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"Colonial goose" is the name Australians give to stuffed mutton.

"Cook's Illustrated" conducted blind taste testings of vanillas, and the staff was surprised to find that, in baked goods, expensive, aromatic vanillas performed almost exactly the same as the cheaper brands of real vanilla. The differences virtually disappeared during cooking.

"0 & Wine" magazine reported that in Japan, squid is the most popular topping for Domino's pizza.

Well, before WWII, Twinkies used to have bananna cream in them; but because of the battle at Pearl Harbor, we had a shortage of bananas and had to switch to plain vanilla. It's been that way ever since then. (Update- Recently Hostess re-introduced the Bananna Twinkie)

Beer foam will go down by licking your finger then sticking it in the beer.

Chocolate not only does not promote tooth decay, it might prevent it. According to the American Dental Association, milk chocolate contains ingredients, such as calcium and phosphate, that might modify acid production in the mouth that leads to cavities. Some oils in chocolate might also prevent tooth decay. Chocolate does contain sugar, of course, but these are simple sugars that are less harmful than the complex sugars contained in other foods.

According to the head chef at the United Nations, the president of Iceland eats fish every day for lunch. Additionally, the queen of Denmark has a taste for Japanese food, and Pres. Bill Clinton has a passion for chicken.

According to the National Safety Council, coffee is not successful at sobering up a drunk person, and in many cases it may actually increase the adverse effects of alcohol.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat more than 22 pounds of tomatoes every year. More than half this amount is eaten in the form of ketchup and tomato sauce.

Alcoholic lemonade is outselling premium bottled lagers in United Kingdom pubs, according to a report in "NASFT Showcase" magazine.

Ancient Greeks and Romans believed asparagus had medicinal qualities for helping prevent bee stings and relieve toothaches.

86 is one of many codes once used by soda fountain employees to communicate quickly among themselves. Code 33 meant a cherry-flavored Coke, Code 19 meant a banana split, and Code 86 meant they were out of a particular item. As a result, if a cook "86'd" an order, it meant he was canceling it.

Sixty cows can produce a ton of milk a day.

Worcestershire Sauce is basically an Anchovy ketchup.

For beer commercials, they add liquid detergent to the beer to make it foam more.

When tea was first introduced in the American colonies, many housewives, in their ignorance, served the tea leaves with sugar or syrup after throwing away the water in which they had been boiled.

From 1941 until 1950, violet was part of the color mixture for "M&M's" Plain Chocolate Candies. Violet was replaced by tan.

Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where it was first developed.

Budweiser Beer, known in much of the world by the ad slogan "The King of Beers", is known as "The Beer of Kings" in The Czech Republic. There are two beers that are trademarked Budweiser. The one known as the "King of Beers" is the American brand while the Czech brand is the one known as the "Beer of Kings". They are NOT the same brand and there is a friendly rivalry between them. If I remember correctly, and its quite possible I don't, the American brand was trademarked first but somehow the Czech beer retained rights to its name. I don't think they are both available in the same country.

You should not eat a crawfish with a straight tail. It was dead before it was cooked.

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