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Food Facts

6 Dec

Christmas for many is all about preparing to eat, eating, then wishing you hadn’t eaten quite so much.

To celebrate the growing obesity* crisis that is December, here are some food facts:

  • Apples are made of 25% air, which is why they float.  They also have more stimulant than caffeine.  And I’ve been feeding them to my children.
  • Avocado has the highest protein and oil content of all fruits (I didn’t say they’d be interesting facts).  They are also poisonous to birds (okay, that is interesting).
  • Carrots were originally purple in colour, changing in the 17th Century to orange, through new varieties.
  • The most expensive coffee in the world comes from civet poop.  Not sure what a civet is, but if it poops, I’m not drinking the coffee.
  • Celery requires more calories to eat and digest than it contains.
  • Cherries are a member of the rose family.  Asparagus is a member of the lily family.  Food doesn’t know its place.
  • The largest food item on a menu is roast camel.  I wonder if that would be enough for my family this Christmas?
  • Corn always has an even number of ears. It only makes up about 8% of the weight in a box of corn flakes.
  • Worcestershire sauce is made from dissolved fish.  Ewwwwwwww!
  • Honey is the only edible food for humans that will never go bad.  A jar of honey that was 2000 years old was eaten safely.
  • Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.  Strawberries have more vitamin C than oranges.  Strawberries knock citrus fruits on their – ahem – backsides.
  • Coconut water can be used (in emergencies) as a substitute for blood plasma.
  • Peanuts are an ingredient in dynamite.
  • Pear is a fruit that ripens from the inside out.
  • During a lifetime the average person eats about 35 tonnes of food.  70% of that at Christmas time.

Source: the internet, so they must be true.

*See what I did there?

Do you have an interesting food fact to share?

Happy Anniversary Diamond Liz

6 Feb
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II X

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The Queen has been on the throne sixty years today.  Anyone else would be allowed to retire.

"Princess Lilibet". Derivative image...
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To celebrate, here are some interesting facts:

  • My Nan was born 18 April 1914 and named Elizabeth, known as Lil.  The Queen was born 21 April 1926 and named Elizabeth, known as Lilibet.  Coincidence?
  • The Queen is visited by the reigning Prime Minister every Tuesday that she’s home in Buck House.  Some jobs suck.
  • The Queen has attended 34 Royal Variety performances.  Like I said: some jobs suck.
  • The Queen has two birthdays, one the actual and one the official.  She gets to ride with handsome soldiers on horses in June for her public birthday.  Nice, but I’d prefer a box of Maltesers.
  • The Queen is the only royal female to serve in the armed forces.  My Mum was in the Army for three years, apart from the time she went awol.   She and a friend ran home to Liverpool from Richmond; my Nan gave them a meal, bath and bed, then took them to the police station next morning, to turn themselves in.  The Army took them back.  The Army didn’t know what they were letting themselves in for.
  • The Queen has nine royal thrones: one at the House of Lords, two at Westminster Abbey, six in the throne room at Buckingham Palace.  I have two: one upstairs; one down. 
  • Queen Elizabeth II is the fortieth monarch since William the Conqueror stole the crown of England.  From Bill to Lil in forty easy steps.
  • The Queen speaks fluent French.  Blame it on her Norman ancestry.
  • Prince Andrew was born in 1960, eight years after she came to the throne.  That makes her the first reigning Queen to have a child since Queen Victoria gave birth to Princess Beatrice in 1857.  The first Queen Regnant pregnant.

I would like to tell you the story about the Queen and the farting horse, but I’ve told it at least three times in this blog, and probably more.  Instead, here’s a link to it.

Happy Anniversary, Queenie.

I Am A Snow Flake

28 Jan

Is it snowing in the blogosphere?

Snow in Veria

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It is only 10:44 in the morning and I’ve had 884 hits on an old post, Some Snow Facts.  Over six hundred people found it because they want to know the size of the world’s largest snowflake. 

For the record, it was 15 inches in diameter/38cm wide and 20cm thick.  It was observed in Montana, USA in 1887 and described by witnesses as “larger than a milk pan”. 

What a useless description – how many people use milk pans these days?  If one that size fell today, would we describe it as “half the size of a microwave – a big microwave, that is; about 2/3 of a small microwave, probably, unless you want me to go by the size of the inside, measuring around the glass front.  Does it matter what colour the microwave is?  I got it from IKEA: does that help?”

UPDATE:

As my stats for today are almost at 2000, I Googled ‘World’s Largest Snowflake’.  Guess what?  Google Doodle are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the world’s largest recorded snowflake.

Thanks for mucking up my stats, Google.  Time to give you the cold shoulder.  Consider me an ice maiden.  Who looks like a snowman.

For more Six Word Saturdays, go here.

3.3.11

3 Mar
Three benches

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Did you think I hadn’t noticed the date?  Don’t worry: I saved this third post of the third day of the third month for the eleventh hour (UK time).

3.3.11  Isn’t it pretty?  I love symmetry in numbers. 

Which eleven-letter word has three back-to-back double letters?  Clue: a person who minds all the tomes.  The answer is below.

I wanted to share some jokes about the number three but I couldn’t find any.  There are lots of rules of three, but none that interest me.   The best I could do for you was three interesting facts and three number eleven pyramids:

  • 11:11 x 11:11 = 1234321 
    111 x 111 = 12321
    11 x 11 = 121*

*I knew that one!

  • Camels have three eyelids.  Not sure if that’s on each eye or altogether; no one can tell me.
  • The three best known Western names in China are Jesus Christ, Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon.
  • Three facts about a three-initial president:  JFK was the first Roman Catholic to be president, the first Boy Scout to become president, and the first president to be born in the Twentieth Century.

