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...and the liquid-pressure (I know there is a name for this but can't recall it) is keeping the tablespoon from overflowing...



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surface tension.. some fluids (like water) have it, and you can ever so slightly over fill a measuring spoon (or a glass) and some fluids don't.

alcohol has less than water, so when measuring flavor extracts (like vanilla) the spoon overflows more easily.

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Ooops, Mav, I hope you didn't think I wasn't grumbling at you...I was thanking you for sending the recipe - it's a fabulous pudding. It is the only recipe I've ever received that measured in weights, so was the only one I could use as an example.

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Thanks ladies. I remember in grade school, the teacher doing the "is this glass full" in front of us kiddies as she kept adding drops of water to the glass, and being awed when looking sideways and seeing the water higher than the glass. Ah, the sense of wonder of little kiddies, eh?

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Weight measures are, of course, far more accurate.




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You'd think so, but most kitchen scales are not that sensitive.




*measures, not *measurers . . . but I get your point.

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I made a steamed pudding once and halved the entire recipe...well almost the entire recipe. I accidently used the full measure of butter. Took nearly twice as long to cook but tasted fabulous.

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>Ooops, Mav, I hope you didn't think I wasn't grumbling at you...I was thanking you for sending the recipe - it's a fabulous pudding. It is the only recipe I've ever received that measured in weights, so was the only one I could use as an example.
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No, not at all, sweet thing - I don't think I didn't not think for scarecely not any time at all that you weren't not grumbling at me... or was that yes?

and anyway, that was a fun conversation it sparked, realising how much measurements vary across our globe, wasn't it?

bec~bec a toi aussi

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...and the liquid-pressure (I know there is a name for this but can't recall it) is keeping the tablespoon from overflowing...



meniscus




I injured my knee last year and, after an X-ray, the doc said I had a torn meniscus. I think. I'm not sure. Anybody know enough about anatomy/etymology to tell me if it's the same word and if, so, what's the connection?

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meniscus in physics (the water thingy) is called that because it is shaped like a crescent moon. The same for the medial and lateral meniscuses (menisci)(menisca) in your knees. They are chunks of cartilage that keep the femur from wearing away the head of the tibia. Or is it the fibula. The larger of the two bones in the lower leg, I think, is the one that articulates with the lower end of the femur. Right near the cruciate ligaments, which, as you might imagine, are cross-shaped.

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penny = farthing (obsolete from waybackwhen)





I'm not that old but I can remember farthings from my childhood. Black Jacks were originally a farthing each, and then became 4 for a penny.


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i remember farthing too, my dear mr bingley, from my childhood trip to ireland.. i don't remember what 'penny' (US Penny) candies were available in the 'shop', but there were candies available..

(what i like best, was when my mother in her muddled confusion, would give us shillings (12 pence) instead of dimes. back then,(1960) the pound was about $5.75 US dollars, and a shilling was a small fortune to a child!)

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