Did You Know – 02/18/2012


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1. Lemons ripen after you pick them, but oranges do not

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2. Cranberries are tested for ripeness by bouncing them. A fully ripe cranberry can be bounced like a basketball

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3. An apple is more efficient than a cup of coffee for keeping people awake in the morning.
The sugar in apples, and the act of chewing, works better than a cup of coffee for keeping people alert. Sugars (generally speaking, carbohydrates) give energy, and quick energy too. During sleep, you consume energy, although in slower pace. Thus in the morning you need to refill your energy reserves. Fruits do that very well without the crash the caffeine will produce.
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4. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew marijuana on their plantations
In the early 1600’s, hemp (marijuana) was so vital a resource that laws were passed in America that actually ordered farmers to grow it. Hemp was legal tender in most parts of America for about two hundred years; goods could be purchased with it and it could even be used to pay taxes. In 1850, the U.S. Census counted 8,327 hemp plantations that grew marijuana for cloth, canvas, paper and other goods. Two United States presidents, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson even grew hemp on their plantations. In fact, George Washington is on the record, quoted as saying, “Make the most of the hemp seed and sow it everywhere”
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5. The name Google came from a typo

Due to a typo error, the original name “Googol” was registered wrongly by a Stanford Student as “Google”. It was a $160 billion (current value of the company) typo error that catapulted Google as one of the premier internet technology company.
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