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ddawn23

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2640 on: April 25, 2014, 11:52:08 AM »
Dining hall, sophomore year of college:  I was sitting next to three freshmen from my house who were discussing ribs.  What kind of meat are ribs?  I said they're usually pork, but are sometimes beef.
FM1: Ah.  I wonder what part of the pig the ribs come from.
FM2 and 3: Yeah!  Me too.
Me: The ribs.  They come from the ribs of the pig.
FM: Yeah, but like, where on the pig do they come from?
Me: From the ribs.  Literally the ribs.  The rib cage.  You have ribs, I have ribs.  Pigs have ribs too, and that's where the ribs come from.
FM: And the bone?
Me: Is the rib bone.
FM: So pork ribs come from the pig's ribs?  Like, literally?
Me: Yes.
All Three: Wow.

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« Reply #2641 on: April 25, 2014, 12:42:12 PM »
That reminds me of the Baby Blues comic strip when Zoe (the little girl) has finally started to clue in to what she's been eating.  "You mean ground beef comes from cows?"  "That's right."  "Bacon comes from pigs?"  "Yup."  "Boy!  Next thing I know, you're going to tell me that chicken comes from - *gasp*!".

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« Reply #2642 on: April 25, 2014, 01:12:02 PM »
As for the "where food comes from" sometimes during conversations you find out you have no idea how peanuts grow or where semolina* comes from. If avocados grow on bushes or tree or something. Wikipedia is a blessing then  :P

*We must have not been thinking that time, but SO and I just couldn't remember how semolina grows ><. I'm pretty sure at one time I knew that it doesn't "grow", it's transformed from wheat, but for the life of me I couldn't make the connection.

Just within the past few months, I saw a picture of pineapple growing. It was so bizarre-looking that I had to Google to make sure that picture wasn't just a joke! I know pineapples grow, but I'd never given much thought to whether it was a tree or a vine, how they look when growing, etc.

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« Reply #2643 on: April 25, 2014, 01:34:30 PM »
As for the "where food comes from" sometimes during conversations you find out you have no idea how peanuts grow or where semolina* comes from. If avocados grow on bushes or tree or something. Wikipedia is a blessing then  :P

*We must have not been thinking that time, but SO and I just couldn't remember how semolina grows ><. I'm pretty sure at one time I knew that it doesn't "grow", it's transformed from wheat, but for the life of me I couldn't make the connection.

Just within the past few months, I saw a picture of pineapple growing. It was so bizarre-looking that I had to Google to make sure that picture wasn't just a joke! I know pineapples grow, but I'd never given much thought to whether it was a tree or a vine, how they look when growing, etc.

I still remember how much fun it was on my driving trip down the coast highway in California. I stopped to look at the fields along the road, and discovered brussels sprouts and artichokes au naturel. Absolutely amazing! It was fun.


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« Reply #2644 on: April 25, 2014, 02:01:55 PM »
My mom was studying child development once and had to prepare an educational session for a nursery school. She borrowed my brother and his chicken (long story--he saw it wander into the dime store of our small town, caught it, got scolded for "his" chicken, brought it home, and Dad converted the playhouse to a coop), and took them to teach the kids about chickens.
   This chicken was a total ham!  And during the presentation, she laid an egg. So the little kids passed it around, and exclaimed: "It's warm!!"

That's awesome!

Brussel sprouts really are a cool plant.  I grew some for a couple of years.  When you strip all the leaves off, it looks kind of like a spinal column.  But they are a lot of work to prep from the stalk and they don't do really well in my garden so I'm not going to bother any more.
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« Reply #2645 on: April 25, 2014, 02:10:17 PM »
What I loved most about the brussels sprouts plant was the horizontal layers of wide, heavy leaves, overlapping.
http://www.sustainablegardener.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Brussels_sprout_plant.jpg

From the top, you couldn't see anything of what was below. Which I guess shields the buds from the sun and keeps them from turning bitter. Or, the leaves droop to shield them from the cold.

http://radishstew.blogspot.com/2011/01/brussels-sprouts.html

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« Reply #2646 on: April 25, 2014, 02:14:08 PM »
I'd expect a grownup to know that beef comes from cattle, eggs come from chickens, and anything that is a vegetable or fruit grows on something, even if they don't know exactly what a pineapple plant or avocado tree is like.

Banana trees look very weird to me.
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« Reply #2647 on: April 25, 2014, 02:40:12 PM »
As for the "where food comes from" sometimes during conversations you find out you have no idea how peanuts grow or where semolina* comes from. If avocados grow on bushes or tree or something. Wikipedia is a blessing then  :P

*We must have not been thinking that time, but SO and I just couldn't remember how semolina grows ><. I'm pretty sure at one time I knew that it doesn't "grow", it's transformed from wheat, but for the life of me I couldn't make the connection.

