The Elephant and the Chlorophytum comosum

B.L.A.S.T. Gardens                    Chlorophythum comosum                       Spider plant

 Chlorophytum comosum (Spider plant) is a plant that is native to tropical and southern Africa. The Spider plant is one of the most popular indoor house plants because they are very easy to care for.They enjoy indirect sunlight because midday sun may scorch their leaves. The Spider plant should be allowed to dry out between waterings, can be repotted in any season, and new plants can be started from their plantlets. They really enjoy and thrive in day temperatures between 65 – 75 degrees and night temperatures between 50 – 55 degrees. Spider plants are known as super eco-friendly, air purifiers. They add oxygen to the air as they remove formaldehyde.

Three Spider plant types are:

Mandaranum : A dwarf that grows approximately 4 to 6 inches and are dark green with a yellow stripe.

Vittatum : Grows approximately 4 to 8 inches and are pale green with a white central stripe.

Vagiegatum : Grows approximately 10 to 16 inches long and 1 inch wide, with white edged leaves.

                                                                                                                                                       Elephant fact.

Did you know elephants perform death rituals? Sick elephants are cared for by herd members, bringing it food and helping to support him/her as it stands. In death, the herd will try to revive it with food and water for a while. Then herd will become very quiet when they really understand their herd mate is gone. The herd will then dig a shallow grave and cover the deceased elephant with dirt and branches, and will stay to guard the grave for days afterwards. Herd members close in relationship with the deceased peer can show signs of depression. Even herds that come across an unknown elephant that has died will show it similar respects. There are also reported cases of elephants burying dead humans they have found in this way.

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Southern Comfort

Object      : Double Shot Glass
Culture     : North American
Country    : U.S.A.
Date         : c.1900
Material    : Glass
Collection : B.L.A.S.T. Drinking Vessels

 

Southern Comfort is an American liqueur made from neutral spirits, fruit, spice and whiskey flavourings. The brand was originally created by bartender Martin Wilkes Heron at McCauley’s Tavern in the French of New Orleans in 1874. The original form of the drink was called “Cuffs and Buttons”, and upon popularity became known as the Grand Old Drink of the South.

Southern Comfort is used in the creation of a number of cocktails.

One of the first Southern Comfort-based cocktails marketed, the Scarlett O’Hara, was concocted in tribute of releasing the film adaptation of Gone with the Wind in 1939.

Southern Comfort
Cranberry juice
Garnish with Fresh Lime

Tiny Tankards

THE B.L.A.S.T. MUSEUM COLLECTION



 

Object : Tankard
Culture : American
Country : U S A
Date : c.1985
Dimensions : H : 1.25 in.   X  W : 1.50 in.
Material : Ceramic

These little shot tankards are National Football League collectibles. During the 1980,s these tankards were sold as gum ball machine novelties at the staggering price of .50 cents.

WHO DAT ! WHO DAT !! WHO DAT !!!

For the love of my city…
This one goes out to all you Saints fans with a toast from the B.L.A.S.T. Museum !

Object      : Tankard
Culture     : Who Dat Nation !!
Date         : 20th Century
Country    : U.S.A.
Collection : B.L.A.S.T. Museum Tankards and Steins

 

 

SHOUT OUT IF YOU LOVE NEW ORLEANS, NFL FOOTBALL, AND THE SAINTS !!!
HERE’S TO THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AND NFL FOOTBALL !!
ALL SAY ! …
WHO DAT ! WHO DAT ! WHO DAT !!!

Here Dwells A Toad

                        B.L.A.S.T. Gardens

Fowler’s Toad      [Bufo fowleri]   (Spring or American Toad)

 

 

Fowler’s toads are really cool and fun to find in the garden. They serve as an eco-friendly way to eliminate unwanted garden pests.  They love to dine on mosquitoes and other harmful insects that may cause damage to plants and flowers.

Here Dwells A Toad, is home to a Fowler’s toad, and is an attraction of the future B.L.A.S.T. Museum  expansion, B.L.A.S.T. Gardens. He/she is a free ranging toad in the flower garden but can usually be found at home taking a nap.

Marc Rio

Object        : Bottle
Culture       : Croatia
Country      : Italy
Date           : [20th Century]
Dimensions : H : 31in. X  W 6in.
Collection   : B.L.A.S.T. Museum

 

 

 

Maraschino liqueur, is a distinctive cherry liqueur. It’s flavor comes from Marasca cherries.Their crushed pits and honey give an almond-like flavor to Maraschino cherries.

Historically, Marasca cherries are grown in the Croaition region of Zadar. At the beginning of the 16th century monks of the apothecaries of the Dominican monastery at Zara (Zadar – Croatia) created the recipe for this liqueur. Believed to have medicinal powers it became the drink of choice by many kings and privileged men.

The goal of a man named Ernest Wiegand in aiding cherry farmers with how to preserve their Queen Anne cherries in an alcohol-free way. In America the controversy of Prohibition arose, and with the ban of alcohol, so went the the liquor soaked cherries. Wiegand devised a process of soaking the fruit in a brine with calcium salts to compete in a growing maraschino market. Doing so he created the modern maraschino cherry.

Today Maraschino liqueur is used to create many cock tales and the cherries are famous garnishes.

This decanter is still being researched by B.L.A.S.T. Museum Investigators and information will be  updated soon.

Moai

Object       : Drinking Vessel / Cup
Country    : United States of America
20th Century

Modeled for the South American, Chilean Polynesian Culture.

The Vessel Cultural Exchange Collection

 

 

 

 

The Moai are the 887, giant stone heads on Easter Island.
Modern excavation has lead to discovery that some are full figured and standing figures that have been covered by earth over time.

These monolithic human figures were created by the Rapanui people during ancient times, between 700 – 1100 A.D. and are believed to be stone representations of deceased ancestors and chiefs.

Easter Island is a Chilean Polynesian island located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. It is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world.  Easter Island is also investigated by scholars in belief that it may be a place on earth past visited by ancient aliens, because the production, transportation, and placement of the 887 statues is considered to be one of the most remarkable creative and physical feats known to man. The tallest erected, called Paro,  measures almost 10 metres (33 ft) in height and weighs 82 tons. The heaviest erected, shorter but squatter, Ahu Tongariki, weighs in 86 tons. Another unfinished sculpture, if completed, would be approximately 21 meters (69 ft) tall with a weight close to 270 tons.

The Aku Aku Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada has been pinpointed by V. C. E. Investigators as being famous for serving house specials in Moai and Tiki style cups.

Dedicated in memory of Mr. Edward Trufant.
I might have been 15 years old when he gave them to me. I was able to restore this one after the Wicked Storm Sisters, Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma , and Rita destroyed my city.