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Bizarre Fact #1:
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A person standing under an oak tree is 16 more times liable to be hit by lightning than if he had taken refuge beneath a beech tree. The oak tree has vertical roots which provide a more direct route to ground water.

Bizarre Fact #2:
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A plant in central Australia, the candlesticks of the sun, grows a candle-shaped flower once every 7 years.

Bizarre Fact #3:
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A single coffee tree yields only one pound of roasted, ground coffee annually.

Bizarre Fact #4:
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American colonists discovered that superior candles could be made from the fruit of a squat bush growing in the sand dunes along the New England seashore. The small, grayish bayberry was picked, crushed, and boiled. It had to be skimmed several times before the pale, nearly transparent, green fat was sufficiently refined. Bayberry candles were highly prized, because so much labor and so many berries were needed to make just one candle.

Bizarre Fact #5:
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An ear of corn averages 800 kernels in 16 rows. A pound of corn consists of approximately 1,300 kernels. 100 bushels of corn produces approximately 7,280,000 kernels. Corn is produced on every continent of the world with the exception of Antarctica.

Bizarre Fact #6:
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At last count there were about 226,000 trees in New York's Central Park.

Bizarre Fact #7:
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Bamboo can grow up to three feet in a 24 hour period.

Bizarre Fact #8:
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Carrageenan is a common ingredient in ice cream and toothpaste. Carrageenan is seaweed. A purple, edible seaweed, also known as Irish moss, that's found along the coasts of Northern Europe and North America. It's used as a suspending agent in foods, pharmaceuticals and liquids, as a clarifying agent for beverages, and in controlling crystal growth in frozen confections.

Bizarre Fact #9:
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Heroin is derived from the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, which means the poppy that brings sleep.

Bizarre Fact #10:
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In ancient religions, the Norsemen considered the mistletoe a baleful plant that caused the death of Baldur, the shining god of youth.


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