Some Funs Facts About Banana Splits

1. Believe it nor not, the simple Banana Split is nutritional. In terms of nutritional content, it holds its own among others options in the dessert category. The average serving contains around 510 calories, 237 calories of which come from animal fats in the ice cream and cream. The treat also contains 76% of the recommended daily intake of saturated fats.

2. The first recorded instance of a banana split was made in 1904 inside a small drug store in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Invented by apprentice-pharmacist, David Evans Strickler, who then worked for Tassell Pharmacy. Strickler had been inspired by the fruit-filled sundaes on sale in Atlantic City during a vacation and the delicious creation quickly became a hit with local students.

3. The name is taken from the fact that Strickler split the banana down the middle to drop three scoops of ice cream in between. Hence the name. A similar dessert using sliced bananas cut across the banana is known as the Banana Royale.

4. Strickler is actually also credited with inventing the boat-shaped dish that all Banana Splits are now served in. In order to display his famed dessert, Strickler designed a long, narrow dish known as the “banana boat.” Stickler had two dozen made by the Westmoreland Glass Co. in a nearby town.

5. The original dessert was made with three scoops of different flavored ice cream, covered in marshmallow, pineapple slices, crushed nuts, cherries, and sweet sugar syrup. But you don’t have to adhere to the original recipe to enjoy something delicious. You can get creative with your own toppings.

6. The Banana Splits was also a hugely popular American kids TV show from the late 1960s, which ran from 1968 to 1982 in various formats. The Banana Splits were a fictional rock band composed of four funny animal characters, Fleegle (A greenish-brown dog wearing a large red bow tie), Bingo (A nasal-voiced orange ape wearing white glasses and a yellow vest), Drooper (A lion with a very long tail wearing yellowish-orange glasses), and Snorky (A mute furry elephant wearing pink glasses). The show was recently turned into a horror movie in 2019 by Director, Danishka Esterhazy.

Florian Balogun Leaves Arsenal & Signs For AS Monaco

AS Monaco are delighted to announce the arrival of striker Folarin Balogun from Arsenal. The 22-year-old American international has signed a five-season deal and is now tied to Monaco until June 2028.

Born in 2001 in New York, Folarin Balogun moved to London with his family at the age of 2. The young Anglo-American grew up in England and began his football career with London club Albersbrook.

A precocious talent, he was soon spotted by Arsenal, whom he joined at the age of 8. There, he trained at every youth level from 2009 to 2019, before signing his first professional contract at the age of 17.

After spending a season with Arsenal’s reserves (from 2019 to 2020), Folarin made his first-team debut on 29 October 2020 in a Europa League match against Irish side Dundalk Football Club. Shortly afterwards, still in Europe, the 1.78m striker scored his first professional goal against Norwegian club Molde FK. He played a further 8 games for the Gunners before joining Middlesbrough Football Club on loan in the winter of 2022 for the second half of the season. With “Boro”, Folarin made 18 Championship appearances (3 goals, 3 assists). That year, Folarin and his teammates had an excellent run in the FA Cup. They eliminated Manchester United and then Tottenham Hotspur to reach the quarterfinals of the competition.

After that experience at Middlesbrough, Folarin joined Stade de Reims on loan and discovered Ligue 1 Uber Eats. In Champagne, the American had a convincing season (22 goals and 6 assists in 39 games), earning him several UNFP Player of the Month nominations. A regular in the youth England national teams, where he played 28 games and scored 10 goals, Folarin later decided to play for the United States. Last June, the Brooklyn native received his first call-up to the US national team and played in the final stages of the CONCACAF Nations League.

Activities To Do On The Beach

Make sandcastle

One of the most unique beach activities that you can consider trying is making your own castle out of sand. Give the sand any shape you want with your hands and create a unique castle. Start by making smaller castles and as you get better with the art, try making bigger and more ornate ones. This is a great way to explore your creativity and spend time in a productive manner. Especially, encourage your kids as creating sandcastles can boost their creativity and imagination power. Once you are done making your own sandcastle, take a picture of it, post on Instagram and let your followers admire your creation.

Play outdoor games

Playing outdoor games is one of the fun beach activities that you can enjoy. Beaches provide such a huge space that you can arrange many outdoor games there. Frisbee, volleyball, badminton, freeze tag, hopscotch, whatever you feel like, you can play with your friends and family on a beach. These games will not only make the kids happy but will also be quite a refreshing experience for adults.

