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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 30th Dec 17, 9:59 AM
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    Well! I never knew that!
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    • 30th Dec 17, 9:59 AM
    Well! I never knew that! 30th Dec 17 at 9:59 AM
    I was googling the difference between nuts and seeds, when I came across a reference to cashew nuts and how they grew!

    I was so surprised! "Well!", I said, "I never knew that!"

    I don't know what I expected, as I'd never thought about it before. That in itself was strange, as I've been eating cashews for years and years.

    Maybe I just assumed they grew in pods like peanuts, but they don't!

    They start to grow on the ends of flowers which turn into yellow or red pear-shaped cashew "apples".
    They grow inside a case which has an irritant chemical on it to stop animals eating it. This is removed by proper roasting of the cashews.

    Apparently the cashew apples are also edible, but being very soft, do not travel well. They can be made into a refreshing drink.




    It got me wondering what you may have come across, little gems of info about things you have taken for granted for years without knowing the true facts about them.

    Do tell!




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    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 3rd Jan 18, 8:35 PM
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    on average a human mouth will produce about 2.5 pints of saliva a day and the slowest growing nail on your hand is the thumb nail
    Every man is innocent until proven broke.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 3rd Jan 18, 9:10 PM
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    it would be really cool if it was - 273
    Originally posted by Wizard of Id
    Absolutely.
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    • AubreyMac
    • By AubreyMac 4th Jan 18, 12:45 AM
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    So you've never heard the fable of the rice and the chessboard then?
    Originally posted by jack_pott
    Nope. What is it?
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 4th Jan 18, 5:44 AM
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    So you've never heard the fable of the rice and the chessboard then?
    Originally posted by jack_pott
    Nope. What is it?
    Originally posted by AubreyMac
    It's a riddle about doubling the number of rice grains (or wheat grains) on each square of a chess board, stating with one grain on the first square, two on the second, four on the third, etc.

    One story is that the inventor of chess was asked what prize he wanted for his marvellous invention, and he requested that his ruler give him rice according to the rice and chessboard problem.

    The ruler laughs it off as a meager prize for a brilliant invention, only to have court treasurers report the unexpectedly huge number of rice grains would outstrip the ruler's resources.

    On the 40th square, there would be 1000,000,000 grains of rice. (But there are 64 squares on a chessboard!).
    On the 64th square, there would be 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 grains.

    The total number of grains on the board would equal 18,446,744,073,709,551,615, much higher than what most intuitively expect, which is equal to about 210 billion tons and is allegedly sufficient to cover the whole territory of India with a metre thick layer of rice. At ten grains of rice per square inch, the above amount requires rice fields covering twice the surface area of the Earth, oceans included.

    Versions differ as to whether the inventor becomes a high-ranking advisor or is executed.

    If the latter, the moral is: Be careful before you are a smart-a r s e!



    (There are different versions of the story, but the resulting final number is the same!)
    Last edited by Pyxis; 04-01-2018 at 6:03 AM.
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    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 4th Jan 18, 11:33 AM
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    the moral is: Be careful before you are a smart-a r s e!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Or: don't borrow money if you don't understand exponential growth.
    I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.
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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 4th Jan 18, 11:37 AM
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    Americans don't know what blackcurrants taste like as they've been banned there for at least fifty years.
    Originally posted by zagubov
    Sorry, not quite right:-

    Widely grown throughout Europe, black currants are lesser known in the United States, largely due to a ban on currant farming in the early 1900s, when white blister rust – vectored by black currants – threatened the U.S. logging industry. Although the federal ban was relegated to state jurisdiction in the 1960s, black currants have yet to gain the popularity they boast in Europe.
    http://www.bluefruitfarm.com/blackcurrants
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    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 4th Jan 18, 6:24 PM
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    I've learnt two things today, which i thought were quite interesting, The first while listening to our local radio at lunchtime. The second was just on Pointless.on Bbc
    1) Manchester Utd footballer Juan Mata pledged to give 1% of his wages to charity. He asked other players to do the same.
    2) When Grace Kelly married Prince Rainia, to become Princess Grace of Monaco, her family were asked for a $2M dowry before the wedding.
    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 4th Jan 18, 7:58 PM
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    I've learnt two things today, which i thought were quite interesting, The first while listening to our local radio at lunchtime. The second was just on Pointless.on Bbc
    1) Manchester Utd footballer Juan Mata pledged to give 1% of his wages to charity. He asked other players to do the same.
    2) When Grace Kelly married Prince Rainia, to become Princess Grace of Monaco, her family were asked for a $2M dowry before the wedding.
    Originally posted by SamsReturn
    Mrs MbW's family never asked me for a dowry before she married me...

