"I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage."
~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Pliny the Elder, a first century Roman author, believed that all dolphins answer to the name "snubnose" (simonis), preferring that name to any other. Perhaps the dolphins Pliny encountered were simply being polite.
A team of researchers from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland found evidence that dolphins call each other by name.
Their study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
, shows that the marine mammals use a unique whistle to identify each other and when they hear their own call played back to them, they respond.
The researchers made a recording of a group of wild bottlenose dolphins, capturing the unique whistle of each member of the group. Then, these unique calls were played back on underwater speakers.
According to Dr. Vincent Janik, of the university's Sea Mammal Research Unit, "We played signature whistles of animals in the group; we also played other whistles in their repertoire and then signature whistles of different populations - animals they had never seen in their lives."
The research team found that individual dolphins only responded to their own calls, by sounding their unique whistle back. Think of the roll call from the start of your elementary school class. The teacher asks, "Tommy?" The student responds, "Tommy!", "Maria?"... "Maria!", and so on.
The team concluded that dolphins, like humans, answer upon hearing their name.
So, the next time you go to the ocean and see the dolphins swimming nearby, you may want to introduce yourself.
The Philippines is still dealing with the aftermath after being hit by one of the world's biggest typhoons. Stephen Colbert challenged his fans, which he calls the "Colbert Nation" to beat China's initial paltry offering of $100,000.00 in aid (reportedly small due to tensions between the two countries over disputed claims in the South China Sea) by donating via text message to Convoy of Hope. The Colbert Nation came through, raising over $245,590 (as of last week) to help bring clean water and food to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Colbert urged his audience, "Let's kick China's (bleep) at being compassionate."
To donate $10 to Convoy of Hope and join the Colbert Nation in supporting typhoon response efforts in the Philippines, you can text COLBERT to 50555
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Samosas, the popular Indian snack food, are also enjoyed in African countries like Kenya and Somalia, where they are known as Sambusa or Samboosa. No matter what you call them, these snacks are super yummy and this no-fry version is easy to prepare. I based this African-inspired recipe on my prize-winning 2002 recipe for
Crescent Samosas, but this time I used Immaculate Baking Company's
"honestly delicious" crescent rolls (no bleached flour, no hydrogentated
oils and Non-GMO verified!) They also make cookie dough, pie crust, biscuits and sweet rolls. Immaculate Baking Co. products are carried at Whole Foods Markets or visit immaculatebaking.com for details and where to buy.Lentil and Butternut Squash SambusasThese are super-yummy and delicious served hot or at room temperature. They make a great snack-on-the-go or packed lunch item as well as elegant appetizers. You can find cooked packaged lentils in the refrigerated section of Trader Joe's. You can also substitute the butternut squash with cooked pumpkin.
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 an onion, diced (about 3/4 cup)
2 cups cooked diced butternut squash
2 cups cooked lentils
1/2 teaspoon each: thyme, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground ginger root, cayenne, salt
1 & 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 (8oz) cans Immaculate Baking Co. refrigerated crescent rolls
Preheat oven to 375°F
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot. Add garlic and onion. Cook, stirring, about two minutes. Add cooked butternut squash and salt. Stir and cook for a minute or two and add lentils, seasonings and lemon juice. Cook until heated through, mashing slightly with a potato masher or a large fork as you cook. Turn off heat.
Separate dough into 16 triangles and arrange on a baking sheet. Stretch each triangle slightly to make them a little bit larger. Place a rounded 2 tablespoons of filling on the shortest side of each triangle. Roll up, starting at short end, gently stretching and wrapping dough around filling as you go and rolling to opposite point. Pinch the open edges together to seal.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Note: you can cook a few minutes less and store wrapped tightly in fridge to heat up later. Reheat at 375°F for about 7 or 8 minutes, or until golden brown.
Makes 16 sambusas