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A Tale of Two Mandarins PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 28 January 2011 18:43

I’ve been eating a lot of mandarins over the past 2-1/2 months or so.

Even though I buy the same brand, in the same sized bag (3kg), there tends to be variance in the mandarins from one lot to the next. Sometimes they are a little larger or smaller, the skin may be harder to peel off or pulls off easily.

The last batch  bought were significantly larger than the previous ones.

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The larger one had 9 wedges inside, weighed 226g, had a circumference of 25.1cm and was relatively easy to peel (the skin didn’t quite fall off, but neither was it a struggle to get it off).

The smaller one had 8 wedges, weighed 57 grams, had a circumference of 16.3cm and was quite difficult to peel (the skin was very thin, with little pith and quite firmly attached to the flesh inside).

I was surprised that there was so little difference in their circumference. I measured twice just to be sure. I was sure the larger one was bigger than 25.1 cm.


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From the McPast PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 January 2011 17:23

 

IMG_0904_stitch When I was in Poland last October, I noticed that my aunt had a McDonald’s growth chart from, probably, the late 70s hanging in the corner of her basement. I took 4 overlapping photos and stitched them together using Microsoft ICE. It had a bit of trouble stitching them together, but I eventually managed to coerce into doing the job. Unfortunately, the top is a little skewed and the bottom has a noticeable transition.

This was probably only ever available in Canada for two reasons: (1) it is in metric and (2) it uses the McDonald Land characters that were later deemed to infringe upon characters created by Sid & Marty Krofft.

Warning, the full image is 9287 pixels high (and 1MB in size).


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A rather punky looking Pope John Paul II PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 23 January 2011 20:46

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This was a souvenir I saw in a Katowice Airport souvenir stand. The rays rather make Pope John Paul II look as though he is sporting spiked hair.

Sorry about the reflections, but the souvenir was in a clear plastic bag behind a glass window – making it hard to get perfect lighting.


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