And here’s one I thunk up all by myself: there are eleven letters in the numbers eleven & three.

I have way too much time on my hands.

Answer: Bookkeeper

 

As A Matter Of Fact

20 Feb
NiagaraI

I was going to give you some interesting facts about Sundays but you know what?  There aren’t any.  I Googled ‘Sunday Facts’ and this is the only thing I found:

Sunday is the day of the week between Saturday and Monday.

I thought I was dull. 

I do know that one seventh of your life happens on a Sunday; and you spend on average one third of your life asleep.  If I add the two facts together and divide the answer by my blog, I calculate half of my readers dozed off before the end of this paragraph.

I decided to talk to you about February instead.   It has Small Month Syndrome and packs a bitter punch – no wonder, with quotes like this:

February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March.
                      Dr. J. R. Stockton

Ouch.

But you know what?  February is as dull as Sunday.  All of the quotes I could find were as mean as the good Doctor’s.  Nobody likes February.  It even sounds funny compared to the other months; try saying it aloud: I bet you fall on your Rs.

And I bet the people who like February least were born on the twenty-ninth of it. 

Here are some random facts instead, with just one that is February-related:

  • February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
  • Babies are born without kneecaps, which appear between the ages of two and six.  If you don’t believe me, go find a kid and check.
  • The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze. I bet there was a February in there somewhere.
  • The winter of 2010 was so cold that the Hub froze – just as he reached for my last Malteser and realised I was still in the room.
  • Women blink nearly twice as often as men.  Flirting or cheap mascara?
  • If everyone in China walked past you, eight abreast, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.  Though how any reproducing would get done with all that walking and everyone watching, beats me.

Happy cold dull February Sunday!

Rain, Rain Go Away; Come Again Another Day (But Not In October Half Term, Please)

23 Aug
Amazon Rainforest created by משתמש:בן הטבע

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Tory Boy says my posts have been dry recently; so here’s a wet one.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

  • If you are a UK resident this is a good site for the rain forecast.  Or you could just look out your window.
  • Rainfall is classified as light if not more than 0.10 inch per hour, and heavy if more than 0.30 inch per hour.
  • If the earth were a body, the Amazon rainforest would be its lungs, and it’s got emphysema.  Rainforests used to cover 14% of the earth; now it’s only 6%.  Forty more years and it’s Hello Gobi.  Dull as he is, Sting is on to something.
  • A single pond in Brazil can sustain a greater variety of fish than is found in all of Europe’s rivers. 
  • Raindrops can fall at up to 22miles per hour.
  •  Louisiana is the wettest state in the US; 56 inches a year.
  •  One single tree in Peru was found to have forty-three different species of ants.  Okay, they can chop that one down as far as I’m concerned.
  • There is a famous actor called Rain.  Heard of him?  Me neither.
  • Acid Rain is a real phenomenon; natural precipitation reacts chemically with air pollutants and becomes acidic.  Ouch.  We’re poisoning the ecosystem.  Where’s Sting when you need him?
  • Made out of copper, the Statue of Liberty is corroding because of acid rain; the acid discolours and dissolves the copper.
  • Mt. Waialeale in Kauai, Hawaii, has up to 350 rainy days every year.  If you think that’s a lot, try living in Stockport.
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  • Raindrops change shape as they fall.
  • The world’s heaviest average rain fall (about 430 inches) occurs in Cherrapunji, India, where as much as 87 feet of rain has fallen in one year.
  • Rain that freezes before it hits the ground is known as frozen rain.  I got that from a site called ‘Interesting facts about rain.’  I should sue them under the Trades Description Act.
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  • All the water in the world is all the water we will ever have. The rain and floods we are experiencing are like sloshing drinks from one glass to another; that must make the people of Pakistan feel a whole lot better.
  • The umbrella started life as a parasol.                                                                                                                                                         
  • You can make your own rain!  From http://www.essortment.com/all/kidsweatherrai_rsdj.htm 

 TWO WAYS TO MAKE SOME RAIN 

If you want to make some rain, here is what you do: 1. Fill a glass about half full of water.
2. Cover the glass tightly with some plastic wrap.
3. Put a rubber band around the glass to hold the wrap in place. Make sure there are no holes in the wrap over the top of the glass.
4. Put the glass of water in the refrigerator.
5. Wait one or two hours and check the glass. When you see water droplets on the inside of the glass on the plastic, you know your experiment is working.  The longer you wait, the
more water droplets will form. You can even wait until the next day.
6. When you see plenty of droplets, take the glass out of the refrigerator and set it on the table or counter, or some other place where it won’t be in the way.
The water has evaporated up to the top of the glass where the plastic is. The plastic is kind of like clouds. Pretty soon, as the glass begins to warm up, the plastic will have more water than it can hold onto, and the drops will rain back into the glass. YOU JUST MADE RAIN!

Here is another way to make rain. This works very quickly, but YOU WILL NEED AN ADULT OR BIGGER PERSON TO HELP YOU. 1. Take a glass measuring cup and put 6 to 8 ounces of hot water into it.  Do not use a regular drinking glass, because it may break. The water needs to be very hot. Near boiling is best.
2. Cover the measuring cup with plastic wrap.
3. Put a rubber band around the cup to hold the plastic in place. Make sure there are no holes in the wrap covering the top of the cup.
4. Set the measuring cup where it won’t be in the way. The plastic may bulge up a little.  In about five minutes, you will see water droplets on the inside of the cup on the plastic. 5. Put the cup in the refrigerator and wait a few minutes. Take the cup out and you will see the droplets begin to fall from the plastic back into the cup. You might want to tap the plastic to make the droplets fall. YOU JUST MADE MORE RAIN!  

                                 

 

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