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Each cacao tree can produce approximately 2,500 beans. It takes a cacao tree four to five years to produce its first beans.


Cacao trees can live to be 200 years old, but they produce marketable cocoa beans for only 25 years.


The English chocolate company Cadbury made the first chocolate bar in the world in 1842.


A person will eat an average of 35 tons of food in his or her lifetime, or 1,500 pounds of food a year.


Eggs contain the highest quality food protein known. All parts of an egg are edible, including the shell which has a high calcium content


Americans collectively consume approximately 900 billion calories each day.


A person will usually swallow around 250 times during dinner


The word “health” comes from the Anglo-Saxon term hal meaning “wholeness.”i


A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a duck and a rooster the first to fly in a hot air balloon.


The world’s first travel agencies were Cox & Kings, founded in 1758, and Thomas Cook, founded in 1850.


The 16th century Escorial palace of King Phillip II of Spain had 1,200 doors.


The deepest hole ever drilled by man is the Kola Superdeep Borehole, in Russia. It reached a depth of 12,261 meters (about 40,226 feet or 7.62 miles). It was drilled for scientific research and gave up some unexpected discoveries, one of which was a huge deposit of hydrogen – so massive that the mud coming from the hole was “boiling” with it. The borehole is pictured above.


In 1811 and 1812, three earthquakes measuring around 8 on the richter scale, caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards. These earthquakes also created Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee.


Glaciers store between 70% and 80% of all the freshwater on the planet. 99% of those glaciers are in the Arctic and Antarctic.


The hottest temperature recorded on earth is El Azizia Libya at 136 F, the coldest was -134 degrees fahrenheit in Vostok Antarctica. The hottest average temp is in western Australia, it is 96 degrees year round on average.


The largest city in the world – based on surface area, is Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia which is 263,953 km squared.


Gorgias of Epirus (3rd century BC), a Greek sophist, was born in his dead mother’s coffin! Pallbearers heard him crying out as they carried his mother’s coffin to the grave.


In circa 3100–3050 BC Egypt was ruled by its very first Pharaoh – King Menes. It was said that he was the first human ruler – inheriting the throne from the god Horus.


In the 1700s in Paris, women wore hats with lightning rods attached when venturing outdoors during bad weather. Bad idea.


In 1958, the US sent two mice called Laska and Benjy into space.

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