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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2670 on: April 26, 2014, 06:29:56 PM »
I am vegetarian. I don't know how many people I have had to explain that Jello is made from pig skin.

Also bones and connective tissue.
There was an episode of QI which listed a lot of products that came from pigs. It was a long list.

I didn't know until I was making a dessert for Neuman Center (Catholic campus ministry) dinner and was specifically asked if it involved marshmallows. The speaker that week was one of the Muslim professors on campus. That's when I learned that marshmallows (and jello and other gelatin products) weren't halal. And thus, also not vegetarian.

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« Reply #2672 on: April 26, 2014, 07:54:44 PM »
Tinkytinky,
That sort of thing really baffles me. Why will people argue that they know more about your life than you do? I have a friend who once had someone argue with her that her surname was European, not Asian, despite the fact he was talking to her very Asian face. Then he told her it must be her married name, and argued about it when she said, no, it was the family name of her birth family. He kept insisting that it was very peculiar that she was Asian, and had a surname from a European country, then. (FWIW, her surname is very typical of surnames of the Asian country from which her father immigrated!)
It wasn't a confusion between the indian surname "Khan" and the german surname "Kahn" was it?
Nothing so logical. He believed that the only nationality that used vowels to end a surname was located in Europe, therefore an Asian surname ending in a vowel was really European in origin.

...Wow. He's obviously never paid even a moment's attention to actually confirming his belief with facts, has he?! I mean, almost ALL Japanese surnames end in vowels, because the only consonant that can end a syllable in Japanese is N... so you get names like Takahashi, Tanaka, Fujii, Inoue, and so on ad infinitum. (Wanders off muttering about linguistics.)
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« Reply #2673 on: April 27, 2014, 02:16:52 AM »
I am vegetarian. I don't know how many people I have had to explain that Jello is made from pig skin.

Pig skin specifically?

I know, but tend to forget, that gelatin is animal connective tissue. The only reason I know is because when DH & I make homemade marshmallows, our vegetarian friends can't eat them.
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« Reply #2674 on: April 27, 2014, 05:08:03 AM »
I am vegetarian. I don't know how many people I have had to explain that Jello is made from pig skin.

Pig skin specifically?

I know, but tend to forget, that gelatin is animal connective tissue. The only reason I know is because when DH & I make homemade marshmallows, our vegetarian friends can't eat them.
This is correct.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelatin

Medicine capsules are made from pig skin.

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« Reply #2675 on: April 27, 2014, 10:19:17 AM »
(She did, however, try to get my male cat's attention, but since he was neutered he had no interest whatsoever, except that she was interrupting his nap.)
Several years ago, I took in a litter of feral kittens to socialize them. My alpha male was neutered, but took on a paternal interest in training the kittens up in the ways they should go. But after they hit puberty... Everyone has been neutered for years now, but still, sometimes, the males will get an INTERESTED look on their face. Benedict was neutered as a kitten, before meeting a female, but about once a year I will find him pinning down one of the girls, mainly because the girlcat starts hollering for help. He always has a very confused look on his face, because while he could obviously have learned this maneuver from watching the post-pubertal kittens years ago, what happens next continues to elude him.

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« Reply #2676 on: April 27, 2014, 08:01:35 PM »
I know, but tend to forget, that gelatin is animal connective tissue. The only reason I know is because when DH & I make homemade marshmallows, our vegetarian friends can't eat them.

A vegan friend told me that it's possible to make vegan marshmallows, but expensive. I think that's how they always used to be made, but someone figured out that gelatin is easier and cheaper.

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« Reply #2677 on: April 27, 2014, 09:55:50 PM »
(I've changed the name of the person & the organization, but it still fits the situation.)

I knew someone both of whose parents were immigrants to the US. He attended college in an area where people of that ethnicity were common, so his name would be automatically associated with that ethnicity by most. However, it was apparently not so associated by the president of the local branch of an ethnic heritage social organization, who personally invited my friend to join. My friend had to explain why Takahiro Okamoto was probably not eligible to join the Sons and Daughters of Ireland. It beings with "O" doesn't it?

I knew a guy whose last name was Ohara. He was tall, skinny, and looked very Irish. He spent a lot of time correcting the pronunciation - it was oh-har-RAH. His paternal grandfather was Japanese.
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« Reply #2678 on: April 27, 2014, 10:30:32 PM »
I know, but tend to forget, that gelatin is animal connective tissue. The only reason I know is because when DH & I make homemade marshmallows, our vegetarian friends can't eat them.

A vegan friend told me that it's possible to make vegan marshmallows, but expensive. I think that's how they always used to be made, but someone figured out that gelatin is easier and cheaper.
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« Reply #2679 on: April 27, 2014, 11:25:17 PM »
Peonies and wisteria!

The flowers look lovely when in bloom but people don't realize that ants love peonies and big bees love wisteria.  Cutting peonies from the back yard means you will almost certainly get ants in the house.  A trained wisteria bush looks wonderful over your front door and the bees can be seen as a sort of security system but, you have been warned.
Ants are ESSENTIAL to peony buds turning into blooms- they nibble the buds open. So getting rid of all the ants on your peony bush is bound to lead to gardening disappointment. BTDT.

When my dad was a kid, he and one of his brothers thought they'd be helpful.  They'd noticed that their mother's beloved peony bush was covered with beetles (maybe it was ants, but this is how he tells the story), so they picked every single one of them off.  Then they proudly told their mother what they'd done.  They were so disappointed to realize that they'd actually ruined things for the peony bush by picking off the crucial bugs.  Oops.

