A short list of things I’ve learnt this week

29 Dec

1) Pavlova is a much nicer Christmas pudding than Christmas pudding.

2) There’s a crab in Samoa that can crack a coconut open with it’s claws. Scary.

3) Watching bagpipers march down rural Kiwi streets is funny. As in odd.

4) China is a big purchaser of New Zealand butter.

5) There’s a single feather in Te Papa (The Museum of New Zealand) that cost $8,000.

6) Scroggin is the Kiwi word for trail mix.

7) The normal core body temperature for human beings is 37 degrees. Hypothermia sets in when your core temperature drops to 35 degrees or less. The best way to measure core temperature is with a rectal thermometer.


9 Responses to “A short list of things I’ve learnt this week”

  1. Jen @ Two Kids and a Map 29/12/2010 at 12:35 am #

    Is that crab the scary, huge one…like the size of a trash can? Just thinking about coming across that makes my skin crawl!!

  2. Trish@ Mum's Gone to 29/12/2010 at 8:55 am #

    What a fabulous mix of facts! Pavlovas and rectal thermometers!

    When we visited Ottawa they had a marching pipe band too: the city looked like a mix of Edinburgh and London, full of British pomp and ceremony and you’re right, it seems odd in another country.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 30/12/2010 at 11:00 pm #

      I like doing these posts. They’re a good way to round up all the bits and pieces of info that catch my imagination but don’t really merit a post on their own. I hope when I re-read them at a later date, they’ll spark memories of all the things we’ve done. Like the conversation with the children about hypothermia that we had when walking on Mt Taranaki.

  3. Whimsical Wife 29/12/2010 at 9:36 pm #

    Ahhh lovely list 🙂

  4. English Grandma 30/12/2010 at 10:43 am #

    Scroggin may be the Kiwi word for trail mix….but what is it in English?

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 30/12/2010 at 11:17 pm #

      Mixed nuts, raisins and other stuff that you take on walks, or tramps, as a snack.

  5. Kat 30/12/2010 at 11:06 pm #

    funny. Scroggin in the USA is a slang word for “having relations”

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 30/12/2010 at 11:16 pm #

      LOL, there’s been none of that nonsense on the mountainside!

  6. Gary 31/12/2010 at 1:58 pm #

    Pavlova for me every time but, I’ll be having it in a warm room so no need to bother checking my core body temperature!

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