When I first heard someone say “Ataulfo,” I nearly said “Gesundheit!” The Ataulfo mango is sometimes referred to as the “champagne mango.” And it makes me think of that line from the Van Morrison song: “She’s as sweet as Tupelo honey,” except I sing it as: “She’s as sweet as Ataulfo honey-mango.” It generally annoys everyone in the vicinity of my voice. Nonetheless, this mango is sweet like a love song.
Hello, my name is Violet Beauregarde. You may remember me from Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was the kid who chewed a lot of gum—and I mean A LOT—and while visiting Mr. Wonka’s factory, I got excited and grabbed one of his inventions. Short story shorter, the dang gum backfired, and I turned into a giant blueberry and had to be rolled away by the Oompa Loompas.
Springtime mandarin season makes me think of the Full Moon Fairy. I first heard about her when my daughter came home from kindergarten and announced that a fairy would be visiting us—every full moon. Ah, another late-night visitor to add to the guest list. I was already pressed to remember to leave the gate unlatched for Mr. Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, assorted leprechauns, and now the Full Moon Fairy.
(Throat clearing) “Excuse me—we have a strict ‘no pets’ policy here.”
“I don’t have any pets.”
“What do you call that cute, fuzzy brown thing you’re petting?”
Winter is a citrus carnival at The FruitGuys. Every region has boxes brimming with bright orange citrus. Throughout the season, we'll see navels, blood oranges, Cara Caras, grapefruit, and myriad mandarins, including satsumas, clementines, Daisies, Dancys, Murcotts, pixie tangerines, and more. Our fruit buyers travel to the southern tips of their regions where the winter sunshine is ripening the fruit.
Yoko Ono and John Lennon met in 1966 at a preview of Ono's art show at London’s Indica Gallery. The famous Beatle was intrigued by her conceptual art, including the display of a green apple atop a Plexiglas box. They began a dialogue that sparked their relationship.
Robots are already a part of everyday life—Siri can call your mom for you, and robotic vacuums clean and entertain your cat while you’re away. Artificial intelligence guides many appliances, and robots do the heavy lifting and repetitive tasks of manufacturing. Robot designers are working fast and furious to close the gap on the human-like skills needed for us to have a C-3PO-style ’droid or a Jetson’s Rosie in our employ. But the future is still a ways off, as one of the greatest challenges for robots is touch.