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Interesting Food Facts And Trivia

Updated on June 19, 2013

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Fun Food Facts

Finding humor in our daily tasks can make the difference between a boring day and a day full of fun and vigor. Since I am from America, it only makes sense to find funny facts about food, right? The USA is the greatest consumer of food stuffs in the world, and some of that stuff is pretty darn weird! Let's get started.

25 Fun, Weird, And Interesting Food Facts

1. If you can't find batteries for your flashlight, it's good to know that lemons can power light bulbs.

2. A less famous character for sure, but a mushroom has been named after Sponge Bob Squarepants.

3. Searching for just the right art-centric career? Well, maybe a move to Mexico would help. Some artists there bake tortillas and use them as canvas for paintings.

4. Weighing in just under that of about 300 apples—up to 110 pounds, or 50 kg— the Jackfruit is the largest fruit to grow on a tree.

5. Craving green tea ice cream flavored Oreo cookies? You can actually buy a bag if you find yourself in China!

Hen Egg vs Ostrich Egg

It would take two dozen chicken eggs to make up an ostrich egg!
It would take two dozen chicken eggs to make up an ostrich egg! | Source

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6. One ostrich egg amounts to about two dozen chicken eggs. That would make one amazing omelet!

7. Oh, and while we are thinking about eggs, chickens that sport white earlobes lay only white eggs; those with red earlobes will lay brown eggs.

8. At a county fair in California, USA, you can purchase deep-fried Kool-Aid.

9. After enjoying that fried Kool-Aid, be sure to stop by a California—or New York—cupcake ATM. You can buy the tiny auto-teller cakes 24/7 in these American states.

10. If you wish to conserve water these days, you may consider avoiding hamburgers in doing your part. You see, it takes more than 450 gallons of water—around 1,741 L—to make a single hamburger.

11. Some fruit drinks achieve their vibrant red tone by extracting elements from the cochineal bug.

12. In the United States there is a "ski-up" Starbucks located at a well known ski resort.

13. In the good-old days, folks would break off a chunk of Willow Bark to chew as a pain reliever. These days, you have to buy your Willow Bark in the form of a pill or liquid. You know it today as "aspirin".

14. Another product derived from the good-old days is peanut butter. It was originally developed as a great source of protein for those people who had lost their teeth.

15. As long as we are discussing peanuts, you may find it interesting to learn that it requires about 550 peanuts to make a single 12-ounce jar of peanut butter. They are not kidding when they say it is packed full of flavor! Now I want a PB&J, and maybe a deep fried kool-aid side!

16. This is for the pizza lovers around the world. Some pizza crusts are made using the extracts from human hair. Makes finding that long blond tuft in your pepperoni pie a little easier to deal with doesn't it...or does it? (Yuck, either way!)

17. Technically we should be referring to this healthy tropical edible as a seed, rather than a nut. The coconut is in fact a tree seed and not a nut at all.

18. You can buy sweet candy suckers that contain real 24-karat gold flecks inside. Would this count as a rich treat?

19. Most cherry trees grow enough fruit each year to fill almost 30 delicious cherry pies.

20. The disorder of acid reflux is a very serious condition, especially when you consider that the acid made in the human stomach is strong enough to dissolve metal.

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21. It is a very strange thing, but many astronauts will crave Tabasco sauce when in space.

22. In a pinch, a block of cheese serves well to feed a hungry family. Maybe this is why cheese remains the number one stolen food in the world.

23. Pull out the old 1960s gear to check out this fact! Bananas glow a very cool shade of blue under a black light.

24. Kind of gross but worth knowing; some species of caterpillar meat has more protein—ounce per ounce—than lean red beef.

25. When that Blueberry Slurpy drives a spike through the top of your skull, quickly press your tongue to the roof of your mouth to relieve the pain of that brain freeze!

Food Facts Wrapped Up

Now that we are done playing with all manner of food, I hope you will commit a few of these weird food facts to memory. You never know when you will get talked into playing a trivia game all about the edible side of life. Cheers!

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    Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    Great hub India. Very useful and interesting at the same time. Voted up!

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    Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

    This was a fun Hub, but I didn't quite understand the meaning of #10. I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, you know. "takes more than 450 gallons of water, etc.etc." to make a single hamburger.

    Voted this UP, etc.

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    Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

    I know some people who have stolen cheese, come to think of it.

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    Anna 4 years ago from New York, NY

    These are really fascinating facts about food, K9! All 25 are completely new to me and I'm sure will come in handy for trivia or for myself :) I haven't had a slurpee for a while and couldn't stand the brain freeze... can't wait to try something icy cold and pressing my tongue to the roof of my mouth to test it out! Love your articles, as always!

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    Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

    Hello, K9 and Happy New Year! I'm afraid this naïve Brit doesn't understand a lot of your references but I enjoyed the ones I did understand. You also reminded me of a situation from my childhood re the colour of the eggs. I vaguely remember (but am assured it really happened) telling my Gran I hated white eggs and only liked brown ones. Unbeknown to me at the time, she used to take her white eggs and instead of boiling them in water, she boiled them in tea. Apparently, I thereafter ate my "brown" eggs quite happily! :)

    Hope you're well my friend,


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    Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I agree...useful facts to store for Trivia.....but not really for appetite....Some of these are over the top, K9....but fun to learn, nonetheless! Deep fried Kool-Aid? C'mon.....How does one deep fry a liquid? ...I think I've heard it all, now!....UP+++

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    Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Very fun indeed.

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    carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

    what a fun and interesting read. Thanks for sharing all these bizarre facts about food...The hamburger really got to me. Voting UP.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    An enjoyable hub filled with fun food trivia! Well-done!

    Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up and pinned

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Yes, these were interesting. Thank you

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    Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    I am trying to forget #16- I had pizza for lunch. And I didn't know #24 but I don't plan on eating catepillar anytime soon. Fun hub! Voted up and shared.