Have seafood from food stalls

After enjoying the thrilling water activities to do at the beach, you must be hungry. No worries! Most beaches house an array of food stalls where you can order delicious snacks and meals. We suggest you try seafood when you are visiting a beach. The authentic seafood found on beaches is rare to find elsewhere. Different fried fishes and crabs are available to satiate your cravings. The crispy, salty and spicy flavours of these seafood dishes will surely leave you craving for more and more.

Watch sunrise and sunset

Imagine watching the orangish gold hues of the sun embellishing the entire sky as it rises from the horizon. What a mesmerising sight it will make! And to get the best view of this sunrise, beaches can be the ideal location. Sit on the beach at the time of dawn and see the rising sun illuminating the entire surrounding. You will feel rejuvenated and alive just by the sight of it. Capture photographs of this beautiful sunrise for admiring later on. At dusk, you will get a similarly pleasing experience as the sun sets on the horizon.

Take a stroll

To explore the beauty of beaches in their entirety, you can take a lazy stroll through the beach. Many beaches are surrounded by lush green forests, enormous rocks or tall palm trees. Go explore these natural beauties by the beaches. You can go hiking in the surrounding jungles for some adventure as well. If you are with your partner, hold hands and take a walk on the beach in the evening. The cold breezes, dim light, surrounding naturescape, everything will create a perfect ambience for spending some romantic time together. Many also come to beaches in the morning for a revitalising morning walk. If you are a fitness freak, you will love to do that too!

Prompt from 200+ Summer Blog Post Ideas for All Bloggers (2023) at “Authentically Del.com

Subways’s New Hotseller Menu Items Sounds Tempting

Subway, the quick-service restaurant brand has been on a journey of change across many of its international markets. For the Indian market, that means the biggest shakeup to its menu in 20 years. Here the brand opens up on its drastic reinvention. I a surprised when a few days ago I noticed quite a changed menu for Subway.

Opting for simplicity versus complexity, Subway has launched a range of new menu offerings in India – and simpler ways to order them. It’s the biggest strategic shakeup from the brand in India in its two decades in the country. The shift includes an easier-to-navigate ‘point and order’ menu section as well as a new range of eight ‘hotseller’ subs, the flagship offering of the company, to combat an unwanted reputation for cold sandwiches.

Suway has been in India as a franchisee operation for 20 years and today boasts 650-plus stores and their menu has changed very little since then. I first tried Subway back in 2014 and the menu has mostly started the same. the brand rejigged the menu and opted to launch a range of new hot subs (the ‘hotsellers’) that have been crafted with the Indian palate in mind. These include Chilli Cheese, Crunchy Mexican, Paneer Achari, Italian Pesto, Chicken Tikka Achari, Great American BBQ, Spicy Chicken Cheese, and Pepper Chicken. The reengineering in India mirrors similar changes by Subway in the UK, Canada and US. Subway’s brand refresh in Britain has been accompanied by its biggest marketing campaign in the country in 25 years.

Kieran Tierney Joins LaLiga side Real Sociedad On Loan For The Season

Kieran Tierney has joined LaLiga side Real Sociedad on loan for the 2023/24 season. Scotland international defender Kieran joined Arsenal in August 2019 from Celtic and during his time with the Gunners he has made 124 appearances in all competitions. The 26 year-old enjoyed success in his first season, finishing the campaign scoring his first Arsenal goal in our 3-2 home win against Watford on the final day of the Premier League campaign. This was followed days later with Kieran starting in the 2-1 FA Cup Final win over Chelsea at Wembley Stadium, playing an integral role in the club lifting the FA Cup for a record fourteenth time.

During his four seasons with us, Kieran also featured in our FA Community Shield winning teams in both 2020 over Liverpool and the recent Wembley victory over Manchester City. Before joining Arsenal, Kieran enjoyed huge success at boyhood club Celtic, winning four league titles, two Scottish FA Cups and two Scottish League Cups in a four-year spell after making his debut as a 17-year-old. He was named PFA Scotland Young Player of Year for three consecutive seasons in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Kieran is a regular with the Scotland national team and currently has 39 international caps for his country. The loan deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.

I Broke The Frame Of My Spectacles!

Of all the rotten stupid things! Today afternoon I broke my glasses; well just the frame. And now the lens won’t stay in and keeps falling off. I was due to get a new pair anyways. Infact at the office a few weeks ago I remember saying that my now rather old spectacles are in dire need of replacement. This was because the nose guards on both side of my thin framed glasses had fallen off. My colleagues were recommending me to get a new pair from Lenskart as they have some discount going on.

