To TR Robertson From Tom Doerfler
–Digest these tidbits of information:
1. Yams and sweet potatoes are not the same thing.
2. Cashews grow on trees like this:
3. Ketchup used to be sold as medicine.
4. Chocolate milk was invented in Ireland.
5. And Brussels sprouts grow in long stalks like this:
6. Pound cake got its name from its original recipe, which
called for a pound each of butter, eggs, sugar, and flour.
7. Carrots were originally purple.
8. A strawberry isn’t a berry but a banana is.
9. Avocados and watermelon are berries, too.
10. Peanuts are not nuts. They grow in the ground like this, so they are legumes.
11. Honey never spoils. You can eat 32,000-year-old honey.
12. Honey is made from nectar and bee vomit.
13. The probability of drinking a glass of water that contains a molecule
of water that also passed through a dinosaur is almost 100%.
14. An average ear of corn has an even number of rows, usually 16.
15. Pineapples grow like this:
16. Ripe cranberries will bounce like rubber balls.
17. Quinoa is the seeds of this plant:
18. Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.
19. Apples, like pears and plums, belong to the rose family.
20. Kiwis grow on vines:
21. Popsicles were invented by an 11-year-old in 1905.
22. Ginger is the root of a plant:
23. Coconuts kill more people than sharks every year. So do cows.
24. “Spam” is short for spiced ham.
25. And cinnamon is just the inner part of this tree:
26. Canola oil was originally called rapeseed oil, but renamed in 1978
to avoid negative connotations. “Canola” is short for “Canadian oil.”
27. Artichokes are flowers that are eaten as buds that look like this:
28. The twists in pretzels are made to look like arms crossed in prayer.
29. The official state VEGETABLE of Oklahoma is the watermelon.
30. Peas are one the most popular pizza toppings in Brazil:
31. There are over 7,500 varieties of apples throughout the world, and
it would take you 20 years to try them all if you had one each day.
32. And no matter what color Froot Loop you eat, they all taste the same.
33. And, YES, Betty White really IS older than sliced bread! Betty was born in 1922 and commercially sliced bread started in 1928