8 Random Fascinating Facts About Fruit

Well, lookee here! It’s my first guest post!

How much do you know about fruits? They are an important food group. Read this list of fun facts to be smart at the next dinner party when you know the origins of apples. Enjoy!

 

1. China is the #1 producer of apples. China produces 7 times more than the second highest producer, the United States.

2. Speaking of apples: Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan means “Father of Apple” or “Full of Apples” and the area is considered the original home of apples.

3. Grapes, olives, pomegranates, and figs are believed to be the first fruits to be cultivated. This is because these fruits are the easiest to be propagated by plant cuttings.

4. Tomatoes are considered vegetables in the US. In the 1883 Tariff Act, veggies had a 10% tariff but fruits didn’t. When tomatoes were shipped to the US they didn’t have to pay the tariff. Since tomatoes are technically  fruits, the case was brought to the Supreme Court and the Court ruled that while tomatoes were botanically a fruit they were used as a vegetable. So, the importers had to pay the tariff.

5. Pears were the first fruit tree in the US. They were planted in Salem, MA.

6. Massachusetts might have been the first state to get fruits but Washington state is the largest apple producer in the US. Most of the state is in a rain shadow, meaning it gets less rain, and this leads to crisper apples.

7. Quince was a source of pectin for canning. Some farmers use the timing of flowering quince as an indicator of when to plant crops.

8. Nectarines are just peaches without fuzz. The two fruits are different by one gene.

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About Saddam Hussein’s Best-Selling Romance Novel

In 2000, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein published a best-selling romance novel titled “Zabibah and the King”. The novel spawned a twenty-episode TV series and a stage musical.

So what’s the book about?

“The plot is a love story about a powerful ruler of medieval Iraq and a beautiful commoner girl named Zabibah. Zabibah’s husband is a cruel and unloving man who rapes her. The book is set in 7th or 8th century Tikrit, Hussein’s home town. Although the book is on the surface a romance novel, it is (and was intended to be read as) an allegory. The hero is Hussein and Zabibah represents the Iraqi people. The vicious husband is the United States and his rape of Zabibah represents the U.S. invasion of Iraq at the end of the Gulf War.” — Wikipedia

The book was a best-seller in Iraq and is estimated to have sold one million copies. According to the back cover the royalties were to go to “the poor, the orphans, the miserable, the needy, and charities”.  Did that actually happen? I’m not sure.

The Iraqi publishers used four paintings by Canadian artist Jonathon Earl Bowser, to illustrate the novel, putting his painting “The Awakening” on the cover. Bowser did not authorize the use of his art and has attempted without success to obtain compensation for copyright infringement.

Is the book still for sale? Yup. You can buy a copy HERE on Amazon.

BONUS FACTS: It was once rumored that the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy film The Dictator (2012) was adapted from the novel.

The CIA believes that Zabibah and the King was written by ghostwriters under the direction of Saddam.


SOURCES:

https://www.unbelievable-facts.com/2017/04/weird-facts-2.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zabibah_and_the_King

 

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10 Facts Tuesday #6

Oh, boy! It’s time to learn some stuff! Have fun!

 

1. Cap’n Crunch’s full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch.

2. The average human farts about a balloon’s worth of gas a day.

3. Approximately 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.

4. A pound of houseflies contains more protein than a pound of beef.

5. In ancient Rome, when a man testified in court he would swear on his testicles.

6. Every year Louis Vuitton burns all their unsold bags.

7. The Titanic’s musicians played for two hours and five minutes as the ship sank.

8. The average human’s urine stream lasts for about seven seconds.

9. Movie trailers were originally shown after the movie, which is why they were called “trailers”.

10. In 2015, more people were killed from injuries caused by taking a selfie than by shark attacks.

 

10 Celebrities Who Have Accidently Killed People

On my recent hunt for my latest “celebrities” category, I kept coming across articles about celebs who have killed people. The most shocking ones of course are the ones who murdered out of cold blood and got away with it **cough cough** O.J….  

