So I watched this TED talk the other day titled “Reinventing the encyclopedia”. 

To play you just read a random wikipedia article until you come across something you didn’t know before. Then you keep on other links within that article and continue to read until you find another fact you didn’t know. You could play this game forever. I decided to play the game and share with you what fascinating facts I didn’t know. I played about 5 rounds – or 5 facts.

Beginning word – Blueberry (since I had blueberries in my oatmeal this morning)

Fact #1: The wild blueberry is the official fruit of Maine and is often taken to be as much a symbol of Maine as the lobster. Next link – Quebec

Fact #2: While the province’s (Quebec’s) substantial natural resources have long been the mainstay of its economy, sectors of the knowledge economy such as aerospace, information and communication technologies, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry also play leading roles. Next link – Maple Syrup

Is Quebec the next tech hub? Maybe in the future.

Fact #3: The Canadian province of Quebec is by far the largest producer, responsible for about three-quarters of the world’s output; Canadian exports of maple syrup exceed C$145 million (approximately US$141 million) per year. Next link – Oatmeal

Maple Syrup is so so delicious. Have you ever had maple cupcakes? If you haven’t you should ASAP!

Fact #4: The popularity of oatmeal and other oat products increased again after the January 1997 decision by the Food and Drug Administration that food with a lot of oat bran or rolled oats can carry a label claiming it may reduce the risk of heart disease when combined with a low-fat diet. This is because of the beta-glucan in the oats. Next  link – beta-glucan

I think it’s funny how the article states that oatmeal can reduce the risk of heat disease “when combined with a low-fat diet”. So is it really the oatmeal that can reduce the risk of heart disease or is it the low-fat diet?! Tricky advertising.

Fact #5: They (beta-glucans) occur most commonly as cellulose in plants, the bran of cereal grains, the cell wall of baker’s yeast, certain fungi, mushroomsand bacteria. Some forms of beta glucans are useful in human nutrition as texturing agents and as soluble fiber supplements, but can be problematic in the process of brewing.

And I’m definitely seeing results from Insanity – how exciting!