Thursday, August 03, 2006

Things I Learned Today

1. Dublin Airport has...

  • three runways,
  • 142 check-in desks,
  • 22,000 parking spaces (18,000 long-term and 4,000 short-term), and
  • a fee for commercial filming or photography. The current fee is €218.75 per hour or part thereof.

(From the Dublin Airport magazine Connections and the website.)

2. The top fourteen oddest things in the Transport for London's Lost Property office are:

  1. 2 1/2 hundredweight sultana/currants (a hundredweight is 112 pounds)
  2. Lawn mower
  3. Breast implants
  4. Theatrical coffin
  5. Stuffed Eagle
  6. 14 foot boat
  7. Divan bed
  8. Park bench
  9. Garden slide
  10. Jar of bull's sperm
  11. Urn of ashes
  12. Dead bats in container
  13. A Do-It-Yourself Vasectomy kit
  14. Two human skulls in a bag

(From the Guardian and the Book of Lists. By the way...who would EVER think of using a do-it-yourself vasectomy kit?)

3. You can make slug fritters.


  • 10 freshly slaughtered slugs cleaned of all outer mucus
  • 1/2 cup of cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup of high protein flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 4 tbs. f butter
  • 4tsp. of sour cream

First chop the slugs into fine mince, then beat the eggs and egg yolks with the heavy cream together.

Sift the dry ingredients and then cut 2 tbs of butter into that mixture.

Add the egg and cream mixture to the dry ingredients and whip with a whisk vigorously for one to two minutes.

Melt one tbs of butter in a sauté pan and pure the batter into 2 1/2 inch cakes in two batches.

Serve warm with a dollop of sour cream.

Yields 4 servings.

(I am NOT making this up...I got it from the Guardian who got it from bertc.)


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