Indestructible Creatures/Barnacles

barnacles

Hello everyone, it is another bloody cold day here, no rain or wind just cold and yes I have the heater going.

This Tuesday I am going to tell you a little about a pretty indestructible creature and the creature is the Barnacle which I am pretty sure everyone has heard of.

Barnacles are the whitish hard, pointy lumps that you find encrusted all over seaside rocks, piers and underside of boats. They are related to crabs and lobsters but live in an almost indestructible shell that’s glues to a hard surface.

When underwater they open two door like things in its shell to reach out with its feathery feet to catch passing plankton and food scraps. When the tide is out or they feel threatened the close the doors and hide inside.

They are so rock hard you might think they are part of the rock they are attached to, the glue they use to stick to stuff is so strong that scientists are trying to copy the make up or recipe to make a new water resistant adhesive.

There are many species of barnacles, but only two are commonly eaten the gooseneck barnacle a tube like creature with very little shell, and the rock barnacle which is almost all shell.

Barnacles can cover a turtle to such an extent, that they can disable the flippers and cover the eyes and nostrils to such an extent, that the turtle is unable to swim, see, smell, or even survive.

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Did you know No: 21

1000 facts

Hello world, hello Monday, been a busy morning for me I had a sleep in so didn’t get out of bed till 8am I than got dressed and went to my aqua class after that I came home changed my clothes and went to the doctors to get a couple of scripts. Now I am home for the day, don’t have to worry about Leo as there is no school for two weeks. When I asked him on Friday if he was looking forward to the holidays he said yes but then asked how long are the holidays when I said two weeks he growled and said ok. He does like going to school.

So here are this weeks five did you know facts.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using only the letters on the top row of the keyboard

Pigs don’t sweat, so they saying “sweating like a pig” is wrong

Before testing the first atomic bomb in the New Mexico desert on the 16th July 1945, some of the scientists working on the bomb calculated that there was a three in a million chance that an atomic bomb might melt down the entire Earth. They went ahead with the test anyway.

Polar Bears camouflage themselves by covering their black noses with their paws, not sure if I believe that or not,

Putting your two fingers up as an insult dates back to the Middle Ages when archers were caught by their enemies they had two fingers cut off so they could no longer fire any more arrows. So when an archer was shooting people he would put his two fingers up to say “Look I still have them” of course we now put up one finger and it has a different meaning.

What I find stupid No:1

Hello welcome to this weeks stupid things I heard on the news and yes I know that this is the first time I I have done such a post this year. This I hope will be a regular Friday post.

Toy guns should be banned from day cares and pre schools, yes I think this is stupid most little boys and some little girls like to play with toy guns.

Shoppers taking home supermarket baskets and trolleys because they are frustrated by the new ban on single use plastic bags, some people are even becoming abusive with check out operators, suck it up and remember to take your own bag or pay the 15 cents for a bag. There is too much plastic around as it is.

Posing naked in the middle of winter, sorry I just don’t get it.

Have you heard of…………………

gwcaver

Hello everyone didn’t do a post yesterday as I spent the time writing letters instead.

Last night mum told me that dad was being good taking his puffers and oxygen on a regular basis all day and as such was doing much better not so out of breath and he had a bit of an appetite for the first time in weeks.

Anyway today I am asking if you have heard of George Washington Carver………………………

He is one of the people credited with coming up with what we know as peanut-butter, he didn’t actual invent peanut-butter but his work along with that of Edson, Kellogg and Straub helped establish peanut-butter as the nutritious staple ingredient found in many households around the world.

Peanut-butter actually dates back to Aztec times, the Aztecs mashed roasted peanuts into a paste which was somewhat different from what we know as peanut-butter today. In fact what we know as peanut-butter is down to the four people mentioned but if you did an internet search for the creator of peanut-butter it will come up with George Washington Carver.

It was in 1884 that Marcellus Edson of Canada patented peanut paste, from milling roasted peanuts between two heated surfaces. Then in 1895 Dr. John Kellogg of Kellogg’s cereal patented a process for creating peanut-butter from raw peanuts, in 1903 Dr. Ambrose Straub patented a peanut-butter making machine.

All these early peanut-butters were crunchy it wasn’t till 1922 that a chemist Joseph Rosefield invented a process for making smooth peanut-butter that kept the oil from separating by using partially hydrogenated oil, in 1928 he licensed his invention to the company that created Peter Pan peanut-butter then in 1932 he began to produce his own peanut-butter under the name Skippy.

So why do they say it was George Carver who created peanut-butter? I do not know.

He was a world-famous chemist who made important agricultural discoveries and inventions, his research on peanuts and other products helped poor southern farmers vary their crops and improve their diets.

He developed something like 300 products from peanuts including flour, paste, insulation,paper, soap and shaving cream to name a few, his experiment with medicines from peanuts which included antiseptics and laxatives.

In America there is a national peanut-butter day it is the 24th January.

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Dangerous Creature/Eastern Brown Snake

Eastern Brown Snake

Hello everyone here I am on Tuesday afternoon starting a post, this morning I had to go and stay at my parents and stay with dad while mum had a post opp check up at the Royal and as dad is still not good they didn’t want him to be left home alone. Just after I arrived dad walked down the hall to the toilet and on his way back to the kitchen he sounded so bad I thought he was going to collapse, however, he made it to the kitchen and used his oxygen, he than decided to go back to bed and that was were he stayed.

This weeks dangerous/deadly creature is the Eastern Brown Snake, heard of it, I am pretty sure you have. However, did you know that the brown snake group is most likely responsible for snake bite deaths over any other snake group in Australia, this is probably because it is found all over the country.

It is a slender snake up to 2meters or 7foot long, that can be different shades of brown ranging from pale brown to almost black. It’s underside is pale cream-yellow often with orange or grey bits.

If bitten you may not realise straight away as the bite can initially be painless and difficult to detect, this is not good as if you are bitten you need medical attention pretty much straight away.

It’s venom can cause eventual paralysis and uncontrollable bleeding, which I reckon would be a give-away that you have been bitten.

Did you know No:19

did-you-know

Good morning everyone, damn it is cold this morning, yes I have the heater on as well as my dressing gown. I will be going to my aqua class after I take Leo to school and you can bet the water will be cold, I think in the cold months they should heat the water but they don’t.

Jessica just dropped Leo off and said he had a slight temperature and to check he doesn’t have one before I take him to school.

Here is this weeks five did you know facts.

The record for milk production from one cow is 11,756 gallons in one year, bloody hell that’s a lot

Each king in a deck of cars represents a great king from history, Spades is King David, Hearts is Emperor Charlemagne, Clubs is Alexander the Great and Diamonds is Julius Caesar.

Summer on Uranus lasts for 21 years and so does winter, bloody hell………….

The deepest point in the sea is the Mariana Trench off Guam in the Pacific Ocean, it is nearly seven miles deep.

If you could shoot a gun at the sun it would take 20 years for the bullet to get there.