In the Middle Ages, people believed that…

In the Middle Ages, people believed that a “mandrake root” was a human-shaped root that grew beneath the gallows where criminals had been hanged. It was believed that the mandrake root would shriek when it was pulled out of the ground, and that anyone who heard the shriek would die. As a result, people would often tie a dog to the root and then try to pull it out of the ground while standing at a safe distance, so that the dog would be killed by the shriek instead of them.

In reality, mandrake roots are a type of plant with a long, thin taproot that is shaped like a carrot. They have a strong and unpleasant smell, and they have been used for centuries for their medicinal properties. However, the myth of the mandrake root as a shrieking human-shaped root grew out of the strange shapes that the roots can sometimes take on, and the belief that they had magical powers.

The founder of Celestial Seasonings…

The founder of Celestial Seasonings, maker of the wildly popular Sleepytime Tea, is the leader of a New Age cult that believes we live on “Urantia” and that pale aliens named Adam and Eve came to Earth to “purify” the planet of the inferior races, including gigantic green and orange people. According to Urantia’s text, a half a million years ago six colored races existed on our planet – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and indigo.

The fork was once considered…

The fork was once considered immoral, unhygienic and a tool of the devil. The first dining forks were used by the ruling class in the Middle East and the Byzantine Empire. In 1004, Maria Argyropoulina, niece of the Byzantine emperors Basil II and Constantine VIII, was married to the son of the Doge of Venice. She brought with her a little case of two-pronged golden forks, which she used at her wedding feast. The Venetians were shocked, and when Maria died three years later of the plague, Saint Peter Damian proclaimed it was God’s punishment.