Fog lights, paintwork and hippo milk


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Some mostly car related circumlocution while it's half time on the 6-nations...

I had a fog light bulb warning appear on my DIS. Oh well, time to replace a bulb. Removed bulb, it looked fine! Tested resistance with a multimeter. It *is* fine. Put bulb back in and re-assembled fog light assembly...and it works! No more bulb warning on the DIS either. Must have been a loose connection, I suppose. Looks like I have different bulbs between the left and right foglights, as one it white and the other fairly yellowish.

Never noticed before, as I've not had a reason to use them!

Also, my paintwork seems to be a blemish magnet. I had what looks like a chalky-salty nugget hit just above the sill the other day. At first I was gutted to see what looked like a big patch of deep damage but fortunately most of it was chalk, so all I really ended up with was a surface scuff in the paint. Every time I wash the thing, I find more hair scratches here and there - probably due to the extra grit thrown down for the recent cold spell.

I just hate being behind a car (a fair distance, I don't tail-gate) and still hearing the tickety-tackety of gritty bits rattling off the bodywork.

Finally, totally off-topic, contrary to internet wisdom, hippo milk is not pink!


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[h=1]Why Hippos Milk is Pink — 10 Random Facts About Hippos[/h]
The term, “Hippopotamus” has been derived from two Greek words, Hippo meaning horse and potamos meaning river. That is why it is also known as, “River Horse”. After the elephant and rhinoceros, the hippopotamus is the third largest type of land mammal and the heaviest extant artiodactyl. Hippos are distantly related to whales and probably share a common ancestor, the now extinct line of “hoofed predators” that contained the famous “wolf-sheep” Andrewsarchus.
The female Hippos give birth to a baby calf one at a time within a time span of two to three years. Before and after giving birth, the expecting mother isolates herself for a time period of 10 to 44 days along with the baby. The mother then nurses the baby for 12 months, stays by it in the early years and protects it. Just like other mammals the female Hippos feed their babies with their own milk, but one thing that differentiates the Hippo’s milk with others’ is its color.
Yes, it is true the color of Hippo’s milk is bright pink. The reason why it is pink is that hippo secretes two kind of unique acids called “Hipposudoric acid” and “Norhipposudoric acid“. The two acids got their names from the word Hippopotamus.

The Hipposudoric acid is reddish in color and often known as, “Blood Sweat” (hipposudoric, referring to hippo sweat), although its neither blood nor sweat. While the other, Norhipposudoric acid is bright orange. Both these acids are strong enough to minimize the growth of the bacteria on the Hippo’s skin. These acids also act as a sunscreen for the Hippo’s skin as they absorb the UV rays that destroy the skin cells. In a milking Hippo the two acids get combined with the white milk and thus pink colored milk is ejected. So the formula is simple:
White + Red = Pink
Hippos are the only mammals that produce pink milk; there were many who believed that Yak’s milk is also pink but the fact is that when a Yak gives birth to a calf, the first milk produced contains blood that gives it a pink color and is known by the name of “Beastings”. After some time the milk turns back to the usual white color.
A single cup of Hippo’s milk has 500 calories

Besides the pink color of the milk there are some other interesting facts regarding Hippos that you may find interesting:
  • A single cup of Hippo’s milk has 500 calories.
  • Hippos give Birth to their babies under water to protect them from falling; as soon as the baby is born it swims upward to catch air. So the first thing that the Hippo’s baby learns is swimming. A newborn baby weighs about 42 kg that is almost 93 pounds.
  • The milk of a Hippo can also be ejected below the surface of the water, unlike other mammals. The baby hippos take a deep breath, close their ears and nostrils and then tightly wrap up their tongue around the teat and suckle their mother’s milk. However, the production of the Hippo’s milk is similar to the Cow’s milk and also the factors reducing the production are also similar.


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Thank you - exactly my point. The internet is full of facts that actually aren't facts :)


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I know, some people appear to have gone to a great deal of trouble to create a misinformation machine!! I can't actually see the point!