Are you as cool as a cucumber?
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|Thu, 07-15-2010 - 1:50pm|
"Cool as a cucumber" isn't just a catchy phrase. The inner temperature of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air. Cucumbers were believed to have originated in India and spread through Greece and Italy. They made their way into North America agriculture by the mid-16 century. Cool and moist due to their high water content. "Cukes" belong to the same family as pumpkins, zucchini, watermelon and other squashes.
The heat wave is still upon us here in the US, so when I heard the phrase "cool as a cucumber" today, I had to think for a minute.