25 Crazy Facts About Food. These Will Have You Craving More.
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
Charles M. Schulz
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1/25. Food actually tastes better when you are eating with people you like.
2/25. An award winning middle schooler's science project showed that on average 70% of the time, ice from fast food restaurants is dirtier than toilet water.
3/25. When a father of three was caught shoplifting $7 worth of food from a Tesco in Malaysia, the owner gave him a job and a cash advance.
4/25. There have been five attempts to ban coffee throughout history. The last attempt being in 1777 by Frederick the Great of Prussia who issues a manifesto declaring beer's superiority over coffee. He believed that coffee interfered with the country's beer consumption.
5/25. The world currently produces enough food to feed everyone.
6/25. Korean people use the phrase "my mouth is bored" to express the feeling where you want to eat simply because you're bored and feel like munching on something.
7/25. A loaf of bread made in Pompeii in first century AD was discovered. Impressed on it was a Roman bread stamp, which bakeries were required to do to prevent fraud.
8/25. This is Norman Borlaug, an agricultural scientist who developed different varieties of high-yielding wheat. He was responsible for upping food production threefold and is said to have saved the lives of over a billion people worldwide from starvation, making him one of the most influential men in history.
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9/25. Researchers have patented a strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when cooked and contains twice the nutritional value of kale.
10/25. Expiration dates on bottled water is for the bottle and not for the water in it.
11/25. Potatoes have almost all nutrients need to survive. To prove this, the Executive Director from the Washington State Potato Commission ate nothing but potatoes for 60 days.
12/25. Apples originated in Kazakhstan. Wild apples can taste like roses, strawberries, popcorn, anise, and many other flavors. 90% of modern apples can be traced back to 2 trees.
13/25. Avocados contain more fat than any other fruit or vegetable. Also, the trees contain enzymes that prevent the fruit from ever ripening on the tree, allowing farmers to use the trees as storage devices for up to 7 months.
14/25. There are pink bananas, and they peel themselves when ripe! It is often grown as an ornamental, but has soft, sweet flesh that can be eaten. The seeds are quite hard and can chip a tooth.
15/25. Lexington, Kentucky has a "Food for Fine" program, which lets you pay off parking tickets with canned goods. They are then donated to the food banks.
16/25. So far, Hillary Clinton's campaign has spent $9, 046.38 on pizza, the most of any U.S. presidential candidate in the 2016 race.
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17/25. There are more Chinese restaurants in the United States than McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Wendy's, combined.
18/25. You eat more sweets when you're sad, because your emotional state alters your perception of taste. Foods that aren't your favorite taste worse when you're upset, and therefore less desirable. The need for "comfort food" is really your subconscious wanting the thing that will taste best in your sorrowful state.
19/25. In 2012, a woman successfully sold a Chicken McNugget on eBay for $8,100 because it looked like George Washington.
20/20. McDonald's Japan is introducing, for a limited time, French fries drizzled with two kinds of chocolate sauce.
21/25. The US President must pay for their own meals. Most experience sticker shock and complain.
22/25. In Japan, eating Christmas dinner at KFC is so popular that two-hour lines form at some locations, as people wait to gain access.
23/25. Apple seeds contain cyanide. Eating 20 apple cores will kill an adult, while eating less can result in paralysis, coma, and brain damage.
24/25. Someone in Colorado is breaking in to homes, stealing snacks, namely Hot Pockets, and watching animes. He steal nothing but snacks.
25. A grandma accidentally sent 2 adults and 3 children to the hospital when she made them cocoa with packets that had expired in 1990.
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