But what about the famous folks who just had a stroke of bad luck or made a stupid poor decision that resulted in someone’s demise? Below are 10 celebrities who did just that. 

 

1. Caitlyn Jenner –  Olympic champion Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner was involved in a fatal car accident in February 2015. Jenner rear-ended a car at a red light and knocked it into oncoming traffic, where it was then struck by a Hummer. The 69-year-old woman driver of the car was killed, and seven others sustained injuries.

2. Matthew Broderick – In 1987, while on vacation in Ireland, Broderick mistakenly drove the wrong way on a street and crashed into an oncoming vehicle. The driver and passenger (a mother and daughter) in the other car both died from their injuries.

3. Laura Bush – When Laura Bush was in high school, she ran a stop sign while she was driving and hit another car, killing its driver who was a fellow schoolmate.

4. Ted Kennedy – In 1969, Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge on an island near Martha’s Vineyard. The car plummeted into the water and Kennedy swam to safety leaving behind his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne. Kopechne drowned and Kennedy fled the scene and waited nine hours to report the incident…. Hmmm… not sure how much of an “accident” that was.

5. Don King – Boxing promoter Don King killed a man in self-defense when the man was trying to break into his gambling operation.  (Bonus: King was convicted of second-degree murder for a separate incident, in which he stomped to death an employee who owed him $600.)

6. Howard Hughes – In 1936, billionaire entrepreneur Howard Hughes hit a pedestrian with his car. The man died, but Hughes was not charged with any crimes.

7. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle – Fatty Arbuckle was charged with manslaughter when a woman named Virginia Rappe died after the actor raped her. Police concluded that alcohol irritated her chronic cystitis and the weight of the actor’s body caused distress to her organs and she died from a ruptured bladder.

8.  Tony Stewart – During a dirt-track race in New York, famous NASCAR champion, Tony Stewart, accidentally struck and killed fellow racer Kevin Ward Jr., who had gotten out of his car and walked onto the tracks to confront Stewart.

9.  Dwayne Goodrich – In 2003, former Dallas Cowboys cornerback, Dwayne Goodrich was driving on a Dallas freeway when he struck and killed two motorists on the side of the road who were attempting to rescue a man from a burning vehicle. That story is the stuff of sadness!

10. Keith Moon – In 1970, The Who drummer, Keith Moon accidentally killed his bodyguard and friend Neil Boland. Drunken Moon was trying to get away from pub patrons who were attacking his car and failed to see his friend in the road as he drove away.


SOURCES:

http://www.suggest.com/celebs/1560872/celebs-who-have-killed-people/

http://www.ranker.com/list/celebrities-who-have-killed-people/celebrity-lists

http://www.wetpaint.com/celebrities-killed-someone-1558185/

http://www.sliptalk.com/celebrities-who-have-killed-people/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Moon

10 Hard Facts About Human Hair

“Let it fly in the breeze and get caught in the trees
Give a home to the fleas in my hair
A home for fleas,  a hive to bees, a nest for birds
There ain’t no words for the beauty, the splendor, the wonder of my hair.”

Hair from the Broadway musical “Hair”


Here are 15 unusual facts about human hair. Enjoy!

 

1. Black is the most common hair color in the world

2. Blond beards grow faster than dark beards.

3. Hair doesn’t grow on the palms of your hands, the soles of your feet, and on your lips and mucous membranes.

4. In 1972, Cicely Tyson was the first celebrity to wear cornrows on television.

5. The Melanesians of New Guinea are the only dark-skinned group of humans known to have a high blonde hair rate.

6. If a man never shaves his beard, it can grow up to 30-feet long!

7. Upper-class women of the Renaissance pluck the entire front of their hairline, to give themselves a higher forehead.

8. On average, hair grows .3 – .5 mm per day, 1.25 centimeters or 0.5 inches per month, and 15 centimeters or 6 inches per year.

