Did You Know?

by Matt on January 18, 2011

*Did you check out my post on “Why You Should Eat Organic?”*

Think you know a lot about food? Check these food facts out!

  • An ear of corn always has an even number of rows.
  • On average, each of us consumes:
  1. 290 pounds of dairy
  2. 150 pounds of meat
  3. 125 pounds of potatoes
  4. 80 pounds of fruit
  5. 68 pounds of bread
  6. 8 pounds of poultry
  7. 35 pounds of eggs per year

  • Maine produces almost all of the nation’s wild blueberries.
  • The Frankfurter (or hot dog) was first created in China.
  • Almonds are actually stone fruits related to cherries, peaches and plums.
  • It takes 12 honeybees to produce one tablespoon of honey.
  • Cream is actually lighter than milk.
  • Instant coffee has been in existence since the middle of the 18th century.
  • Approximately 40 million pounds of lobsters are caught off the Maine coast annually, representing almost 90% of the nations total supply.
  • Only male turkeys gobble… female turkeys make a clicking sound.
  • It takes over 300 gallons of water to grow one pound of rice.
  • The potato was the first vegetable to be successfully grown in space.An apple, when fresh, is made up of about 25% air… That is why they float in the barrel when we “Bob-for-apples”.

Do you have any fun food facts to share?

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What is the best thing about having Monday off for a holiday?

A THREE DAY WEEK!

I do not have class on Fridays :)

Since I have everything accomplished for the day (except for a “risk management” meeting for work tonight… That will be fun), my week is technically 33% over. Once you break it down like that, this week is going to be cake.

Since today felt like “Monday”, I headed to the gym this morning for spin. Last semester, I would always meet my friend on Mondays for spin! It was like a weekly tradition.

I want to start getting in that routine again, so I headed there for the 6 AM class. Unfortunately, the New Years resolution folks are still going strong. I got there at 5:40 (20 minutes early!) and all of the passes were already taken. C’mon people, I want to spin!

Here was the new plan:

Tuesday Workout

Running: 8.1 miles

Elliptical: 30 minutes

Cycling: 30 minutes

Today, I discovered just how ready I am for winter to be over with. It was cold, rainy, and just disgusting outside.

Spring, where are you?

When is Groundhog Day? Isn’t that coming up?

Anyways, the weather has been miserable all day. On the plus side, it was not all that cold (just chilly), so my run was pretty comfortable. My feet were soaked from landing in a puddle, but no biggie ;)

After splashing around for 8 miles, I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on the bike doing intervals to finish up. I was going to swim, but I was out of time before I had to head to class. In my GBA class, my teacher will call you out for being 2 seconds late (literally). That is why I was 8 minute early, which is really unlike me. I am one of those people that is ALWAYS on time. I am never late, but I am never early.

Are you late, on time, or early?

And with that, my workout addiction is satisfied!

For today that is ;)

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January 18, 2011 at 4:44 PM

i used to always be WAY early and now i get there right on time. which makes me feel like i’m always there late haha!
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January 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Yes, I knew corn had an even number of rows. How did I know this? I eat 4 rows at a time & I go down each row like a typewriter. Just ask my husband. He thinks I’m insane.
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January 18, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Groundhog day is February 2!! Phil is a PA native :)

80 pounds of fruit…hahahahahaha. I honestly think mine is close to a pound a day, if not more. Makes up for all the meat I’m not eating, I suppose!!
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January 18, 2011 at 5:20 PM

To be early is to be on time
To be on time is to be late
And to be late is unacceptable. :-)

I learned that from one of my professor’s.

-The banana tree is not a true fruit at all but a giant herb and the banana is actually its berry.
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January 18, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I am usually early. My dad was a bus driver so he is ALWAYS very early, and my mom is always late, so I am usually 10-15 minutes early or right on time. I never consciousally made the decision to be early, but I always hated when my mom was late to pick me up!
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January 18, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Fun facts! Cream is lighter than milk? I’m bad with science so I won’t try to figure that out one. A fun fact I just learned (and put in my post) is that 1 Tbsp of molasses has about 1/4 of our daily need for both calcium and iron — I might try to bake with it more often now!
Hope you’re enjoying your short week :)

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January 18, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Today I was late. Two hours late.
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January 19, 2011 at 7:05 AM

I’m usually a very punctual person. But when I go to my parents house I’m always late! My dad gets so annoyed with me….. :)
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January 19, 2011 at 7:18 AM

I love short weeks! Glad you are enjoying yours!

I am an early bird. I hate being late and always overestimate how long it will take me to get somewhere, considering traffic and every other little detail. I feel stressed if I’m rushing around.
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January 19, 2011 at 7:53 AM

These are so interesting! I had no idea the hotdog was created in China, since it’s always considered “true American fare” at ball games and things like that. :D
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