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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Catch-up » Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:47 pm

Tina those are great! I'm going to try a few.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:44 pm

The baking tin for the pepper's and toaster are great. :mrgreen:
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Tonyblack » Sat Dec 07, 2013 10:50 pm

The wooden spoon across the top of a pan worked a treat when I boiled rice earlier.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Slantaholic » Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:03 pm

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The wooden spoon across the top of a pan worked a treat when I boiled rice earlier.


How is that scientific? What have you usually tried before you found the wooden spoon technique. I'm agog.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:14 pm

I have no idea of the science behind it. I eat a lot of rice and more often than not the saucepan bubbles up and overflows. Putting the spoon across stopped that somehow.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Catch-up » Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:25 pm

It always works for us too. We read about it in an old cookbook that had tips as well. Don't know the science behind it either, but it never fails.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby janet » Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:26 pm

It is likely that the spoon lowers the surface temperature of the cooking water just enough to prevent it boiling over....in the same way that blowing across the surface does....just a thought :)
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Tonyblack » Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:51 pm

Could be, Janet. maybe the spoon bursts enough of the bubbles to collapse the head. :think:
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Quatermass » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:21 am

I've learned the term and definition of greengrocer's apostrophes. I much prefer the German equivalent: Deppenapostroph. ;)
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Will of Lancre » Fri Dec 13, 2013 11:29 am

OK, I now know the German for "greengrocer's apostrophe". :D

I like the fact that German also has this problem, though in a slightly different way to English. I am guessing the "Deppenapostroph" is the one you find in "Hermann's Pommesbude" (Hermann's chip shop - no apostrophe needed in German but people put one in anyway by analogy with English). :roll:

There are some fine examples of the greengrocer's variety in Going Postal. 8-)
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby janet » Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:15 pm

Yes! I've learnt that the annoying little bleeder which gives us apple's and pear's actually has a name :lol: :lol:
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby KnightOfFewWords » Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:21 pm

I learnt that James Bond is a chronic alcoholic with serious problems.

"He said Bond would be classified in the "top whack" of problem drinkers and would be at high risk of liver damage, an early death and impotence."

"You wouldn't want this person defusing a nuclear bomb."

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An interesting take on the Bond myth.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Tonyblack » Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:44 pm

He's also a chain smoker. Smoking up to 70 ciggies a day - which is actually less than his creator.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Sister Jennifer » Sun Dec 15, 2013 1:44 am

I learnt the German words for hospital & ambulance are krankenhaus & krankenwagen respectively. I really like those words and have been using them instead of the english ones whenever I can, at work, etc.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Sister Jennifer » Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:22 am

I always think of this doorknocker from The Labyrinth when I look at Daniel Craig.

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