172 Impressive Food Facts


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1. Canola oil is actually rapeseed oil but the name was changed for marketing reasons!
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2. More than half the foods advertised to kids on TV do not meet U.S. recommended government nutrition guidelines.
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3. In 2004, The Japanese Ice Cream Association promoted ?raw horse flesh? ice cream in hopes that it would boost the popularity of ice cream!
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4. 50% of U.S. pizzas are sold with pepperoni on them.
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5. If you have a sore throat try eating a piece of cucumber. It cools down your throat and stops the itching.
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6. The healthiness of the foods we eat decreases by 1.7% for every hour that passes in the day.
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7. Avocados have more protein than any other fruit.
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8. Eskimo ice cream is neither icy, or creamy!
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9. No 2 cornflakes are identical!
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10. At Costco, there is no limit on food samples.
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11. Pound for Pound, hamburgers cost more than new cars!
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12. The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by the he/she graduates from high school.
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13. No 2 cornflakes are identical.
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14. A pound of potato chips costs 200 times more than a pound of potatoes.
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15. When Alien was first screened to audiences, ushers fainted, people vomited, and some ran screaming from the theater.
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16. A study found that the ice at fast food restaurants is dirtier than toilet water
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17. Coffee beans aren't beans - they're fruit pits.
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18. Tomatoes were originally thought to be poisonous.
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19. A typical microwave oven uses more electricity keeping its digital clock on standby than it does heating food.
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20. For 48 years after tinned food was invented people who wanted to eat it had to use a hammer and chisel. The can opener wasn't invented until 1858.
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21. Honey is the only food that will not spoil.
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22. There are no hog lips or snouts in SPAM.
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23. Animals fed genetically engineered foods have suffered organ damage, tumors, birth defects, premature death and sterility.
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24. David Tran, the creator of Sriracha, named his company 'Huy Fong Foods' in honor of the ship that helped him escape Vietnam in 1978.
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25. The 'vintage date' on a bottle of wine indicates the year the grapes were picked, not the year of bottling!
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26. White rice doesn't reach the minimum nutritional requirements for one serving of food as specified by the FDA.
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27. Pancakes are commonly served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Australia.
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28. To find out if a watermelon is ripe, knock it, and if it sounds hollow then it is ripe.
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29. Cast iron skillets used to be the leading source of iron in the American diet!
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30. According to the National Onion Association, onion consumption in the U.S. has increased approximately 50% over the past 20 years.
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31. The only vegetable that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh is lettuce.
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32. Worcestershire Sauce is basically an Anchovy ketchup.
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33. The taste of the fluid produced by beavers anal glands is like raspberry and it is used in food flavoring.
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34. Female tarantulas can survive without food for 2 years.
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35. It takes about a week to make a jelly bean.
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36. Peanuts are one of the ingredients in dynamite.
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37. By feeding hens certain dyes they can be made to lay eggs with multi-colored yolks.
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38. The most popular Campbell's Soup in Hong Kong is watercress and duck gizzard.
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39. McDonald's is the world's largest distributor of toys!
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40. Apple seeds are poisonous!
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41. Sweet potatoes were grown in peru as early as 750 BC.
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42. If you want fresh fries at a fast food joint, order them without salt – they have to make a new batch.
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43. Pretzels were originally invented for Christian Lent.
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44. There are more nutrients in the cornflake package itself than there are in the actual cornflakes.
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45. If you have an idea for a new food at Taco Bell, they will try to make it for you if they have the ingredients.
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46. A study found that fast food burgers were made up of only 12% meat. The rest was water weight, bone, cartilage, plant matter, and parasites.
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47. Cashew nut shells contain oil that is extremely irritating to human skin.
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48. Food can only be tasted if it is mixed with saliva.
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49. The Japanese commonly put ketchup on their rice.
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50. The average person eats 35 tons of food during their lifetime.
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51. People kill about 1,776 animals for food every second of every day.
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52. In the US, 45,000 hamburgers are eaten every minute.
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53. The powder on chewing gum is finely-ground marble.
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54. In 2003, the U.S. Government spent about $2,000,000.00 on potato research!
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55. Each year 96 billion pounds of food is wasted in the U.S.
