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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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    • 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.
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 11th Mar 18, 4:26 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.
    Originally posted by tommix
    And here's the evidence .....
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    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 11th Mar 18, 4:36 PM
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    And here's the evidence .....
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Can we send Trump and May there?

    Wait, nevermind, they'd enjoy being met by dildos.
    Always ask yourself one question: What would Gibbs do?

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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 11th Mar 18, 6:34 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.
    Originally posted by tommix
    Is it twinned with Penistone?



    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penistone
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    • miriamac
    • By miriamac 11th Mar 18, 11:05 PM
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    ...
    There is a town in Canada called 'Dildo'..
    Correction..It's an Island.
    Originally posted by tommix
    Town motto:

    "No man" is "an island"
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 31st Mar 18, 7:07 AM
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    Just discovered a very plausible explanation for the term "Bob's your uncle!"

    QUOTE
    Apparently from a 19th Century Prime Minister, Lord Robert Stanley, who was a great one for nepotism. If you got a good Government job it was because "Bob's your uncle". It came to mean 'everything's all right'."
    UNQUOTE
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 31st Mar 18, 11:24 AM
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    Black garlic
    I have discovered this today!

    I got some, thinking it was like ordinary garlic but black, like so many differently coloured vegetables, but it's a completely different animal! (Or rather, vegetable! )

    The papery outside is a beigy colour, but otherwise looks the same.

    Inside it is black, but surprise, surprise, it is all squidgy, like paste!

    The taste is only faintly garlicky, and a bit caramelly, and reminiscent of tamarind paste a bit.

    I wasn't sure whether it should be like that, so I googled,it, and yes, it should be just like that!


    It is white garlic that is aged using special heat and humidity parameters. This changes the flavour because the garlickiness is caramellised, and can vary in 'sweetness' depending on the strength of the garlic at the start.

    It can be used as a paste in cooked dishes, or spread on bread/toast, or even eaten straight from the bulb as a sort of sweet!


    More info here..... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_garlic

    I hadn't realised how different it would be from ordinary garlic!
    I'm going to try some on toast spread under some mashed avocado that needs using up.



    It's used in a lot of far-eastern cultures, and in Taoist mythology was said to confer immortality!



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    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 31st Mar 18, 12:06 PM
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    That dip you see in water when it's in a container where the edges touching the edges is higher than the rest of the water is called the meniscus.

    Mercury has the opposite effect for its meniscus.
    Always ask yourself one question: What would Gibbs do?

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    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 31st Mar 18, 12:24 PM
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    That dip you see in water when it's in a container where the edges touching the edges is higher than the rest of the water is called the meniscus.

    Mercury has the opposite effect for its meniscus.
    Originally posted by MothballsWallet
    Liquid helium will apparently climb the walls of a container due to much the same effect, and it being a "frictionless" liquid.
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    • helcat26
    • By helcat26 31st Mar 18, 1:11 PM
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    snakes have legs
    Did not know snakes have legs until recently
    https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/darwin/evolution-today/how-do-we-know-living-things-are-related/vestigial-organs/


    Has not really changed my life!
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 31st Mar 18, 7:08 PM
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    Did not know snakes have legs until recently
    https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/darwin/evolution-today/how-do-we-know-living-things-are-related/vestigial-organs/


    Has not really changed my life!
    Originally posted by helcat26
    Well, it has increased your wisdom, so you are innately 'improved'!
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 31st Mar 18, 7:28 PM
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    I thought that those things deserved some pics!


    That dip you see in water when it's in a container where the edges touching the edges is higher than the rest of the water is called the meniscus.

    Mercury has the opposite effect for its meniscus.
    Originally posted by MothballsWallet
    Mercury is on the left, water on the right.



    Liquid helium will apparently climb the walls of a container due to much the same effect, and it being a "frictionless" liquid.
    Originally posted by Jackmydad
    This sort of illustrates that......

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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 1st Apr 18, 7:57 AM
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    Sleazy
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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 1st Apr 18, 9:17 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
    This was true until 15 years ago
    They had a fungal infection that was considered a threat to the US logging industry.

    New York was the first state to overturn the ban in 2003
    Oregon, Connecticut and Vermont followed and there are now 37 states in which there are no restrictions on the cultivation of blackcurrants.
    I have also seen (and eaten) blackcurrants in Boston, although growing them is still banned in Massachusetts, so it would appear other states allow importation of the fruit while still banning the plants.
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    • Wizard of Id
    • By Wizard of Id 1st Apr 18, 10:03 AM
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    Originally posted by Sleazy
    so that's why I don't like salt and always feel sore on the first of the month
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    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 1st Apr 18, 9:05 PM
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    zagubov
    This was true until 15 years ago
    They had a fungal infection that was considered a threat to the US logging industry.

    New York was the first state to overturn the ban in 2003
    Oregon, Connecticut and Vermont followed and there are now 37 states in which there are no restrictions on the cultivation of blackcurrants.
    I have also seen (and eaten) blackcurrants in Boston, although growing them is still banned in Massachusetts, so it would appear other states allow importation of the fruit while still banning the plants.
    Originally posted by jackieblack
    You're right. I spent time there in the 80s and was puzzled by the absence. Got to say, that blackcurrants may struggle to make a comeback as blueberries have stolen their market niche as regards jams (jellies).
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    • squiggles
    • By squiggles 2nd Apr 18, 4:22 PM
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    I keep reading about Labour NEC and I never knew it stood for National Executive Committee. Every time I read it I thought it was talking about that place in Birminham that does all the shows.
    • Fruitcake
    • By Fruitcake 2nd Apr 18, 4:45 PM
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    The Spanish word for meat is carne as in chilli con carne, (meat with chilli.)

    People would often give up meat for lent so at the end would have a meat festival, known as a carnival.
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    • Callie22
    • By Callie22 2nd Apr 18, 7:09 PM
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    Polar Bears have black skin, I found that out watching The Chase
    Originally posted by Vickimichelle
    Apparently, so do swans. In art, they are seen as a symbol of hypocrisy due to their black skin and white feathers, so if you ever see one in an old painting or portrait then you know that the artist was sneaking a little message in there
    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 2nd Apr 18, 8:57 PM
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    Until recently if a movie or TV show included the song "Happy Birthday to you" you had to pay royalties; the woman who wrote the tune (Patty Hill) survived till the 1940s and the song gained popularity slowly through the 20th century. The copyright in Europe only expired about a year ago.
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