Speaking of bees, we have a beehive under our shed, we think.  We have *tons* of bees buzzing around.  Huge, giant bumblebees.  We're very pleased, as we have big garden plans this year.  The only difficulty is that I think the bees can't get through bird netting because they're so big.  So I've been trying to peel back the bird netting on our strawberry plants (they're in flower already) so the bees can have access during the day, but put the netting back for the night to keep the deer and such out.  I'm pleased to think that we might be helping the bee population by letting them keep their hive and enjoy our yard/flowers.
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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2680 on: April 28, 2014, 07:59:37 AM »
Peonies and wisteria!

The flowers look lovely when in bloom but people don't realize that ants love peonies and big bees love wisteria.  Cutting peonies from the back yard means you will almost certainly get ants in the house.  A trained wisteria bush looks wonderful over your front door and the bees can be seen as a sort of security system but, you have been warned.
Ants are ESSENTIAL to peony buds turning into blooms- they nibble the buds open. So getting rid of all the ants on your peony bush is bound to lead to gardening disappointment. BTDT.

When my dad was a kid, he and one of his brothers thought they'd be helpful.  They'd noticed that their mother's beloved peony bush was covered with beetles (maybe it was ants, but this is how he tells the story), so they picked every single one of them off.  Then they proudly told their mother what they'd done.  They were so disappointed to realize that they'd actually ruined things for the peony bush by picking off the crucial bugs.  Oops.

Speaking of bees, we have a beehive under our shed, we think.  We have *tons* of bees buzzing around.  Huge, giant bumblebees.  We're very pleased, as we have big garden plans this year.  The only difficulty is that I think the bees can't get through bird netting because they're so big.  So I've been trying to peel back the bird netting on our strawberry plants (they're in flower already) so the bees can have access during the day, but put the netting back for the night to keep the deer and such out.  I'm pleased to think that we might be helping the bee population by letting them keep their hive and enjoy our yard/flowers.

Those sound like carpenter bees if they are the big fat ones.  Do you have a lot of wood or wooden structures in your yard? 

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« Reply #2681 on: April 28, 2014, 09:57:27 PM »
Peonies and wisteria!

The flowers look lovely when in bloom but people don't realize that ants love peonies and big bees love wisteria.  Cutting peonies from the back yard means you will almost certainly get ants in the house.  A trained wisteria bush looks wonderful over your front door and the bees can be seen as a sort of security system but, you have been warned.
Ants are ESSENTIAL to peony buds turning into blooms- they nibble the buds open. So getting rid of all the ants on your peony bush is bound to lead to gardening disappointment. BTDT.

When my dad was a kid, he and one of his brothers thought they'd be helpful.  They'd noticed that their mother's beloved peony bush was covered with beetles (maybe it was ants, but this is how he tells the story), so they picked every single one of them off.  Then they proudly told their mother what they'd done.  They were so disappointed to realize that they'd actually ruined things for the peony bush by picking off the crucial bugs.  Oops.

Speaking of bees, we have a beehive under our shed, we think.  We have *tons* of bees buzzing around.  Huge, giant bumblebees.  We're very pleased, as we have big garden plans this year.  The only difficulty is that I think the bees can't get through bird netting because they're so big.  So I've been trying to peel back the bird netting on our strawberry plants (they're in flower already) so the bees can have access during the day, but put the netting back for the night to keep the deer and such out.  I'm pleased to think that we might be helping the bee population by letting them keep their hive and enjoy our yard/flowers.

Those sound like carpenter bees if they are the big fat ones.  Do you have a lot of wood or wooden structures in your yard?

They appear to live in or under our shed, which is wood, so I guess if they're carpenter bees, that's their wood source?  Looking at the pictures, I'm not sure.  I wouldn't say they look quite like the picture, but there seems to be a lot of variety, so it's hard to say.  I haven't seen any damage on the shed, and I can't tell exactly where they're coming/going from, just that there is definitely a focus of activity around the shed.  It's a pretty old pathetic shed, so not the end of the world if they damage it a bit, as long as they pollinate my flowers... maybe?  :)
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« Reply #2682 on: April 28, 2014, 11:30:11 PM »
Look around for little piles of sawdust.  If you see those then they are probably carpenter bees.  They are a bit territorial, but not aggressive.  So they'll buzz around you if you go and investigate, but don't attack.  Although I wouldn't wear bright colors to investigate because then they might think you're a flower :D

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« Reply #2683 on: April 29, 2014, 01:57:00 PM »
Look around for little piles of sawdust.  If you see those then they are probably carpenter bees.  They are a bit territorial, but not aggressive.  So they'll buzz around you if you go and investigate, but don't attack.  Although I wouldn't wear bright colors to investigate because then they might think you're a flower :D
If they look like they're the size of your thumb and very furry, they're probably bumblebees.
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« Reply #2684 on: April 29, 2014, 09:50:30 PM »
Thunder is caused by lightning.

My health club closes the pools and hot tubs when lightning is seen.  Today they had the ladies' locker room attendant walk around the outside edge of the lap pool, looking out the window for lighting during my water aerobics class.  Apparently someone thought they heard thunder and they were concerned about lightning.

The attendant is really nice and we were chatting in the locker room before I left the club and she said something to the effect that you don't need to have lightning to get thunder.  I explained the science to her and she was  amazed. 

The locker room attendant is, I'm guessing 50-60 years old.  Her adult daughter works the club, too.