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Green salad lottery

Winner hits the ceiling
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When he hits the jackpot by eating the piece of hot green capsicum you have hidden in a plate of tossed green vegetable salad.

He/she is immediately administered ice cream, cold milk etc and handed the prize which had better be good if you still want to have people around calling you friend.

If, however, he enjoys getting the hot piece (as mwburden has suggested) then he does not make any fuss and hence does not win the prize.

neelandan, Dec 17 2001

(?) (off-topic) Halfbakery survey http://erdos.homeip.net:81/hb-survey/
Halfbakery survey, as initially suggested by phoenix. [cp, Dec 22 2001, last modified Oct 05 2004]

lemon grass http://www-ang.kfun...ac.at/~katzer/engl/
hope it is of some help [arora, Dec 22 2001, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Lemon grass http://gernot-katze.../engl/Cymb_cit.html
update to [arora]'s link [Voice, May 26 2014]

Andropogoninae http://crescentbloo.../Andropogoninae.htm
Those with allergies to Lemongrass would do well to avoid Beardgrass, Bluestem, Broomsedge, and Turkeyfoot. [Voice, May 26 2014]

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       My wife did that very thing while eating what looked like a slice of green olive in a Cajun prawn dish.
angel, Dec 17 2001
  

       Not as dangerous as the ancient British custom of putting coins in Christmas pudding.
pottedstu, Dec 17 2001
  

       you could play this game with salads or any kind of dish comprising a mixture of ingredients together. Lemongrass (I'm allergic) would not make me hit the ceiling as such, but would make my face and head look like a cranberry. Please do not play this trick on me - I am not entirely sure how sensitive I am to it. But if someone can tell me what else is in the lemongrass family, and therefore wise for me to avoid, I'd be most grateful.
lewisgirl, Dec 17 2001
  

       Ah. I used to take great delight in allowing my first daughter to taste lemon wedges when she was a toddler. Made the most hilarious faces, but never cried. She got wise to it in time. Oddly, it doesn't seem to have caused any permanent psychological disorders, but she hasn't learned to cook yet so I'm still watching my back.
phoenix, Dec 17 2001
  

       Phoenix, I too am guilty of that except I videotaped the administration of the lemon and the distorted-face result. Still funny to watch. My daughter reacted to bananas in much the same way, oddly.
bristolz, Dec 17 2001
  

       Of course, there are some of us that would enjoy getting the "hot" piece of salad as much as getting the reward!
mwburden, Dec 17 2001
  

       Very funny! I regret that my two daughters are too old for this trick now. Quite embarrasing is that my five-year old once watched friends drink tequila shots after dinner, and now whenever she finds a lemon wedge she likes to rub it on her hand, salt it and put it to her mouth as she drinks whatever is in front of her.
daruma, Dec 18 2001
  

       All daughters at the halfbakery? I have two.
neelandan, Dec 19 2001
  

       Odd. My daughter (as a 1-year-old) used to chew lemons too, biting her way through the skin to get at the tasty juice within. She used to like eating raw garlic too. And olives. And beer.
hippo, Dec 19 2001
  

       well, she's not a vampire then. lucky.
p.s. what a great category name this is!
lewisgirl, Dec 19 2001
  

       I've suddenly gotten the urge for a HB survey.   

       Could there be some correlation between unusual thought processes exhibited amongst ourselves and the sex of our offspring?
phoenix, Dec 19 2001
  

       Anybody interested in a survey? Put it up as an idea: "boy/girl" and ask to state number and gender of offspring.
neelandan, Dec 21 2001
  

       Wouldn't be an invention, then, would it?
snarfyguy, Dec 22 2001
  

       snarfyguy: No. It would not be an invention. Unless you regard your offspring as inventions, that is.   

       [phoenix] has expressed a curiosity regarding the male/female ratio of offspring among .5b'ers and I, too, feel curious about the results of such a survey.
neelandan, Dec 22 2001
  

       If anyone is interested in partaking in the survey that [phoenix] and [neelandan] suggested, see the link I just posted. (Note that the server that it's running on is not permanently switched on so if the link doesn't work, you may want to try again in several hours' time.)
cp, Dec 22 2001
  

       vasectomise them. (word of the week)
po, Dec 22 2001
  

       Sorry for another off-topic anno here but:   

       The web page has been fixed, it actually stores the data from the form now. Really. Apologies to UnaBubba (or someone else from Queensland) and also someone from the UK who tried to access it unsuccessfully about 4 times before giving up.
cp, Dec 22 2001
  

       [snarfyguy] You know the HB isn't about inventions. It's about ideas.   

       Postulating a correlation between parental perspective and offspring gender sounds like an idea to me. FWIW, it's been taken off the HalfBakery.   

       [cp] Thanks for your work. I haven't been able to get there either (yet). At the risk of offending [gizmo mum] and [bristolz] should we exclude (or separate) the females since they don't determine the sex of the offspring?
phoenix, Dec 23 2001
  

       Alrighty. The reason why it wasn't accessible for the last N hours was because the server is generally only on during waking hours, Perth time. That means around midnight --> 3pm GMT.   

       [phoenix] We will see if this has any effect on things or not. The page has been modified so it now stores gender of Halfbaker along with gender of children. When I get time, I'll get the results page to further break down the results rather than just showing totals.   

       (Ouch! Just noticed that my ISP has recently (as in: it was working yesterday) started blocking port 80 accesses. Changed server URL... there seems to be an evil conspiracy afoot stopping this survey from happening.)   

       [gizmo mum], [bristolz], [po]: I'm about to add your answers to the database now.
cp, Dec 23 2001
  

       offended p, you try having offspring without us (3 male offsprung)
po, Dec 23 2001
  

       wow, cheers [arora]. That's v useful.
lewisgirl, Dec 23 2001
  

       Hypothesis: œb'ers do not try to fool their sons
neelandan, Dec 24 2001
  

       I've just added a heap of little graphs, showing the currently-collected data (admittedly not too plentiful at the moment) in various ways.   

       Hypothesis from current evidence: the women amongst us tend to have sons, and the gentlemen all seem to have daughters.
cp, Dec 24 2001
  

       Posit: Men visit the HB to get away from their women, women visit the HB to get away from their men. 8^)
phoenix, Dec 24 2001
  

       some women visit the HB to get nearer their men
po, Dec 24 2001
  

       Seeing the Pillsbury doughboy, [po]?
phoenix, Dec 25 2001
  

       From survey results:"At the moment, 8 people have taken the Halfbakery survey. They have 11 children in total, of which 6 are boys and 5 are girls. Of the participants, 4 were male and 4 were female."   

       Take the survey, anyone?
neelandan, Dec 29 2001
  

       I don't have any kids at all, so I didn't think there was much point...
StarChaser, Dec 29 2001
  

       Hm, yes. The situation is worse than neelandan thought, actually. As of this annotation, there have been 9 people fill out the survey, and 4 had no kids. (This is now shown on the results page.)
cp, Dec 29 2001
  

       I'd like updated statistics by gender of the parent.
phoenix, Dec 30 2001
  
      
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