So this afternoon, post lunch I was trying to watch a movie – Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones if you must know which one it was. I then had to go down to collect a package but as I was getting my slippers to do so, I knocked my glasses which I was trying to get off my face to clean them. It ended up falling down a few steps and when I picked it up, I noticed that the frame was broken and that the lens of my right side had fallen of. Bummer!

So I had to make arrangements to replace it. I managed to get to a store in the city before it closed (they close at 7pm, I was there by 6pm) and tried a couple of them. I picked one that has a thicker frame as I don’t want the to break easily. I don’t care how it looks but I just want it to be sturdier. I have to go and collect them at 10 am tomorrow.

Arsenal 2 Fulham 2

Joao Palhinha secured a point for 10-man Fulham in an entertaining Premier League draw at Arsenal. Palhinha’s first-time finish from a corner in the 87th minute earned the away side a share of the spoils. The Cottagers had Calvin Bassey sent off four minutes earlier after he fouled Eddie Nketiah on the counter-attack. Andreas Pereira got Fulham off to a flying start, scoring after just 57 seconds. Pereira latched onto a loose ball from Bukayo Saka and fired in a curling shot, with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale out of position.

Saka equalised from the penalty spot for the Gunners after Fabio Vieira was caught by Kenny Tete. Nketiah scored Arsenal’s second as they came from behind to take the lead, before Fulham had the final word. A resilient performance against Crystal Palace on Monday saw the Gunners end with 10 men but all three points; however, they swiftly fell behind against Fulham. Pereira’s finish meant Arsenal became the first team in Premier League history to concede a first-minute goal three times inside a calendar year. Quickfire strikes from Saka and Nketiah midway through the second half saw Arsenal surge into the lead. After winning the penalty for the equaliser, Vieira found space on the left to drive in a low cross for substitute Nketiah to finish.

Yet even with Arsenal having a man advantage for the closing minutes, they could not see out the game. Palhinha was left unmarked and punished sloppy defending to snatch a point for Marco Silva’s team. In games against Nottingham Forest and now Fulham, Arsenal have conceded in the last 15 minutes of the second half, with the defending that cost them towards the end of last season’s title challenge still an issue. Takehiro Tomiyasu’s red card at Palace meant Jakub Kiwior came into Mikel Arteta’s home side, with Thomas Partey playing as a makeshift full-back, and it was clear to see the defence was unbalanced by the changes. After getting into their winning position, Arsenal switched off and were punished.

The Day I Went Missing

This is way back in my younger days. I was 21 years old so this was back in 1997. The setting is in Mattancherry and a bunch of us are at our grandmother’s house. There is a wedding possibility in the works (arranged marriage being discussed). And I guess it was August or September. Anways, I had heard just the most disturbing news from one of my cousins, in fact that very same cousin who was getting married. The thing she told me was so devastating and it was the first time I had ever known of this happening to someone I loved and someone who was related to me, that I kinda of went into a bit of a trance.

I didn’t talk to anyone else for the rest of the morning. My grandmother asked me to walk to one of the medical shops nearby and buy her medicine for her. I took the money from her and walked by myself  but couldn’t find the medicine in any of the pharmacies nearby. I ended up in Thoppumpady, 3 kilometers away when one of the guys at a pharmacy told me to go to the city area as the medicine would be available there. So I took the bus to go the next couple of kilometers and then realized that I had left quite a while back. This was ofcourse well before we had easy access to mobile phones. Anyway I got the medicine and then checked my watch and saw that it was over 2 hours since I left. I took the bus back and went to the house – only to find out that a couple of my uncles and my male cousins were out looking for me.

When we went back into the house I saw that al the aunts, my mom, my grandmother were out on the front of the house all with a worried look on their faces. Funniest was that my youngest cousin, who was about 5 at the time was also there! They thought I was missing. I can never forget the look on their faces.

RIP Bernie Marsden

Bernie Marsden – former Whitesnake guitarist and a legend in the blue-rock sphere – has died at the age of 72. The news, first broken by bassist and friend of Marsden Neil Murray, has since been confirmed by Marsden’s record label Conquest Music, which writes: “On behalf of his family, it is with deep sadness we announce the death of Bernie Marsden. Bernie died peacefully on Thursday evening with his wife, Fran, and daughters, Charlotte and Olivia, by his side.” Bernie Marsden – former Whitesnake guitarist and a legend in the blue-rock sphere – has died at the age of 72. The news, first broken by bassist and friend of Marsden Neil Murray, has since been confirmed by Marsden’s record label Conquest Music, which writes: “On behalf of his family, it is with deep sadness we announce the death of Bernie Marsden. Bernie died peacefully on Thursday evening with his wife, Fran, and daughters, Charlotte and Olivia, by his side.”

