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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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    • NaughtiusMaximus
    • By NaughtiusMaximus 7th Jan 18, 2:57 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.
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    ...which is almost exactly half the length of the latest Eurostar trains which travel from London to Paris at 400 metres/1312 feet long (a quarter of a mile).
    • Syman
    • By Syman 7th Jan 18, 3:13 PM
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    Syman


    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
    reminded me of a picture i took in Surrey.

    Last edited by Syman; 07-01-2018 at 3:18 PM.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 7th Jan 18, 5:09 PM
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    reminded me of a picture i took in Surrey.

    Originally posted by Syman
    Well, I had to google that, , and this is what I found.......

    QUOTE
    A guard llama is a llama, guanaco, alpaca or hybrid that is used in farming to protect sheep, goats, hens or other livestock from coyotes, dogs, foxes and other predators.

    In the past, a single gelded (castrated) male was recommended. In more recent years it has been discovered that single, unbred females make better and safer guardians, as they do not pose the risk of attempting copulation (hence smothering) or chasing the smaller livestock.UNQUOTE


    Apparently, if kept on its own as a guard llama, it bonds with the group of animals it is protecting. If there is more than one llama they will bond with the other llamas and not care about the animals to be guarded!


    Well! I never knew that!
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    • vansboy
    • By vansboy 7th Jan 18, 7:29 PM
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    o you know what some railings and fences around some areas of London, were actually made for, initially?

    Until I saw THIS I had no idea.

    VB
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 7th Jan 18, 8:28 PM
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    That was interesting!


    I didn't know that, either!
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    • vivatifosi
    • By vivatifosi 12th Jan 18, 1:21 PM
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    A quarter of all of the trees in the world are in Russia. The scale of deforestation there is similar to the Amazon.

    I've just been watching Simon Reeve's Russia
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 12th Jan 18, 6:28 PM
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    I don't know why I didn't know this, but I've just found out that snakes have skeletons consisting of numerous vertebrae with ribs attached.

    "However, whereas an adult human has 206 bones, snakes can have 400 or more bones depending on the species, but snakes, unlike most mammals including humans, only have a few types of bones: the skull, jawbones and the spine with its vertebrae and ribs."


    Here is a complete snake skeleton........

    Denmark and Senegal
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    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 12th Jan 18, 9:23 PM
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    MothballsWallet
    A quarter of all of the trees in the world are in Russia. The scale of deforestation there is similar to the Amazon.

    I've just been watching Simon Reeve's Russia
    Originally posted by vivatifosi
    It's not on iPlayer though
    Always ask yourself one question: What would Gibbs do?

    I live in the UK City of Culture 2021

    I had to put mothballs in my wallet - the moths had learned the PINs to my cards...
    • squiggles
    • By squiggles 12th Jan 18, 10:48 PM
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    After reading the snakes have skeletons post I just had to google if worms also have bones, no they don't.
    • DeputyDawgg
    • By DeputyDawgg 13th Jan 18, 1:22 AM
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    A quarter of all of the trees in the world are in Russia. The scale of deforestation there is similar to the Amazon.

    I've just been watching Simon Reeve's Russia
    Originally posted by vivatifosi
    You mean non-existent?

    Last edited by DeputyDawgg; 13-01-2018 at 1:24 AM.
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Jan 18, 6:38 AM
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    After reading the snakes have skeletons post I just had to google if worms also have bones, no they don't.
    Originally posted by squiggles
    Yes, I suppose I vaguely thought that because they are so wiggly and flexible, snakes must be invertebrates, like worms etc, but thinking about it, they couldn't be because they have fangs, and fangs have to be set in bone, ipso facto they must be vertebrates!

    I didn't expect to see such a beautiful skeleton, though!

    Again, thinking about it, a slinky is very flexible, but is made from hard metal!
    I really shouldn't stereotype substances!
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 29th Jan 18, 6:10 PM
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    I have just discovered that caramel panna cotta doesn't taste very nice if you eat it immediately after a blackcurrant yogurt.


    You have been warned.
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    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 29th Jan 18, 8:35 PM
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    I have discovered that supermarket own brand multipack crisps are much cheaper than big name brands, e.g.

    Walker's 20 pk = 3.64 in Morrisons
    Seabrooks 24 pk = 3.00 in Morrisons
    Morrisons 20 pk = 2.00 in Morrisons

    So, are Walker's still having to pay Lineker to promote them?
    Always ask yourself one question: What would Gibbs do?

    I live in the UK City of Culture 2021

    I had to put mothballs in my wallet - the moths had learned the PINs to my cards...
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 29th Jan 18, 8:39 PM
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    Sleazy
    I have discovered that supermarket own brand multipack crisps are much cheaper than big name brands, e.g.

    Walker's 20 pk = 3.64 in Morrisons
    Seabrooks 24 pk = 3.00 in Morrisons
    Morrisons 20 pk = 2.00 in Morrisons

    So, are Walker's still having to pay Lineker to promote them?
    Originally posted by MothballsWallet
    I like Seabrooks, but need to cut my savoury intake anyway!
    Sleazy
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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 29th Jan 18, 10:06 PM
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    Cornucopia
    I have just discovered that caramel panna cotta doesn't taste very nice if you eat it immediately after a blackcurrant yogurt.

    You have been warned.
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    Unusual but delicious food combinations:-

    - Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar.

    - Smoked Salmon (or any smoked fish) and Horseradish.

    (I also like Tuna with Horseradish, but that is hard-core ).
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 30th Jan 18, 8:01 AM
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    Pyxis
    Unusual but delicious food combinations:-

    - Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar.

    - Smoked Salmon (or any smoked fish) and Horseradish.

    (I also like Tuna with Horseradish, but that is hard-core ).
    Originally posted by Cornucopia
    Very surprisingly, strawberries and smoked salmon also go well.

    I was given it in Italy, and would never have thought it!
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    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 30th Jan 18, 8:54 AM
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    Fruitcake
    o you know what some railings and fences around some areas of London, were actually made for, initially?

    Until I saw THIS I had no idea.

    VB
    Originally posted by vansboy

    Thanks for that. I found it most moving as well as interesting.
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    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 30th Jan 18, 8:56 AM
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    Unlike most railways around the world, UK trains do not sport headlamps because ...


    all our railway track is fenced (or supposed to be) to stop animals wandering on to it.
    I married my cousin. I had to...
    I don't have a sister.

    All my screwdrivers are cordless.
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    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 30th Jan 18, 9:05 AM
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    Fruitcake
    61 F = 16 C (very very close actually)

    VB
    Originally posted by vansboy
    About 60.5F.

    16C is the lowest temperature a sedentary worker can be expected to work without upping sticks occasionally to go somewhere warmer, or be provided with warm clothing, or hot drinks, according to the Offices, Shops, and Railway Premises Act.
    It may have been superceded now but I quoted this to my boss one winter when working in unheated buildings. We were subsequently provided with company issued jackets, and allowed extra tea breaks.
    I married my cousin. I had to...
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    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 30th Jan 18, 11:20 AM
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    Cornucopia
    Unlike most railways around the world, UK trains do not sport headlamps because ...


    all our railway track is fenced (or supposed to be) to stop animals wandering on to it.
    Originally posted by Fruitcake
    Also, it's recently been decided that UK trains are no longer required to be predominantly yellow on the front. Apparently, if they are not yellow, they will need headlamps.
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