Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

Zanzibar, the Tiny Island That Set World Records

Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 16-31 miles off the coast of the mainland. It is famous for holding the record of being involved in the shortest war on record (37 minutes before surrendering to the British in 1896). On another note, it is the world’s #1 producer of cloves.

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Eat Apples, But Don’t Overdo It!

Many fruits that belong to the rose family (such as apples, pears, apricots, almonds…) contain traces of arsenic or cyanide. Thankfully, these poisons are present in minute amounts in the seeds or pits, and present a danger only if ingested in large quantities. The ingestion of 50 almonds by an adult can engender dire consequences as this amount represents 0.2 grams of cyanide.

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Can You Spot the Hidden Bear in the Toblerone Logo?

The logo of the Toblerone chocolate bar represents a mountain, but hidden in this mountain is a bear standing on two paws. You will spot the bear highlighted in brown.

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Strange Scientific Fact - Water Does Not Always Boil at 212 degrees F.

Water does not always boil at the usual 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees). It depends primarily on atmospheric pressure and related conditions. Therefore, high in the mountains, water will boil at an inferior temperature (and more quickly) as the pressure is lower, contrary to the water in a kettle.

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Haagen Dazs - The American Version

You are probably a fan of the delicious Haagen Dazs ice cream. But did you know that it is a 100% American product, whose name was chosen to sound Scandinavian? The brand name was created in the Bronx by Reuben Matus in 1961.

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The Myth of Champagne and the Spoon

The common practice of placing a spoon in the neck of an open champagne bottle (to store it) serves absolutely no purpose, even if the spoon is solid silver.

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Giants of the Vegetable World - A 35 Pound Broccoli, Realy?

Some US farmers have taken vegetable growing seriously and have world records to prove it. You won't find these in your local supermarket: Grown in Rhode Island, the world's largest pumpkin was shown at the Topsfield Fair of Massachusetts in 2007, weighing 1689 lbs.

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The World's Largest Pizza Ever Weighed 26,883 Pound

According to Guinness World Records the largest pizza ever created was not in Italy (the most likely location) but in Norwood, South Africa. The pizza measured 122 feet, 8 inches in diameter, weighed 26,883 lbs, and contained 9,920 lbs. of flour, 3,960 lbs. of cheese, 1,763 lbs. of mushrooms, 1,984 lbs. of tomato puree, and 1,984 lbs. of chopped tomatoes.

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