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Chicken or Egg, Pea and Mushroom Soup

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Hi it’s Wolfgang.  No, our headline is not a breakfast, lunch or brunch menu, it’s to do with a couple of intriguing greenygrey questions I’ve been mulling over.  And the mull refers to thinking rather than drinking; it’s a bit early for a that traditional Christmas tipple.

Greenygrey Weather: Chicken or Egg First Type Dilemma

With greenygrey weather dominating much of Britain and Europe at the moment, with green and grey joined as one for most of the last few days, I was wondering if such greenygrey weather preceded the greenygrey, or if the greenygrey was created before such green and grey weather.

I didn’t get very far I’m afraid, and it will have to remain an unexplained greenygrey mystery.

Why Pea Souper?

And it also got me wondering why foggy weather received the name ‘pea-souper’ back in the 19th century, as it looks more grey and mushroomy than green and peay.

So I looked that up on Wikipedia, and it explained that a pea soup fog ‘is a type of visible air pollution, a thick and often yellowish smog caused by the burning of soft coal.’

Answering the Question, Questioning the Answer

So, I have learned something today.  Although pea soup isn’t usually yellow, I guess that it was the closest to a yellow soup there was at that time.

Now, I wonder which came first, the mushroom or the pea?

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