May 8, ’05 10:17 PM
Would anyone have bet the bank on Chinese food back then? According to Chinese Restaurant News, there are now more Chinese restaurants in America than there are McDonald’s franchises—nearly three times as many in fact. In the 19th century, though, the Chinese were scorned as rat-eaters; nothing could have been more revolting than eating what they ate. An 1877 magazine cartoon titled “Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving Dinner” shows various immigrants contentedly enjoying their respective national dishes —a Frenchman, for example, tucks into his frogs—while an officious African-American manservant conveys a turkey to Uncle Sam. All is harmony, right down to a Native Indian who, unable to abide a chair, squats peaceably beside his fellow guests. Only one personage draws horror from the other diners—the Chinaman, about to eat a rodent.
May 8, ’05 5:20 PM
As two professional scientists we thought it would be a good idea to create a website to explore the true science underlying popular science fiction, such as Dr Who, Star Trek and Stargate SG-1. Click on the links below for a proper scientific explanation for popular Sci-Fi story lines.
May 8, ’05 5:10 PM