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Victorian England foods hid many poisons. Sulfate of copper was put in pickles. Red lead gave Gloucester cheese its red hue. Lead was added to wine and cider, and was extensively used and accumulative in effect, often resulting in chronic gastritis and fatal food poisoning.
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The female name Alice comes from the Greek word meaning "truth."
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Before it was used as a food, asparagus was considered a cure for heart trouble and toothaches.
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Lobster was so common in eighteenth-century Maine that it was used for fertilizer. In nineteenth-century Europe, oysters were the luxury food of the day, and lobster was considered a poor man's food.
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Walt Disney World is home to the largest working wardrobe in the world with more than 2.5 million costumes in its inventory.
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The edible fruit of a passion flower is called a maypop.
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Australia's highest mountain is named for Thaddeus Kosciusko, the Polish general who fought in the American Revolution.
Geography » Australia

In Germany, the fairy tale-like castle of Neuschwanstein is one of the most famous castles in all the world. Each year, more than a million tourists visit the castle. It was built by King Ludwig II, believed to have been mentally ill, more than a century ago. His magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle is likely Germany's most famous sight. From a distance, the castle, sitting on a rocky peak of the Alps in Bavaria, is like a storybook picture. Walt Disney got many of his ideas for Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disneyland from Neuschwanstein Castle. Its full name, Schloss Neuschwanstein, translates to "Castle of New Swan Stone."

James J. Ritty, owner of a tavern in Dayton, Ohio, invented the cash register in 1879 to stop his patrons from pilfering house profits.

The Adélie penguin bears the name of French explorer Dumont d'Urville's beloved wife.

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