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Pound cake got its name from its recipe.

The early recipes of pound cake called for one pound of butter, one pound of eggs, and one pound of sugar.

 

Fruit-flavored snacks shine because of car wax.

Yep, the same wax that is used on cars, carnauba wax, is the same type of wax that is used to give gummy candy a glossy sheen.

 

Nutmeg is a hallucinogen.

If you ingest nutmeg in large doses, it works like a hallucinogen due to a natural compound called myristicin.

It has mind-altering effects if taken in large doses.

 

You can find peanuts in dynamite.

Peanuts have an oil that is used as an ingredient while making glycerol, which is a main component of nitroglycerin.

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Hunting unicorns is legal in Michigan.

 

Someone actually paid $10,000 for invisible artwork.

 

It officially takes 364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.

 

Cows moo with regional accents.

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Gotta say, I'd love to see the unicorn hunting license...😊

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Canadians wanted to rename the Northwest Territories "Bob."

When Canada considered changing the name of the Northwest Territories in 1996, the public was asked for their input. And although various aboriginal names were considered, "Bob" became the second most popular choice. David Hamilton, the clerk of the N.W.T. Assembly, told the CBC, "It got caught up in a friendly hype rather than a serious hype." Fortunately (or unfortunately), the name-changing debate was set aside before "Bob" was put to an official vote.

 

Pennsylvania's official amphibian is the "snot otter."

In 2019, Pennsylvania passed a law naming the eastern hellbender salamander (which also goes by the names Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, devil dog, Allegheny alligator, lasagna lizard, and snot otter) as the state's official amphibian. And that's great news for the two-foot long creature that's facing a loss of habitat and a reduced population. Hopefully, this honor means that the snot otter's numbers can soon increase.

 

 

The largest cup of coffee was more than 18,000 liters.

Some people can't function without their morning cup of coffee. However, no one could possibly consume the largest cup of coffee ever poured, which was a whopping 18,012.07 liters. Earning a world record in 2018, the coffee came in a cup that was 3.36 meters high and 3 meters in diameter. It took 22 people an entire month to make it!

 

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I know its Sunday but this is interesting.

 

Avocado is recognized as one of the world's healthiest fruits, given that it's rich in fiber and healthy fats. Avocado reduces estrogen absorption while increasing testosterone levels. It can also benefit your heart. 

 

Broccoli has a big impact on how our hormones work. This is due to its effect on how estrogen is broken down in the body.

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On 6/19/2022 at 11:26 AM, Jani said:

Avocado is recognized as one of the world's healthiest fruits, given that it's rich in fiber and healthy fats. Avocado reduces estrogen absorption while increasing testosterone levels. It can also benefit your heart. 

 

"And thus...in one fell swoop, all the kingdom's transfemme folk fell into mourning over a once-beloved choice of produce, while the kingdom's transmasc population bought up the remaining supply, thus causing an unprecedented avacado shortage across the land."

 

"The kindgom's cisfolk, meanwhile, wondered what in the world was going on with avacados..."

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5 hours ago, Heather Nicole said:

 

"And thus...in one fell swoop, all the kingdom's transfemme folk fell into mourning over a once-beloved choice of produce, while the kingdom's transmasc population bought up the remaining supply, thus causing an unprecedented avacado shortage across the land."

 

"The kindgom's cisfolk, meanwhile, wondered what in the world was going on with avacados..."

LOVE THIS!  I laughed until I cried.

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1 The longest wedding veil was the length of 63 American football fields.

 

2 Some cats are allergic to people.

 

3 The voices of Mickey and Minnie Mouse got married in real life.

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Got this from a local wildlife refuge this morning! Couldn’t resist sharing it!


#FunFactFriday! Though they are native to Australia, Black Swans are bred all over the United States (leading to run-away swans that sometimes visit wildlife refuges like Ridgefield NWR). In their native range, Black swans may be found on their own but they also often form loose groups consisting of several hundred or sometimes thousands of birds. Swans are monogamous and stick with one partner for years. Many of them choose a same-sex partner. Around 1/4 of Black Swans (and an estimated 20% of all swans) form homosexual pairs - and they often start successful families together. Sometimes, one swan in a male couple will mate with a female, and then drive her away once she's laid a clutch of eggs. In other cases, they adopt abandoned eggs.

