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Ya-hoo! Remember “Ol’ Hillbilly” Mountain Dew?

Mountain Dew in the 1960s

mt dew ad 1I wasn’t allowed to have many soft drinks or sweets when I was a kid.  So when I had the chance, I would get a Mountain Dew and linger over it’s syrupy bite.

I pointedly ignored my older sisters remarks about Mountain Dew’s color, and what they thought it resembled.  It was the perfect complement a Moon Pie or a Nutty Buddy ice cream cone.

Back then, few parents would have thought that a light colored soft drink would be so loaded with caffeine.  It was training wheels for future Red Bull and Starbucks addicts.

Mountain Dew’s early years

Mountain Dew’s original formula was invented in the 1940s in Marion, Virginia.  It was first marketed in Johnson City and Knoxville, Tennessee in 1948. Continue reading Ya-hoo! Remember “Ol’ Hillbilly” Mountain Dew?

Lapland’s Sami reindeer people–simple life, superfood diet

Simple life, superfood diet of Lapland’s Sami people

lapland mapLapland is a cultural region that spans the arctic areas of Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the northwest tip of mainland Russia.

Traditional Laplanders are called the Sami people.  Many of them still live the way their ancestors did, herding reindeer that forage across the wide arctic expanse for lichens in the winter and green plants in the summer.

The Sami lifestyle is simple and peaceful.  The diet is rich in an array of superfoods.

The Sami people rely on reindeer for their very existence.  They eat reindeer meat, use the milk for cheese, and the skins for clothing, blankets, and shelter.  They create tools and decorations from the bones and antlers.

sami people

The Sami also use reindeer as pack and harness animals.  Even the Lapland police use reindeer!  In arctic weather, reindeer are more reliable than motorized vehicles or other animals.

lapland police

All reindeer are considered domesticated in Lapland.  Reindeer hunting is illegal.

In this two minute video, a young Sami reindeer herder explains the connection he feels to his reindeer:

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