What science fair projects can you do with this information?

Who would’ve guessed!

The  Amazing Cucumber

This information was in The New York Times  several weeks ago as part of their “Spotlight on the Home” series that  highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common  problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need  every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin  B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron,  Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and  Zinc.
 
 2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down  the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber.  Cucumbers are a  good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that  quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.
 
3. Tired of your bathroom mirror  fogging up after a shower?  Try rubbing a cucumber slice along  the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like  fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting  beds?  Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will  be free of pests all season long.  The chemicals in the cucumber  react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but  drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.
 
5. Looking for a fast and  easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool?   Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a  few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in  your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the  visibility of cellulite.  Works great on wrinkles  too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache?   Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed  and headache free.  Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins  and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost,  keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and  headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening  snacking binge?  Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often  used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to  thwart off starvation.
 
8. Have an important  meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough  time to polish your shoes?  Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the  shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not  only looks great but also repels water.
 
9. Out of WD 40 and need  to fix a squeaky hinge?  Take a cucumber slice and rub it along  the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10.  Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the  spa?  Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of  water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with  the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing,  relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers  and college students during final exams.
 
11. Just finish a  business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints?  Take a  slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your  tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will  kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad  breath.
 
12.  Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless  steel?  Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you  want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back  the shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or  fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a  mistake?  Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to  erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that  the kids have used to decorate the walls!!
 
Pass this along to  everybody you know who is looking for better and safer ways to solve  life’s everyday challenges ( or want to do unusal science fair projects! )

10 thoughts on “What science fair projects can you do with this information?

  1. health addict says:

    Talk about the many uses of one thing! Cucumber is amazing, especially the part about it containing a lot o B vitamins. 🙂

  2. Lasse Heindorff@firmamassage says:

    With all the pick-me-ups I need during a day, I’d get tired of cucumbers pretty darn quick. Any ideas for similar pick-me-up dishes – to combined with cucumbers?

  3. Tom@Bad Breath says:

    Amazing stuff from the little humble cucumber! that said, I’m not too sure about number 7: I reckon you’d have to eat quite a few to ward off starvation! 🙂

  4. dragonfly shower curtain says:

    Interesting indeed. All vegetables have a very high amount of vitamins and minerals needed for the body. Thanks for the article on Cucumber. I’ll make sure I have more of it. Cheers.

  5. NeptuneTech@Pool Supplies says:

    As you drain out all the water of your swimming pool, you notice that your pool has yellow and black stains on the drain hole….here’s a tip…add Cucumber slices, mixture of vinegar, washing soda, lemon, and make a dilute paste…and then apply it to the affected area…let it be for ten minutes….and then wash it..and all the stains are vanished…try it…it really works..!!!!
    Regards, NeptuneTech

  6. Garden Sheds says:

    Would you believe I ate half a cucumber before I came to work today, I was looking for some good carbs and boom, there it was. I had no idea it had so many good things in it! Great list.

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