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Juan Metzger, a former Dannon Co. executive, is credited with putting fruit in yogurt. Metzger was recognized for suggesting the addition of fruit at the bottom of containers of the dairy product to improve its taste. The first flavor was strawberry. Metzger's father, Joe, co-founded Dannon Co. in the Bronx in 1942.
People

South Australia's city of Adelaide is unusual in that it was settled by free people. The city has no convict history.
Geography » Australia

Chances that a burglary in the US will be solved: 1 in 7.
Surveys

Sterling silver is not pure silver. Because pure silver is too soft to be used in most tableware, it is mixed with copper in the proportion of 92.5 percent silver to 7.5 percent copper.
Environment

More than 25,000 American Indians reside in New York City.
Statistics

The town of Tidikelt in the Sahara Desert once went ten years without rainfall.
Environment

According to a study, the most popular medium of gift-exchange in Eastern Europe is a bottle of vodka, especially a good brand name vodka.
Food and Drink

Ulysses S. Grant was once fined $20 for speeding on his horse.
People » US Presidents

Egeskov Castle in Denmark, complete with moat and drawbridge, was built in 1554 in the middle of a small lake, Egeskov. The name means literally "oak forest," and the castle rests on a foundation of thousands of upright oak trunks.
Structures

A hypothetical place, state, or situation in which conditions and the quality of life are dreadful is called "dystopia."
Words and Numbers

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