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  1. #1 I bit into a pearl 
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    Has this ever happened to anybody else?? We were having an outdoor event and I was eating clams, and I bit into something.. Spat the thing out, and it was a PEARL!! I SWEAR! I spat out both sides of it.. I had split it in half. It mustve been still soft though. It was eggshell shaped. I set it aside, and then forgot about it when a fast moving thunderstorm came through. We folded up the table, cleaned up and ran for shelter. I doubt I could find the pearl in the grass.

    The neighbor kid told me that I ate a clam that was probably 100 years old. I didnt google any of this, but is he right?


    Anybody else ever bite into a pearl??
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    No, but I think if you drink some scotch immediately afterwards, it helps! :D
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    I did that once, ouch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
    No, but I think if you drink some scotch immediately afterwards, it helps! :D
    Like that will happen in this lifetime.

    Since I am not a quitter, I actually bought a little sampler of a mixed scotch, or whatever they call it. I think it was made by Jameson. (not Jenna ) I sniffed it... swished it around in a glass. I swished it around in my mouth.. and swallowed. It was horrid. But the horrid did not last long. The aftertaste was better than the taste. I sortve liked the numb feeling in my mouth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumpy View Post
    Like that will happen in this lifetime.

    Since I am not a quitter, I actually bought a little sampler of a mixed scotch, or whatever they call it. I think it was made by Jameson. (not Jenna ) I sniffed it... swished it around in a glass. I swished it around in my mouth.. and swallowed. It was horrid. But the horrid did not last long. The aftertaste was better than the taste. I sortve liked the numb feeling in my mouth.
    Jamieson is not scotch, it's Irish whiskey!!! Just get nice, smooth blended, either a Chivas or a Dewar's White Label and it will have the same nice aftertaste with less of a "horrid" bite.
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    I have chomped down on a pearl while eating raw oysters on the half shell. :eek:
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    Quote Originally Posted by lacarnut View Post
    I have chomped down on a pearl while eating raw oysters on the half shell. :eek:
    Raw oysters, yuck! That's what y'all get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
    Jamieson is not scotch, it's Irish whiskey!!! Just get nice, smooth blended, either a Chivas or a Dewar's White Label and it will have the same nice aftertaste with less of a "horrid" bite.
    Oh... well whatever. Someone told me about it, so I tried it. yuck yuck. Rest assured I will let you know if I try Chivas. Maybe I will bring it to the next semi triple annual Sisters Weekend Getaway. ha!
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    Clams are not actually known as the primary producers of pearls although they can and do produce pearls. Clam pearls are known as calcareous concretions, not as nacreous pearls. Clams do not produce nacre. Mollusks from the family Bivavlia are the primary pearl producers, especially mollusks from the genus Pinctada.
    Contrary to popular belief, a pearl is not created by a grain of sand. This is a widely accepted urban legend. A pearl is most often created when a parasite burrows through a mollusk's shell and into the mantle tissue of the host. The defensive reaction of the mollusk is to grow a sac around the intruder. This is known as the pearl sac.
    You knew I HAD to look it up!!

    I absolutely love raw oysters. They will be better in September.
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    Contrary to popular belief, a pearl is not created by a grain of sand. This is a widely accepted urban legend. A pearl is most often created when a parasite burrows through a mollusk's shell and into the mantle tissue of the host. The defensive reaction of the mollusk is to grow a sac around the intruder. This is known as the pearl sac.
    I did not know this. I'm slightly horrified. Sometimes I wish you'd just leave well enough alone, LL!
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