The banana is a fruit which naturally disects into three parts (try it!). To do this, peel the banana and push down on the top of the banana with your finger, and it will start to divide into three parts.
Cultivated bananas are seedless because they have three of each type of chromosome instead of the normal two of each type. Such plants are called "triploid” (a triploid has three times the haploid number of chromosomes in the cell nucleus). They are always sterile. Genetic triploid freaks arise from time to time in nature, but modern breeders can also use chemicals or electric shocks to create triploid mutant cells.
A set of instructions covering those features of operations that lend themselves to a definite or standardized procedure without loss of effectiveness. The procedure is applicable unless ordered otherwise.
GNP is the GDP plus net factor income from abroad.
The GDP of a nation together with any money earned from investment abroad, less the income earned within the nation by non-nationals. compare with GDP. GNP per capita is calculated as GNP/population and is usually expressed in US dollars. It may be used as an indicator of development. In the mid-1990s, a per capita GNP figure of $10000 would indicate a more developed country, while for a least developed nation, the figure would be around $600. GNP is an imperfect measurement of a nation's economy because certain forms of production, especially subsistence production, are not recorded.
The Ayurvedic system traces its roots to the Himalayan Mountains of India over five thousand years ago. According to legend, a conference was held in a Himalayan cave in which the greatest sages of India–some after having traveled thousands of miles–met to discuss their knowledge of their healing arts. These scholars and teachers possessed traditional knowledge about the medicinal plants of India that had been handed down orally by the tribes of the Indian forests since the beginning of history. At this conference, these sages compared and combined their knowledge into one body which they called the Ayurveda, from two Sanskrit words; Ayus, or "life", and Veda, or "knowledge". "Ayurveda" has been translated as "the knowledge of life", and as "the science of life". It has been suggested that a more appropriate translation would be "the knowledge of life span".
POP, or Post Office Protocol, lets you download messages from mail servers onto your computer so you can access your mail with a program like Microsoft Outlook Express or Netscape Mail, even when you aren't connected to the Internet.
RSS is a format for syndicating news and the content of news-like sites, including major news sites like Wired, news-oriented community sites like Slashdot, and personal weblogs. But it's not just for news. Pretty much anything that can be broken down into discrete items can be syndicated via RSS: the "recent changes" page of a wiki, a changelog of CVS checkins, even the revision history of a book. Once information about each item is in RSS format, an RSS-aware program can check the feed for changes and react to the changes in an appropriate way.
Beignets were also brought to Louisiana by the Acadians. These were fried fritters, sometimes filled with fruit. Today, the beignet is a square piece of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar. They are served in orders of three.
When it was first introduced in 1932, the 3 Musketeers bar was packaged to include three separate pieces of candy flavored vanilla, chocolate and strawberry nougat — thus the name THREE Musketeers. Causing some confusion to tourists worldwide, the 3 Musketeers bar is called a Milky Way in European countries, and the U.S. version of the Milky Way is called a Mars Bar. Continue reading 3 Musketeers
THREE FATES Nora Roberts G.P. Putnam Romance ISBN: 039914840X
<br /> The Fates were a triad, "each with a specific task. Clotho, who spins the thread of life, Lachesis, who measures it, and Atropus, who cuts that thread and ends it. None could function alone. A thread might be spun, but endlessly and without purpose or its natural course. [For] without the spinning, there's nothing to measure, nothing to cut...three parts...one purpose." <!--more--> Since her writing debut 22 years ago, Nora Roberts has been credited with creating complex characters and strong, independent heroines. Her female characters in her new book, THREE FATES, are no exception. Roberts weaves the mystique right from the start, explaining that, "Alone they would be nothing but ordinary if interesting women. Together, the most powerful and honored of gods."<br /> <br /> The story revolves around three siblings --- Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan --- and a family heirloom left by their great-great-grandfather, a petty thief named Felix Greenfield. The family heirloom is in fact one of three sculptures comprising the Three Fates from Greek mythology, which Greenfield stole just moments before the <em>Lusitania</em> sank after being attacked by a German torpedo.<br /> <br /> The statue, previous to being stolen by Greenfield, had been in the possession of a rich collector who wanted to reunite the Three Fates. A century later, the Sullivans go on a quest that takes them from Ireland to Helsinki, Prague, and New York in order to reunite the three statues and make their fortune. In the process, they are tricked out of their family heirloom and must pit their wits against an unscrupulous and completely evil antiquities dealer, but they never give up on their goal of getting it back.<br /> <br /> "To control any of the Fates is a powerful temptation...Three beautiful silver statuettes of the Fates were made long ago, designed to link together. Legend says that to possess any of them brings good fortune --- and to possess them all brings power beyond imagining."<br /> <br /> The love stories contained within the pages employ the cliches of romance --- opposites attract, instant chemistry, and predictable moves --- but they work for Roberts in this novel. Thrown into the mix is love, luck, fate, suspense, legend, destiny, suspense, and even a murder. The book ends with the sisters living happily ever after in idyllic Ireland where the three statues are also housed temporarily. It's a fast paced, quick read; ideal for airports, long road trips, and short breaks.<br /> <br />    --- Reviewed by Sonia Chopra