In October 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space. NASA and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, created the technology with the goal of feeding astronauts on long space voyages, and eventually, feeding future space colonies.
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The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds. The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog. A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent ...Read More
The Adam's apple gets its name from the Biblical story of Adam and Eve. According to legend, a piece of the apple that Adam ate became lodged in his throat. From then on, all of Adam's male descendents had the lump as a ...Read More
With apologies to Ms. Rowling's young magic user, it's the wizard Merlin, advisor to King Arthur, who's arguably the most famous wizard of all. The modern interpretation was galvanized by T.H. White's story of "The Sword ...Read More
In 1950, at the Las Vegas Desert Inn, an anonymous sailor made 27 straight passes (wins) with the dice at craps. The odds against such a feat are 12,467,890 to 1. The dice today are enshrined in the hotel on a velvet ...Read More
In 1995, each American used an annual average of 731 pounds of paper, more than double the amount used in the 1980s. Contrary to predictions that computers would displace paper, consumption is growing.
Poliosis is the graying of the hair. It comes from polios, the Greek word for "gray."