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hamburgers

  • Pound for pound, hamburgers cost more than some cars
  • It is truely an amazing fact that in 2011, Japanese scientist Mitsuyuki Ikeda created a “burger” made from soya, steak sauce essence, and protein extracted from human feces

ice-cream

  • Ice cream was originally made without sugar and eggs

fortune cookies

  • The fortune cookie was invented in 1916 by George Jung, a Los Angeles noodlemaker

banana

  • A banana tree isn’t really a tree. It is a herb
  • The banana itself isn’t really a fruit, but a berry
  • The flower of a banana plant is called a diamond

soybean

  • Soybean actually has Diadzein and genistein that act like weak estrogen

rice

  • Rice and some other grains contain chemicals that can enhance brain functions

potato

  • When potatoes were brought from South America over to Spain, it took about 200 years before it was recognized as food. (Now they can’t get their hands off it. Go figure.)

pears

  • Pears ripen from the inside out, and according to a survey on the lifestyle channel, men prefer hard pears while women prefer soft pears

China

  • If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproductiion
  • Rice was an ingredient used in making the foundations of the Great Wall of China
  • In China, there are over 50 different ethnic groups including Mongols and Manchurians
  • China has had a government since 1766 B.C., and it one of the oldest institutions in the world
  • Shanghai is the biggest city in the world, holding almost 16 million people
  • China is the largest producer of hydroelectric power in the world, with reserves of over 680 Million Kilowatts
  • China has a “one-child” policy where couples will need to pay fees to have more than one child
  • Chinese families often have nicknames for members at home such as Niu (cow), Tu (rabbit) and Xiong (bear) so that evil spirits are not attracted to the child
  • Although China covers over 9 million kms, it only has one timezone. As such, people in the west only get daylight at 9am in the morning
  • China has the world’s largest population of donkeys
  • China invented toilet paper
  • The chinese word for Portugal (Pu Tao Ya) means “Grape teeth”
  • Apricots originated from China
  • Disney characters were onced banned in China for over 40 years
  • Soccer was invented in China with the first football game recorded as early as 4BC
  • If all the peopled named Wang in China formed their own country, they would be the world’s 12th most populous nation (93 million) (The Times UK)

oxtail

  • Ok food fans! Whats in an oxtail soup? “Oxen tails!” i hear you say…well, wrong. Try beef cattle. (unsure)