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Bizarre Fact #11:
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Kudzu is not indigenous to the South, but in that climate it can grow up to six inches a day.

Bizarre Fact #12:
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Leaves of the Sumatra breadfruit tree are notched when they first form, yet have no indentations when the leaves mature.

Bizarre Fact #13:
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Lightning keeps plants alive. The intense heat of lightning forces nitrogen in the air to mix with oxygen, forming nitrogen oxides that are soluble in water and fall to the ground in rain. Plants need nitrates to survive, so without lightning, plants could not live.

Bizarre Fact #14:
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Oak trees do not have acorns until they are fifty years old or older.

Bizarre Fact #15:
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Of the 15,000-odd known species of orchids in the world, 3,000 of them can be found in Brazil.

Bizarre Fact #16:
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Orchids are grown from seed so small that it would take thirty thousand to weigh as much as one grain of wheat.

Bizarre Fact #17:
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Pine, spruce, or other evergreen wood should never be used for barbecuing. These woods, when burning or smoking, can add harmful tar and resins to the food. Only hardwoods should be used for smoking and grilling, such as oak, pecan, hickory, maple, cherry, alder, apple, or mesquite, depending on the type of meat being cooked.

Bizarre Fact #18:
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The average ear of corn has eight-hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.

Bizarre Fact #19:
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The bark of a redwood tree is fireproof. Fires that occur in a redwood forest take place inside the trees.

Bizarre Fact #20:
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The Curly Redwood Lodge is one of northern California’s most unique lodges. It was built from one curly redwood tree that produced 57,000 board feet of lumber. The tree - cut down in 1952 - was 18 feet 2 inches at the trunk. Curly redwood is unique because of the curly grain of the wood, unlike typical straight grained redwood.


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