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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Amazing Cucumbers and their Great Power

Hi! It's Mr Cucumber! I wanna tell you all about the wonders of cucumbers.
The information below is from The New York Times as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems. I have added some other points from other sources stated(from link stated or from my own brain!)

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 a 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 will react with the boiling water and are released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to 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. Swollen puffy eyes after late sleepless nights? Cut two slices and cover your eyes with them just like the picture below, promise to keep your eyes as cool as a cucumber to reduce the puffiness.
13. 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.

14. Using a pen and made a mistake on the wall? 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

15. Cucumbers have a high water content (about 95 percent), skin rich in fibre and they contain potassium and manganese, which help regulate blood pressure and help promote nutrient functions, respectively.

16. Having noticeable open pores? Soak a washcloth in a bowl of cold water with cucumber slices. Apply the cloth on your face for 5 or 10 minutes. Just as heat opens pores, the cold closes them. (This was quoted from Holly Jean)*Updated*
17. Cucumbers are a cheaper option for women who don't wanna spend so much money on buying dildos. This was suggested by Tony. Though I would'nt really recommend, later got infection how? Poor cucumber, poor you xD

18. Need a weapon to defend yourself? Or perhaps having a fight in the kitchen with your spouse or housemates? Fear no more! Cucumber to the rescue! Grab em and whack someone! As stated by Vince xD
So you know what rescues you in this type of problems :)


Disclaimer: Pictures are obtained from Google. Some of the tips are just stated for fun so please do not take all of it seriously.


  1. i only know i eat them with nasi lemak and satay.. haha =)

  2. That's why I love cucumbers so much :P

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  3. informative!!! i love cucumber~~~

  4. i heard that the cucumber to eye thing dont actually work. some people with their opinions i guess...

    otherwise, very educational! :D

  5. Thanks for sharing this CUCUMBER info!!! =)

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  7. Ahaks! Luv the 1st Pic by the way! Ehee~
    NIce Entry! :)

  8. WOW! lols i should plant more then. here is my sexy cucumber^^

    Oh n i feed then to my dogs as well,sliced frozen treat^^

  9. Wow, that makes a cucumber sounds so useful, but I don't really like the taste of cucumbers :/ Maybe I should try the one on shoe polishing.

  10. Cucumbers also can take and whack people.

  11. Just ensure that the cucumber is fresh and all washed up nicely before use wahaha

  12. so much pattern can do with vege d..shuld explre me le..wakaka

  13. interesting! gonna ask my mum 2 buy more cucumbers in d future, haha!