah dah setaun lebih..n now bru buat majlis..dah terkeluar anak sorang pulak dah..🤣🤣🤣 #pengantinpkp #fyp #fypシ♬ bunyi asal – Hairul Azmeer Hussai
As every netizen can see in the recently posted TikTok video that went viral by a particular user that goes by the name Hairul Azmeer Hussai, he stated that the bride which is his wife had to prepare food for their baby even though that day is their own wedding ceremony day. She was still in her beautiful and gorgeous dress while making the food.
According to the TikToker comment, the video was recorded yesterday and the baby is already 7 months old. The couple has been happily married for 1 year and 5 months because they got married in the month of April last year.
Sources: TikTok Hairul Azmeer Hussai.
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