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Water, Water Everywhere

30 Dec

If there were a real Fountain of Youth, would you drink the water?

English: Bottled water fills an aisle in a sup...

Bottled water fills an aisle in a supermarket (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No.  One should drink bottled water in foreign climes, or risk the two bob bits.


You’re having a nightmare, and have to choose between three doors. Pick one, and tell us about what you find on the other side.

A WordPress Prompter holding a glass of foreign water with my name on it.


What’s your ideal Saturday morning?

Filling up plastic bottles with our good Manchester tap water.

Are you doing those things this morning?


Why not?

It’s Sunday.


Write a letter to your mom. Tell her something you’ve always wanted to say, but haven’t been able to. 

Dear Mum,

I hope you are comfortable as a pile of ash in a wooden box in the ground in Widnes.

I told you not to drink the water.

Love, Tilly x


What is your worst quality?

Using my dead mother as a comedy prop.


Tell us about a time when you had to choose between two options, and you picked the unpopular choice.

I could have chosen not to use my beloved dead mother as a comedy prop for a WordPress prompt post, but I just couldn’t help myself.

I am my dead father’s daughter.


If you were asked to spend a year living in a different location, where would you choose? 

In the States, under an assumed name after I was hounded out of Britain by outraged mothers who mistook my affectionate ribbing of my mother for a disrespectful poke.

Why the States?

They sell bottled water.




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

23 Aug
Amazon Rainforest created by משתמש:בן הטבע

Image via Wikipedia

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.

  • 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.

  • 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 


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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