Ten Random Facts
Once an orange is squeezed or cut, the vitamin C dissipates quickly. After only 8 hours at room temperature or a scant 24 hours in the refrigerator, there is a 20 percent vitamin C loss.
The world's largest art gallery is the Winter Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. Visitors would have to walk 15 miles to see the 322 galleries which house nearly 3 million works of art.
Ancient Egyptians used citrus fruits in embalming. The Romans used them much like mothballs.
The United States reportedly produces about 80 percent of all of the pecans in the world.
The magnificent 1,000-foot cliffs of Canyon de Chelly (pronounced de-SHAY) National Monument in northeastern Arizona is a magnificent place. Its relative lack of fame owes much to the continuing presence of the Navajo, for whom the canyon retains enormous symbolic significance, although they did not themselves build its cliff dwellings. Most visitors are restricted to peering into the canyon from overlooks along the two rim drives above. There's no road in, and, apart from one short trail, tourists can only enter Canyon de Chelly with a Navajo guide.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, written by Mark Twain, was the first novel ever to be written on a typewriter.
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