Pig blood curd

Tofu for carnivores… 😉


Jingle Pot Road, Nanaimo: how it got its name

Nanaimo Stories: How Did Jingle Pot Road Get Its Name?

When I first moved to Nanaimo, the name Jingle Pot Road intrigued me as a most unusual name for a street. I was so curious that I decided to do some digging to learn about the history behind the naming of this road.

My research took me to book called A Place in Time: Nanaimo Stories by Jan Peterson, a local author and historian. I learned that the East Wellington Mine was located in the area around the 1890s. When cars of coal were brought to the bottom of the shaft, the man in charge pulled on a long rope tied to a pot at the top of shaft. The pot was filled with stones, which caused it to jingle. The sound from the “jingle pot” was signal for the winch operator to start hoisting.

(Hat tip.)

People are lining up to put their arms inside a cow’s stomach in Saskatoon


Storm Bartsoff says most people are a little nervous about sticking their arm into a cow’s stomach, but it’s when the stomach compresses that they usually recoil.

“When the stomach contracts it’ll tighten down on your arm a little bit so it kind of scares you and makes people jumpy,” said Bartsoff, a third-year veterinary student at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the veterinary school at the University of Saskatchewan.

Nevertheless, every two years, a long line of eager participants wait at the college’s Vetavision open house for a chance to feel inside a cow’s stomach.

The event gives the public a chance to see the types of veterinary research being done at the Saskatoon university.

Fish rain from sky in Mexico


Officials in northeast Mexico say a light rain was accompanied by small fish that fell from the sky.

The civil defence agency for the state of Tamaulipas said in a brief statement that rain Tuesday in the coastal city of Tampico included fish. Photos posted on the agency’s Facebook page show four small fish in a bag and another on a sidewalk.

According to the U.S. Library of Congress, it’s a phenomenon that has been reported since ancient times. Scientists believe that tornadoes over water — known as waterspouts — could be responsible for sucking fish into the air, where they are blown around until being released to the ground.