Pat Shingleton: "The Umbrella and Aromas..."
I have mentioned in previous columns aromas and odors due to weather conditions. Following a frontal passage, the northwest wind will send the smell of fresh-baked bread to the back door of the studio, compliments of Flowers Bakery on Florida Blvd. A stronger north wind drives the smell of burning wood from the paper plants in the Feliciana’s and before the closure of the treatment plant on River Road, a southerly wind would send another the odor to our television station on Highland Road. Years ago, Seattle based J and D’s Foods developed bacon salt and manufactured nine other bacon related products. They then developed BaconAir. Studies profess that inhaling pure oxygen can boost energy, fight disease and increase mental alertness. BaconAir attempted to combine the deliciousness of bacon with 95% pure Himalayan oxygen. The forecast holds off any rain until next Tuesday with just a slight shot so the umbrella won't be needed. It comes from the Latin word umbra meaning shade and was used in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome. The oldest reference to the umbrella in China dates to the year 21 CE and the King of Siam in 1687 gifted them to his subjects. Reversible, collapsible umbrellas are now of great benefit in getting into the car. Once again, years ago, Ambient Devices marketed an umbrella that will kicked-out an alert when rain was expected. They named it the Forecasting Umbrella and when rain was forecasted, the umbrella’s handle will flash. Data from AccuWeather.com activated the umbrella’s sensors and could differentiate between a storm, with fast flashes to slow flashes for sprinkles.