Archive for January, 2012

“You don’t know when it hits you, but eventually you’ll reach the point when you decide to do nothing productive for the rest of the day.”



Hello everybody,

from reading some of my blog posts (or the ‘About’-Page) you might have guessed already that I am not a native english speaker. Nonetheless I am living in an english speaking country and I do catch weird phrases from time to time and just think, wtf?

Anyway, english might be one of, if not the most spoken language on this planet. Still, I think it has some weak moments and I think it is time to list but a few… 😉

Now, in no particular order and randomly collected in the internet:

Can anyone explain this pic below?

How strange can a language be?

  • There is no egg in an eggplant. It doesn’t look or taste like an egg.
  • There is no ham in a hamburger.
  • There is no pine nor apple in a pineapple.
  • Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat.
  • English muffins were not invented in England and French fries were not invented in France, so where did such names come from?
  • Some names seem to describe the opposite of what the things really are:
  • Quicksand pulls you down slowly.
  • Boxing rings are square.
  • A Guinea pig is not from Guinea and it is not a member of the pig family.
  • Some examples of why you cannot blindly follow English grammar rules:
  • If writers write and painters paint and riders ride, then why don’t fingers fing or hammers ham?
  • If the plural of tooth is teeth and the plural of goose is geese, then shouldn’t the plural of phone booth be phone beeth and the plural of moose be meese? Maybe they should be, but they aren’t.
  • If the teacher taught, why didn’t the preacher praught?
  • If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what do you think a humanitarian eats?
  • How can a house that is burning up finally end in being burned down?
  • At a bank or loan office, how can you fill in the necessary information as you fill out the forms?
  • Why is it that when the stars are out they are visible, but when the lights are out they are invisible?
  • Why do people recite at a play, yet play at a recital?
  • Why do people park on driveways but drive on parkways?
  • Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
  • How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

Answer: I simply don’t know.

20 weird English words:

1. Erinaceous
Like a hedgehog

2. Lamprophony
Loudness and clarity of voice

3. Depone
To testify under oath

4. Finnimbrun
A trinket or knick-knack

5. floccinaucinihilipilification
Estimation that something is valueless. Proper pronunciation based on Latin roots: flockə-nowsə-nəkələ-pələ-fək-ation.

6. Inaniloquent
Pertaining to idle talk

7. Limerance
An attempt at a scientific study into the nature of romantic love.

8. Mesonoxian
Pertaining to midnight

9. Mungo
A dumpster diver – one who extracts valuable things from trash

10. Nihilarian
A person who deals with things lacking importance (pronounce the ‘h’ like a ‘k’).

11. Nudiustertian
The day before yesterday

12. Phenakism
Deception or trickery

13. Pronk
A weak or foolish person

14. Pulveratricious
Covered with dust

15. Rastaquouere
A social climber

16. Scopperloit
Rude or rough play

17. Selcouth
Unfamiliar, rare, strange, marvelous, wonderful. For example: The List Universe is such a selcouth website!

18. Tyrotoxism
To be poisoned by cheese

19. Widdiful
Someone who deserves to be hanged

20. Zabernism
The abuse of military power or authority. I wonder how long it will take for this one to show up in the comments.

There are also plenty of self-contradicting words in the English language.

I’m sure there is plenty of other stuff but I’ll let you do your own research 😉

UPDATE: The organic lie

Posted: 14. January 2012 in fails
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I always thought that HIPP is a company that keeps what it promises and doesn’t confidence trick you as a health-conscious parent.

Well, today I was thought a lesson when I went shopping.

When I saw this product in the baby-food-shelf, I was immediately convinced that all ingredients are organic and it would be the best thing to get for my baby:

I don’t know what made me do it, perhaps the mistrust that has developed over the years of food-product-lies, but I turned the box around to have a detailed look at the ingredients.

What I found was this:

There are a two questions that immediately come to mind:

  • Why do you name a product ‘organic’ if not all ingredients are organic?
  • How can you list a non-organic ingredient in the list of ‘our organic ingredients‘?

Maybe I am overreacting, but I think this is very disappointing for a company that states:

‘Here at HiPP we are passionate in our belief in using organic foods for babies and toddlers.’ 

I have contacted HIPP asking for a statement to this blog-post of mine and will post their response once I have received it. That’s the least I can do, to give them a chance to help us understand their point of view.

Ultimately what I want to achieve with this post is, that if you are a parent trying to find healthy, organic food for your child, you might want to have a second look at the ‘small-print’ before you buy.


Update 17.01.2011:

I have received a very quick and detailed response from HiPP and, as promised, here it is:

Dear Christoph

Thank you for your e.mail from which we are sorry to hear you are disappointed with the labelling and composition of HiPP Organic Apple Elephant Biscuits.

The composition and labelling of organic foods is tightly controlled by the Organic Foods and also by the Food Labelling Regulations and HiPP complies with all the requirements of this legislation.  For foods to be labelled as organic, at least 95% of the ingredients must come from organically produced plants and animals and the product must have been inspected and certified by a registered certification body.  In this case the product has been approved by the organic certification body in the country of manufacture (Switzerland), and also by the UK organic certifier the Soil Association.

Both certifiers ensure that the product meets all the required legislation in terms of organic quality and labelling.

Because some ingredients are not available organically, up to 5% ingredients from a list of approved non-organic food ingredients are allowed. There are also a limited number of non-food ingredients such as yeast, salt, water, and a restricted number of additives and processing aids are allowed, some of which are legally required (such as iron and thiamin in flour).

Bothwith non-organic food ingredients and additives there is an extremely strict list of permitted ingredients to ensure that nothing harmful or potentially harmful will be found in organic food. This explains why this product contains the two highlighted non-organic ingredients, used only because no organic alternatives were available.

With regards to the labelling of organic products, the labels must identify the organic and non-organic ingredients in the ingredient panel in the same colour, size and style of lettering as the organic ingredients.  This is done with these HiPP biscuits.

I hope you are happy with this explanation and that you are reassured that, although these biscuits contain small amounts of 2 non-organic ingredients, this has only been done because organic alternatives were not available and their use has been approved.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us again.


Kind regards

Helen G.

HiPP UK Nutritionist

Family Rules

Posted: 13. January 2012 in photography, What we believe in
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Some nice guidelines for a happy family life 😉


The Portal 2 – Cocktail

Posted: 12. January 2012 in geeky
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The finest beverage breakthroughs from the Aperture alcohol research labs. Drink them in the name of science. You monster.


What you need to make it:

  • Blue Curacao
  • Vodka
  • Lemonade
  • Cointreau
  • Rum
  • Orangina
  • Small tumblers

This drink is, of course, designed to resemble the two coloured portals from the excellent sci-fi puzzle game. For the blue version, get a small tumbler and pour in 10ml of Blue Curacao, 10ml of vodka and top up with lemonade. For orange you’ll need another tumbler, this time filled with 10ml of Cointreau, 10ml of rum and Orangina. If you fancy, you can jazz the glasses up with coloured sugar rims. Simply pour some sugar into a sandwich bag with the relevant food colouring, shake them up, pour the resulting mix into a dish and dip your tumbler in. “You can mix the portals together if you like,” says James. “It’s a very orangey flavour, which we thought tied in with The Orange Box, the compilation in which the original Portal appeared.”


If you wonder what this is about, then you might want to have a look at the official website or watch the game trailer below.