Ah, almonds! I have always liked those nuts. I am trying out almond milk in my coffee, and am pleasantly impressed. This reminded me of John Conway, who looks a little like Maurice Sendak (to me). Here he is doing something clever with almonds:
It explains a lot about life, no? Look at poor Almond caught between dying of isolation or expiring from claustrophobia. Better to dry-roast and eat it. But that would be nuts. Sorry.
Almond is considered to be one of the earliest domesticated tree nuts. Wild almonds are bitter, the kernel produces deadly cyanide upon mechanical handling, and eating even a few dozen at one sitting can be fatal. Selection of the sweet type, from the many bitter types in wild, marked the beginning of almond domestication.How humans selected the sweet type remains a mystery. (Wikipedia)
This is nice. Nice has a rather shady history:
OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘stupid’): from Old French, from Latin nescius ‘ignorant,’ from nescire ‘not know.’ Other early senses included ‘coy, reserved,’ giving rise to ‘fastidious, scrupulous’: this led both to the sense ‘fine, subtle’ (regarded by some as the “correct” sense), and to the main current senses.(via Google Search)
I will find a better word. How about Aspergillus flavus— such an attractive thing it is. Just look at its aspergillus flavusnice!
But. The game of life being a challenge, one has to consider the effect of mono-crops. (Tons and tons of monkeys!) Fields and fields of almond blossoms, how aspergillus flavus. You need to pass that by the honey bees. This site looks interesting and informative: Bee Informed!