Posted by: Dahni | October 29, 2016

Fountain of Youth

Short url to this post:




By Dahni

© 2016, all rights reserved

What kind of strange picture is this? What does green liquid a mouse and what is that, broccoli, have to do with the Fountain of Youth? Fountain of Youth? Right, do you recall Ponce de Leon?

Juan Ponce de León (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxwan ˈponθe ðe leˈon]; 1474 – July 1521) was a Spanish explorer and conquistador. He became the first Governor of Puerto Rico by appointment of the Spanish crown. He led the first known European expedition to La Florida, which he named during his first voyage to the area in 1513. Though in popular culture, he was supposedly searching for the Fountain of Youth, there is no contemporary evidence to support the story, which is likely a myth.

Perhaps you do not recall Ponce de Leon from school? OK, how about the fantasy movie series, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean?’ The fourth movie in the series is, ‘On Stranger Tides.’ In it was portrayed the infamous real albeit hyped pirate, Blackbeard and a whole bunch of folks that were looking for, ‘The Fountain of Youth.’ The curative powers and magical elixir was thought to give the drinker of the water, long life if not an un-ending or an immortal life.

A recent article suggests that just maybe, The Fountain of Youth has been located. And it just might be lurking around in the dark of most our refrigerators? To quote a lovable minion from the ‘Despicable Me’ movies, Whaaaaat? It could be broccoli? Broccoli? You know that green vegetable that former president George H.W. Bush publicly declared that he did not like. Broccoli.

Here’s a question for you. Have you ever seen broccoli growing in the wild? NO? Well there’s a reason for that.

You’re walking through the forest when you come across some wild broccoli on the forest floor, except wait, wild broccoli doesn’t exist! Broccoli is a human invention. It came from the mustard plant and was bred out of the wild kale plant by carefully selecting for the traits we wanted and discarding those we didn’t. broccoli_origin

So, they fed some mice some brocolli green. Some green water. And this some think might be, the Fountain of Youth? A myth and made up vegetable? Broccoli?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


%d bloggers like this: