Saturday, April 23, 2011
Wordless Wednesday - The World's Oldest Flower

In 2002 scientists in north-east China discovered a fossilised flower that blossomed about 125 million years ago. Called "the mother of all flowers", Archaefructus sinensis resembles the modern water lily

Happy Wordless Wednesday, folks!

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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Thursday Thirteen - Tomato Facts

1. The smallest species of tomatoes are less than three-quarters of an inch in diameter. There are both red and yellow varieties.

2. The South Arkansas vine ripe pink tomato is Arkansas' official state vegetable.

3. Tomato juice is the official state beverage of Ohio.

4. There are at least 10,000 varieties of tomatoes.

5. China is the largest producer of tomatoes in the world, producing over 16% of all tomatoes.

6. The highest concentration of vitamin C in tomatoes is in the jelly-like substance around the seeds.

7. The first tomato plants were planted in Greece by a Friar Francis in 1818, in the gardens of a Capuchin monastery at the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates (built in 335 B.C.) in Athens.

8. Just like the brinjal and the pumpkin, botanically speaking it is a fruit, not a vegetable.

9. The tomato is the world's most popular fruit.

10. The French called it "the apple of love"

11. The Germans "the apple of paradise"

12. Tomatoes range from the small, marble-size cherry tomato to the giant Ponderosa that can weigh more than 3 pounds.

13. Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and C and are a major source of lycopene - a compound that researchers think may help the body to combat cancer.

Happy tt!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Wordless Wednesday - World's Smallest Flower

A bouquet of a dozen Wolffia blooms would comfortably fit on the head of a pin.

A type of duckweed, Wolffia grows on the surface of ponds and slow moving streams.
This very minute flowering plant is native to Australia and Malaysia. The plant body is 0.6-0.9 mm long and only 0.2-0.5 mm wide. Not only is it one of the smallest flowering plants on earth, but it also produces one of the smallest fruits.
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Sunday, April 17, 2011
World's Largest Bouquet
70, 000 roses went into the making of the world's largest flower bouquet.
The 23.4 metre arrangement was the work of Ashrita Furman
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Thursday Thirteen - Tiger Facts

1. A group of tigers is called a streak.

2. Tigers have been classified by scientists into eight subspecies: Indian (or Bengal), Indo-Chinese, Sumatran, Amur (or Siberian), South China, Caspian (extinct), Java (extinct), and Bali (extinct).

3. There are probably fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers on the island of Sumatra.

4. The roar of a tiger can be heard more than a mile away.

5. Tigers keep their claws sharp for hunting by pulling in their retractable claws into a protective sheath.

6. Most tigers have more than 100 stripes, and no two tigers have identical stripes

7. Fully grown they reach the length of 13 feet

8. An adult male weighs up to 700 lb

9. The World's Tiger Species:

- Balinese: Extinct. Last reported sighting 1937

- Caspian: Probably extinct. Last seen 1970's

- Javan: Probably extinct. Last seen 1970's

- South-Chinese: Near extinction 30-35 remain

- Siberian: 500 remain in Amur river area

- Sumatran: 300-500 remain in Sumatra

- Indo-Chinese: 1000-1500 remain in Burma to Malaysia

- Bengal: 3000-4000 remain in India and surrounding areas

10. Webbing between their toes enables the Sumatran tiger to be very efficient and fast swimmer. If given the chance the tiger will run hoofed prey into the water where the animal is at a much greater disadvantage because they cannot swim well with their long thin legs.

11. Tigers fail at least 90% of the time in catching prey during hunts!

12. Tigers are excellent swimmers and can easily cross rivers and lakes 3.7-5 miles (6-8 km) wide!
13. Tigers are an endangered species. Wild tigers in Asia -- their natural habitat -- may soon disappear. As conservationist, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, has been paraphrased: Saving the tiger is a test. If we pass, we get to keep the planet.

Happy TT everybody!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Thursday Thirteen - Apple Trivia

1. Two pounds of apples make one 9-inch pie
2. Apples are the most varied food on Earth. 7500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world!
3. 60% apples are eaten out-of-hand; the remainder are processed
4. The science of apple growing is called pomology
5. The largest apple ever picked weighed three pounds
6. It takes energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple
7. China is the largest producer of apples. The US, Turkey, Poland and Italy round out the top 5. 8. Apples ripen six to ten times faster at room temperature than if they were refrigerated
9. Just one apple provides as much dietary fiber as a serving of bran cereal. (That's about one-fifth of the recommended daily intake of fiber.)
10/ Apple juice was one of the earliest prescribed antidepressants.
11. Johnny Appleseed was a real person. His name was John Chapman. He was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, September 26, 1774.
12. Apples may help you loose weight. A Brazilian study showed that 300 overweight women who ate 3 apples per day lost more weight than a similar group who didn't add fruit to their diet. Researchers believe that adding fruit to the diet of the overweight women changed their metabolic profiles.
13. Apples bruise easier than eggs break

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Sunday, April 3, 2011
World's Biggest Dog - Wordless Wednesday

Hercules: The World's Biggest Dog Ever According to Guinness World Records

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