In ancient China, millet was the common grain crop grown for flour. But dry farming technology discovered in the Sui Dynasty (A.D. 581-618) made wheat a viable crop and by the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907), wheat had replaced millet as China’s largest crop. There was enough time in the growing cycle to harvest wheat if millet crops failed and experimentation with wheat flour when it became available, proved it to be an almost endlessly versatile cooking ingredient. It is used in China to make noodles, breads, desserts and dumplings, which became foundational staples of the Chinese diet.
In China’s Himalayan region is a tribe run by women, where all of the major rules and transactions are handled by women. Children are cared for communally and may not know their true fathers. They are raised in homes with grandmothers, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jump to The Guardian’s article The kingdom of women: the society where a man is never the boss.
Hat tip to Leen De-Weerd Mosley for the fun share.
The New York Times reports that a truck driver living a mile away, said, “The air pressure from the blast was so strong it just knocked me down in one fell swoop.”
A storefront disappears … hundreds are injured from flying glass and debris and upon release from the hospital discover that tbey are not allowed to return home … rows of volkswagen beetles awaiting delivery are burnt to a crisp … hundreds turn out to donate blood.