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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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    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 5th Jan 18, 12:03 AM
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    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    That's intriguing- I didn't realise
    1- the ban was about twice as old as I thought and
    2- there were that many exceptions this century.
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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 5th Jan 18, 12:14 AM
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    Are you sure they are not Alpacas?
    Originally posted by Apoorwoman
    Ah, now, I guess they could be. Not 100% sure what the difference is.
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    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 5th Jan 18, 2:11 AM
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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
    My Aunt and Uncle never asked me for a dowry. Well my family would have ended up paying ourselves do it so it was pointless. Anyway, I was buying the marital home all by myself. I was however offered both of my cousins by my Aunt as a job lot. I am so very glad that I only wanted the one.

    Ah, now, I guess they could be. Not 100% sure what the difference is.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    The spelling.

    Fortunately the animals themselves are aware of any other differences.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 5th Jan 18, 5:40 AM
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    Are you sure they are not Alpacas?
    Originally posted by Apoorwoman




    There are more differences between them, and also the related animals, guanaco and vicuna...........
    http://saexpeditions.com/blog/post/know-your-camelid-is-it-a-llama-alpaca-guanaco-or-vicuna
    https://www.inkari-alpaca.com/en/blogs/thealpacablog/10-differences-between-llamas-and-alpacas/


    (Annoying spelling mistake in the picture!)
    Last edited by Pyxis; 05-01-2018 at 5:44 AM.
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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 5th Jan 18, 8:46 AM
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    Thanks. I think they must be Alpacas, then. Each animal is one single colour, though across the herd they vary from beige to dark brown.

    Your pic begs more questions, though. I wonder what tricks alpacas can learn? Three card monte? Unicycling? I am officially intrigued.
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 05-01-2018 at 8:49 AM.
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    • Izadora
    • By Izadora 5th Jan 18, 11:24 AM
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    The international telephone area code for Antarctica is 672.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    The international code when calling Thailand mobiles is 666
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 5th Jan 18, 1:05 PM
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    The new Crossrail trains will be 650 feet long. That's around two-thirds longer than a typical Tube train.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 5th Jan 18, 1:23 PM
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    Thanks. I think they must be Alpacas, then. Each animal is one single colour, though across the herd they vary from beige to dark brown.

    Your pic begs more questions, though. I wonder what tricks alpacas can learn? Three card monte? Unicycling? I am officially intrigued.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    Some things alpacas can be trained to do......
    https://modernfarmer.com/2015/09/alpaca-training/


    They were also shown in TV recently, being taken into an old people's home as PAT animals.
    Interestingly, they are very easy to litter train, and one animal started making squeaky noises when it needed a wee, so the handler took it outside, and then brought it back in again.

    The old folk responded very well to the alpacas.
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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 5th Jan 18, 1:54 PM
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    Thanks - that's fascinating.

    Here are some show-jumping rabbits:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM9YWm6T_hc
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    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 5th Jan 18, 8:21 PM
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    -40F is the same as -40C
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    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 5th Jan 18, 8:32 PM
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    -40F is the same as -40C
    Originally posted by Wizard of Id
    I knew that, thanks to reviewer SF Debris (he used to be a teacher before he turned his hand to internet reviewing)
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    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 5th Jan 18, 8:34 PM
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    There are more differences between them, and also the related animals, guanaco and vicuna...........
    http://saexpeditions.com/blog/post/know-your-camelid-is-it-a-llama-alpaca-guanaco-or-vicuna
    https://www.inkari-alpaca.com/en/blogs/thealpacablog/10-differences-between-llamas-and-alpacas/


    (Annoying spelling mistake in the picture!)
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Be very careful spelling the emboldened word otherwise you'll get a load of bat poop!
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 5th Jan 18, 9:10 PM
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    -40F is the same as -40C
    Originally posted by Wizard of Id
    I thought the post about absolute zero was good, but that's equally fascinating.
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    • vansboy
    • By vansboy 5th Jan 18, 9:45 PM
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    61 F = 16 C (very very close actually)

    VB
    • barbiedoll
    • By barbiedoll 6th Jan 18, 8:13 AM
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    -Electric Kettles are much, much rarer in the USA than in Europe (because with their power system, it would take around 8 minutes to boil one).
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    I always wondered why you never see an electric kettle on US shows! Is that maybe why they’re not so keen on tea? (8 mins for a cuppa? I’d die of thirst!!)
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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 6th Jan 18, 8:16 AM
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    I always wondered why you never see an electric kettle on US shows! Is that maybe why they’re not so keen on tea? (8 mins for a cuppa? I’d die of thirst!!)
    Originally posted by barbiedoll
    I think yes, it definitely favours the coffee-pot standing on the stove rather than the kettle and teapot route to refreshment.

    However, I've also seen comments from Americans that the cause and effect are the other way around: that kettles are not favoured because Americans generally prefer coffee.
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    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 6th Jan 18, 11:51 AM
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    I think yes, it definitely favours the coffee-pot standing on the stove rather than the kettle and teapot route to refreshment.

    However, I've also seen comments from Americans that the cause and effect are the other way around: that kettles are not favoured because Americans generally prefer coffee.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    The US power supply is so different from ours, it's uneconomical to have a national grid or bury most of the power lines which is why American street scenes contain masses of overhead cabling. They have to have transformers on telegraph poles close to their houses and they're used to regular power cuts during thunderstorms.

    As for tea, most american houses seem to have a plug-in coffee-maker. If they drink tea, they don't always boil it, but simply heat it or even drink it cold with lemon and ice.
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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 6th Jan 18, 12:11 PM
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    In the English language, the words for meat animals (Cow, Pig, Sheep, Deer) come from Anglo-Saxon, but the words for the meats themselves come from French (Beef/Bouef, Pork/Porc, Mutton/Mouton, Venison/Venaison, Veal/Veau).
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    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 6th Jan 18, 1:42 PM
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    I thought the post about absolute zero was good, but that's equally fascinating.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    I knew it, somewhere deep in my memory, but reading about the weather in America reminded me.
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    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 6th Jan 18, 2:31 PM
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    As American settlers migrated westward they'd burn down the houses they abandoned so they could get the nails back, as they were the most valuable and irreplaceable parts.
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