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Fast Facts on FOOD!!

  • 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%.
  • Source: didyouknow.cd

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