Tomato Paste/Juice doesn't get rid of Skunk spray smell on a person, it merely masks the smell and as soon as the tomato scent wears away, the skunk odor becomes noticeable again. wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/mobi…
One single cut-and-paste spreadsheet error cost JP Morgan $6 billion zdnet.com/article/excel-e…
Garden Veggie Straws, which shows fresh vegetables on the bag, and are promoted as a healthy alternative to chips, are actually made of salt, starch, and tomato paste. They have less nutrition than actual potato chips and the manufacturer, which has a history of false claims, is now being sued. nypost.com/2017/07/06/the…
The father of copy and paste died this year bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
In Vietnam's Cinderella, the heroine was killed thrice by her stepmother but she kept reviving. She eventually made her stepsister into paste and fed it to her stepmother en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
19th century New York City was so lousy with oysters, they were typically sold for cheap from street carts for the working class. The remaining shells were then used as pavement for roads, crushed into mortar paste for construction, or burned for lime. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The rise of electric toothbrushes has contributed to the decline of toothpaste use, given they have smaller heads and less surface to put paste on marketingweek.com/capping…
Bam Margera, while sponsored by Nike, hated wearing the shoes to skate so much, that he used other shoes and cut out a nike symbol to paste over them so he could skateboard properly youtu.be/nEO_U166pxc?t=57…
Larry Tesler was working at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) when he first implemented Copy & Paste in the mid 70s with Tim Mott. Tesler then left PARC to join Apple in 1980. His reason was Apple had clearly gotten the idea of computers, while Xerox still thought itself a copier company. wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_…
An $80 worth of coca leaves, from a Colombian peasant, can sell for $800 as coca paste, $2,147 as pure cocaine in Colombian ports, $34,000 just over the US border, and $120,000 on the streets of New York. bullfax.com/?q=node-formu…
Pietro Ferrero, the man responsible for the ferrero rocher, also created Nutella. He did this because, during the World War II, it was hard to get cocoa. So, he made this paste, that combined with hazelnuts, was similar to chocolate youtube.com/watch?v=faIYR…
The all-time number-one selling song in Japan is called "Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun" and refers to a fish-shaped pancake filled with bean paste en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oyo…
The original version of ketchup was not made with tomato, but "fermented pastes made from fish entrails, meat byproducts and soybeans." history.com/news/ketchup-…
Refining cocoa beans into chocolate gets rid of all the moisture, so the final product is actually very dry. Melted chocolate can be considered a β€˜dry’ ingredient despite its liquid state. Adding water to melted chocolate has the same effect as adding water to flour; turning it into paste. thekitchn.com/food-scienc…
The British government accidentally published classified information about their nuclear submarines in a "redacted" report. The classified information had been "blacked out" in the document, but anyone who opened the document could copy and paste the "blacked-out" text in order to read it. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Tomato juice in the United States is often made from tomato paste, but Canadian regulations require fresh tomatoes. thespec.com/news-story/62…
Egyptians are believed to have started using a paste to clean their teeth around 5000BC, before toothbrushes were invented. Toothbrushing tools date back to 3500-3000 BC when the Babylonians and the Egyptians made a brush by fraying the end of a twig. colgate.com/en-us/oral-he…
Toilet testers use fake turds made from extruded soybean paste to test the flushing power of toilets wired.co.uk/article/maxim…
The word β€œketchup” didn’t overtake the word β€œcatsup” until nearly 1980. Ketchup was originally a traditional Cantonese paste made from fermented fish guts, and didn’t include tomatoes until the early 1800s. writingexplained.org/cats…
Bird poop is white because birds, unlike mammals, don’t produce urine. Instead they excrete nitrogenous wastes in the form of uric acid, which emerges as a white paste. audubon.org/news/what-mak…
The crab meat commonly found in California Rolls is actually made out of fish paste and flavoured like crab businessinsider.com.au/im…
Plumpy'Nut is a peanut based paste, made for treatment of severe acute malnutrition. It can alleviate a starving child from impending illness or death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
The man who create the bear-proof suit also invented a fireproof paste, a light capable of seeing through walls, the Trojan Ballistics Suit of Armour, and has received the Ig Nobel Prize for Safety Engineering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tro…
The difference between ballpoint and rollerball pens isn't the pen, but the ink inside. Ballpoint pens use a paste-like oil-based ink while Rollerballs use low-viscosity water-based inks and gels to achieve an effect similar to a fountain pen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
