How To Poach An Egg

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So I thought to myself, “surely there’s a website that’ll give me advice on the perfect poached egg?”

And to google I go, and of course there is a thousand and one bloody sites. And guess what? It’s a hotbed of conflicting advice. Every chef has a different method. I’m confused, I don’t want choice – I want results.

Hmmm. The only thing to do is to try out a few methods and see which ones the best.

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Naval Art From the Atomic Bomb Test in Bikini Atoll

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Fascinating gallery.

In contrast to all later atmospheric nuclear tests, a large media contingent was present for the two Crossroads detonations. They were allowed to cover the test atomic bomb explosions “with sufficient thoroughness to satisfy the public as to the fairness and general results of the experiment.” Quartered aboard USS Appalachian (AGC-1), 131 newspaper, magazine, and radio correspondents from the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, the Republic of China, the Soviet Union, and Britain covered the detonations, turning these experiments into major media events. In addition, the three artists presented here also recorded the project: Gunnery Sergeant Grant Powers, USMC, was the official combat artist for the operation while Lieutenant Commander Arthur Beaumont, USNR, and Captain Charles Bittinger, USNR, were observers.

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The Piris Reis Map

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I hadn’t heard of this before.

In 1929, a group of historians found an amazing map drawn on a gazelle skin.
Research showed that it was a genuine document drawn in 1513 by Piri Reis, a famous admiral of the Turkish fleet in the sixteenth century…

The Controversy

The Piri Reis map shows the western coast of Africa, the eastern coast of South America, and the northern coast of Antarctica. The northern coastline of Antarctica is perfectly detailed. The most puzzling however is not so much how Piri Reis managed to draw such an accurate map of the Antarctic region 300 years before it was discovered, but that the map shows the coastline under the ice.

And here is another site discussing the Piris Reis Map.
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