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Milk chocolate was invented by Daniel Peter, who sold the concept to his neighbour Henri Nestlé.
Forks, mostly being two-tined, used to be known as "split spoons.”
The world's oldest existing eatery opened in Kai-Feng, China in 1153.
Coffee is the seed of a cherry from the tree genus Coffea.
Melba toast is named after Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931).
Three quarters of fish caught are eaten - the rest is used to make things such as glue, soap, margarine and fertiliser.
In September 1999 Dustin Philips of the US set a Guinness World Record by drinking a 400 ml (14-oz) bottle of tomato sauce through a straw in 33 seconds.
To make one kilo of honey, bees have to visit 4 million flowers, travelling a distance equal to 4 times around the earth.
Botanically speaking, the banana is an herb and the tomato is a fruit.
Bananas are the world's most popular fruits after tomatoes. In western countries, they could account for 3% of a grocer's total sales.
The can opener was invented 48 years after cans were introduced.
Wine is sold in tinted bottles because wine spoils when exposed to light.
Approximately one billion snails are served in restaurants annually.
Carrots have zero fat content.
Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water.
Ice tea was introduced in 1904 at the World's Fair in St. Louis.
The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.
An onion, apple and potato all have the same taste. The differences in flavour are caused by their smell.
The tall chef's hat is called a toque.
The first ice-cream soda was sold in 1874 in the US.
Coca-Cola was invented in Atlanta, Georgia by Dr. John S. Pemberton in 1886.
Pepsi-Cola was invented by Caleb Bradham in 1890 as "Brad's Drink" as a digestive aid and energy booster. In was renamed as Pepsi-Cola in 1989.
In 1929, the Howdy Company introduced its "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Sodas," which became 7 Up. 7 Up was invented by Charles Leiper Grigg.
The first diet soft drink, called the "No-Cal Beverage" was launched in 1952.
Aluminium cans were introduced in 1957 and two years later the first diet cola was sold.
Plastic bottles were first used for soft drinks in 1970.
The Polyethylene Terephthalate bottle was introduced in 1973.
China uses 45 billion chopsticks per year. 25 million trees are chopped down to make 'em sticks.
Chocolate is the number one foodstuff flavour in the world, beating vanilla and banana by 3-to-1.
Watermelons are 97% water, lettuce 97%, tomatoes 95%, carrots 90%, and bread 30%.
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