Food facts

Ketchup Was Originally Sold As Medicine

Reading Time: 2 minutes Perhaps one of the most used condiments in the world, ketchup, was originally sold as medicine. This occurred way back in the 1830’s, in a time of the travelling snake oil salesmen, who would peddle all kinds of concoctions that apparently had miracle healing properties. So what exactly was it about ketchup that apparently had health …

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50% of the Ownership of Domino’s Pizza Was Traded for a Vw Beetle

Reading Time: 3 minutes Imagine trading 50% of the ownership of Domino’s Pizza for a VW Beetle, a used one at that. Is it something that you would do, or even consider doing? Well certainly not today, but place yourself in the shoes of one of the co-founders of the then young company, without the benefit of knowing the …

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Originally, Milkshakes Were Alcoholic Drinks

Reading Time: 2 minutes Wow, originally milkshakes were alcoholic drinks. I mean seriously, wow. Could you imagine walking into a bar and ordering a milkshake with the end result being you get plastered? Or being refused a milkshake because you were under age? This was the bizarre circumstances in the late 19th century. The first known use of the …

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Popcorn Was Once Banned From Cinemas

Reading Time: 2 minutes If there’s one thing synonymous with cinemas, it’s popcorn. The delightfully delicious, salty, buttery, and somewhat messy snack has no fonder home than a cinema. But believe it or not, it wasn’t always that way. In fact popcorn was once banned from cinemas. But why would they go to such lengths to ban a major revenue source? …

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Blood Can Be Used As An Egg Substitute And Can Even Make A Meringue

Reading Time: 2 minutes Now there’s even more reason to beware of vampires. It seems as though there are more uses of blood than  just providing oxygen to vital organs throughout the body. Blood can also be used as an egg substitute in just about every recipe, but it has at least one drawback. The taste. The fact that …

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7Up Once Contained Lithium

Reading Time: 2 minutes The popular carbonated beverage 7Up  contained lithium, the toxic element used in many popular battery cells. But it’s also perhaps the most widely used medication for bipolar disorder. The therapeutic benefits of lithium are the reason it was first used in 7Up. When it was released for sale in 1929, only a few weeks before the stock …

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Yellow Margarine is Illegal in Missouri

Reading Time: 2 minutes Yet another odd law to contend with, although this one has been around for a very long time. Would you believe that yellow margarine is illegal in Missouri? That’s right, one of the world’s most popular spreads, yellow margarine, is illegal in Missouri! But why? Why is yellow margarine illegal in Missouri? It’s not margarine that’s been banned, …

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Al Capone’s Soup Kitchen During the Great Depression

Reading Time: 2 minutes During the Great Depression of the late 1920’s and 1930’s, one of the most renowned criminal figure heads in America ran a charity. It was Al Capone’s soup kitchen for displaced workers in Chicago. But surely there’s more to the story than generosity. Al Capone rose to infamy during Prohibition. As the head of a …

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German WWII Pilots Put Coca-Cola Bottles Under The Wings Of Their Planes To Cool Them Down

Reading Time: 2 minutes You have to admire human ingenuity. When there’s a will, there’s a way, and German pilots during WWII proved that point exceedingly well during their unwelcome time in North Africa. What exactly did they do? The WWII German pilots figured out how to cool down Coca Cola bottles in the hot and harsh environment of …

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