A Tale of Two Mandarins PDF Print E-mail
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.


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
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
Sunday, 23 January 2011 20:46


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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