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- The estimated number of M & Mís sold each day in the United States is 200,000,000.
- Spirit of proof strength was the technical standard by which strength was measured until 1st January, 1980. Hundreds of years ago, spirit of this strength was proved when Whiskey and gunpowder were mixed and ignited. If the gunpowder flashed, then there was enough Whiskey in the mixture to permit ignition. Such Whiskey was held to have been proved - i.e. "tested". If the spirit was weaker than this, then ignition did not take place and the Whiskey failed the "test". The amount of black powder used was the same amount as was, and indeed still is, used to "proof" the barrels of smooth-bore fire-arms.
- In medieval England beer often was served with breakfast.
- Researchers in Denmark found that beer tastes best when drunk to the accompaniment of a certain musical tone. The optimal frequency is different for each beer, they reported. The correct harmonious tone for Carlsberg Lager, for example, is 510-520 cycles per second.
- Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.
- Only food that does not spoil: honey.
- The average McDonald's Big Mac bun has 198 sesame seeds on it.
- Before it was unsolicited email, Spam was a luncheon meat. It is so resistant to spoilage that, if kept in the closed can, it may well outlast eternity and will certainly live longer than you. Believe it or not it was first promoted as a health food. In Korea it comes in gift boxes, and placed end to end, all the Spam ever sold would circle the Earth more than ten times.
- The famous baby appearing on jars of Gerber baby food is actually a girl named Ann Turner. The picture was drawn by artist Dorothy Hope Smith in 1928.
- There are more than 15,000 different kinds of rice.
- Rice is the main food for half of the people of the world.
- As much as 50 gallons of Maple Sap are used to make a single gallon of Maple Sugar.
- Dairy products account for about 29% of all food consumed in the U.S.
- Turkey contains an amino acid called tryptophan, which can cause sleepiness (warm milk also contains tryptophan).
- When Gerber baby foods began to sell in parts of Africa, they continued to use their usual packaging, with the cute baby on the front. They didn't realize until later that where they were selling it, it was a common practice to help illiterate people buy things by putting pictures on the wrapper of what was inside.
- Wine will spoil if exposed to light, hence tinted bottles.
- Over a third of all pineapples come from Hawaii.
- A hard-boiled egg will spin. An uncooked or soft-boiled egg will not.
- Herring is the most widely eaten fish in the world.
- Sliced bread was introduced under the Wonder Bread label in 1930.
- Opera stars Nellie Melba and Luisa Tetrazzini are famous for more than singing. They are also known for food that has been named after them. Nellie Melba (peach melba and melba toast) and Luisa Tetrazzini (chicken tetrazzini).
- The letters VVSOP on a cognac bottle stand for - Very Very Superior Old Pale.
- When it originally appeared in 1886 - Coca Cola was billed as an "Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage".
- Ovaltine, the drink was from milk, malt, egg and cocoa, was developed in 1904 in Berne, Switzerland. It was originally named Ovomaltine. A clerical error changed it when the manufacturer registered the name.
- In the late 1970s, Coca-Cola Co. boycotted the NBC late-night comedy show "Saturday Night Live" for several years. The giant soda company was retaliating against a frequent character of comedian John Belushi's, a Greek restaurant owner, who repeatedly said to customers, "No Coke... Pepsi," thus saying the rival company's name dozens of times throughout each skit.
- The first macaroni factory in the United States was established in 1848. It was started by Antoine Zegera in Brooklyn, New York.
- The five favorite U.S. school lunches nationwide, according to the American School Food Service Association, are, in order, pizza, chicken nuggets, tacos, burritos, and hamburgers.
- The flesh of the puffer fish (fugu) is considered a delicacy in Japan. It is prepared by chefs specially trained and certified by the government to prepare the flesh free of the toxic liver, gonads, and skin. Despite these precautions, many cases of tetrodotoxin poisoning are reported each year in patients ingesting fugu. Poisonings usually occur after eating fish caught and prepared by uncertified handlers. The end result, in most cases, is death.
- The number 57 on a Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickle the company once had.
- Fanta Orange is the third largest selling soft drink in the world.