Born in Buckinghamshire, England on May 7, 1951, Bernard John Marsden landed his first professional guitar gig with UFO in 1972. Thereafter, he worked with Glenn Cornick’s Wild Turkey, Cozy Powell’s band Cozy Powell’s Hammer, and Babe Ruth, with whom he played on two releases: Stealin’ Home (1975) and Kid’s Stuff (1976). He later played in short-lived band Paice Ashton Lord, which was formed of former Deep Purple members Ian Paice and Jon Lord with singer Tony Ashton. But the gig he perhaps became best known for came in 1978, when he formed a new band with David Coverdale and guitarist Mick Moody, originally named David Coverdale’s Whitesnake. The band later changed their name to simply Whitesnake.

Marsden was a member of Whitesnake between 1978 and 1982, during which time he appeared on the band’s first EP, first five albums and a live album: Snakebite (1978),  Trouble (1978),  Lovehunter (1979),  Ready & Willing (1980), Live In The Heart Of The City (1980), Come An’ Get It (1981) and Saints & Sinners (1982). Saints & Sinners would see Marsden, alongside Coverdale, pen the biggest hit of his career: the anthemic Here I Go Again. Following his departure from Whitesnake, Marsden formed a short-lived band called Bernie Marsden’s SOS. Not long after, Bernie Marsden formed the band Alaska with Robert Hawthorne on vocals and Richard Bailey on keyboards. Alaska released two melodic rock albums in two years, Heart of the Storm (1984) and The Pack (1985), before splitting. In 1986, he put together MGM with former Whitesnake members Neil Murray and his replacement guitarist in Whitesnake Mel Galley. The band, briefly, also included former Toto vocalist, Bobby Kimball. Recordings were made but still remain unreleased.

The guitarist’s star-studded list of collaborators also includes names such as Robert Plant, Paul Weller, Jon Lord, Ringo Starr, Rory Gallagher, Jack Bruce and Warren Haynes. He has also had a wide & varied solo career. PRS Guitars released a Bernie Marsden Signature Edition guitar, and Gibson Guitars made a limited edition number of his Gibson Les Paul guitar known as “The Beast”. His second book, released in 2018, is Tales of Tone and Volume and is a large tome featuring his guitar collection. Marsden contributed a column to Guitarist magazine in 2018–19. Marsden released his autobiography Where’s My Guitar in 2017. On the evening of 24 August 2023, Marsden died with his wife and two daughters at his side.

Balogun Sold To Monaco; Tierney On Loan To Real Sociedad & What About Pepe?

The final week of the summer window is almost upon us and there remains plenty of business to still be done. Arsenal have working hard on shipping out as many as seven first-team stars before the deadline, and Folarin Balogun’s ÂŁ38million move to Monaco could be the next one confirmed as Kieran Tierney heads to Real Sociedad on loan.

Further incomings are rumoured but those will likely be funded by outgoings which is the focus now for the North London club. Former captain, Granit Xhaka, has already moved back to Germany in a ÂŁ21m deal with Bayer Leverkusen while fringe players, Pablo Mari and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have also departed the club. Squad players Cedric Soares, Rob Holding and Albert Sambi Lokonga are all said to be surplus to requirements at the Emirates but have so far failed to attract interest. Other outgoings are also rumoured as Arteta aims to further improve his side and build upon an extremely promising 2022-2023 season, during which they led the Premier League for 248 days.

Arsenal’s record signing, Nicolas Pepe, seems highly likely to depart from the Emirates this summer. Due to his high wages and underwhelming performances, the Ivorian winger has failed to live up to expectations, prompting Arsenal to seek a way to move on from what has been regarded as a very poor transfer decision. Although Pepe appears guaranteed to leave the Emirates, his next destination remains unclear at this point.

A Kosher Deli Favourite : The Reuben Sandwich

A Reuben sandwich is usual fix-it-quick favorites. A Reuben is a grilled sandwich featuring corned beef on rye bread. The Reuben is a menu staple in Jewish-style delicatessens, but it’s not technically kosher because it combines meat and cheese. They are really delicious and easy to make and sometimes they are served with big bowls of steaming vegetable soup and dill pickles on the side.

Make a deli-style Reuben sandwich at home with this top-rated Reuben recipe. A traditional reuben sandwich consists of thinly sliced corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut on rye bread slathered with Russian or Thousand Island dressing.

