Saturday, May 16, 2009

Did you know??

  • Flowers and other blossoming plants have nectarines that produce sugary nectar. Worker bees suck up the nectar and water and store it in a special honey stomach. When the stomach is full the bee returns to the hive and puts the nectar in an empty honeycomb. Natural chemicals from the bee's head glands and the evaporation of the water change the nectar into honey.
  • Popcorn pops because water is stored in a small circle of soft start in each kernel. As the kernel is heated, the water heats, the droplets of moister turns to steam and the steam builds up pressure until the kernel finally explodes to many times its original volume.
  • In 1970, consumption of broccoli was only a half a pound per person. Today, the average person in the United States eats four and one half pounds a year.
  • The most popular sweet pepper in the United States is the bell pepper.
  • Peanuts are not actually nuts. Peanuts, like soybeans, are members of the legume family.
  • Heart valves from hogs are used to replace damaged or diseased human heart valves.
  • The eggshell may have as many as 17,000 tiny pores over its surface. Through them, the egg can absorb flavors and orders. Storing them in their cartons helps keep them fresh.
  • The bright orange color of carrots tells you they're an excellent source of Vitamin A, which is important for good eyesight, especially at night. Vitamin A helps your body fight infection, and keeps your skin and hair healthy.
  • In the United States, lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable.
  • There are about 7,000 cherries on an average tart cherry tree. It takes about 250 cherries to make a cherry pie, so each tree could produce enough cherries for 28 pies!
  • The first ice cream cone was made, served, and eaten in New York City on September 22, 1886. The maker, Italo Marchiony, was granted a paten on his cone mold in 1903.
  • Americans eat about 125 pounds of potatoes a year, about half from fresh potatoes and half in processed foods.
There are just some things in life that we need to know about :-)

Have a happy quilting weekend!


blushing rose said...

Couple of things I didn't know ... this was a great post! TY for sharing ... I've posted a great 'need to know' today, also.
TTFN ~ Marydon

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Thank you for the lesson - one thing I did know - the pig heart valve, as my husband is facing open heart surgery in Sept. and they may have to use the pig valve - or there is a mechanical one - or they may be able to just repair it - we won't know until Sept - my goodness the summer is going slow!!!!

Interesting post.

Crafts a la Mode said...

"natural chemicals from the bee's head glands"? oh, dear, but I do love honey. There is some kind of naturopathic nutrient ... trying to think here ... it's late, I'm tired. I planted the window boxes today.. It's oh, I know, Royal Jelly - that is supposed to be good for a person. I bought some. I think it's just glorified honey. Did you ever hear of it?
Take care, and thanks for posting. Linda

Cheryl said...

Some pretty interesting facts!! Have to say there way quite a bit there that I didn't know. So much fun!

Crispy said...

Oh fun, I love bits of frivolous information, very useful when play Trivia games.


Katie said...

Fact: I hope you had a wonderful Pink Saturday!

Micki said...

Great information! Can you imagine then how many potatoes Irish people eat if Americans eat that much?LOL