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10 All-American Foods That Foreigners Can't Stand

10 All-American Foods That Foreigners Can't Stand | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Red velvet cake does not sit well with many foreigners. They dislike it because it is packed with chemicals and food coloring. Many think that is tastes bland and that the only flavor coming through is the artificial coloring taste. They would much prefer a true chocolate or vanilla cake.

Via Seth Dixon
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Culture determines what food that you eat.  American foods are a blend of different cultures as well as convenience products.  The convenience foods are full of different chemicals and perservatives that alter the flavor of foods. 

Even for foods that we think would taste the same like chocolate there is a large difference in taste.  I agree that some of the things like grits or biscuits and gravy would seem odd if you hadn't grown up with them.  Red Velvet Cake (the only part I like about it is the Cream Cheese Icing) has a chemcial taste as does the cheese products, such as cheese in a can.

However just as foreigners don't like some American foods some foreign foods taste equally strange to Americans, even things that seem that they would taste the same such as soft drinks in other countries. 

However Peanut Butter and Jelly is wonderful (it is difficult to find peanut butter in many countries) but I agree that European chocolate is much tastier.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 2, 2014 9:50 PM

I hate to break this to you Americans (and yes I am one), but not everyone likes your food.  This list highlights the fact that what we enjoy is socially crafted within our own cultural groups with distinct sensibilities.  The short list:

  • Red Velvet Cake
  • Grocery Bread
  • Biscuits and Gravy
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Grits
  • Chocolate
  • Bacon and Eggs
  • Spray Cheese
  • Casseroles
  • Cereal
Mr. David Burton's comment, April 5, 2014 7:55 PM
But I oh so love everything on this list ... pfff :-)
Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 28, 2014 10:45 AM

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Sweden Reinstates Conscription, With an Eye on Russia

Sweden Reinstates Conscription, With an Eye on Russia | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
There was a time after the Cold War when the Swedes felt they could drop their defenses. No more.
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Sweden is reinstating the draft due to the escalation of Cold War tensions in the last few years.   
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Medieval Armour

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Medieval Armour and Shields
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Great description of different parts of armor from the Middle Ages, also plenty of pictures.
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Cats Sailed With Vikings to Conquer the World, Genetic Study Reveals

Cats Sailed With Vikings to Conquer the World, Genetic Study Reveals | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
"I didn’t even know there were Viking cats."
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Imagining cats with swords? Nope, that's not it but cats with thicker fur did live in Viking controlled areas and did travel with them on ships.
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Missouri Mules Sent To Front Lines in WWI

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As the 100th anniversary of the U.S. involvement in World War I approaches, the Missouri Historical Society is reminding history buffs that Missouri sent more than soldiers “over there.’’
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WWI is considered the first modern war but animals were valuable for transportation.  Mules are very valuable for transporting large loads and being easier to care for than horses.
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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory' | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.
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Dr. Weigl gave a weak inferior vaccine to the Nazi's and successfully vaccinated thousands of Poles.
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World War I History - World War I - HISTORY.com

World War I History - World War I - HISTORY.com | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Find out more about the history of World War I History, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on HISTORY.com
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WWI was at first called the War to End all Wars - it is considered to be the first modern war.  
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D.C. Votes Overwhelmingly To Become 51st State

D.C. Votes Overwhelmingly To Become 51st State | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
District of Columbia voters passed the referendum Tuesday with nearly 80 percent in favor. Congress, which will ultimately decide the fate of the federal district, is not expected to approve it.
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Will Congress approve Washington, DC to become the next state?

We think that the number of states is a permanent unchanging number but throughout the history of the United States territories have voted whether or not they would become a state.  There are benefits to being a state, such as representation in Congress.  

This vote passed in the local elections by a huge margin so maybe this will be factored into the decision making process of the creation of a new state.
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Iceland’s No. 1 Dating Rule: Make Sure You’re Not Cousins

Iceland’s No. 1 Dating Rule: Make Sure You’re Not Cousins | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Connections are common in a country of 330,000 citizens, leading singles to check family backgrounds
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In Iceland surnames, or last names, are based on the fathers last name with either son (for boys) or dottir (for girls).  Family last names change with every generation which would make it easy to forget who all you are related to.  
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Hurricane uncovers Civil War-era cannon balls

Hurricane uncovers Civil War-era cannon balls | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Civil War-era cannonballs have been detonated in South Carolina after Hurricane Matthew uncovered the old military ordnance in Folly Beach.
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Storms always unearth new finds.  Even though hurricanes are extremely destructive new things are created from them. 
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The World Nomad Games are like the Olympics, except with more fire and flying goat carcasses

The World Nomad Games are like the Olympics, except with more fire and flying goat carcasses | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
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This sounds fascinating.  The amount of practice and training that these athletes would have to go through is astonishing.  
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TimeMaps

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Alexander the Great ruled a large part of the Ancient World - How was his rule different from other rulers?
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The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel

The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Why did it take so long to invent the wheelbarrow? Have we hit peak innovation? What our list reveals about imagination, optimism, and the nature of progress.
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What do you think the most important invention would be?
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Sunken cities

