# Thursday, November 13, 2008

You don't see much odd shaped veg in the the supermarket but that could be about to change. Current EU regulations mean that there are strict guidelines as to what fruit and veg can be actually be sold. Cucumbers for example cannot be sold is they are crooked or if they have blemishes and apples under 50mm in diameter cannot be sold. The regulations are now due to be relaxed because every year tonnes of perfectly edible produce is discarded because it does not meet the guidelines. Personally I am not too bothered whether my carrots are a little bit crooked or potatoes misshapen, as long as the veg tastes good I am happy to buy it.

posted on Thursday, November 13, 2008 12:07:55 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, November 12, 2008

According to this article owners of fat pets could be fined or jailed under new government rules. The rules set out a pet code of conduct and owners could be penalised with a fine of up to £20,000 if they fail to follow it. The rules are designed to protect animals from cruelty but many of them are just common sense. They include providing mental stimulation for pets, giving animals somewhere suitable to live and to go to the toilet and making sure upstairs windows are cat proofed. It all seems a little simplistic and in my opinion any responsible pet owner will already know they need to take these measures.

posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 12:00:03 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This article suggests that obesity could be contagious. Apparently its all down to how fat you feel compared to other people around you. Two leading economists have said that in a society where there are a growing number of overweight people, you are less bothered about staying slim. It seems that as obesity becomes more common the perception of what is counted as obese changes or as the article puts it "When my neighbour gets a little fatter, I ...become a little fatter since it is now not necessary to be so slim in order to compete." Judging by this if we want to be thin, we should make sure we have thin neighbours.

posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 12:36:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, November 10, 2008

lambo1460_1107551c A man who built a home made Lamborghini in his basement had to perform substantial work on his house to get it out of the basement. He had built the car over a total of seven years but it appears that it not occurred to him how he was going to get it out of the basement which did not have a door. He ended up hiring an excavator to gouge out a slope in his garden and then dig into the foundations of his house. The car was then hooked up to the excavator and pulled out. The basement was later rebuilt and Mr Imhoff has no regrets about the drastic measures needed to get the car out into the open.

posted on Monday, November 10, 2008 1:24:43 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, November 09, 2008

This is interesting, it suggests that ants are far better at managing traffic congestion than humans. They are able to move around their colony very efficiently and never get caught up in queues. In a study an "ant motorway" was set up with two routes of different widths. The ants used the routes to get from the nest to some sugar syrup. After a while the narrow route started to get congested. Researchers found that if an ant returning along a congested route collided with another ant just starting out it would push the new ant onto another less congested path. However, if the ant had experienced a trouble free journey it would not redirect the new ant and would carry on as normal. The result was that before the shortest route to the syrup became clogged the ants were diverted to a new rout meaning traffic jams never formed. Interesting, now how to do this with cars.

posted on Sunday, November 09, 2008 12:40:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 08, 2008

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I cam across this article about a man in Grimsby that filled his house with rubbish. According to the article the house was so full of rubbish that it was not possible to walk through the front door. The man was housed in a hotel whilst his house was cleared. An amazing 100 tonnes of rubbish was taken away in a clean up operation which took three weeks. Suddenly my house seems really really clean.

posted on Saturday, November 08, 2008 12:17:15 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, November 07, 2008

Chocolate_Santa_48f76a38041d2 I have been trying out some more of the new Lush products from the limited edition Christmas range. The first one I tried was Chocolate Santa which smells really nice before you put in the bath. I was slightly disappointed in this product, however, when I dropped it into the bath it fizzed for a couple of minutes before disappearing. The water changed a rather murky yellow colour and the scent also disappeared. I like to team bath ballistics with a bubble bar, so to liven things up a little bit, I used Christmas Kisses. The combination of the two products made the bath bright orange. The scent of  cinnamon from the Christmas Kisses bubble bar reminded me a little of mulled wine. The Chocolate Santa bath ballistic gave a slight undertone of chocolate and also a nice skin Christmas_Kisses_48f2294d82714softening effect. Whilst I wouldn't use Chocolate Santa on its own, the combination was really good. I probably won't buy any more Chocolate Santa's but will be stocking up the Christmas Kisses bubble bar before it disappears. If I get enough they just might last me until the product reappears next Christmas.

posted on Friday, November 07, 2008 10:57:47 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, November 06, 2008

Scientists have filmed a shrimp on a treadmill as part of an experiment to see how far the crustaceans travel for food. The treadmill was built into a tank of water and enabled researchers to measure the shrimps activity levels. They found the shrimp can move at speeds of 66ft per minutes and that it can run for three hours before needing a rest. The shrimp in the film doesn't look too impressed. 

posted on Thursday, November 06, 2008 4:49:41 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This is quite strange, its a short news story about a jogger who ran for a mile with a rabid fox attached to her arm. The fox bit her foot whilst she was running along a trail, so she grabbed it by the neck and it bit her arm. She wanted to get the fox tested for rabies so ran a mile to her car with the fox still on her arm. She then pried it off and tossed it into the trunk of the car. The fox was later tested and was found to have rabies. It also bit an animal control officer. The woman and the animal control officer were given rabies vaccinations.

posted on Thursday, November 06, 2008 4:43:25 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback