Thought for the day

"I just wonder what it would be like to be reincarnated in an animal whose species had been so reduced in numbers than it was in danger of extinction. What would be its feelings toward the human species whose population explosion had denied it somewhere to exist.... I must confess that I am tempted to ask for reincarnation as a particularly deadly virus." -- Prince Philip, in his Forward to "If I Were an Animal" - United Kingdom, Robin Clark Ltd., 1986.

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These days, chocolate is a popular dessert and every holiday that comes is another excuse to eat chocolate in various shapes and forms. Without it, there would be no s'mores or brownies, and a hot fudge sundae would just be vanilla ice cream with a cherry on top. But what many people don't know is that chocolate actually started out as a bitter drink. Chocolate comes from the beans of the cacao plant, it should not be confused with cacao, which is the powdered form of chocolate. The actual word "chocolate" is believed to have evolved from the Aztec word "zocotl", the name of a bitter drink made from cocoa beans. The cacao tree is called theobroma cacao in Latin, which means "food of the gods." Chocolate is believed to have been around for two thousand years; However, recently discovered evidence suggests that its construction dates back to 1900 BC. What is in Mexico now? Pottery excavated in Honduras containing traces of cocoa remains dating back to 1400 BC.