Books…you know, those paper things that people used to read? Occasionally, you can spot one out in the wild. Thanks to iPad, Kindle and electronic devices in general, paper books are slowly going the way of the buffalo. So, in honor of our dear dying friend, the paper book, here are some little known facts about them that may make you feel a bit nostalgic.
- The first book ever bought on Amazon was called Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought. What was the first book you bought on Amazon?
- The Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ means ‘buying a load of books and then not getting round to reading them’ — how many of us have done that?
- The record for most people balancing books on their heads at the same place and time is 998 in Sydney, Australia, in 2012 — I guess we could have a Nook balancing contest, but that seems a lot less interesting.
- Franz Kafka asked his friend to burn all of his work. The Trial, The Castle, and Amerika were published against Kafka’s will. It’d be a lot harder to burn e-readers, though I suppose it’s possible.
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the first book written with a typewriter. Remember those?
- The first book ever printed was the Gutenburg bible, in 1455. It’s estimated that between 1815 and 1975, five million bibles had been printed.
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Ever thought about growing an herb garden? Not only are herbs fairly simple to grow, but they can be very useful in cooking. Here are a few steps to get you started on your herb garden.
Choose a Location
People often prefer to have herb gardens in or near the kitchen, which can be very convenient. The most important thing, however, is that the location receives about six hours of sunlight. If you don’t have a spot that receives plenty of light, you can always create a garden that relies on artificial light.
Gather Your Supplies
Unless you chose to grow your herb garden in the ground, you will likely need pots for your garden. In addition to containers, be sure to get soil and, of course, seeds or plants. Which brings us to our next step…
Select Your Herbs
Which herbs would you like to grow? Start with a couple of herbs that you know you love. If you’re not sure which ones those may be, maybe try some popular herbs. For example, basil is a great addition to pasta dishes and mint is excellent in many summertime drinks!
Don’t Give Up
Once you’ve created your indoor herb garden, don’t give up! Remember to water your garden but, more importantly, know that it sometimes takes a little experimentation to figure out exactly how best to keep your garden healthy and flourishing. If one herb doesn’t grow, try another. If one location doesn’t work, move your garden. Stay with it and you’ll have an abundance of herbs to share with friends!
An herb garden of your own can be a fun and creative way to explore gardening while spicing up your cooking. What are you thinking of growing in your herb garden?