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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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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 3rd Mar 18, 8:53 PM
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    L.B.D. = little black dress, I never knew that until today
    Originally posted by Wizard of Id
    Reminds me of when I went on a flora and fauna holiday for the first time, and someone referred to a Sardinian Warbler as an LBJ.

    I had to ask what an LBJ was.

    Little Brown Job.
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    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 3rd Mar 18, 9:24 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.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    That sounds like the college professor (played by Groucho Marx) who when his students demanded a fact, told them "if you cook cranberries the way they make applesauce, it tastes more like prunes than rhubarb does".
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    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 3rd Mar 18, 11:35 PM
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    We were watching something on tv and next time is about killer whales, I said to Hubby killer whales are really dolphins not whales .. he did not believe me untill he googled!
    Dogs return to eat their vomit, just as fools repeat their foolishness. There is no more hope for a fool than for someone who says, "i am really clever!"
    • Vickimichelle
    • By Vickimichelle 4th Mar 18, 12:41 AM
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    Polar Bears have black skin, I found that out watching The Chase
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 4th Mar 18, 6:19 AM
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    Polar Bears have black skin, I found that out watching The Chase
    Originally posted by Vickimichelle
    That's interesting.

    I had a black and white dog once, and the skin under her white fur was light pink, but the skin under her black fur was black.
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    • squiggles
    • By squiggles 4th Mar 18, 9:53 AM
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    I never new a gherkin was just a titchy cucumber but pickled, I thought it was just a veg that people chuck in with olives to make the buffet table all posh and different.
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 4th Mar 18, 10:44 AM
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    I never new a gherkin was just a titchy cucumber but pickled, I thought it was just a veg that people chuck in with olives to make the buffet table all posh and different.
    Originally posted by squiggles
    Well, it is a different variety of cucumber. I'm not sure if they would be nice to eat unpickled.
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    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 4th Mar 18, 11:26 AM
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    Well, it is a different variety of cucumber. I'm not sure if they would be nice to eat unpickled.
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    I find the bigger "dill" type more palatable. Lidl do them.
    Much less acid than some of the commercially prepared small ones.
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    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 4th Mar 18, 11:43 AM
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Mar 18, 2:48 PM
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    When I was growing up, we'd usually have peaches and custard with our Sunday tea.

    The peaches were tinned peaches, and the label always said cling peaches.
    I wondered what the cling meant.

    Saw it several times over the years, but never knew what the cling meant.

    Well, I've just found out!

    It refers to the stone.

    Peaches whose stones stick to the flesh are called clingpeaches.....clingstone peaches, and ones where the stones
    don't stick to the flesh are called freestones.

    So now I know!
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 9th Mar 18, 8:41 PM
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    Horrible memories of tinned fruit for Sunday tea! Usually with a Victoria sponge and, more often than not, a horrible shop-bought one!
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    Words, words, they're all we have to go by!.

    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Mar 18, 8:44 PM
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    Horrible memories of tinned fruit for Sunday tea! Usually with a Victoria sponge and, more often than not, a horrible shop-bought one!
    Originally posted by pollypenny
    Haven't had tinned fruit for years, but from memory I quite liked it, with custard or ice cream. Simple to please I guess ......
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    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 9th Mar 18, 9:01 PM
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    We usually had tinned fruit for Sunday tea with Carnation milk.
    With bread and butter.
    We usually had something else first IIRC. Cheese on toast or something.
    I liked it.
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 10th Mar 18, 3:09 PM
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    Haven't had tinned fruit for years, but from memory I quite liked it, with custard or ice cream. Simple to please I guess ......
    Originally posted by Sleazy


    I loved evaporated milk whisked into jelly! I did for my kids, too. A good cheap dessert.
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    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 11th Mar 18, 12:31 PM
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    Fruitcake
    When I was growing up, we'd usually have peaches and custard with our Sunday tea.

    The peaches were tinned peaches, and the label always said cling peaches.
    I wondered what the cling meant.

    Saw it several times over the years, but never knew what the cling meant.

    Well, I've just found out!

    It refers to the stone.

    Peaches whose stones stick to the flesh are called clingpeaches.....clingstone peaches, and ones where the stones
    don't stick to the flesh are called freestones.

    So now I know!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Do you need a different sort of custard to go with the two different types of peach?
    I married my cousin. I had to...
    I don't have a sister.

    All my screwdrivers are cordless.
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 11th Mar 18, 12:35 PM
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    Do you need a different sort of custard to go with the two different types of peach?
    Originally posted by Fruitcake
    Cur Sleazy
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    And those who mind what they say
    And the In-Betweeners
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    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 11th Mar 18, 12:40 PM
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    Fruitcake
    I remember a public information film that was shown when I was at school. It involved overland road trains in Oz, and at one point the crew of one of them had to change a wheel. The spare wheel rolled down a hill, twice I think, and had to be retrieved each time.

    When they stopped for the night, other lorries would stop as well, and they would pool their food.
    This would depend on what the were transporting as well as their own food. It went into a huge pot and was heated over an open fire.
    Allsorts of things went in it. Cling peaches, baked beans, corned beef, packets of rice, and fruit cocktail to name but a few, then all stirred and served when ready.

    They called this a hashmagandy (other spellings are available). The Australian equivalent to our "bubble and squeak"; a stew made from whatever ingredients could be found and cooked in a pot to make a stew to sustain life in the Australian Outback
    I've made a few, but always remembered that a tin of fruit cocktail is one of the most important ingredients.

    My friends all loved it and thought it was hilarious. However, when I made it for two of my cousins, I was told quite categorically never to make it for them again.
    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 11th Mar 18, 12:43 PM
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    Fruitcake
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    One of my favourite TV programmes when I was in my teens.
    I married my cousin. I had to...
    I don't have a sister.

    All my screwdrivers are cordless.
    "You're Safety Is My Primary Concern Dear" - Laks
    • Cornucopia
    • By Cornucopia 11th Mar 18, 2:38 PM
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    Cornucopia
    Sad to see a typo in professionally(?) produced material for children.

    Custard us slothful and sneaky

    Custard is a non-Newtonian liquid (which means that depending on conditions, it sometimes exhibits the properties of a solid, rather than a liquid).
    Last edited by Cornucopia; 11-03-2018 at 2:42 PM.
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    • tommix
    • By tommix 11th Mar 18, 4:18 PM
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    I haven't read the whole thread so I don't know what has and has not been posted. Thus apologies to whoever may have posted this interesting fact previously.

    There is a town in Canada called 'Dildo'..

    Correction..It's an Island.
    Last edited by tommix; 11-03-2018 at 4:21 PM.
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