The name Pat

After the creation of the common day spatula, there was an uprising in the name Spat. Symbolizing a fiery powerful explosion and the creation of an amazing cooking utensil it make sense to use the name.

Soon Spat became a very common name and thus was deviated to Sput, Spet, Spoot and Pat.  The other names quickly fell into obscurity but from then on Pat has become a very common name. Also creating the names Patrick and Patrice.

 

The first known use of the name Pat was in 1777. Given to Pat *McGreg— in Ireland.

 

* The name written on the document was smudged and lost to time.

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~Gaian Helmers

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Beyond the Internet

Throughout humans exploration and expansion of knowledge there has been one big gap in our current information.

The Internet.

The network of all computers and systems branching across the globe weaving into a fabric of knowledge, information, connection and memes.

But among this network there is no core and soon with its mass the internet will soon collapse. Fortunately we know that wont happen but why?

 

The Externet.

The Externet is the structure that holds the internet taught along the globe.  Without it the internet would unravel and fall apart under its own weight. Not much else is known about the Externet but scientists are currently trying to communicate to it and possibly even gain control over it.

I couldn’t tell you if this is a good thing or a bad thing yet. We’ll have to trust their judgement for now.

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~Gaian Helmers

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Why grocery stores never fix their shopping cart wheels.

What a frustrating thing. You grab a shopping cart expecting to go in and get out as pain-free as possible but lo and behold the shopping carts wheels are all caked up and one of them doesn’t even turn.

This is because major research has been done on shopping, shoppers and the conditions given in supermarkets.

Science knows that humans are always drawn to happier conditions and thus will try to alter their environment to balance that out internally.

Research has discovered that a Shopping cart in its 5th year of service will earn 37% more profit than a shopping cart in its 1st year.

This is because the struggle and strain of dealing with a rickety shopping cart lowers the customers mood causing them to subconsciously want to increase their mood back to a comfortable state. This causes you to be a more spontaneous shopper, grabbing more expensive items, treats and impulse items as you roll around the market.

Hope you enjoyed the first batch of Anything But Fact. Expect to see some more next Monday!

Have a good weekend.

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~Gaian Helmers

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Ancient Pine Tree

After the Cambrian Explosion a species of tree grew lush on the super continent Pangaea.

Known by scientists as “Pinus Terra” this incredible pine tree grew upside down. The trunk, branches and needles all grew below ground only exposing its roots to intake carbon dioxide.

The impact this tree had on the world should be known by everyone as this tree later evolved to poke its soft tender needles out of the ground taking over the surface as grass. This is further validated by the fact that grass is found on all continents including Antarctica.

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~Gaian Helmers

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The “Spat” in “Spatula”

The origins of the Spatula:

In the 1500s ‘a strange phenomenon was popping up all around europe… Houses were exploding.

This was caused by the buildup of ash and fat on the bottom of their iron cookware known in the day as “Spat”. The modern way to remedy this issue (modern at the time) was to use a Spatula, a flat metal paddle like object with a wooden handle. One would pull their pot to the side of their hearth and scrape chunks of spat off the bottom of the pot, break it up into smaller chunks and feed it to the fire to keep it burning longer.

In 1743, a spanish chef discovered that he could use his spatula (it is unknown if it was clean) to flip and shift the food on his pan with more dexterity than a knife or fork. This discovery created the spatula we know of today.

The combustive power of spat is caused by the buildup of carbon and fat on the bottom of the cookware. Normally the fat would slowly burn and crisp or spats would fall off early. But when built up into a sizable piece and put directly into a hearth fire would cause it to rapidly combust, much like early black powder.

Hope you enjoyed this read. Look forward to the next update on Wednesday.

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~Gaian Helmers

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