    Just thought I'd throw that in there
    I live in the UK City of Culture 2021

    Married to an immigrant.

    Always ask yourself one question: What would Gibbs do?
    • vansboy
    • By vansboy 4th Jan 18, 9:07 PM
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    You might know - or maybe not - that below the Londons busy streets, there was a minature underground train system, in addition operated by The Post Office, carrying our mail.

    But did you know that you can actually ride on it NOW??

    https://www.postalmuseum.org/

    VB
    • MajorR
    • By MajorR 4th Jan 18, 9:15 PM
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    Did you know, ...... Half of all humans that have ever lived, died of malaria.
    Originally posted by SamsReturn
    40% of humans that ever lived never survived past their 1st b'day, a somber thought.
    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 4th Jan 18, 9:25 PM
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    Did you know that many of London's parks are built over plague pits because it was forbidden to build new buildings where they were located?
    I live in the UK City of Culture 2021

    Married to an immigrant.

    Always ask yourself one question: What would Gibbs do?
    • vansboy
    • By vansboy 4th Jan 18, 9:37 PM
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    Did you know that many of London's parks are built over plague pits because it was forbidden to build new buildings where they were located?
    Originally posted by MothballsWallet
    And many of these areas are Lammas Land/common Land, allowing us peasants to graze our livestock, or collect firewood, even to this day!

    I'm off out now, going to bring the sheep home and reload the Aga for the night.

    VB
    • vansboy
    • By vansboy 4th Jan 18, 10:07 PM
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    Not long after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the a list of seemingly amazing coincidences between the two men’s lives appeared, and it has been widely and continuously reprinted and circulated ever since:
    Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
    John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
    Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
    John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
    The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.
    Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
    Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.
    Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
    Both were shot in the head.
    Lincoln’s secretary, Kennedy, warned him not to go to the theatre.
    Kennedy’s secretary, Lincoln, warned him not to go to Dallas.
    Both were assassinated by Southerners.
    Both were succeeded by Southerners.
    Both successors were named Johnson.
    Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
    Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
    John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839.
    Lee Harvey Oswald was born in 1939.
    Both assassins were known by their three names.
    Both names are comprised of fifteen letters.
    Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse.
    Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.
    Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.



    I've copied this little list of coincidences.


    Make up your own minds, of course!


    VB


    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 4th Jan 18, 10:13 PM
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    Mrs MbW's family never asked me for a dowry before she married me...

    Just thought I'd throw that in there
    Originally posted by MothballsWallet
    Princess Di wanted me before Charlie cane along, but i couldn't get the money together.
    • vivatifosi
    • By vivatifosi 4th Jan 18, 10:21 PM
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    It's a a bit Daily Express, but I heard just now on Sky News that due to the bad weather and low temperatures in parts of the USA, it is currently colder there than on Mars. BBBBRRRRRRRRRR....

    Found it on CNN:
    http://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/03/us/cold-weather-arctic-outbreak/index.html
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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 4th Jan 18, 10:26 PM
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    There's a field of llamas beside the M2 in Kent.
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    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 4th Jan 18, 10:29 PM
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    There's a field of llamas beside the M2 in Kent.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    Are they lost ?
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 4th Jan 18, 10:49 PM
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    Cornucopia
    Are they lost ?
    Originally posted by SamsReturn

    They look reasonably content under the circumstances.
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    • Apoorwoman
    • By Apoorwoman 4th Jan 18, 10:51 PM
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    There's a field of llamas beside the M2 in Kent.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    Are you sure they are not Alpacas?
    • vivatifosi
    • By vivatifosi 4th Jan 18, 11:04 PM
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    If you cross a llama with an alpaca, it's called a huarizo.

    I just googled, so can't claim credit.
    Please stay safe in the sun and learn the A-E of melanoma: A = asymmetry, B = irregular borders, C= different colours, D= diameter, larger than 6mm, E = evolving, is your mole changing? Most moles are not cancerous, any doubts, please check next time you visit your GP.
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