Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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From a collection of Oz trivia sent by Graham (more in the future):

Why do Australians put beetroot on hamburgers?

Beetroot, a variety of the plant Beta vulgaris, is eaten all around the world — but Australians have a special fondness for it. English migrants with a fondness for pickling probably introduced the vegetable here, and early on it was typically "boiled and served cold". So how'd it become the key ingredient in a classic Aussie hamburger? We were putting beetroot on burgers as early as the 1930s, but the practice might have taken off after the opening of the Golden Circle cannery in the 1940s (the above ad is from 1982), which made tinned veggies cheaper and more accessible. Or, more amusingly, it might have started as a prank on US troops who came ashore for R&R around World War II — who were presumably horrified to have their burgers "stained by beetroot juice". (Australian Women's Weekly, Trove)

"Make me one with everything."

By the way:

The world’s largest hamburger weighed 913.54 kg (2,014 lb) and was prepared by Black Bear Casino Resort (USA), Carlton, Minnesota, USA, on 2 September 2012. The hamburger was topped with 23.81 kg (52.5 lb) of tomatoes, 22.68 kg (50 lb) of lettuce, 27.22 kg (60 lb) of onion, 8.62 kg (19 lb) of pickles, 18.14 kg (40 lb) of American cheese and 7.48 kg (16.5 lb) of bacon. 

Not even one slice of beetroot. You call that a burger?

Here’s the final, record setting result (Guinness Book of Records approved):

A poor looking burger, if you ask me. Just proves, as often said, size is not everything.

As far as I am aware, Adam Richman has not attempted to eat one.

From Thomas:


From Sandra:


From Leo:

Confucius Say....

Kiss is merely shopping upstairs,
For merchandise downstairs.

Better to lose a lover
Than love a loser.

Much better to want the mate you do not have
Than to have the mate you do not want.

Joke is like sex.
Neither any good if you don't get it.

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