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When is a cube not a cube?

(18 Posts)
allule Sun 24-Feb-19 17:14:06

How about spirals and helixes? I always think of a spiral as a spring, and a helix as a gramaphone record, but I think they are interchangeable..
And what is a walnut whip? A spiral helix or a helical spiral?
Or just a treat?

M0nica Sun 10-Feb-19 21:43:13

...and chocolate rarely comes in squares. It is usually rectangular, but not square and then of course there's Toblerone.

Bathsheba Sun 10-Feb-19 21:09:24

Not to mention the 'Ice Cube Bags' on a roll. Not only are the resultant pieces of ice not cubes, but they're not cuboids either - in fact they don't even have corners. They're just rounded nuggets of ice. Ice cubes? hmmgrin

sodapop Sun 10-Feb-19 21:01:56

Suedonim gringrin

No wonder my cooking does not turn out well with this sort of error in the ingredients !!

Marydoll Sun 10-Feb-19 19:00:38

Knorr have always been cuboids. I used to make them in the Knorr factory in my summer job as a student over forty years ago.
I once had a nosebleed, while working on the stock cube line. You can imagine the chaos that caused. grin

PECS Sun 10-Feb-19 18:58:09

Kallo cuboids for our soups and stews!

SueDonim Sun 10-Feb-19 18:54:27

I use Marigold, too, Aggie'although I am always vaguely concerned that I'm adding powdered rubber gloves to my food. grin

aggie Sun 10-Feb-19 18:45:27

orange flower not brown , Bisto goes in stew Marigold goes in soup smile

Cherrytree59 Sun 10-Feb-19 18:42:16

Aggie flower called Bisto??

I'm scratching my head as to the powder named after a flower?confused

aggie Sun 10-Feb-19 18:37:15

I prefer the powder, named after a flower wink as I find I can get the flavour right and not worry about the shape

phoenix Sun 10-Feb-19 18:30:17

Ahem, I buy the Knorr stock pot things, the packaging has no indication of shape.

yggdrasil Sun 10-Feb-19 18:17:22

Knorr have never been cubes. Oxo always were and still are

PECS Sun 10-Feb-19 18:07:15

Have Knorr ever been cubes? Oxo are still but I always think of Knorr as cuboid! How remiss of me not to notice this error!

aggie Sun 10-Feb-19 18:03:17

I had to google " cuboid " blush

Jalima1108 Sun 10-Feb-19 18:00:01


maryeliza54 Sun 10-Feb-19 17:21:47

How on earth are we supposed to bring up the next generation properly when this sort of thing is rampant in our kitchen cupboards?

Parsley3 Sun 10-Feb-19 17:20:17

It does indeed. Trade descriptions! We can’t let standards slip or who know where it will all end. 😱

granfromafar Sun 10-Feb-19 17:16:05

Bought packet of Knorr chicken stock cubes (other makes are available) and when I opened it, lo and behold, they were not cubes at all but cuboids! Does this warrant a strongly worded letter to the manufacturer? Just saying.