The obscure Supreme Court case that decided tomatoes are vegetables

It’s a question used to trick schoolkids the nation over: Is the tomato actually a fruit or vegetable? Botanically, it’s a fruit. But legally, it’s not. And the origins of that discrepancy lie in a 19th-century Supreme Court case so obscure, many tomato experts aren’t even aware of it. “Tomatoes have such an outlandish history,” said George Ball, the chief executive at the seed company Burpee. “Most people hear it and are bewildered for life.” As Ball explains it, fruits and vegetables differ in one major botanical way. A fruit is technically the seed-bearing structure of a plant — and a vegetable can be virtually any part of the plant… Read More

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The latest way companies are luring top female talent: Breast milk shipping

After returning to work following the birth of her twins, Kate Torgersen was on a business trip in San Diego in spring 2014. It wasn’t the most important trip professionally, but personally, she recalled, proving that she could seamlessly transition back to the workplace was a big deal. There was just one problem: As committed as Torgersen was to her career, she was equally committed to keeping her newborns healthy by providing them with breast milk – one gallon every two days. Like many working mothers who find themselves on the road, Torgensen faced a tough choice. Stop pumping altogether, and her body would produce less milk, and her twins… Read More

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Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir’s Lavish Wedding Cake Came Close to Outshining Her Extravagant Wedding — See the Pic!

Keyshia Ka’oir’s extravagant wedding dress was almost given a run for its money by her and Gucci Mane‘s wedding cake. Following the couple’s lavish $1.7 million ceremony, the rapper, 37, shared a photo of their multi-tiered wedding cake on Instagram Wednesday. The sparkling white cake towered over Mane, who stands at 6’2” — he even needed a sword to cut through it. Complete with white, delicate roses as the frosting, the cake was made up of four double-tiered layers with crystals dangling from each section so that it resembled a dramatic chandelier – perfect for the “diamonds and crystals” theme of their nuptials. “Cake double my size,” Mane wrote in… Read More

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Five reasons to see Bob Mould

Bob Mould Oct. 22 | Rickshaw Theatre Tickets and info: $27.50 at ticketfly.com and local record stores Highlife, Neptoon, Red Cat and Zulu 1. It’s a solo show. From his decade with underground hardcore/postpunk trio Husker Du to his years with ’90s hitmakers Sugar, Bob Mould has influenced generations of musicians. His Vancouver show is one of three West Coast dates and a rare chance to see him play solo, accompanied by his own masterful electric guitar playing. 2. Husker Du. No word on whether he will be doing songs from his 10 years in the legendary Minneapolis outfit. But at least two factors favour such a move. One is… Read More

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Eclectic collection of short stories a zany delight

Don’t Tell Me What To Do Dina Del Buccia Arsenal Pulp, $17.95 | 274 pages An off-kilter office where power struggles and boundary issues reign among administrative staff. The private record-keeping of a teenage mall fashionista. A pair of squabbling, bingo-playing sisters in their 70s with a long history of interpersonal secrets. The trials, triumphs, and epic humiliation of Sashay, a small town pre-pubescent girl on the beauty pageant circuit with her big-haired mother. Across the 15 stories of her debut collection Don’t Tell Me What To Do, Vancouver’s Dina Del Bucchia showcases a delightful eclecticism. Surely, any volume that opens with Val, a headstrong retiree and fan of concrete… Read More

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