December 22, 2003

*Ask Jen: Salty Terrorist Edition

Kin wants information on "Baader Meinhof?"

It was a West German terrorist group...more information can be found here.

Reader Jeff wants to know the origin and meaning of the phrase "Salt of the Earth."

The phrase can be found in the Bible (Mathew 5:13) where Jesus says to his disciples, "Ye are the salt of the earth..." This phrase probably precedes Jesus's time, however, as it can be found in Hebrew, Greek, Arabic, and Persian traditions. It means a valuable, reliable person or group of people.

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Posted by Jennifer at December 22, 2003 09:33 AM


Cop out! The Tontons Macoute was harder! And the Mau Mau! Leave my monkey alone!

Posted by: Kin at December 22, 2003 10:23 AM

Which is odd, because nothing will grow in salted earth...

Posted by: Pixy Misa at December 22, 2003 11:23 AM

but at the time salt had more value do it is preservative nature, no?

Posted by: Pete at December 22, 2003 04:56 PM


Were you aware that the G.F.R.'s Foreign Minister,
Joschka Fischer was affiliated w/ The Baader Meinhoff Gang and The Red Army Faction. He was alledgedly envolved in serveral violent attacks against West German police, never convicted though. He also seems to be a bit of an anti-semite. Not a nice fella', but it does seem to shed some light on Germany's recent "differences of opinion" w/ the U.S..
I enjoy the site,

Posted by: J.Wilkinson at December 22, 2003 09:15 PM