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Ancient Pompeii Diet Consisted of Giraffe and Other "Exotic'" Delicacies 172

Philip Ross writes "New research into Pompeiians' daily lives is broadening our understanding of this ancient Roman culture, particularly their eating habits, before Mt. Vesuvius brought it all crumbling down nearly 2,000 years ago. Over the past decade, archaeologists excavating a row of building plots discovered remnants of food that would have been widely available and inexpensive in ancient Italy, like grains, fruits, olives, lentils, local fish, nuts and chicken eggs. They also uncovered evidence that Pompeiians enjoyed a variety of exotic foods, some of which would have been imported from outside Italy, including sea urchins, flamingos and even the butchered leg joint of a giraffe."
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Ancient Pompeii Diet Consisted of Giraffe and Other "Exotic'" Delicacies

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  • by IonOtter ( 629215 ) on Sunday January 05, 2014 @09:33PM (#45874795) Homepage

    Garum liquamen [wikipedia.org] is still in the stores today, still doing the same things it did for the ancient Greeks and Romans. We know it as "fish sauce", with one of the most well-known names being Viet Huong 3 Crabs Fish Sauce. [vietworldkitchen.com]

  • by dbIII ( 701233 ) on Sunday January 05, 2014 @10:11PM (#45875067)
    Romans eating Giraffe (with honey?) was mentioned in at least one of them.
  • Re:MMMM !! GIRAFE !! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by flyneye ( 84093 ) on Sunday January 05, 2014 @10:16PM (#45875119) Homepage

    This was Pompeii, if they couldn't eat it , they fucked it.
    Ever seen the "hidden" archaeological findings?
    These people didn't have T.V., radio, or internet, but they put on some damn elaborate sex shows.
    It was considered normal to put on a show for your house guests.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 05, 2014 @11:22PM (#45875431)
    After the mistrust I go through during a day of trying to use Windows, always wondering who's using all the memory, what's tying up the CPU, wondering what viruses and hostile code I may get by just visiting a website, I kind of think of Microsoft like a public toilet.

    The boss loves the idea he can get cheap software, and seems to think he can solve any problem about stolen data with a call to his lawyer. For me personally, its like having to take a bad road to work during a bad fog, where all sorts of DRM and trolling take place - a place where I cannot trust anyone's true identity, but failing to honor some demand by some business can result in all sorts of punitive action. I feel I am being coerced into signing legal agreements without being allowed to read them. These agreements are not enforced by men with guns, but the cold machinations of a central processing unit executing instructions given to it by an entity I am not allowed to verify.

    In my mind, Microsoft has sold themselves into prostitution, getting into bed with whatever special interest that pays their fee. They carry all the diseases to prove it, and the doctors get even richer selling me all sorts of pills that may or may not relieve the distress of visiting the wrong whore.

    I realize Microsoft is the Language of Business. In order to make myself valuable to the business-man, I have to tolerate this lack of robustness and accountability. The business-man does not see how I need to reboot my machine daily to recover my memory and free up CPU cycles from only God knows what scripts got launched yet I have no control over. I know nothing is confidential in my machine. I have a cheap WalMart laptop I use exclusively for web browsing and research, as know its going to get dirty. I use a toilet brush to clean the toilet too. I object to having the toilet brush on my dining table; and also object to having Microsoft products around where anything confidential is being discussed. I feel as uncomfortable doing banking with this kind of technology as conducting my financial business in a dark alley. Even if I have to hire private security, which also have histories of co-operating with the bad guys.

    In my personal life, about the last thing I want to buy with my OWN money is anything to do with Microsoft, whether it be Microsoft phone, or some sort of Microsoft stuff in my car. I like dependable tools. A professional mountaineer is likely to scoff about carabiners purchased at the dollar store. I am scoffing for the very same reason. Damn thing is apt to fail. However, looking at it from a business point of view, if I could get the mountaineer to work for me, had him sign away all liability I had in the matter, I could save money by having him use the dollar store carabiners.

    As far as I am concerned, Microsoft is business-grade software, sold to executives. Its not the kind of tool you would try to sell to a mechanic.

    I will post this rant AC. This has been my experience in this manner. I am sorely disappointed that this charade of trying to build a trustworthy computing platform as gone on for so long and we are still without a truly viable and trustworthy operating system.
  • Re:MMMM !! GIRAFE !! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by _merlin ( 160982 ) on Monday January 06, 2014 @12:58AM (#45875875) Homepage Journal

    It's the Old Testament where the God of the Israelites rains fire and brimstone on wicked cities. That had already been written.

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