# Tuesday, 03 May 2011

According to this article sprinkling your food with chilli peppers can help to curb your appetite. Researchers from Purdue University in Indiana found that capsaicin in the peppers helps to reduce hunger and also increases energy expenditure burning more calories. It is more effective in those people who don’t regularly eat chillies. The study measured the effects of half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and tested 26 people, 13 who, liked spicy food and 12 who did not. The study found that those who did not regularly eat chillies also experienced a decrease of hunger, especially for fatty, salty and sweet foods. It seems, however, that once people become familiar to the effect that it becomes less effective.

posted on Tuesday, 03 May 2011 11:27:34 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback


This is interesting it’s the case of a flock of white sheep that have produced only black lambs. The flock of 37 white sheep and 1 white ram have produced a total of 60 black lambs. In sheep the black gene is recessive so in cases where a white ram and a white ewe have both the black and white genes for fleece colour, they have only a 25% chance of producing a black lamb. However, the odds are actually much lower than this as it it a rare occurrence for white sheep to have both the black and white gene. It is thought that the lambs are either the result of a genetic throwback or perhaps a rogue black ram in the area breaking into the field.

posted on Tuesday, 03 May 2011 11:25:46 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 02 May 2011

This interesting looking sculpture has been created by artist Keisuke Yamada who likes to carve faces out of bananas. He uses a toothpick and a spoon to create the faces which take about half an hour to perfect. When he is finished he takes a picture of the completed piece before eating it. So far he has created 11 pieces including skulls and dragons. It will be interesting to see what else he comes up with and indeed whether he starts to get sick of eating bananas and moves onto other fruit.

posted on Monday, 02 May 2011 10:03:08 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
Bumper cars have always been fun, with part of that fun being that you can bump into the other drivers. It seems, however, that with health and safety regulations bumping is no longer allowed. According to this article several Butlin’s resorts have now been instructed to ban people who are found to be bumping into each other. Resorts at Bognar Regis, Minehead and Skegness now have “no bumping signs” by the bumper cars and staff can ban anyone who is found to doing just that. In fact the resorts now call the cars Dodgems rather than bumper cars and say that the fun is in dodging people rather than in bumping into them. The rules appear to have put into place for fear that people may blame injuries on the cars and raise compensation claims.
posted on Monday, 02 May 2011 10:01:40 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 01 May 2011

According to this article there has been a record number of dumped and unwanted pet rabbits this Spring. That’s according to the Blue Cross which last week warned people not to buy their children rabbits for Easter. They have also called upon on rabbit owners to have their pets neutered to stop them producing unwanted litters. It seems owners often get the sex of rabbits wrong and end up with unexpected litters. This coupled with the fact that many people are finding it hard to make ends meet and taking pets into rescue centres has led to a 69% increase in the numbers of unwanted rabbits. I’m not really sure why someone would buy a pet rabbit for Easter, surely taking on a pet requires a little more thought. I think chocolate rabbits are a much more appropriate gift.

posted on Sunday, 01 May 2011 09:36:09 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

That’s the message from the health experts who say that hand cleaning gels do not kill some dangerous germs. The article looks mainly at petting zoos and the farm germs that are carried by the animals. It seems that many people simply rely on hand cleaning gels to protect them rather than washing their hands properly with soap and water. Whereas hand sanitising gels can be useful, they do not kill germs such as E coli which can be picked up from sheep and goats. I find it laughable that people may not understand the need to properly wash their hands after touching animals. It was drilled into me from a young age, to always wash my hands after touching any animals at petting zoos, and this is something I also apply to my household pets.

posted on Sunday, 01 May 2011 09:33:26 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 30 April 2011

This is an interesting video regarding colour blindness and the impact it can have on video gamers. Personally I aware of the issues as my husband is colour blind, however, it seems many people have trouble distinguishing between different colours on screen. Whilst I can only imagine, how this can affect daily life, with video games opposing terms are often distinguished by using colour. This in many cases can lead to a colour blind gamer shooting his team mates by mistake because he cannot see the difference between the red and green labels for example. Some games appear to be moving to correct the problem by giving their games a colour blind friendly option but it would be good to see this more widely available amongst the popular game titles.

posted on Saturday, 30 April 2011 10:54:33 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

spider-620_1877033cAs someone who is terrified of spiders, for me this is something out of a nightmare. It is the largest ever spider fossil ever found. Thought be around 165 million years old the spider would have had a six inch leg span. The fossil was a Golden Orb Weaver spider named Nephila jurassica and would have lived in the forests of northern China. The spiders still thrive today and it is common for them to reach a length of two inches and a leg span of six inches. Eeek.

posted on Saturday, 30 April 2011 10:48:11 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 29 April 2011

article-0-0BBB6B9200000578-239_634x678Jesus appears in some odd places with one of the more recent being discovered on a sock. James Henderson was surprised to find this image of Jesus on his sock after spilling bleach on it. Naturally he was astonished to find such clear likeness and is now keeping the sock as he feels it would be disrespectful to throw it away.

posted on Friday, 29 April 2011 11:38:25 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 28 April 2011

Personally I wait for the first sign of sun and feel it’s time to get the BBQ out. It’s just really nice to be able to eat in the garden in the fresh air. It never fails to amaze me, however, how many people fail to do a BBQ correctly. I have been to many where the food is blackened and over done or the other extreme where it is crispy on the outside and raw in the middle and at best if the food is cooked it is often very bland. If you struggle with any of these issues then this article might be worth a read. The trick is to get the BBQ really hot, at the point where the coals are grey before adding any meat. Marinade any meat such as chicken overnight if possible to give it extra flavour and baste it whilst cooking. Burgers and sausages do not need to be black before they are done, in fact they need very little cooking time, just cut into the middle and check they are no longer pink. My personal favourite so far this year has been grilled prawn skewers but watch this space there is still plenty of the summer left.

posted on Thursday, 28 April 2011 11:05:57 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 27 April 2011

According to this article insurance costs have shot up by 40% in the past 12 months. Perhaps, then I shouldn’t have been surprised when receiving my car insurance renewal, the quote was double what I am currently paying. It seems the average annual premium for a comprehensive car policy is now in the region of £892, not far off the £809 my insurer has quoted me for my 1.6 Ford Focus. Still, it seems a little steep and shopping around rather than just renewing with the same company I finally fixed on a annual premium of around half that amount, coming it at just £417. It will probably mean I will to switch again in a years time as it seems these cheaper deals are only available for new customers, but I think I would rather do than pay double the amount for the service.

posted on Wednesday, 27 April 2011 11:04:20 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 26 April 2011

This is interesting it’s an iPhone app that looks at a picture of food and calculates how many calories you have consumed. According to the article you take a picture of your meal with your iPhone and the app then gives you a calorie reading almost instantly. Called MealSnap it has been developed by a fitness social network called DailyBurn. It works by matching the meal to it’s database of around 500,000 food items. It also provides information on the protein, fat, carbs and vitamins in the food. It’s an interesting idea and one which I’m sure would be useful to those following a calories controlled diet.

posted on Tuesday, 26 April 2011 09:26:24 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback