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Bizarre Fact #341:
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The five favorite U.S. school lunches nationwide, according to the American School Food Service Association, are, in order, pizza, chicken nuggets, tacos, burritos, and hamburgers.

Bizarre Fact #342:
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The flesh of the puffer fish (fugu) is considered a delicacy in Japan. It is prepared by chefs specially trained and certified by the government to prepare the flesh free of the toxic liver, gonads, and skin. Despite these precautions, many cases of tetrodotoxin poisoning are reported each year in patients ingesting fugu. Poisonings usually occur after eating fish caught and prepared by uncertified handlers. The end result, in most cases, is death.

Bizarre Fact #343:
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The fortune cookie was invented in 1916 by George Jung, a Los Angeles noodlemaker.

Bizarre Fact #344:
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The letters VVSOP on a cognac bottle stand for - Very Very Superior Old Pale.

Bizarre Fact #345:
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The MAI TAI COCKTAIL was created in 1945 by Victor Bergeron, the genius of rum, also known as Trader Vic. The drink got its name when he served it to two friends from Tahiti, who exclaimed "Maitai roa ae!" which in Tahitian means out of this world - the best!

Bizarre Fact #346:
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The most widely eaten fruit in America is the banana.

Bizarre Fact #347:
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The National Sausage and Hot Dog Council says when kids were asked what they would like on their hot dogs if their moms weren't watching, 25 percent said they would prefer chocolate sauce.

Bizarre Fact #348:
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The number 57 on a Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickle the company once had.

Bizarre Fact #349:
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The Ritz cracker was introduced to markets in 1934, but gourmets had to wait until 1953 for the invention of cheese in a can.

Bizarre Fact #350:
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The secret recipe for Coca Cola, code-named "Merchandise 7X" is kept under lock and key in a vault in the SunTrust Bank Building in Atlanta, Georgia, the home of Coke inventor Dr. John S. Pemberton and current world headquarters of Coca Cola International.


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