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Fraunhofer Lines, Mexican Turnip Tops Search Trends

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Sports and entertainment news usually tops the search trends but for the current hour, it seems that the scientific community is making a lot of internet buzz.

On top of the search trends today, two seemingly unrelated terms are making a hand-in-hand curiosity for online searches – Fraunhofer lines and Mexican turnip.


What are Fraunhofer lines? It’s what you see above. According to Wikipedia:

In physics and optics, the Fraunhofer lines are a set of spectral lines named for the German physicist Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787–1826).

The lines were originally observed as dark features (absorption lines) in the optical spectrum of the Sun.

And what about Mexican Turnip? Well, Wikipedia has the answer too:

Mexican Turnip is the name of a native Mexican vine, although the name most commonly refers to the plant’s edible tuberous root.

It is one species in the genus Pachyrhizus that is commonly called yam bean and jicama. The other, major species of yam beans are also indigenous within the Americas.

For Pinoys, a mexican turnip is simply – “singkamas”. 😀

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2 Responses

  1. Patrick says:

    Fraunhofer Lines topping the google search trends this afternoon is likely due to a question on today’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire!

  2. Dave says:

    Mexican turnip was also a question on Millionaire…

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