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Bizarre Fact #331:
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The Chinese used to open shrimp by flaying the shells with bamboo poles. Until a few years ago, in factories where dried shrimp were being prepared, "shrimp dancers" were hired to tramp on the shells with special shoes.

Bizarre Fact #332:
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The Chuck E. Cheese franchise was created by Atari, a restaurant combining robotic animals and arcade games with family meals. They name the franchise a Pizza Time Theater. Chuck E. Cheese was first opened in 1977.

Bizarre Fact #333:
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The color of a chile is no indication of its spiciness, but size usually is - the smaller the pepper, the hotter it is.

Bizarre Fact #334:
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The dark meat on a roast turkey has more calories than the white meat.

Bizarre Fact #335:
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The estimated number of M & M’s sold each day in the United States is 200,000,000.

Bizarre Fact #336:
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The famous baby appearing on jars of Gerber baby food is actually a girl named Ann Turner. The picture was drawn by artist Dorothy Hope Smith in 1928.

Bizarre Fact #337:
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The famous Chef Wolfgang Puck chose the Italian word "Spago" as the name for his popular chain of restaurants. In Italian - spago = "String" or "Twine" - slang for spaghetti.

Bizarre Fact #338:
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The first frozen foods were launched back in the mid-1920s. (Of course, the microwave to cook them in took a while longer!) Clarence Birdseye came up with the idea from his work with the US government surveys of fish and wildlife in Labrador in 1912 and 1915. While working on the surveys, he noted that the natives preserved their fish in ice. He claimed: "I saw natives catching fish in fifty below zero weather, which froze stiff as soon as they were taken out of the water. Months later, when they were thawed out, some of those fish were still alive." Birds Eye's first products were individually boxed packages of peas, cherries, berries, spinach, fish, and meats. Birds Eye products, of course, are still sold.

Bizarre Fact #339:
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The first macaroni factory in the United States was established in 1848. It was started by Antoine Zegera in Brooklyn, New York.

Bizarre Fact #340:
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The first U.S. consumer product sold in the old Soviet Union was Pepsi-Cola.


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