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Lizzy says

Lizzy says that if you eat too many bananas then you can die.

If you are attempting to kill someone else by banana consumption, then you should probably aim to feed them about 2 dozen bananas. In one day. Banana milkshake for breakfast (get 3 in there), one for lunch (3 more) and then a full-size dinner: sun-dried bananas for starter (2), fried banana fritters (3), served on a bed of grated banana (2) with a banana sauce and garnish (2), then for the lovely desert you’ll have banana ice cream (2) on a banana sponge pudding (2). To polish off the meal, you should have an after-dinner banana mint (1) with your banana coffee (1). Then just before bed, have some warmed up banana-cocoa (2). And to make sure they’ve had their fruit intake for the day, best have a banana (1).

Should be easy. I might try it on Lizzy, see if she notices.

[P.S. this was entry 300!!! in 23 months, that’s not too bad I guess, about 1 every 2 days on average or thereabouts]

Apparently… water & coke

Well, I got this in an email, and I thought it was mildly interesting and since my last blog entry wasn’t, thought this might spruce the place up a bit…


  1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
  2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
  3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
  4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
  5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
  6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
  7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzz short-term memory trouble with basic maths, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
  8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.

And now for the properties of COKE:

  1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of coke in the truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
  2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.
  3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the “real thing” sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous China.
  4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of aluminium foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
  5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
  6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
  7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.
  8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains.
  9. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

For Your Info:

  1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its pH is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase in osteoporosis.
  2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for Highly corrosive materials.
  3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is, would you like a coke or a glass of water?

Top 8 songs

My top 8 songs of all time (at the moment!):

  1. Semisonic – Closing Time
  2. Feeder – Just A Day
  3. Delirious – My Glorious
  4. Propellerheads – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  5. Beautiful South – I’ll Sail This Ship Alone
  6. Toploader – Achilles Heal
  7. Quench – Grace
  8. Fatboy Slim – Praise You

Think that’s about right, having looked through my songs list. Please tell me if there’s any you think I missed.

blog humph

Well, I just had a quick look through the other blogs I host on here, and how up to date are they? Most of them not at all!

Coming in last is Karen, with her last (and only third) entry being on 12 April, 107 days ago…. but she is in Australia, so I’ll cut her some slack I guess.

In fourth place is Liz, with her last entry (which is there 3 times and entitled “Er, Blonde Again”) dated 2 June, 56 days ago…. not fussed about reading about her life – see her lots at the mo 😀

In third we have Jim, 8 days more recent than Liz on 10 June, 48 days ago, he says he was waiting for the summer there, and I think it’s here, but he seems not to be.

Then in the runner’s up spot is Ol earlier this month on 7 July, only 21 days ago, and I think he’s still struggling with the house he mentions in that last entry.

In first place is the lifeless Grant, not that he’s dead… he just has no life other than writing the diary and talking to school kids from what I can see. His is dated only 2 days ago, 26 July.

Well done GRANT – you win the most up-to-date blog prize of… having a free blog for another year.

As for me, well mine, of course, is the best AND most up-to-date, but you’d think me biased if I put myself in the rankings…

If you want to enter for the next rankings, email me and get a blog here for starters, then use it.

Missing a day?

Just to let you know, in case you worried about my missing a day on here – I don’t use computers on Sundays (helps me reduce the addiction!) so, apart from the part of Sunday that is Saturday, you won’t see entries on Sundays, probably.