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London’s must-see summer exhibition - Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered. Their story is told for the first time at the British Museum.
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Rivers and landforms change over time.  We have the ability to study and remove artifacts that have been submerged.  But should we remove them so that we can see what ancient life was like or leave them where they were?
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Back to the Dark Ages | History Today

Back to the Dark Ages | History Today | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Monogram at the start of the Gospel of Matthew, from the Lindisfarne Gospels (c. 700 AD) To academic historians the Dark Ages are a thing of the past. And yet English Heritage, in their timeline of the Story of England from the prehistoric to the modern period, shows that, after the Romans left Britain, the nation fell into the ‘Dark Ages’ before resurfacing for two distinct Middle Ages, neatly chopping medieval England into pieces. The term ‘Dark Ages’ found a foothold in the 17th and 18th centuries, with historians like Edward Gibbon writing about the ‘darkness’ of the period, and reached its peak in the mid-19th century as, with a fervent belief in the dawn of a modern age, a growing Empire needed to build a dark past from which to emerge. The Dark Ages cling to Victorian ideals. 
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The Dark Ages refer to the fact people thought that no learning happened during this time, however this is not true.
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Why Did Greenland's Vikings Vanish?

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Newly discovered evidence is upending our understanding of how early settlers made a life on the island -- and why they suddenly disappeared
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The common view was that the Vikings transplanted their lives to Greenland and didn't adapt to changing environmental factors.  Current research shows us a much different picture.  The Vikings did adapt to the land and resources but a combination of factors - extreme weather, Black Death, change in valued products all happening at about the same time caused the collapse of the Vikings in Greenland.
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Farming Behind Barbed Wire: Japanese-Americans Remember WWII Incarceration

Farming Behind Barbed Wire: Japanese-Americans Remember WWII Incarceration | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Many of the incarcerated were farmers, coerced to work the land in the camps. The food they grew was meant for the incarcerated but camp administrators sold it on the open market. Resistance ensued.
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The Internment camps during WWII were a sad part of American History - American citizens of Japanese decent were sent to these camps.  The only reason they were sent was their ethnic background.  
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Can Putin, Abe end World War II and change Pacific power dynamic?

Can Putin, Abe end World War II and change Pacific power dynamic? | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
They're the islands where World War II never ended and now they're the focal point of a rare meeting between the leaders of Japan and Russia.
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The Kuril Islands have been a center of tension since WWII.  After a war, the victors frequently take goods from the losing side.  These could be land, money, favorable trading, and or military bases. 
Russia has a strong presence in the Pacific and using these islands as a base only strengthens this presence.  The current Russian regime does not have a policy of giving land back so the islands will probably stay a part of Russia.
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'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli meets his match in a group of Australian schoolboys

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli meets his match in a group of Australian schoolboys | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Inspired by outrage over Turing Pharmaceuticals' decision to hike the price of a lifesaving drug, eight Sydney schoolboys recreated it for just $20 a pill.
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Research and development of new drugs is often very expensive.  However, the cost of making them is relatively inexpensive after drug companies recoup their money from development.  The current practice some companies have of dramatically increasing the price of an established drug is dangerous.  The fact that high school students in a lab can recreate a drug for a much lower price than what the drug had been sold for is telling about the situation.
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The plague of fake news is getting worse -- here's how to protect yourself

The plague of fake news is getting worse -- here's how to protect yourself | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
It's time for a new rule on the web: Double, no, triple check before you share. Especially if it seems too good to be true.
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Fake news and the rumors that they spread have been growing in recent years.  The problem is the more that we see a story the more likely we are to believe it and social media is full of these fake sites.

Please get in the habit of checking with different reputable site or anti-hoax sites before you forward news on.  
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Aztecs - Facts & Summary - HISTORY.com

Aztecs - Facts & Summary - HISTORY.com | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Find out more about the history of Aztecs, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on HISTORY.com
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The Aztecs ruled with fear and had numerous enemies but were brought down with disease.
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China banned from buying donkeys

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China's demand for donkey products, used in traditional remedies, is proving problematic for African suppliers and causing economic and environmental issues.
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China's economy is transitioning from mainly agriculture to more industry and manufacturing.  This means that there are fewer farm animals to be used in traditional medicines.  
Why were they banned from buying from several African countries?  It wasn't that the countries disagreed with the practice but rather the large numbers in a short amount of time were causing problems.  It was driving up the cost of animals, causing shortages, and the problem with the remains and waster products after butchering the animals.
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Navajo code talker dies at age 95

Navajo code talker dies at age 95 | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Joe Hosteen Kellwood, a Navajo code talker who served in the Marines during World War II, died Monday at age 95.
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Why scientists reconstructed an ancient plague

Why scientists reconstructed an ancient plague | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Scientists have sequenced an ancient plague genome to better understand the history and biology of the disease.
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It sounds strange, recreating an ancient disease.  The more that we understand about past diseases the more that we can see how they change and help prevent them.
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Legendary (Imaginary?) Nazi Gold Train Still Missing

Legendary (Imaginary?) Nazi Gold Train Still Missing | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Another dig below a Polish town failed to find a legendary gold- and gem-filled train from World War II.
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Millions of dollars worth of art and artifacts went missing during WWII.  Some were destroyed in bombings while others were taken.  
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