Looking Up

As a child I was very curious and probably got on everyone’s nerves, since when asking for explanations I was constantly told to

“go and look it up”!

Eyeshine (Wikimedia Commons)

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We had several “reference books”, encyclopaedias and dictionaries, all of which were very heavy, kept in the tall bookcase in the crowded corner of our living room… I often did look things up, but then I often didn’t.

Now, thanks to Wikipedia and Google, I have no excuse, and I look things up All The Time!

Here’s a list (I love lists) of a few things I have looked up in the last 48 hours or so …

The last one was featured on Bavarian TV last night… I love the German name Pimpernuss – much prettier than Bladdernut!ย  It is a large shrub that bears pretty white flowers. The way they hang down from the branches is interesting…

(Photo: Wikipedia)

The seedhead is a capsule which contains nut-like seeds. These can be cracked open, and the kernel is then seasoned and roasted, and eaten as a snack.

(Photo: Wikipedia)

Or, in the Bavarian Forest, a liqueur is made with them. What a pity I don’t have one in my garden!

Have you ever heard of them? I hadn’t!

I’d love to hear what YOU have looked up recently!

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18 thoughts on “Looking Up

    • I look at an online nursery almost every day, as they have such great profiles of all their plants. (And I’ve started choosing bulbs for next spring!)

  1. I looked up for Sebes, the romanian town, where I stay
    and for Bus-transportation to other towns. I found a great site, where all lines and companies are put together.

    • Now I can explain that! “Pimper” comes from the old German (onomatopoeic) verb “pimpern”, which means to rattle. “Nuss” is nut. The nut rattles in the seed capsule when ripe! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. I never heard of Bladdernuts either, wonder what the liqueur tastes like? I looked up Bobcats and colleges in Snowflake, AZ. We had a bobcat last night and my son is going to take some classes. When I was a teenager in school we didn’t even have computers to look anything up… just amazing now.

  3. I could not make it without Google! My husband and I were talking a few nights ago about how the Internet has made information so easy to get, our kids won’t ever understand going to the set of encyclopedias or walking to library with a question in hand!

    • Doesn’t that make you feel old – that we can remember the days when libraries were the main reference centre, and everyone had a set of encyclopaedias in their bookshelf! Do people still go round from door-to-door selling encylopaedias these days!?! LOL!

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