We’ll Drink To That: Beer Was Invented By Women | Jezebel

Historian Jane Peyton has been researching the history of beer, and she’s found that up until about 200 years ago women were responsible for beer. Because beer was considered a food, it was women’s work — and their skill in crafting ale was considered so special that in Mesopotamia and Sumeria, only women were allowed to brew the stuff or run taverns. Same goes in Norse society and ancient Finland (where women were considered to be a formal ingredient in its creation). In England “ale-wives” brewed beer at home and brought in significant income for their families; Queen Elizabeth I enjoyed a daily liquid breakfast and consumed ale at other points during the day.

We’ll Drink To That: Beer Was Invented By Women | Jezebel

Dogs key to human society, maybe…

Dog domestication and human settlement occurred at the same time, some 15,000 years ago, raising the possibility that dogs may have had a complex impact on the structure of human society. Dogs could have been the sentries that let hunter gatherers settle without fear of surprise attack. They may also have been the first major item of inherited wealth, preceding cattle, and so could have laid the foundations for the gradations of wealth and social hierarchy that differentiated settled groups from the egalitarianism of their hunter-gatherer predecessors. Notions of inheritance and ownership, Dr. Driscoll said, may have been prompted by the first dogs to permeate human society, laying an unexpected track from wolf to wealth.

New Finding Puts Origins of Dogs in Middle East – NYTimes.com

Airborne bears to catch bin Laden, and other letters to the Pentagon | Stars and Stripes

This article contains several gems like this:

Bears have scent detection that is far superior to bloodhounds!  Trained bears with GPS and day/night cameras around their necks might be able to hunt down the scent of UBL, even in and through any caves and tunnels!!! Overnight, Parachute some bears into areas UBL might be.  Attempt to train bears to take off parachutes after landing, or use parachutes that self-destruct after landing.

Airborne bears to catch bin Laden, and other letters to the Pentagon | Stars and Stripes