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Bizarre Fact #361:
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Though most people think of salt as a seasoning, only 5 out of every 100 pounds produced each year go to the dinner table.

Bizarre Fact #362:
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Today companies like Brach's Confections, Ferrara Pan Candy Co., Tootsie Roll Industries, American Licorice, and Archibald Candy still call Chicago home. Mars, Inc. and Nestle also have manufacturing plants in Chicago.

Bizarre Fact #363:
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Turkey contains an amino acid called tryptophan, which can cause sleepiness (warm milk also contains tryptophan).

Bizarre Fact #364:
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Under U.S. federal guidelines, there should be 21 to 25 jumbo shrimp in a pound.

Bizarre Fact #365:
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Well, before WWII, Twinkies used to have bananna cream in them; but because of the battle at Pearl Harbor, we had a shortage of bananas and had to switch to plain vanilla. It's been that way ever since then. (Update- Recently Hostess re-introduced the Bananna Twinkie)

Bizarre Fact #366:
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What is the difference between a yam and a sweet potato? According to the Mayo Clinic dietician, a true yam is a large, starchy root that can get up to 100 pounds. It is native to Africa and Asia and is seldom available in the USA. The sweet potato is a native American plant. It was a staple for early settlers and was actually brought to Europe by Columbus. There are two varieties of sweet potatoes: One is moist and orange-fleshed, the other is drier and yellow. The orange-fleshed potato is commonly - and incorrectly - called a yam. This common practice has resulted in confusion when it comes to labels. Some stores incorrectly label the darker of the two sweet potatoes as being a yam, and they list the nutrient content for yams. True yams have no vitamin A. So consumers mistakenly think that the product has no vitamin A, even though it actually does. Consumers are most likely eating sweet potatoes - and sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber.

Bizarre Fact #367:
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When Gerber baby foods began to sell in parts of Africa, they continued to use their usual packaging, with the cute baby on the front. They didn't realize until later that where they were selling it, it was a common practice to help illiterate people buy things by putting pictures on the wrapper of what was inside.

Bizarre Fact #368:
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When it originally appeared in 1886 - Coca Cola was billed as an "Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage".

Bizarre Fact #369:
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When tea was first introduced in the American colonies, many housewives, in their ignorance, served the tea leaves with sugar or syrup after throwing away the water in which they had been boiled.

Bizarre Fact #370:
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Wine will spoil if exposed to light, hence tinted bottles.


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