Did you know…

  • there is a lot of controversy about the Fortune Cookie originating in
    Los Angeles versus San Francisco? In 1983, and in San Francisco, The Court of Historical Review ruled the cookie originated in San Francisco. A key piece of evidence offered in the hearing was a fortune cookie with “SF judge who rules for LA not very smart cookie.” The city of LA then condemned the court’s decision.
  • Americans consume 8 billion chickens a year?
  • in a honeybee’s short lifespan (4 to 6 weeks) they will produce 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey?
  • China produces 274,900,000 tons of carrots per year?
  • Labor Day was made a national holiday by Congress in 1894? President Cleveland rushed this legislation through Congress 6 days after the Pullman Strike. He wanted to make peace with Labor, as workers were killed by US Marshalls and the US Military during the strike.
  • Mirepoix is a simple combination of onions, celery, and carrots, used in many French dishes?
  • wild rice (zinzania aquatica) grows in lakes in Manitoba, Canada, and in Minnesota? Approximately 60% of the crop during harvest is lost which is why it is so expensive.
  • one of Confucius’s followers asked him for one word that would “guide a person through life”? The word he selected was “shu” which means “reciprocity” or “never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself”.
  • chicken is rich in B6, B3, and selenium? These are needed for fat and protein metabolism and red blood cell production.
  • the last meal on the Titanic included creamed carrots as the fifth course?
  • eating pickles is a great way to get a daily serving of your “5 A Day” and they are low in fat and calories?
  • carrots have the highest content of beta carotene, which is vitamin A, than any other vegetable?
  • although the fortune cookie is generally served at the end of the meal in Chinese restaurants in America, the cookie is non-existent in China?
  • the official flower of National Grandparent’s Day is the “Forget-Me-Not”?



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