Fun Friday Food Facts Vol. 17

13/11/2015 - 09:33
As the nation mourns the fact that Terry Wogan won't be hosting this year's Children in Need, we're here to numb the pain ever so slightly with the latest edition of Fun Friday Food Facts.

There is a species of Mushroom named after SpongeBob Square Pants. The new species of mushroom has been named Spongiforma Squarepantsii because of its similar appearance to a sea sponge.

Ever wondered why we eat eggs from chickens and ducks, but not turkeys? It’s because the birds that hatch from them are many times more valuable for their meat.
 
In space – or microgravity - the food you eat sits higher in the stomach as it’s being digested than it would on earth. It’s because of this, carbonated drinks are banned whilst up there as they can lead to you burping and ultimately vomiting each time you do. It’s a phenomena known in the industry as ‘wet burping’!
 
Did you know Heinz Tomato Ketchup has a speed limit? If the sauce pours at more than 0.028mph when it's in the Heinz Tomato Ketchup factory, it's considered too runny and rejected!

The word "toast," which means wishing good health originated in ancient Rome. A piece of toasted bread was literally dropped into wine back then.

If you boil beetroots in water and then massage the water into your scalp each night, it works as an effective cure for dandruff.

Ancient Egyptians who had slaved away in the scorching heat for hours on end building the Pyramids, were given a wage of just a radish, garlic and onion.

1980s, Andre the Giant was the highest paid professional wrestler in the business...
The big man loved two things: wrestling and booze—mostly booze
On the way to a wrestling bout via coach - he once drank Sixteen bottles of wine in four hours. Andre the Giant also holds the world record for the largest number of beers consumed in a single sitting. These were standard 350ml bottles of beer, nothing fancy, but during a six-hour period Andre drank 119 of them. Think about it: 119 beers in six hours. That’s a beer every three minutes, non stop. This was one of the rare times... that he passed out.

Christmas pudding originated as a 14th century porridge called 'frumenty' that was made of beef and mutton with raisins, currants, prunes, wines and spices. This would often be more like soup and was eaten as a fasting meal in preparation for the Christmas festivities.

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