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Just some weird facts about some foods.....

1. Coconut water can be used (in emergencies) as a substitute for blood plasma.The reason for this is that coconut water (the water found in coconuts - not to be confused with coconut milk, which comes from the flesh of the coconut) is sterile and has an ideal pH level. Coconut water is liquid endosperm - it surrounds the embryo and provides nutrition.

2. Dynamite is made with peanutsPeanut oil can be processed to produce glycerol, which can be used to make nitroglycerin, one of the constituents of dynamite. Note however, there are other processes that can be used to make dynamite without using peanuts at all.

3. Microwave cooking was discovered accidentally when a chocolate bar melted in someone’s pocketThis is very true and very scary - imagine what it was doing to his leg! The fact is, Percy LeBaron Spencer of the Raytheon Company was walking past a radar tube and he noticed that the chocolate bar in his pocket melted. He then tested popcorn in front of the tube (surely turning up the power and standing out of the beam), and it quickly popped all over the room. He is (obviously) known as the inventor of the Microwave oven.

4.  The Popsicle was invented by an 11 year who kept it secret for 18 years.The inventor was Frank Epperson who, in 1905, left a mixture of powdered soda and water out on the porch, which contained a stir stick. That night, temperatures in San Francisco reached record low temperature. When he woke the next morning, he discovered that it had frozen to the stir stick, creating a fruit flavored ice treat that he named the epsicle. 18 years later he patented it and called it the Popsicle.

5. Worcestershire sauce is made from dissolved fishWorcestershire sauce, the popular English sauce, is made from dissolved anchovies. The anchovies are soaked in vinegar until they have completely melted. The sauce contains the bones and all.

6. Refried beans are only fried onceThe reason for this misconception is a translation error. The originals are frijoles refritos which actually means “well fried beans” - not re-fried.

7. The first soup was made of hippopotamusThe earliest archeological evidence for the consumption of soup dates back to 6000 BC and it was hippopotamus soup!

8. The FDA allows you to sell bugs and rodent hair for consumptionThe FDA allows an average of 30 or more insect fragments and one or more rodent hairs per 100 grams of peanut butter. I will certainly think twice before buying my next jar!

9. The largest food item on a menu is roast camelThe camel is stuffed with a sheep’s carcass, which is stuffed with chickens, which are stuffed with fish, which are stuffed with eggs. This feast is sometimes featured in Bedouin weddings.

10. The most expensive coffee in the world comes from civet poopKopi Luwak are coffee beans that come from Civet (a cat sized mammal) poo. The animals gorge on only the finest ripe berries, and excrete the partially-digested beans, which are then harvested for sale. Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world, selling for between $120 and $600 USD per pound, and is sold mainly in Japan and United States, but it is increasingly becoming available elsewhere. My question is: who the hell discovered that it tasted good?

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Well I have had that coffee Jess and it is very good. I paid 180 cad and had enough for 4 cups. Needless to say it wont be in starbucks anytime soon.

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15 Amazing Facts about the Human Body

1. The stomach’s digestive acids are strong enough to dissolve zinc. Fortunately for us, the cells in the stomach lining renew so quickly that the acids don’t have time to dissolve it

2. The lungs contain over 300,000 million capillaries (tiny blood vessels). If they were laid end to end, they would stretch 2400km (1500 miles).

3. A man’s testicles manufacture 10 million new sperm cells each day - enough that he could repopulate the entire planet in only 6 months!

4. Human bone is as strong as granite in supporting weight. A block of bone the size of a matchbox can support 9 tonnes - that is four times as much as concrete can support.

5. Each finger and toenail takes six months to grow from base to tip.

6. The largest organ in the body is the skin. In an adult man it covers about 1.9m2 (20sq ft). The skin constantly flakes away - in a lifetime each person sheds around 18kg (40 lb) of skin.

7. When you sleep, you grow by about 8mm (0.3in). The next day you shrink back to your former height. The reason is that your cartilage discs are squeezed like sponges by the force of gravity when you stand or sit.

8. The average person in the west eats 50 tonnes of food and drinks 50,000 litres (11,000 gallons) of liquid during his life.

9. Each kidney contains 1 million individual filters. They filter an average of around 1.3 litres (2.2 pints) of blood per minute and expel up to 1.4 litres (2.5 pints) a day of urine.

10. The focusing muscles of the eyes move around 100,000 times a day. To give your leg muscles the same workout, you would need to walk 80km (50 miles) every day.

11. In 30 minutes, the average body gives off enough heat (combined) to bring a half gallon of water to boil.

12. A single human blood cell takes only 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body.

13. A foreskin, the size of a postage stamp, from circumcised babies take only 21 days to grow skin that can cover three (3) basketball courts. Amazing isn’t it. Thanks to science. The laboratory-grown skin is used in treating burn patients.

14. The eyes receive approximately 90 percent of all our information, making us basically visual creatures.

15. The female ovaries contain nearly half-a-million egg cells, yet only 400 or so will ever get the opportunity to create a new life.

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  • The average chocolate bar has 8 insects' legs in it.

  • The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.

  • A cockroach can live nine days without its head before it starves to death.

  • A polar bear's skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.

  • Elvis had a twin brother named Garon, who died at birth, which is why Elvis' middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his brother.

  • Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

  • More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.

  • Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

  • Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump."

  • Marilyn Monroe had six toes.

  • If you keep a Goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.

  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

  • Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.

  • The sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language.

  • The continents names all end with the same letter with which they start.

  • TYPEWRITER, is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.

  • If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

  • The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.

  • A snail can sleep for 3 years.

  • American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.

  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

  • Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, with a population of 1000 and a size 108.7 acres.

  • Did you know you share your birthday with at least 9 million other people in the world.

  • "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

  • No president of the United States was an only child..

  • Most lipstick contains fish scales!.

  • Skepticisms is the longest word that alternates hands!.

  • One ragweed plant can release as many as one billion grains of pollen!.

  • The fist product to have a bar code was Wrigleys gum!.

  • No piece of dry paper can be folded more than 7 times in half!.

  • A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle, a group of geese in the air is a skein!.

  • Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people!.

  • There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building!.

  • If you counted 24 hours a day, it would take 31,688 years to reach one trillion!.

  • Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive!.

  • A crocodile always grows new teeth to replace the old teeth!.

  • The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth!.

  • Clinophobia is the fear of beds!.

  • A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second!.

  • Porcupines float in water!.

  • Pinocchio is Italian for "pine head"!.

  • The average life span of a major league baseball is 5-7 pitches!.

  • The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable"!.

  • The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds!.

  • The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on it's fur!.

  • Cat's urine glows under a black-light!.

  • The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1!.

  • Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland!.

  • A hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute on average!.

  • Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand!.

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    You can understand why some laws exist: no speeding, don’t run the stop sign, yield to pedestrians. But other laws may leave you scratching your head – right in front of the officer who pulled you over for violating them.

    In many states, for example, it’s as possible to earn a ticket for lollygagging to look at the scenery as it is for speeding. The legal reasoning is that going too slowly impedes traffic.

     

    The reasons behind still other laws have been lost to history, and chances are you can get away with violating them. In Denver, for example, it’s illegal to drive a black car on Sunday. And in the foggy past, Minneapolis outlawed red cars on Lake Street.
    Here are 12 more unusual laws related to cars and driving. But we must warn you: Reading these means you’ll have to answer truthfully when the officer asks “Do you know why I pulled you over?”

    Honk if you pass

    Rural New Jersey might sound like a never-ending New Year’s Eve party if everybody obeyed the law. State law requires drivers to honk the horn when passing another vehicle going in the same direction outside a business or residential district.

    However, watch it in Little Rock, Ark., where the law says “no person shall sound the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9 p.m.”

    Honking at sandwich shops is OK in University City, Mo. – so long as you honk in your own car. It’s illegal to honk the horn of someone else’s.

    Kindly keep your cattle in the car

    Hey, city slicker – you’ll have to keep that cow in your vehicle in Topeka, Kan. The city has made it “unlawful for any person to suffer or permit any livestock owned or controlled by such person to run at large, or to drive any herd of cattle, horses, mules or hogs, or any flock of sheep, upon any street in the city.”

    You’ll need permission to throw that brick

    In Mount Vernon, Iowa, you’re not allowed to shoot arrows or throw bricks onto any street or highway without the City Council’s written consent.

    Clean up your act

    In San Francisco, it’s illegal to wipe a vehicle with used underwear and to pile horse manure more than six feet high on any street corner.

    Unhand that nozzle!

    In Oregon and New Jersey, you cannot pump your own gas. Supposedly this practice keeps gasoline prices lower in those states, because insurance costs for gas stations go down if attendants instead of customers pump the gas – but, on the other hand, that attendant must be paid, whereas you pump for free. So the jury’s out on the reasons for this one.

    Animal and vegetable antics

    Palm Springs, Calif., forbids anyone from walking a camel down the main street, Palm Canyon Drive, between 4 and 6 p.m.
    Hunting from moving vehicles is illegal in several states, including Connecticut and Tennessee, where only whale hunting by that method is allowed.
    Thou shalt not sow a vegetable garden in any public street in Chico, Calif. The law, however, does not forbid flower gardens.

    No pillows on the roadbed

    No matter how sleepy you get, you are not allowed to snooze in the middle of any street in Eureka, Calif.
    Reno, Nev., won’t let you park yourself on a bench or chair in the middle of its roads, either.
    As long as we’re on a roll, here are a few more tips to the lawful:
    • Yield to peacocks in Arcadia, Calif.
    • Don’t jump into a passing vehicle in Glendale, Calif.
    • Don’t change clothes in your car at the beach in Destin, Fla.
    • Don’t keep a car door open longer than is necessary in Oregon.
    • Don’t drive through playgrounds in Dublin, Ga.
    How serious are they? Serious. Screeching your tires in Derby, Kan., could get you 30 days in Bad Boys’ Bed & Breakfast.
    And if you think switching back to a one-horsepower hay-burner might get you away from the long arm of the law, consider this: In Texarkana, Texas, it’s illegal to ride a horse at night without taillights.

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    1) However, watch it in Little Rock, Ark., where the law says “no person shall sound the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9 p.m.”

    2) Palm Springs, Calif., forbids anyone from walking a camel down the main street, Palm Canyon Drive, between 4 and 6 p.m.

    What the... rofl!!

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