An Aberdeen woman got more than she bargained for when she went to get a teaspoon to make a cuppa.
As she opened her cutlery drawer not only did she see her cutlery but a snake! Not knowing quite what to do the terrified resident of Coningham Terrace contacted the police. They in turn called the local branch of the Scottish SPCA (an animal welfare charity) and they despatched an animal rescue officer.
Now named Spooner (pictured), the red, black and brown striped milk snake (apparently they’re harmless to humans) is being cared for at the Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Drumoak.
Animal Rescue Officer Lynne Craib said: “The poor woman got a real fright when she reached into the drawer to grab a teaspoon and found Spooner the snake instead. Snakes need heat to survive and it was quite warm in the lady’s kitchen so that may be why Spooner went inside the drawer.”
“We’ve rescued snakes from all sorts of unusual places over the last few months, including behind a washing machine and around a lamp post”. She adds: “Snakes are really good escape artists so there’s every chance Spooner has an owner nearby who is missing him.”
We can guarantee that there aren’t any snakes in our cutlery drawer!
Pasteurised milk, the tin can and the fridge are the three most significant inventions in the history of food, according to a poll of distinguished scientists. Refrigeration is currently topping the poll being undertaken by the Royal Society.
Apparently artificial refrigeration was produced commercially in 1805 following a first demonstration of the idea nearly 50 years earlier in 1756. Scotsman William Cullen demonstrated that his “fridge” could create a small amount of ice but at that time the concept of storing food in a cooled device didn’t occur to anyone. Of course since then fridges (like the old one pictured – source) revolutionised food preservation and longevity and it’s pretty hard to imagine managing without one (though many, many people around the world have to ).
Commenting on the findings, Sir Peter Williams, Honorary Treasurer and Vice President of the Royal Society said:
“Royal Society Fellows have played vital roles in improving people’s lives for 350 years and science has a major role to play in meeting the global challenges of the 21st century. We thought it appropriate to look at how that innovation has shaped what we eat and drink. The poll reveals the huge role science and innovation have played in improving our health and our lives. This is something to which the scientific community continues to add.”
If you’d like to vote for your favourite food invention then you can cast your vote over on the Royal Society facebook page.
Many thanks to Rory O’Loughlin for sending us a free frogjaw kitchen accessory to try out.
Frogjaw (pictured) is a quirky kitchen utensil gadget that can be used to rest your utensils on. You simply squeeze the frog legs to grip frogjaw onto your wooden spoon, spatula or whatever and then frogjaw stands up on its legs supporting your utensil.
The aim is to keep your worktops clean …say you been spreading icing with a spatula and need to put it down for a second; just squeeze a frogjaw onto the spindle of the spatula and it’ll keep the icing off the worktop.
The product has been selected along with 30 others to be showcased at the London Design Festival later this month.
Frogjaw is made from silicon (by the looks) and is both dishwasher and food safe. It’s also heat resistant to 250c.
I can see a need for having different sized frogjaws in order to fit a wider range of kitchen utensils …I’ll look out for those. Meanwhile, keep up-to-date with Rory’s progress over on this facebook page.