Thursday, 16 February 2006

Not Very Interesting Facts No. 275

Here’s a picture by the distinguished American photo-journalist Ed KASHI.

The town of KASHI in Xinjiang, SW China (pop.174,570) was once an important trading post on the Old Silk Road.

At the KASHI Ashram in Florida they teach an eclectic mix of the deep spiritual wisdom of all times and places.

The astronomer and mathematician al-KASHI (known popularly as Ghiyath al-Din Jamshid Mas'ud al-Kashi) died in Samarkand in 1429.

Finally, and least interesting of all, KASHI was invented in La Jolla near San Diego in 1983. It became popular after being served at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and is now marketed by Kelloggs. Made from seven different grains, it combines all the characteristics of puffed wheat and grape-nuts, that is to say it tastes like a mixture of polystyrene, birdseed and gravel, and is absolutely disgusting.


Minerva said...

Isn't kashi also a russian food?

Tony said...

Yes, forgot that, it's buckwheat, but I always think of this as kasha, which is stuff made from it, i.e. blinis or (in Poland) a sort of porridge.
Now, for something really uninteresting: Buckwheat is not a cereal like wheat or barley but belongs to the same family as rhubarb and is known to botanists as Fagopyrum esculentum.

Ed Kashi said...

kashi is also the original name of Varanasi in India