1927: It Was A Good Year For Manna

Eighty years ago it was 1929.

And what a year it was!

The Wall Street Crash of 1929 ushered in a worldwide Great Depression.

In the Soviet Union, General Secretary Joseph Stalin expelled Leon Trotsky and adopted a policy of collectivization.

A British high court ruled that Canadian women are persons.

The British Broadcasting Company broadcasted a television transmission for the first time.

In the Middle East, rioting occurred between Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem over access to the Western Wall.

Just two years before all this happened, there was word of something happening on the Manna Front. Time Magazine reported on August 21, 1927

A miracle belonging to Judaism and a puzzle belonging to science were reported solved last week. Manna, gift of Heaven upon which the Israelites fed on their exodus from Egypt to Canaan, was but the excretion from the bodies of certain coccids, a kind of plant lice which infested the tamarisk shrubs of the Sinai Peninsula.

Plant lice excretion. That is manna. Really, the whole thing is rather miraculous. (In some way or another!)

The world is so full of a number of things

I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.

Robert Louis Stevenson


(1929 facts source: wiki)


6 thoughts on “1927: It Was A Good Year For Manna

  1. Mmm hmm, exactly.

    The interesting thing is that on the Manna Front there seems to be little or no warfare – certainly as opposed to the other things that were hitting their stride in terms of struggles lost or struggles won in 1929 two years later.

    I like it for that reason. It’s almost like an invisible idea that’s always there but never really looked at.

    I doubt if I’ll find two people who will argue about ‘what manna is’ in terms of an actual thing passionately. Though I could find hundreds of thousands who would argue passionately and endlessly about the right way to make a cookie, or whether to include sausage in the red sauce.

    But it’s possible that I may run across two people or more who will argue passionately about the ‘idea’ of manna. And that would be enormously satisfying to me. I’d love to see the ideas espoused, compared, re-balanced, or not. πŸ™‚

  2. Manna Front: wouldn’t that be climatological term? You know, the weather that has edible things falling from the heavens, and all that. Like a Thunderhead or a Hurricane, except with nabs and diet drinks instead of hail. “Oh look,” said the wanderers. “Is that a thunderstorm approaching?” No, it wasn’t. It was a Manna Front. And they lived happily ever after.

  3. πŸ™‚ Sounds like the children’s book ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’. (Which is currently being made into a movie.)

  4. If you mean do they appear in the usual way, check out some of the other posts, Maria. There is also some way to configure the settings so that the pictures appear as a collection of smaller-sized prints, but I haven’t figured out how to do that. πŸ™‚

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