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What is the origin of the phrase 'for toffee', as in 'he can't write for toffee'?

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Joanna Witt

I understand the phrase slightly differently. "Toffee" here means something of small value. A variation would be "tuppence" (i.e two pence), as in "he can't ride for tuppence". So the basic meaning is, he has so little riding skill it isn't even worth tuppence, or in this case, toffee.

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Why does American chocolate taste so weird?

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Joanna Witt
Chocolate expert, writer and food industry consultant. Founder of Chocolate...  · 17 ноября 2016
This is a question I get asked a lot, and one of my favourite ones to answer. There are several reasons why chocolate in the US tastes particularly disgusting to non-Americans. > "Butryic acid is found in milk, particularly goat and sheep milk but also in human vomit, giving it its... Читать далее
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Why don’t we eat turkey eggs?

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Edie Mullen
Free range turkey farmer, Phoenix Free Range  · 23 декабря 2016
It all really comes down to what is commercially viable. If you have a turkey and that turkey lays eggs, you’re going to get much more money by hatching those eggs and rearing the young to maturity or to a certain age than by selling the eggs. Farmers buy young turkeys (or poults) at... Читать далее
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Why does instant coffee get so sticky when it's wet, but real coffee doesn't?

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Stuart Muirhead
Nutrition BSc, King's College London. @masha_budr  · 23 декабря 2016
This is because the two named coffee products are completely different in their qualities.  'Real' coffee is prepared relatively easy: coffee beans are roasted, sorted and ground. All the chemical constituents are safely stored in coffee cells and not released until brewed.  Instant... Читать далее
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How many carrots would you have to eat to make yourself ill?

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Andrew Harrison
User of The Question  · 8 ноября 2016

Thank you, this is very useful and I shall be showing it to my wife who eats carrots by the ton. One more thing: is there any truth in the urban myth that if you eat too many carrots you will actually turn orange?

Is a pint of beer really as fattening as two Mars bars?

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Jim Butler
Reader in Alcohol Policy and Mental Health Studies, University of Greenwich...  · 12 декабря 2016
No. Two Mars bars contain 520 calories. Alcohol does contain calories and is often forgotten about when individuals consider their calorie intake. A pint of beer typically contains 208 calories and a medium glass of wine (175ml) contains 160 calories. But people are becoming aware of... Читать далее
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How can I get one of these cool albino passports?

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Andrew Harrison
Well, firstly to qualify for this uniquely nude-toned passport (very much in this season!) one is required to lose, deface or have their passport stolen abroad, stranding them in a foreign destination. For the author, it was indeed regrettably the former, misplacing it between... Читать далее
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Why is parmesan cheese so moreish?

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TheQSTN.com Team
Professional chef and author of 'My Simple Italian'. Proprietor of Theo Randall...  · 4 ноября 2016
Good food is not just about flavour. It’s about texture and the texture of parmesan cheese is amazing. There’s no cheese like it. It’s got that incredible crystalline, nutty texture. And the flavour! It’s quite rich, but it’s got that flavour that you just crave. If you’d tasted it... Читать далее
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Why does asparagus make my wee smell funny?

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Stuart Muirhead
Company Nutritionist for Spoon Guru, Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr)...  · 20 декабря 2016
This question has baffled people for years. Why does asparagus make our wee smell strange, but also why does the phenomenon only affect some people, with others unable to tell any difference? Asparagus, or ​Asparagus officinalis, is a spring vegetable​ that used to be regarded as a huge... Читать далее
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What would sandwiches be called if not for the Earl of Sandwich?

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Joanna Witt
Associate Editor, the Oxford English Dictionary.  · 16 ноября 2016
I think we all agree that the sandwich is named after the 4th Earl of Sandwich John Montagu (1718-1792). However, why exactly he gave his name to the snack is less certain. It is Edward Gibbon, author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, who gives us the earliest... Читать далее
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