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56. Apples are actually part of the rose family.
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57. An apple, potato, and onion all taste the same if you eat them with your nose plugged.
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58. The only food that cockroaches wont eat are cucumbers.
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59. Baskin Robbins once made ketchup ice cream.
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60. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
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61. There is a giant mushroom in Oregon that is over 2,400 years old, covers 3.4 square miles of land, and is still growing!
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62. If you find a hair in your food and send it back to the kitchen, heavily salt it to make sure you got a new order
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63. The average US citizen consumes 40 pounds of high fructose corn syrup each year
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64. Onions have no flavor, only a smell.
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65. A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate!
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66. A mother dingo regurgitates food for her puppies.
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67. Almost 50 percent of the entire edible food items manufactured are never consumed.
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68. Pumpkin rule of thumb: the darker the shell, the longer the pumpkin lasts.
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69. Smelling bananas and/or green apples (smelling, not eating) can help you lose weight!
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70. The average American eats at McDonalds more than 1,800 times in their life.
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71. During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that's the weight of about 6 elephants!
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72. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as medicine.
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73. A U.S. study finds that more than 50% of fast-food workers depend on some form of government assistance.
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74. Dandelion root can be roasted and ground as a coffee substitute.
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75. Milk is heavier than cream.
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76. Babies that are fed solid food before four months are 40 percent more likely to become obese, according to research.
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77. A 2004 brain-imaging study revealed that even thinking about a favorite food triggered the release of dopamine.
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78. Honey is used sometimes for antifreeze mixtures and in the center of golf balls.
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79. Quitting junk foods actually produces changes in the brain similar to withdrawal from additive drugs
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80. Octupus have been known to use coconuts for self-defense.
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81. The U.S. Army accidentally ordered an 82 year supply of freeze-dried tuna salad mix for troops in Europe.
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82. If you shake a can of mixed nuts, the larger ones will rise to the top.
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83. Matthew McConaughey claims he gets turned on by his food.
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84. Pulling all-nighters make you buy more food the next day.
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85. An egg will float if placed in water in which sugar has been added.
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86. Descriptive menus increase food sales by 27% and improve attitudes towards the food, according to research.
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87. In 1999, Whiskas Cat Food designed a commercial to specifically appeal to cats instead of their owners
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88. The middle class eats more junk food than the lower class.
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89. Wolves can swallow food and not digest it, so they can puke it up for their children to eat at home
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90. 25% of all the retail establishments in the U.S. are for eating or drinking.
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91. Phagomania is a psychological condition that causes a person to be obsessed with food and or the excessive desire to eat.
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92. A female sued McDonalds claiming that the fast food giant is responsible for turning her into a prostitute.
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93. Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.
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94. Many butterflies can taste with feet to find out whether the leaf they sit on is good to lay eggs on to be their caterpillars food or not.
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95. Ninety-nine percent of pumpkins sold in the United States are for the sole purpose of decoration.
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96. Studies have shown that eating food without preservatives can improve I.Q by up to 14%.
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97. A coffee tree yields about one pound of coffee in a year.
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98. As it grows, sweetcorn makes a squeaking noise like two balloons rubbing against each other.
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99. Some ants collects bits of leaves for compost so that they can grow fungi gardens for food.
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100. Foods like nuts, chicken and milk all contain higher levels of tryptophan, which positively affect happiness.
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101. 68 percent of a Hostess Twinkie is air!
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102. Historically, lobster was not desired and seen as food for poor people. Prisoners complained because they were forced to eat lobster often.
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103. Almost all varieties of breakfast cereals are made of grass.
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104. Bananas are not fruit! They are a type of herb.
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105. Apples are 25% air.
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106. Quitting junk foods actually produces changes in the brain similar to withdrawal from additive drugs.
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107. The U.S. is the leading producer of strawberries, and supplies about 20% of the world's strawberries.
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108. You are four times more likely to drown in your bath than you are to die of food poisoning.
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109. Applying hemorrhoid cream to your chest and waist can make you look more muscular.
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110. Rats destroy an estimated 1/3 of the world's food supply each year.
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111. Nachos is the food most craved by pregnant women.