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In 1771, King Adolf Frederick of Sweden died at age 60 after having consumed a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, kippers and champagne, which was topped off with 14 servings of his favourite dessert: semla stuffed with almond paste and served in a bowl of hot cream. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
In WWII, Germans coated some of their tanks with a paste that prevented enemies from manually attaching dangerous magnetic mines to the surface. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zim…
Today I learned of λ˜₯λΉ΅ (poo bread) a popular Korean street food. It consists of dough shaped like human feces, then filled with red bean paste and walnut bits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tto…
Popular street food in North Korea is"injogogi" dregs left from making soy bean oil, which usually go to feed the pigs. Press and roll them into a sandy-coloured paste. Stuff with rice, and top with chilli sauce uk.reuters.com/article/uk…
Birds do not pee, instead, they excrete nitrogenous wastes in the form of uric acid, which emerges as a white paste. And uric acid doesn’t dissolve in water easily. Hence its ability to stick to your windshield like blobs of white plaster. audubon.org/news/what-mak…
Kangaroo rats, one of the smallest desert mammals, can survive their entire lives without drinking a drop of water. It pees a highly concentrated paste in order to conserve and recycle any water it does consume through seeds or insects. stamps.umich.edu/ecoexplo…
Taiyaki is a Japanese dessert shaped like a fish. It is a cake usually filled with sweetened azuki bean paste. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai…
Stinkbugs are considered a delicacy in Laos and are often pounded together with spices and seasonings to prepare cheo, a paste of chillies and herbs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
"double concentrated tomato paste" is only an extra 1/3 concentrated compared to regular tomato paste ... by admission of the company that makes the stuff. amorebrand.com/faq
There's no real wasabi in the "wasabi" paste you get at sushi restaurants nuvomagazine.com/palate/p…
Today I learned around 42% of the human genome is made up of retrotransposons. Protein complexes that behave like viruses and copy and paste DNA around. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ret…
In 2011, Congress passed a bill which allowed pizza with at least two tablespoons of tomato paste to qualify as a vegetable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ket…
Ful is a dish common in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan. It is made by slowly cooking fava beans in water. Once the beans have softened, they are crushed into a coarse paste en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
The first trademarked deodorant "β€œ Mum "β€œ came out in 1888. Created by an unknown Philadelphia inventor, Mum was a paste applied to the underarms. It was soon followed by Everdry, the first effective antiperspirant. mentalfloss.com/article/1…
In Tajikistan, the unibrow is seen as "a symbol of feminine beauty and purity." Many Tajik women use an herb paste from the usma plant to paint on a rich, dark unibrow. globalpost.com/dispatch/t…
The Oxford Junior Dictionary has removed nature-related words that no longer hold relevance to modern-day childhood. Words such as 'buttercup' and 'acorn' have been replaced with 'broadband' and 'cut and paste' theguardian.com/books/201…
If imgur is blocked at your office, you can copy and paste the imgur url and just replace "imgur" with "filmot" in the adress bar and it works. This has changed my life!
Hong Kong's current coin designs were done quickly and covertly in "a simple scissors and paste job that a primary school child would find easy" according to the designer, Joseph Yam. hkma.gov.hk/eng/publicati…
In the USA the food industry is legally allowed to sell you chocolate with up to 60 insect fragments per 100g, 60% molded blackberries, rat poop in pocorn, fig paste containing up to 13 insect heads per 100g and much more! (List inside) fda.gov/food/guidanceregu…
Today I learned that when the NYT gives me that login screen, I can just paste the same URL into a chrome "incognito window" and it sends me right to the article.
In Myanmar people use Thanakha paste for sun protection, perhaps the oldest form of sunscreen. holeinthedonut.com/2016/0…
Hennig Brand-- a German Alchemist-- discovered the element Phosphorus by boiling gallons of urine into a paste, heating this paste to a high temperature, and leading the vapors through water, where he hoped they would condense to gold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Cocaine can me mixed with a paste containing fiberglass and other agents to create a malleable substance that can be molded into any shape or form, Colombian traffickers used this method to smuggle cocaine by making cocaine dog kennels articles.baltimoresun.com…
Nutella is just a particular brand of gianduja, a hazelnut-chocolate paste that has been made for hundreds of years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia…

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