How to Make a Reuben

Ingredients

  • 8 slices rye bread
  • œ cup Thousand Island dressing
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 8 slices deli sliced corned beef
  • 1 cup sauerkraut, drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

Directions

  1. Preheat a large griddle or skillet over medium heat.

  2. Spread one side of bread slices evenly with Thousand Island dressing. On four bread slices, layer one slice Swiss cheese, 2 slices corned beef, 1/4 cup sauerkraut, and a second slice of Swiss cheese. Top with remaining bread slices, dressing-side down. Butter the top of each sandwich.

  3. Place sandwiches, butter-side down on the preheated griddle; butter the top of each sandwich with remaining butter. Grill until both sides are golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Serve hot.

You’ll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make reuben sandwiches at home:

1. Spread the dressing on one side of each slice of bread.
2. Assemble the sandwiches. Butter the top of each sandwich.
3. Place the sandwich butter-side down on the hot skillet or griddle.
4. Butter the other side. Flip when the bottom slice is golden brown.
5. Grill until both sides are golden brown.

Pair your Reuben with a pickle, potato chips, French fries, or one of these classic deli sides: Pasta Salad, Coleslaw or Tomato Soup.

ISRO’S Chandrayaan-3 Lands On The Moon’s South Pole

India’s Chandrayaan-3 has landed on the moon’s south pole, making India the first country to reach that region. The successful moon mission has made India the fourth country to achieve a soft landing on the lunar surface after the US, China, and the erstwhile Soviet Union. Parties and prayers were held with great fervour across the country ahead of the historic lunar touchdown. ISRO is live telecasting the landing event on its ISRO website. The Chandrayaan-3 mission was launched on July 14 from Sriharikota. The Vikram lander began its descent toward the moon surface at a velocity of 1.68 km per second. It then slowed down before beginning a powered vertical descent to the surface of the moon.

The real test of the mission began at the last leg of the landing. Prior to 20 minutes before landing, ISRO initiated Automatic Landing Sequence (ALS). It enabled Vikram LM to take charge and use its on-board computers and logic to identify a favourable spot and make a soft-landing on the lunar surface. Given the history of India’s second lunar mission, which failed during the last 20 minutes before landing, ISRO was extra-cautious this time in the process. Due to high risk to the spacecraft minutes before moon landing, the duration is dubbed by many as “20 or 17 minutes of terror”. During this phase, the whole process became autonomous, where Vikram lander ignited its own engines at the right times and altitudes.

The spacecraft’s Vikram lander made the soft landing at 6.04 PM (IST), ending the disappointment over the crash-landing of the Chandrayaan-2 lander four years ago. According to ISRO, the mission’s three objectives are to demonstrate a safe and soft landing on the lunar surface, to demonstrate a Rover roving on the Moon and to conduct in-situ scientific experiments.

10 Fun Facts About Liechtenstein

  • Liechtenstein is a tiny European nation nestled between Switzerland and Austria.
  • Home to about 38,000 people, it’s the fourth-smallest and the second-least-visited country in Europe.
  • With an area of only 62 square miles, it’s nearly eight times smaller than the city of Los Angeles.
  • It has virtually zero national debt, and the per capita GDP is the second-highest in the world.
  • Liechtenstein’s only billionaire is worth half the country’s GDP. According to Forbes, Christoph Zeller is the country’s only billionaire.
  • It doesn’t have its own airport. The closest major airport is in Zurich, which is around an hour-and-a-half drive away from Vaduz.
  • Everyone gets to party in the big castle once a year.Every year on Staatsfeiertag, Liechtenstein’s national holiday, the palace throws open its doors. Prince Hans-Adam II and his son Prince Alois invite all 39,000 residents, and anyone else willing to make the journey, to Vaduz Castle. Taking place on the 15 August every year, guests can enjoy a beer in the gardens, as well as a party and fireworks in the town centre.
  • Not only is it Europe’s richest city, but it also has the world’s longest lunch break. Residents are also discouraged from making loud noises during the official 90-minute break from noon until 1.30 pm. Don’t try to make any noise after 10 pm either.
  • Women only got the vote in Liechtenstein in 1984. It was the last country in Europe to give women the vote. There were rederendums about women’s suffrage in 1971 and 1973 but both were voted against.
  • Liechtenstein’s national anthem, “Oben am jungen Rhein” (“Up above the young Rhine”) uses the same melody as the British anthem “God Save the Queen”. In the 19th century there were a handful of German-speaking nations using the same melody, including Prussia, Bavaria, Saxony and Switzerland. Liechtenstein is the only remaining country still using it.