9. The scientific name of grey hair is canities

10. German blondes were kidnapped during the Roman era and had their hair cut off to be made into wigs for women.

11. The first curling iron was invented in France by Marcel Grateau in 1875.

12. The Average man spends five months of his life shaving.

13. At 13% of the population being redheads, Scotland has the highest ginger population in the world.

14. You can determine a person’s race from their hair, but not their gender.

15. 75% of women today dye their hair.

 

BONUS FACT: An Indian grocer, Radhakant Baijpai, has the world’s longest ear hair, measuring 10 inches (25cm) long.  (Eeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwww.)

 


SOURCES:

https://www.madison-reed.com/blog/25-fun-facts-about-hair

https://www.factretriever.com/blonde-hair-facts

http://www.holleewoodhair.com/2012/09/01/evolution-of-hairstyling/

http://www.dailyinfographic.com/50-insane-facts-about-hair-infographic

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10 Facts Tuesday #5

Wowee zowee, mister! It’s 10 Facts Tuesday!

1. If your car could drive vertically, it would only take you an hour to drive to outer space

2. The atomic bomb was invented before color television.

3. Cookie Monster’s real name is Sid.

4. Blood donors in Sweden are sent a text message every time their blood is used to save a life.

5. Bumble bees do a warm-up exercise before they fly.

6. There are only two escalators in the entire state of Wyoming.

7. Michael Jackson’s 1988 autobiography Moonwalk was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

8.  A duck’s quack doesn’t echo.

9. A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber.

10. Human birth control pills work on gorillas.

And now you know more stuff than you did 45 seconds ago! Hooray!
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Who is the Woman in the Great Depression Photo?

If you do an internet search for “The Great Depression”, you’ll notice a repeat of the same photograph of an unkempt, forlorn woman with two children in tattered clothes by her side and a filthy infant in her arms.

This iconic image is the perfect representation of how life was for many lower class Americans in the 1930s, and the seemingly anonymous woman who became face the Depression Era was Florence Owens Thompson.

Florence Owens Thompson was born Florence Leona Christie in 1903, in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). At 17 years old, Florence married 23 year old Cleo Owens in Missouri on February 14, 1921. The couple had 3 children together and traveled with relatives to Oroville, California where they earned their wages by working in saw mills and on farms.

In 1931, while Florence was pregnant with her sixth child, her husband Cleo died of

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“Migrant Mother”, 1936 by Dorothea Lange

tuberculosis. In 1933 Florence had another child (not sure who’s the father here), returned to Oklahoma and traveled back to California with her parents.

In California,  Florence met Jim Hill, and together they had 3 more children.  During the 1930s the family worked as migrant farm workers in California and sometimes Arizona.

In March 1936, Florence and her family were traveling on U.S. Highway 101 towards Watsonville, CA. While driving, the car’s timing chain snapped and they stopped at a large pea-pickers’ camp on Nipomo Mesa. While her husband and two of Florence’s sons went into town to seek car repair, Florence set up a temporary camp. As Florence waited for her husband and sons to return, photographer Dorothea Lange, working for the Resettlement Administration, drove up and started taking photos of Florence and her family.

This particular photograph is actually one out of six of the photos the photographer took. According to Thompson, Lange promised the photos would never be published, but Lange sent them to the San Francisco News as well as to the Resettlement Administration in Washington, D.C. The News ran the photos almost and reported that 2,500 to 3,500 migrant workers were starving in Nipomo, CA. Soon, the pea-picker camp received 20,000 pounds of food from the federal government but Thompson and her family had already moved on.

Thompson’s identity was discovered in 1978 by Modesto Bee reporter Emmett Corrigan. A letter Thompson wrote was published and titled “Woman Fighting Mad Over Famous Depression Photo.” Florence was quoted as saying:

“I wish she [Lange] hadn’t taken my picture. I can’t get a penny out of it. She didn’t ask my name. She said she wouldn’t sell the pictures. She said she’d send me a copy. She never did.”

Thompson died of “cancer and heart problems” in  California, on September 16, 1983. Her gravestone reads: “FLORENCE LEONA THOMPSON Migrant Mother – A Legend of the Strength of American Motherhood.”