[image: Black Swan on Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, November 2019, by Angie Vogel] 
#PRIDE #RefugiodeVidaSilvestre #notapark #urbanrefuge #birding #photography #family #weneednature #ornithology #nature #education #culture #PNW #spring #fun #wildwashington

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4 hours ago, Aggie1 said:

Many of them choose a same-sex partner.

Ah, ha. It takes a village, they say, the whole village. Or one non-binary goose AND OTHER SPECIES. I once lived on a pond in which a goose adopted three DUCKS. As they swam past, one of the ducks turned to me and said, "My mom is bigger than your mom."

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The 50 star U.S. flag was designed by a man in Lancaster, Ohio

 

Americans eat 150 million hotdogs on

The 4th of July.

 

There is something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence (it was written on parchment that had been written on earlier during the Revolutionary War.

 

Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the 50th anniversity of the the Declaration.

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5 minutes ago, Heather Shay said:

Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the 50th anniversity of the the Declaration.

There's an urban myth connected with this that Adams' last words were "Jefferson still survives. The republic is safe." His actual last words were "At least Jefferson still lives." He was mistaken as Jefferson died five hours earlier.

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Three or more cats are a clowder. There are other names used for a group of cats, such as a clutter, a glaring, or a pounce.

 

 

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  • 1958 Joe Cino, an Italian-American theater producer, opens Caffe Cino.  Caffe Cino is credited with starting the Off-Off-Broadway theater movement.  Six years after Caffe Cino opens, it hosts the first gay plays, “The Madness of Lady Bright, by Lanford Wilson, and The Haunted Host, by Robert Patrick.
  • 1980 At the 1980 Democratic National Convention held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Democrats took a stance supporting gay rights, adding the following to their plank:  “All groups must be protected from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, language, age, sex or sexual orientation.”
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56 minutes ago, Hannah Renee said:

"All finished, Mom!" No fooling that old witch. Guess what I had set out for me for breakfast the next morning? I kid you not - avocado fresh from the garbage.

And there is cold oatmeal when you get home from school.   LOL

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We have to have a tree cut down sadly so today I thought tree facts might be fun:

More than half of all tree species exist in only one country.

There are 60,000 tree species in the world and many are threatened with extinction. Brazil, Colombia, and Indonesia have the highest totals for native tree species.

Different parts of a tree grow at different times throughout the year.

Typically, most of the foliage growth happens in the spring, followed by trunk growth in the summer and root growth in the fall and winter.

If a birdhouse is hung on a tree branch, it won’t move up the tree as the tree grows.birdhouse2

This is because trees grow from the top. Specialized cells in the ends of the tree shoots form areas called meristems. These meristems are the locations from which a tree grows taller and limbs grow longer. Because trees grow from their most distal ends, it means that a branch will always be the same height as it was the day it emerged from the trunk as a little bud. However, just because tree branches do not rise as a tree grows doesn’t mean they will always be there, many trees shed their lowest branches as they grow.

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If you close your eyes and nose, apples, potatoes, and onions taste the same!

 

85% of plant life is found in the ocean!

 

A group of bananas is called a hand!
A single banana in the group is called a finger.

 

Cucumbers are fruits and not vegetables!

 

Before the 16th century, carrots were purple!
Dutch farmers in the 17th century eventually started growing the mutant orange versions and that’s what we eat today!

 

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FACT: If Kurt sobered up and got clean, he would have eventually came out as trans, changed her name to Caroline, and would have went on to a solo career selling three platinum albums, producing and directing movies, and starting a halfway house for homeless trans youth.

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Some cats are allergic to people.

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Some weather tidbits

 

In 1684, it was so cold that the River Thames froze solid for two months.

 

The coldest temperature ever officially recorded was -89.2°C -128.6 F). Brrrr!  Might feel good about now

 

Mild autumn weather often means bigger spiders in our homes.

 

About 2,000 thunderstorms rain down on Earth every minute.

 

A 2003 heatwave turned grapes to raisins before they were picked from the vine!

 

A whiteout or heavy snowfall that makes it difficult to see, can make you feel sick.

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I found myself thinking that whammies only come in multiples - doubles and sometimes triples. You never hear about a single whammy.

 

Note to self:  "Get a life."

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1. Flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down.

2. There are 32 muscles in a cat’s ear.

3. The chicken and the ostrich are the closest living relatives of the Tyrannosaurus rex.

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31 minutes ago, Heather Shay said:

The chicken and the ostrich are the closest living relatives of the Tyrannosaurus rex.

You could have fooled me.  I thought it was my ex-wife.

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