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eggshaped
169415.  Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:52 am Reply with quote

It was illegal to sell lambs heads in the UK, but it's not any more. Cows heads are still illegal though

source

 
suze
169511.  Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:16 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
eggshaped wrote:
JTSOR says this ... but i can't tell what it's talking about as I can't see it in context. Anyone?


I'm back at work tomorrow, so I'll have a look at it then.


Right. It's an article discussing the philosophy of poetry, and the title ("Making Sweetbreads Do") is a quotation from the poetry of Robert Frost. The poem containing this line is named Quandary (full text here; it's a definite candidate for Suze's Big Bad Book of Rubbish Poetry, an anthology I'd love to compile one day).

The poem mentions a misconception of Frost's that the sweetbread was the brain - Mat noted at post 163631 that this is not an uncommon notion in the USA. All the reference mentioned by egg does is to clear up another commonly held misconception about sweetbreads.

I'm really not sure about the article's claim that the etymology of the word has anything to do with testicles though. The OED doesn't know why the pancreas or thymus gets this name when used as food - it informs us that the mattter is "not obvious". So all the article really seems be saying here is something like

"Sweetbread is not the brain. Just in case you thought it was, it's not the balls either."

Beyond that, little that is relevant to our purpose I fear.

 
eggshaped
169519.  Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:23 am Reply with quote

Thx muchly suze. :)

 
Gray
170123.  Fri Apr 27, 2007 8:33 am Reply with quote

Crocodile arm diet. Warning: not a very pleasant picture, but real nonetheless.

http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2007/04/12/crocodilearm_wideweb__470x301,0.jpg

Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6551185.stm

 
Molly Cule
171131.  Tue May 01, 2007 5:51 am Reply with quote

Whats a space potato and why are they romantic?

Space potatoes were special purple potatoes called ‘Purple Orchid Three’ and were developed from potatoes grown from seed in space. The purples colour was due to a mutation which also made the potatoes sweeter than usual.

The Valentines promotion was the idea of Haikou Purple Orchid Co. Ltd., who grew the potatoes from seed on a spacecraft. They promoted them as romantic food for Valentines Day in China. Purple signifies romance and nobility in China.
The potatoes were eaten fried, as salad garnishes, in desserts and even as iced drinks.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6353403.stm
http://www.wayodd.com/space-potatoes-are-big-valentines-day-hit-in-china/v/6397/
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/If_You_Love_Me_Order_Some_Purple_Space_Potatoes_999.html

There are lots of examples of seeds grown in space and the resultant mutations.
Like EverFloris Violets first grown in 1984. Optimara launched 25,000 Optimara seeds into space aboard one of NASA’s space shuttles. The seeds remained in space, orbiting the Earth, for nearly six years. The program was conceived to test the effect of long-term exposure to cosmic radiation and lack of gravity. When the seeds were retrieved in 1990, many mutations soon became apparent. One such mutation resulted in a new characteristic which Optimara has dubbed ‘multiflorescence.’ This characteristic gives Optimara Violets an extraordinary abundance of flowers which never stop blooming. Compared with PMA standards, which define a finished African Violet as having five to seven open blooms, a multiflorescent Optimara variety will have at least 20 open blooms.
http://setas-www.larc.nasa.gov/LDEF/index.html

What is a half-moon tree?
The offspring of a moon tree and an Earth tree….
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2002/13aug_moontrees.htm

On the Apollo 14 mission, crewmember Stuart Roosa carried canisters containing 400-500 tree seeds of various types. The canisters got pretty close to the moon, staying with Roosa as he piloted the command module above the lunar surface. Upon returning to earth, the canisters burst open during the decontamination process, the seeds mixed, and were presumed no longer viable. Some of these were planted with their earth-bound counterparts as controls, (as would be expected, after over twenty years there is no discernable difference) but most were given away in 1975 and 1976 to many state forestry organizations to be planted as part of the nation's bicentennial celebration. These trees were southern and western species, so not all states received trees. A Loblolly Pine was planted at the White House, and trees were planted in Brazil, Switzerland, and presented to the Emperor of Japan, among others. Trees have also been planted in Washington Square in Philadelphia, at Valley Forge, in the International Forest of Friendship, and at various universities and NASA centers. It not clear where a lot of the other seeds ended up so in 2001 there was a moon tree hunt to find out where they had all gone.
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/moon_tree.html

 
Molly Cule
171132.  Tue May 01, 2007 5:51 am Reply with quote

Space moss - NASA continues botanical experiments in space. Scientists were surprised when they inspected samples of fire moss that were on board the space shuttle Columbia.
On Earth, "moss filaments normally grow in an unruly fashion," NASA reports.
On Columbia, "They formed a distinctive clockwise spiral like no moss on Earth."


 
MatC
171154.  Tue May 01, 2007 7:05 am Reply with quote

Blue and purple spuds are readily available here on earth, too.

 
eggshaped
171411.  Wed May 02, 2007 2:23 am Reply with quote

Foot potatoes:

 
eggshaped
174073.  Mon May 14, 2007 3:30 am Reply with quote

The Vegetable Sandwich chocolate bar came from the health fad of the 1920s. It contained cabbage, celery, peppers, and tomatoes and was advertised that it :

Quote:
"will not constipate"


link

 
MatC
174091.  Mon May 14, 2007 5:20 am Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
The Vegetable Sandwich chocolate bar came from the health fad of the 1920s. It contained cabbage, celery, peppers, and tomatoes and was advertised that it :

Quote:
"will not constipate"


link


Definitely not going to report them to Trading Standards, then!

F for Food, yes?

 
eggshaped
174253.  Mon May 14, 2007 11:20 am Reply with quote

Jones Soda Co in the USA make "turkey & gravy" flavour pop in the run-up to the festive season.

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Meanwhile in Japan, you can get Octopus-Dumpling Soda, which contains the mouthwatering ingredients: diced octopus, tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, konnyaku, green onion, okonomiyaki sauce, green laver (aonori), mayonnaise, and katsuobushi (fish shavings).

link

 

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