Pasta Myth?


“Oil stops pasta from sticking.”


Ruling:
Half true. In most cases it will effect the water more than the pasta.

Analysis:
Adding a little dose of oil does not prevent the pasta from sticking, but it can stop the water from foaming or boiling over. However, this can also be achieved by making sure you use a large pot and also by reducing the heat a little (but still maintaining a boil).

Adding a substantial dose of oil to the pasta water can prevent sticking to some extent, but at a great price. Pasta that’s cooked in oily water will become oily itself; sauce does not stick to oily pasta, which does not absorb the sauce and is left mostly flavourless.

See other: Mythconceptions?

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Chopped eel in jelly and vinegar served cold is a traditional English dish.

Tennessee Williams was from Mississippi.

If a machine could converse with a human and make him believe it was not a machine, it would pass the Turing Test.

In The Godfather, every speaking character who handles an orange eventually dies.

Whenever Mr. Bean encounters the blue three-wheeled car, a Reliant Robin, he has to damage it. This behaviour could be an example of OCD.

See other: Quite Interesting Facts

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In New Zealand, snakes of any kind are illegal.

Aristotle defined space by the things inside it according to his theories, if one were to remove the things then the space would no longer exist.

The word unfriend first appeared in print in 1659.

The Norwegian Armed Forces have unisex dormitories, ‘meatless Mondays’, and allow male soldiers to sport ponytails.

A male rhinoceros beetle can lift 850 times its own body weight.

See other: Quite Interesting Facts

The Power of Sunlight


Photosynthesis
3.4 billion years ago

All life needs energy to survive, and the biggest source of energy for life on Earth is the Sun. Some of the early micro-organisms evolved a way to use the energy from sunlight to make sugars out of simpler molecules. This process is called photosynthesis. But unlike green plants today, the first photosynthesising organisms did not release oxygen as a waste product, so there was no oxygen in the air.

See other: History of Life

Mark 11:12-14


12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:

13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

See other: Often Ignored Bible Verses

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Lake Baikal in Russia is a thousand times older than any other lake on Earth.

The Hundred Years War lasted for 116 years.

The original 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube has 43252003274489856000 different states; that is to say, over 43 quintillion.

Humans have the same number of hair follicles as chimpanzees.

Rehoboam, Methuselah, Salmanazar, Balthazar, Nebuchadnezzar, Melchior, Solomon, Goliath and Melchizedek are all sizes of champagne bottle.

See other: Quite Interesting Facts