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Susannah Dingley
581657.  Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:11 pm Reply with quote

Posital wrote:
ColinM wrote:
A nice fact about a pringle or saddle shape is that it has negative curvature. Well, the middle bit of it does anyway.

Isn't it called a col?

Not sure where I dragged that up from.

Itís called point col in French and saddle point in English.

581666.  Thu Jul 09, 2009 5:19 pm Reply with quote

ColinM wrote:
A nice fact about a pringle or saddle shape is that it has negative curvature. Well, the middle bit of it does anyway.

Would this be a turtle saddle by any chance?

[attempting to postulate a grand unification theory]

582680.  Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:28 am Reply with quote

Yes. The turtle is called Colin. Of course, if the universe is Pringle shaped, we mean hyperbolic. So it doesn't have a single saddle point; or to put it another way, Colin has to be everywhere at once.

[/attempting to postulate a new religion]

582683.  Sat Jul 11, 2009 11:44 am Reply with quote

What is colin standing on?


582698.  Sat Jul 11, 2009 12:22 pm Reply with quote

Why another turtle of course

582702.  Sat Jul 11, 2009 12:35 pm Reply with quote

(That's what the saddles are for.)

582789.  Sat Jul 11, 2009 5:45 pm Reply with quote

Of course if the universe is only 4-dimensional then Colin will be standing on a bull (a torus). So all we have to do to prove once and for all whether the universe has 4 or 11 dimensions is to sample the primordial soup to see if it's turtle soup or beef broth.


582816.  Sat Jul 11, 2009 8:10 pm Reply with quote

According to Heston Blumenthal most of the Turtle soup the Victorians ate was mock turtle soup (real turtle is apparently a bit stringy). I'm not sure if this is in any way significant but I thought I'd mention it anyway.

582824.  Sat Jul 11, 2009 9:00 pm Reply with quote

Why would they have mocked a turtle? Strange, those Victorians ....

582910.  Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:23 am Reply with quote

Take a large calf's head. Scald off the hair. Boil it until the horn is tender, then cut it into slices about the size of your finger, with as little lean as possible. Have ready three pints of good mutton or veal broth, put in it half a pint of Madeira wine, half a teaspoonful of thyme, pepper, a large onion, and the peel of a lemon chop't very small. A ľ of a pint of oysters chop't very small, and their liquor; a little salt, the juice of two large onions, some sweet herbs, and the brains chop't. Stand all these together for about an hour, and send it up to the table with the forcemeat balls made small and the yolks of hard eggs.

That is the recipe for mock turtle soup given to Jane Austen by her friend Martha Lloyd. Can't say it really appeals.

582912.  Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:29 am Reply with quote

Haha, foolish turtles with that needless flipping, why, they haven't even invented the speedboat yet

gentleman glassmaker
602011.  Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:15 am Reply with quote

I prefer my ham sandwich with a good dollop of freshly made English mustard...which reminds me ....its lunchtime!

602232.  Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:59 pm Reply with quote

So that's why the Mock Turtle has a calf's head and tail in a turtle shell.

gerontius grumpus
611997.  Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:31 pm Reply with quote

I thought this thread was going to be about typically Irish faces.
Dylan Moran said that a typical Irishman would have a ham sandwich in his pocket that might not belong to him.
So a ham sandwich face is the type of warm, friendly slightly rustic type of face, not the money grabbing Terry Wogan type of face.


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