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Alistair Hayden safely left the Pantanal and answered all our Google questions

posted May 26, 2012, 1:11 PM by Julie Bateman   [ updated May 26, 2012, 6:38 PM ]
To the left is the second attempt of getting a signal for the internet, with the thought that the road has less interference, so that we could answer urgent questions that Alistair googled upon returning to land with internet.

1. Fanta was indeed invented in Germany in response to a trade embargo due to WWII.  The wikipedia article seems to indicate that this was more due to difficulty of getting Coke syrup into the country than a desire to circumvent anti-nazi sentiment, but I think James is right in spirit. 

2. Chupacabra sightings did indeed begin in 1995, though I'm not sure how far back the legend goes.

3. Beans are seeds in the family Fabaceae and (in English) things that resemble them, like cocoa, vanilla, and coffee beans.  If they are harvested green, rather than allowing them to dry, they are considered peas.  Brazil is apparently the world's leading producer of dry beans.  Some types cause flatulence by having sugars that our stomachs can't digest; only bacteria in our gut can, which is why slow-cooking them for a long time can negate this by breaking down the fart sugars.
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