It’s Page Roulette time again! Today I have the pleasure of introducing you Misaligned, a book by Armen Pogharian! Okay, let’s spin the roulette…Armen, the page I want you to give us is page number 88!
To help with their calculations, they made clay tablets with the solutions to common math problems, very similar to what engineers did before the invention of the electronic calculator. Using them, Babylonians could solve a quadratic equation and even certain cubic equations.
To keep everyone interested in their dry subject, Gene and Eddie split the class up into teams. Using tablets like those of Babylonians, the teams solved math problems. The first team to answer every question correctly got tickets good for ice cream in the cafeteria.
The most popular presentation was one on Babylonian cuisine. Lisa Giambi, Janet Simkowski, and Stacy Gold explained the basics of the Babylonian diet. Typical Babylonians ate two meals a day, one in the morning and one in the early evening. The meals consisted primarily of fruits, vegetables, cheese, and occasionally some dried goat or fish. They didn’t have a clean water supply, so the average Babylonian drank a gallon of honey-spiked beer each day. On special occasions Babylonians ate cakes made with butter, cheese, flour, and a mixture of dried fruits. The oldest known recipes were Babylonian.
To approximate a Babylonian meal they brought in a plate with apples, pears, apricots, figs, and pomegranates. While they couldn’t follow the recipes exactly, they did follow one pretty closely. The resulting cake was quite good. It tasted a lot like a crustless cheesecake with fruit in it.
Duncan and several boys practically fell over themselves telling Janet and Lisa how much they loved it, while they devoured the remains of the cake. It was a bit too much for Penny and the Anderson sisters, who gave each other a look that said ‘why are boys so annoying’. Of course, they were also a bit jealous of Janet, Lisa, and Stacy who now added food to the reasons boys paid attention to them. Sometimes life seemed so unfair.
Want to know more? Here’s something about Armen and links to find him and his books:
Unlike many authors, Armen was not an early reader. He can honestly say he didn’t voluntarily read a book until he finished The Hobbit in sixth grade. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was an Honorable-Mention All-American swimmer. As a USAF officer he worked on ‘Area 51’ projects – he never saw a single alien (dead or alive). He later earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and spent more than a decade in the high tech and biotech industries. His stories mix elements of science and history with a healthy dose of fantasy. When not writing he enjoys swimming, reading, and the outdoors. He lives in Pittsford, NY with his wife and three children.
For more information about upcoming books visit his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorArmenPogharian
Armen also maintains a blog where he reviews books, interviews authors, and comments about history, science, and the writing process:
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