Just within the past few months, I saw a picture of pineapple growing. It was so bizarre-looking that I had to Google to make sure that picture wasn't just a joke! I know pineapples grow, but I'd never given much thought to whether it was a tree or a vine, how they look when growing, etc.

They are so easy to grow! But strangers look for the pineapple stalk growing out of the center, so it is best to plant them in your rear yard or behind a fence. I need to grow some again.

I neglected to include instructions, but basically the leafy top of the pineapple is all that is needed to grow a new one. You cut that top off, plant it in good soil and water it. The plant is really pretty.

Yes, we have a banana tree and it dies every time it freezes then comes back. They do look a little weird.
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« Reply #2648 on: April 25, 2014, 03:16:20 PM »
What I loved most about the brussels sprouts plant was the horizontal layers of wide, heavy leaves, overlapping.
http://www.sustainablegardener.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Brussels_sprout_plant.jpg

From the top, you couldn't see anything of what was below. Which I guess shields the buds from the sun and keeps them from turning bitter. Or, the leaves droop to shield them from the cold.

http://radishstew.blogspot.com/2011/01/brussels-sprouts.html

One year LDH got rather adventurous when planting our garden. There were a couple of odd plants that we couldn't figure out what they were. (LDH forgot what all he planted ::) )

When I noticed little bumps forming on the stems I thought that maybe these plants were diseased and was going to pull them.

LDH took a look and jumped for joy "I know what they are! Now I remember what I planted!"

Yup. They were brussels sprouts.

I had never seen them on the stalks before and was quite fascinated. They were yummy, too.  ;D

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« Reply #2649 on: April 25, 2014, 04:05:25 PM »
the not knowing where food comes from seems surprisingly common. My secretary's  husband is a gardener. He was taking care of a garden which included a vegetable patch, and noticed that the home owner's never seemed to harvest any pf the veg. So, he thought maybe they weren't sure about which things were in season/ripe, and offered to harvest a selection each time he was there, and leave them a box. They still didn't use any of the veg. He asked whether there was a problem, and the homeowner told him that she didn't want to eat any of it because it was all dirty . . . Apparently this lady could not be brought to believe that washing things such as carrots might be an option, of that the ones she bought at waitrose might have touched earth at some point before turning up clean and shiny in the supermarket..

He ended up turning the vegetable patch into flowerbeds.


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« Reply #2650 on: April 25, 2014, 04:41:26 PM »
I think the strangest plants are truffles followed by peanuts. Saffron is also cultivated in a way not so different to how it's always been, which is why it's so expensive.

On a related note, it's interesting when you realise that a. lot of the foods from the New World which are ubiquitous in some cuisines. I'm talking about tomatoes, potatoes and corn. Sugar cane actually comes from South East Asia and made its way to the Romans who didn't really know what to do with it.

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« Reply #2651 on: April 25, 2014, 05:00:54 PM »
... hearing her mother delivering her brother...

I'd be traumatized for life.

When I was pregnant with #2, I worked right up until my due date.  By the end, the it was a little uncomfortable, so I would squirm sometimes while sitting.  Very near my due date, I was in a meeting with a female manager who had no kids.  Every time I adjusted my seating position, she looked at me frantically, as though I was going into labor.

I looked at her and kindly said: "I just want to let you know that every birthing scene you've ever seen in a movie is a lie.  Even if my water were to break right now, you would not be delivering my baby on this meeting room table."

She was VERY visibly relieved. 

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« Reply #2652 on: April 25, 2014, 06:59:17 PM »
I had to tell my pregnant coworker about Braxton-Hicks contractions...I'm not sure why her doctor didn't tell her about them!

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« Reply #2653 on: April 25, 2014, 07:08:18 PM »
the not knowing where food comes from seems surprisingly common. My secretary's  husband is a gardener. He was taking care of a garden which included a vegetable patch, and noticed that the home owner's never seemed to harvest any pf the veg. So, he thought maybe they weren't sure about which things were in season/ripe, and offered to harvest a selection each time he was there, and leave them a box. They still didn't use any of the veg. He asked whether there was a problem, and the homeowner told him that she didn't want to eat any of it because it was all dirty . . . Apparently this lady could not be brought to believe that washing things such as carrots might be an option, of that the ones she bought at waitrose might have touched earth at some point before turning up clean and shiny in the supermarket..

He ended up turning the vegetable patch into flowerbeds.


I wonder why ever they decided to have a vegetable patch in the first place. :D

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« Reply #2654 on: April 26, 2014, 09:03:58 AM »
I am vegetarian. I don't know how many people I have had to explain that Jello is made from pig skin.