BONUS FACTS: Although Florence appears to be perhaps in her early 50s, she is only 32 years old in this iconic photo.


SOURCES:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Owens_Thompson

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10 Facts Tuesday #4

Welcome back, home skillets! Here are 10 more facts that you don’t really need to know!

 

1. “I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

2. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.

3. The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army. G.P. for ‘General Purpose’ vehicle.

4. Emus can’t walk backwards.

5. The most common name in world is Mohammed.

6. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

7. Van Gogh only sold one painting when he was alive.

8. Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy.

9. The Vatican city registered 0 births in 1983.

10. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

 

And there you have it! Don’t you feel a little smarter now? Just a little bit? No? Hmm… not even a little? Well, dang.

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10 Interesting Facts About Netflix

Netflix is one of the world’s most popular subscription and video streaming services. I love it to death but I’m still a little irritated that they pulled King of the Hill without my permission. Below are 10 facts about Netflix you probably didn’t know. Enjoy! 

 

1. Netflix has 98.3 Million subscribers

2. The idea behind Netflix came in 1997 after the CEO was charged $40 for a late VHS copy of Apollo 13.

3. Netflix was established in 1997 which makes it older than Google which was founded in 1998.

4. In 2000, Netflix was offered to Blockbuster for $50 million who declined the offer. Netflix is currently worth $20 billion and Blockbuster is… not.

5. Netflix is available in nearly 50 countries.

6. New Netflix employees start at around $18 an hour. I seriously need to rethink my career choice.

7. Netflix employees are allowed to take as many vacation days as they want.

8. Netflix uses disguised warehouses and unmarked trucks for security purposes.

9. . Netflix employs a team of “taggers” who are paid to watch Netflix and tag the content.

10. In 2014 Netflix spent $0 on marketing its DVD rental business and 6 million people still used it.

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SOURCES:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/annaneyman/things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-netflix?utm_term=.lbODDeNg0#.wggppKJDy

http://www.kickassfacts.com/30-interesting-netflix-facts/

Who Are the Two Guys In the Sonic Commercials?

The kooky guys usually seen sitting in a car having conversations about SONIC’s new deals and food items are improv comedians Thomas James (T.J.) Jagodowski
and Peter Grosz.

Jagodowski (age 45) is always in the passenger seat and Grosz (age 43) is always in the driver’s seat. The two were chosen from more than 150 actors who auditioned for the TV spots and made their television debut in 2003 for SONIC’s “Two Guys” campaign.

Grosz has received two Emmy Awards for his writing on “The Colbert Report” and  Jagodowski has appeared in “Oz the Great and Powerful,” “Prison Break,” “The Ice Harvest” and “Stranger Than Fiction.”

In 2010, the Two Guys were dropped from SONIC’s national advertising campaign and this caused an uproar amongst fans. Their 2012 comeback was staged as a social media publicity stunt featuring the duo pleading for their jobs.

The SONIC Two Guys campaign is one of the longest-running marketing campaigns in history.

BONUS FACT:  In 2014, the company announced plans to add 1,000 restaurants in the next 10 years, including an additional 300 in California alone.


SOURCES:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Grosz

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._J._Jagodowski

http://americanprofile.com/articles/who-are-two-guys-in-the-car-in-the-sonic-commercials/

http://sonicfranchises.com/research-sonic/why-does-sonic-franchise-marketing-work/

10 Facts Tuesday #3

Let’s learn some useless stuff! 

1. If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground it can’t hop.

2. Cacophobia is the fear of ugliness.

3. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

4. German chocolate cake is named after its inventor Sam German, not the country.

5. The average person spends about two years on the phone in a lifetime.

6. The combination of an exclamation point and a question mark is called an “interrobang.”

7. Before the invention of color TV, 75% of people said they dreamed in black and white.

8. -40 Celsius and -40 Fahrenheit are the same temperature.

9. The YKK on your zipper stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikigaisha.

10. Most American car horns honk in the key of F.

That’s all for now! See ya next Tuesday!

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