Saturday, September 4, 2021

SOME FACTS . . .

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Cheese made in Stilton can't be called Stilton


Traditional blue veined cheese known as Stilton cannot be made in the village it was named after because of EU rules. The Protected Designation of Origin, based on British government guidelines, says the name can only apply to cheese from the English counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire but Stilton is in Cambridgeshire. A pub in the village of Stilton makes the cheese but has to call it Bells Blue because of the rules. Pub landlord Liam McGivern said: "It's ridiculous that we can't make Stilton in Stilton.''

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A bank that takes cheese as security


Credito Emiliano, a bank in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, offers loans in exchange for uniquely Italian collateral: golden wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Housed in a high-security complex surrounded by barbed wire, the bank, known locally as Credem, holds some 430,000 wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano made by farmers in the area. The stacks sit 20 wheels high and are carefully monitored. Credem staffers regularly clean, rotate, prick, and even taste each wheel.

All told, these assets are reportedly worth around €190 million.

Parmigiano-Reggiano, or, as most westerners know it, Parmesan, is a northeastern Italian delicacy. Quality Italian Parmesan (e.g., not the stuff that comes pre-flaked in a plastic container) has a protected designation of origin, designated by the acronym “D.O.C.”

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Canon Ball


The Rector of St Margaret's and Westminster Abbey is the Reverend Anthony Ball or, to give him his official title, Canon Ball.

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Launch of world’s smallest satellite


Back in January 2019 US space agency NASA successfully launched the world's smallest and lightest satellite built by students from Tamil Nadu. The satellite is named after former President and nuclear scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and is called 'KalamSat'. It was flown into space in a NASA rocket.

Weighing just 64 grams, the satellite was designed by 18-year-old Rifath Sharook along with six other teammates. The satellite, which is lighter than a smartphone and made of reinforced carbon fibre polymer, operated for 12 minutes in a micro-gravity environment of space after its flight. “The main role of the satellite will be to demonstrate the performance of 3D-printed carbon fibre”, Sharook, was quoted as saying by ANI. “It’s a 3-D printed satellite. It is for the first time that 3-D printing technology is being used in space. We have made history. The world’s smallest satellite has been launched in space. It was not possible without my team,” Sharook told ANI.

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Unfortunate brand names

Maybe some preliminary research would have been in order . . .



Spunk clothing, shoes and socks. It hails from India and, according to the Oxford English Dictionary its name means courageous and plucky. In Australia it is slang for an attractive person. In both Britain and Oz it is also slang for semen.


Pschitt lemonade from France. The name originates in the transcription in French of the noise made by a Perrier bottle when it is opened.


Pee Cola from Ghana


Fanny Ice Cream has numerous outlets in Hanoi and is a prestigious ice cream manufacturer. The name Fanny came from the character in the Marcel Pagnol book and the later movie.


Bonka Cafes, part of the Nestle group, are prestigious and high end in Spain


In Sweden, there’s a toilet roll called Kräpp and another one called… Dubbelkräpp! The Swedish word kräpp, which means crepe (paper), is indeed pronounced “crap” and is widely used for toilet paper.


Looza juice drinks from Belgium


Pocari Sweat sports drinks from Japan


Coolpis fruit drinks from South Korea


Bimbo Bread from Panama


Arcelik is a major electrical/white goods manufacturer in Turkey

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