Did You Know…

  • in a 2007 survey, 53 percent of 7- to 9-year-olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit?
  • berries are sooooo good for you? They are high in Vitamins A and C and fiber and antioxidants.
  • Bruschetta is the name for grilled bread rubbed with garlic and olive oil? Topping it with fresh tomatoes is a typical Roman antipasto.
  • the earliest evidence of our ancestors eating soup was about 6000 BC? Guess what kind of soup it was? Hippopotamus! Yuck!
  • dark chocolate is actually good for you? It is a potent antioxidant and helps lower blood pressure. But, you only need a palm-full of dark chocolate (alone, not with milk, etc.) a week, or else it’s too much. (insert “Dark Chocolate” picture here)
  • there is a museum in Belgium just for strawberries?
  • bathing in public facilities was developed by Romans? There are ruins of public baths in Pompeii and in Rome.
  • you can make your own chocolate spa bath by mixing one cup of cocoa with two cups of preferred milk? Add half a cup of honey and whip until frothy (an immersion blender works well). Pour a very warm bath,
    adding the frothed milk chocolate right at the end. Just before stepping into the tub, pour in sparkling grape juice. My mom would kill me if I did this!
  • in the 1940’s, in Los Angeles, Rebecca Webb Carranza made the triangular shaped tortilla chip? She took the tortilla scraps from the automated tortilla machine and fried them. (insert “Tortilla Chip” picture here)
  • about 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged in the US each year, making it the second largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas- 85% of these purchases are made by women, and 1 out of every 5 valentines are received by parents?
  • based on May 2010’s Social Security Administration statistics, the number one female name was “Isabella” and the number one male name was “Jacob”? I looked up my name, Remmington, and it is very rare as a first name. My last name, Smith, however is the first most common last name in the US. Around 2515000 people have “Smith” as a last name in the US.

 

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