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Something I learned: Sushi with salmon did not originate in Japan, as the Japanese had problems with parasites in their salmon population, and saw salmon as a “dirty” fish. Instead, some solid Norwegian lobbyism made salmon sushi a global trend.

Something that made me happy: Salmon sushi is good, man.

(Facts from NPR‘s Planet Money)

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Something I learned: Chromatography (in chemistry) is “a technique for the separation of a mixture by passing it in solution or suspension through a medium in which the components move at different rates.”

Something that made me happy: Studying interesting things.

(Quote from Google)

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Something I learned: Members of the plant family Cucurbitacea, which includes zucchini/marrows, pumpkins and cucumbers, can contain toxins called cucurbitacins. These are chemically classified as steroids, and taste bitter to humans.

Something that made me happy: Well, I used to live in blissful ignorance that zucchini can kill me…

(Facts from Wikipedia)

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Something I learned: Zucchini easily spoils while on the plant. This may be avoided by removing the flower once the zucchini starts growing (the flower will come off easily), and taking the zucchini off the ground and away from excess moisture, e.g. by placing a rock underneath it.

Something that made me happy: It’s raspberry season!

(Facts from Wikipedia, Idényt)

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Something I learned: Pejorative can be used as an adjective or a noun, and means “expressing contempt or disapproval.”
Example from Google: “permissiveness is used almost universally as a pejorative term”

Something that made me happy: Being somewhere that is still green in summer.

 

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Something I learned: There is something called an Arc Trainer. It’s almost like an cross trainer, but has foot plates moving in an arcuate motion instead of an elliptical motion.

Something that made me happy: Flowers – they look good and they smell good.

(Facts from Wikipedia)