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Strange but true facts.

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Dawn22 Sat 21-Sep-19 09:17:13

Want to get this new thread started as l like obscure facts.

Parsnips contain alot of calories.

Pantglas2 Sat 21-Sep-19 09:21:41

Compared to what? Cucumber or chocolate? Isn’t it all relative?

Dawn22 Sat 21-Sep-19 09:50:57

Vegetables per se are supposed to contain very few calories, parsnips are an exception to this. Thus in my opinion- a strange and little known but interesting fact.

crazyH Sat 21-Sep-19 09:54:42

Bananas are high in potassium - avoid if you have heart problems (heard about this somewhere )

JessK Sat 21-Sep-19 10:04:29

There is no word that rhymes with purple

DanniRae Sat 21-Sep-19 10:17:31

The Kray twins were the last people to be held in The Tower.

LondonGranny Sat 21-Sep-19 10:37:06

Oh yes there is. You can find out on 'Something Rhymes With Purple' which is a Susie Dent & Gyles Brandreth podcast.

Anniebach Sat 21-Sep-19 10:51:20

It’s impossible to hum while holding your nose (so said my music teacher)

Elegran Sat 21-Sep-19 11:24:14

JessK Oh yes there is - a Scots word for limping - to hirple.

Elegran Sat 21-Sep-19 11:25:49

Annirbach I just had to try that out, and your music teacher was right.

Elegran Sat 21-Sep-19 11:27:21

Almonds are not actually nuts.

Anniebach Sat 21-Sep-19 12:01:49

Elegran 😀I tried again before posting

midgey Sat 21-Sep-19 13:49:19

You always sneeze with your eyes closed.

ninathenana Sat 21-Sep-19 14:25:33

Diabetics can't eat grapefruit

Marydoll Sat 21-Sep-19 14:54:55

It is recommended, that when taking certain BP medicines, not to take grapefruit.

Why are diabetics not allowed to take it?

Marydoll Sat 21-Sep-19 14:56:18


Tangerine Sat 21-Sep-19 22:38:12

You use up more calories chewing celery than there are calories in the actual celery. I have heard and read that. It may not be true but you often need to chew celery for quite a while.

Tangerine Sat 21-Sep-19 22:38:33

Norwich is further north than Birmingham.

A lot of people don't believe that when you tell them.

Oceangirl82 Sat 21-Sep-19 23:13:09

‘Diabetics can't eat grapefruit’


Marydoll Sun 22-Sep-19 00:09:14

We have had the fact about diabetics already and I asked: Why not?

GagaJo Sun 22-Sep-19 00:10:54


Sussexborn Sun 22-Sep-19 00:29:24

I know grapefruit can react with antidepressants but haven’t heard about diabetics not being able to eat it.

Marydoll Sun 22-Sep-19 00:29:35

Aaah, GagaJo, I was trying to work out what the fact was about myrtle. grin
I'm not very bright!!!
I suppose it could also depend on your accent whether it rhymes or not🤔.


Sussexborn Sun 22-Sep-19 00:34:17

Very conflicting advice when googled. Some saying grapefruit is fine and a few saying not to eat it.

Don't drink grapefruit juice if you're taking any of these medications, unless advised to by your doctor: Some statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs): lovastatin (Mevacor), atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor, Vytorin).24 Oct 2017 › guide

ninathenana Sun 22-Sep-19 10:33:41

Both DH and I were told not to eat grapefruit by the diabetes nurse.
I don't really know why have never queried it as I don't like it anyway.