Cod

Cod is among the most important food fish in the world, and cod liver oil has been a popular dietary supplement for centuries at least. So let's show a little appreciation for the Gadidae, shall we?

Mangosteen

One of the many popular world fruits that is virtually unknown in North America, the mangosteen is also a close relative to the source of one of the most recognizeable colors in the world.

Alunite

If you know even one of the important uses of this under-the-radar mineral, then you probably either work in one of the many industries that use it -- or you've already read this article.

Coppice

Have you ever read a Jane Austin novel, and wondered what a "copse" is, exactly? I thought I knew -- and it turns out, I was wrong.

Bloomery

Though you will not see a working bloomery today, it's worthwhile to stop a moment, and reflect on its beautiful and world-changing ingenuity.

Propolis

One of the many mysteries of the bee world, propolis is the fascinating product of beehive alchemy. But what, exactly, does it do?

Ashlar

I think "Ashlar" would be a great name for a fantasy hero -- especially given the properties that a good ashlar should have.

Caoutchouc

I'll be honest: I do not know how to pronounce this word. But I do know that it is one of the most insane and useful products found in nature.

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