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* - The custom of giving teachers apples originated when public school teachers were paid with whatever the community could afford, often in food or goods.

* - The FDA allows an average of 30 or more insect fragments and one or more rodent hairs per 100 grams of peanut butter.

* - The first US consumer product sold in the Soviet Union was Pepsi-Cola

* - The Popsicle was invented by 11-year-old Frank Epperson in 1905. He left a container of soda and a stirrer outside overnight, and in the morning discovered them frozen together.

* - The universally popular Hershey bar was used overseas during World War II as currency.

* - The world's record for keeping a Lifesaver in the mouth with the hole intact is 7 hours and 10 minutes.

* - Vikings used the skulls of their enemies as drinking vessels.

* - 26% of all McDonald's employees in Ontario, Canada admit to putting some type of bodily fluid in McDonald's food.

* - 1 in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.

* - 27% of U.S. male college students believe life is a meaningless existential hell.

* - 315 entries in Webster's Dictionary will be misspelled.

* - 60% of electrocutions occur while talking on the phone during a thunderstorm.

* - 92% of pay-per-view TV programs contain violence.

* - A car is stolen every 30 seconds in the United States.

* - A group of crows is called a murder.

* - A Viking tribe once raided England because they had run out of beer.

* - Ballroom dancing is a major at Brigham University.

* - Between 1937 and 1945 Heinz produced a version of Alphabet Spaghetti especially for the German market that consisted solely of little pasta swastikas.

* - Dr. Seuss coined the word nerd in his 1950 book "If I Ran The Zoo."

* - For $33.80, you can buy a corpse scent kit. These are technically used for training search and rescue dogs, but it is a product with interesting possibilities.

* - Happy Birthday To You is the most often sung song in America

* - If you add together all the numbers on a roulette wheel (1 to 36), the total is the number 666.

* - In the 40's, the Bich pen was changed to Bic for fear that Americans would pronounce it 'Bitch.

* - In the summer of 1959, the United States Postal Service experimented with the delivery of letters by guided missile.

* - It took more than 10 million bricks to erect the Empire State Building.

* - Jet lag was once called boat lag, before there were jets.

* - Laughter is a proven way to lose weight.

* - Mr. Peanut was invented in 1916 by a Suffolk, Virginia schoolchild who won $5 in a design contest sponsored by Planters Peanuts.

* - Nick Mason is the only member of Pink Floyd to appear on all of the band's albums.

* - Out of all of the postage stamps in the United States with people's faces on them, there is not one that has the picture of someone alive.

* - Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

* - People in Sweden, Japan, and Canada are more likely to know the population of the United States than are Americans.

* - People say "Bless you" when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.

* - Q is the only letter in the alphabet that is not in the name of any of the U.S. states.

* - Silly Putty was originally designed as an alternative to rubber.

* - The audio CD first arrived in the US in 1984.

* - The blueprints for the Eiffel Tower covered more than 14,000 square feet of drafting paper.

* - The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."

* - The first owner of the Marlboro company died of lung cancer.

* - The most expensive advertisement slots in American TV history were during the last episode of "Seinfeld". Each 30-second spot sold for an estimated $1.5 million. NBC made more than $30 million in advertising revenues on that one show.

* - The only real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.

* - The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

* - Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

* - A coward was originally a boy who took care of cows.

* - "Food & Wine" magazine reported that in Japan, squid is the most popular topping for Domino's pizza.

* - Americans are eating 113 million cans of SPAM a year!

* - Americans use more Tabasco sauce than any other country.

* - Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.

* - Canadians eat more Kraft macaroni and cheese packaged dinners than any nationality in the world.

* - Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world's almonds and 20 percent of the world's peanuts

* - Chop suey is not a Chinese dish, but was invented in America by Chinese cooks.

* - Coffee creamer is extremely flammable.

* - Dennys double decker burger contains 1247 calories plus 80 grams of fat!

* - Five hundred and fifty (550) hot dogs are eaten every second of the day in the United States

* - For beer commercials, they add liquid detergent to the beer to make it foam more.

* - Frank Epperson accidentally invented the Popsicle at the age of 11. It wasnt till some years later that he started a business
to sell the Popsicles.

* - Fresca, the soft drink, had problems when it was sold in Mexico. There, Fresca is slang for lesbian.

* - In a typical restaurant, customers receive 27 cents worth of food for each dollar they spend.

* - It takes a week to make a jelly bean.

* - Many high school cafeterias in Europe serve alcohol to their students who choose to drink.

* - Non-dairy creamer is flammable.

* - Since World War II, American soldiers have been issued gum with their K rations and survival kits.

* - The average American consumes close to 24 gallons of beer per year.

* - The average American visits a fast food restaurant six times a month

* - The average McDonald's Big Mac bun has 198 sesame seeds on it.

* - A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.

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