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Rice is the main food for half of the people of the world.

As much as 50 gallons of Maple Sap are used to make a single gallon of Maple Sugar.

Dairy products account for about 29% of all food consumed in the U.S.

Turkey contains an amino acid called tryptophan, which can cause sleepiness (warm milk also contains tryptophan).

When Gerber baby foods began to sell in parts of Africa, they continued to use their usual packaging, with the cute baby on the front. They didn't realize until later that where they were selling it, it was a common practice to help illiterate people buy things by putting pictures on the wrapper of what was inside.

Wine will spoil if exposed to light, hence tinted bottles.

Over a third of all pineapples come from Hawaii.

A hard-boiled egg will spin. An uncooked or soft-boiled egg will not.

Herring is the most widely eaten fish in the world.

Sliced bread was introduced under the Wonder Bread label in 1930.

Opera stars Nellie Melba and Luisa Tetrazzini are famous for more than singing. They are also known for food that has been named after them. Nellie Melba (peach melba and melba toast) and Luisa Tetrazzini (chicken tetrazzini).

The letters VVSOP on a cognac bottle stand for - Very Very Superior Old Pale.

When it originally appeared in 1886 - Coca Cola was billed as an "Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage".

Ovaltine, the drink was from milk, malt, egg and cocoa, was developed in 1904 in Berne, Switzerland. It was originally named Ovomaltine. A clerical error changed it when the manufacturer registered the name.

In the late 1970s, Coca-Cola Co. boycotted the NBC late-night comedy show "Saturday Night Live" for several years. The giant soda company was retaliating against a frequent character of comedian John Belushi's, a Greek restaurant owner, who repeatedly said to customers, "No Coke... Pepsi," thus saying the rival company's name dozens of times throughout each skit.

The first macaroni factory in the United States was established in 1848. It was started by Antoine Zegera in Brooklyn, New York.

The five favorite U.S. school lunches nationwide, according to the American School Food Service Association, are, in order, pizza, chicken nuggets, tacos, burritos, and hamburgers.

The flesh of the puffer fish (fugu) is considered a delicacy in Japan. It is prepared by chefs specially trained and certified by the government to prepare the flesh free of the toxic liver, gonads, and skin. Despite these precautions, many cases of tetrodotoxin poisoning are reported each year in patients ingesting fugu. Poisonings usually occur after eating fish caught and prepared by uncertified handlers. The end result, in most cases, is death.

The number 57 on a Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickle the company once had.

Fanta Orange is the third largest selling soft drink in the world.

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