Well I Never! Wednesday

Gentle Readers! I hope you fare well this fine morning?

Today, I have for you some things that I have learned this week, and they’re awesome.

First up:

You can tell which Guards by the buttons

Whilst watching Trooping the Colour with my Dear Grandpapa at the weekend, he turned to me and asked if I knew how to tell which Guards a Guardsman was from. I, of course, didn’t, so he explained. It’s to do with the groupings of buttons on their tunics:

One button per group signifies they are a member of the Grenadier Guards; two buttons signifies their membership of the Coldstream Guards, whilst groupings of three, four and five buttons indicate their regiments as being Scots, Irish and Welsh respectively.

That’s one of those useless facts that will win you a pub quiz some day. You’re welcome.

Tomatoes prevent sunburn

This fact came via my pal Samwise, who commented on my earlier post about my crispy reddened skin. Apparently, it’s to do with the lycopene in the tomatoes, which is an antioxidant. Gartner and Stahl carried out research in 1997 demonstrating that a daily consumption of 55g of cooked tomatoes would boost skin’s sun resistance by up to 35%. Admittedly, that doesn’t make tomatoes a good substitute for good old SPF50, but it is interesting. Time to start eating pizza every day.

Prime numbers are the basis of encryption

This fact came courtesy of my friends, Lord and Lady V.

Now, you’ll have to bear with me, because I am not good with maths, but as I understand it, prime numbers (numbers which have only two factors – 1 and themselves) form the basis of encryption, because they are extremely hard to factorize. I’m not nearly done working my way through the Wikipedia article on public-key cryptography, but I hope to have finished it soon, and will commence my search for Mary Magdalene’s bones forthwith. (Ha! Da Vinci Code/Robert Langdon joke…..oh, the Noughties called, they want their cultural references back.)

(Also, Lady V taught this to her Year 5 primary school class of naughty sprogs, and they got it instantly. Why is it blowing my mind so much?)

I suspect that apart from the buttons fact, none of these will be particularly useful in a pub quiz…but it was fun learning these things all the same. And now I know three more things than I did last week. Which is nice.


Sources: Guardsmen facts: http://www.thamesweb.co.uk/windsor/castle/guards.html

Tomato fact: via Samwise and confirmed via the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/humanbody/truthaboutfood/young/tomatoes.shtml and the original article: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/66/1/116.short

3 thoughts on “Well I Never! Wednesday

  1. Do tomatoes increase levels of fast acting melatonin you mentioned in a previous post? If so, this may explain my recentlyish increased propensity to brown instantly.

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    1. I don’t know. I would presume the link would be that lycopene absorbs the harmful molecules produces by UV exposure, so presumably, they don’t have as much time to do as much damage, and the melanin that’s already in your skin has a chance to do its protecty job and darken up. Maybe? I don’t know.

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  2. Also, my pubquiz Tuesday self will one day thank you for these facts
    Actually, I’m feeling reckless, I’ll thank you now for them. Thankyou.

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