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112. Ears of corn always have an even number of rows of kernels.
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113. Studies have shown that eating food without preservatives can improve your IQ by up to 14%.
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114. According to a study, the more you see junk food as a 'threat,' the more your hand's going to be drawn to it.
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115. Lima beans contain cyanide!
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116. Male dolphins have been known to separate female dolphins from their families and deny them food until they agree to mate.
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117. Americans eat nearly 100 acres of pizza every day - that's approximately 350 slices per second!.
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118. Acorns were used as a coffee substitute during the American Civil War.
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119. After eating, a housefly regurgitates its food and then eats it again.
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120. Rice is the chief food for half the people of the world.
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121. Shemomedjamo is a Georgian word meaning ‘to eat past the point of fullness because the food is so delicious’.
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122. Kurt Cobain was kicked out of a Nirvana CD release party for starting a food fight.
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123. Oklahoma buys more fast food than any other state.
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124. People in a 7-year study who ate seafood at least once every week had a 30% lower occurrence of dementia.
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125. A single strand of spaghetti is called spaghetto.
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126. Apples are more efficient than caffeine in keeping people awake in the morning.
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127. The two pandas in Edinburgh Zoo eat £40,000 worth of food a year.
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128. Contrary to popular belief, London Broil is not a cut of beef but rather a method of cooking.
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129. Eggs will age more in one day at room temperature than in one week in the refrigerator.
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130. The average American consumes 9 pounds of food additives every year.
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131. It takes twelve ears of corn to make a tablespoon of corn oil.
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132. Bananas contain a natural chemical which can make a person happy. This same chemical is also found in Prozac.
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133. The average American/Canadian will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year!
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134. Agaricus mushrooms are the most common variety prepackaged in supermarkets, available fresh, canned or frozen.
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135. Teams at Whole Foods vote whether new employees can stay or are fired after their first 90 days of working there.
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136. Relationship Advice: Be with someone who gives you the same feeling of when you see your food coming at a restaurant.
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137. With two forks and a charge, a pickle will emit light.
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138. Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum!
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139. Pilgrims did not eat with forks. They only used spoons, knives and their fingers.
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140. Raccoons will sometimes wash their food before eating it.
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141. Fortune cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918, by Charles Jung!
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142. When catering staff at the UN went on strike in 2003, $10,000 worth of food and silverware was stolen.
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143. Children who eat fast food about 3 times a week or more, tend to have lower test grades in school.
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144. There are land crabs that climb trees to find food
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145. If you find a hair in your food, heavily salt it before sending it back to the kitchen to make sure you got a new order.
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146. Male dolphins separate female dolphins from their families and deny them food until they agree to mate.
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147. In colonial times, lobsters were considered "poverty food" reserved for prisoners.
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148. The inventor of the Waffle Iron did not like waffles.
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149. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
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150. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma.
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151. Strawberries have more vitamin c than oranges.
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152. The worlds oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old!
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153. In its ancient form, the carrot was purple, not orange.
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154. Raindrops are shaped like hamburger buns, not teardrops.
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155. Spinach consumption in the U.S. rose 33% after the Popeye comic strip became a hit in 1931.
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156. Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
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157. Non-dairy creamer is flammable.
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158. On average, a person will spend about five years eating during his or her lifetime.
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159. Baby chickens use their right eye to look for food and their left eye to look out for predators.
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160. You cannot taste food unless it is mixed with saliva
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161. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.
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162. A group of coconut crabs is called a 'nightmare."
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163. The average fast food customer eats about 12 pubic hairs a year.
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164. A hardboiled egg will spin. An uncooked or soft boiled egg will not.
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165. A peanut is not a nut. It is a legume.
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166. 7 out of 10 people who eat junk food before bed are more likely to have nightmares, according to a study.
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167. The Gerenuk, a species of antelope, can stand on 2 legs to achieve heights up to 8 feet to reach food.
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168. The U.S. eastern seaboard consumes almost 50% of all ice cream sandwiches.
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169. McDonald's salads contain up to 60% more fat than their burgers!
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170. Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots!
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171. A study claims that Instagramming your food before eating it may make it taste better.
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172. More than 100 pizza box-related patents have been issued since 1976!

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