Fun Facts about Food

ortolan

The songbird that’s being eaten to death

A rare songbird called the Ortolan is an illegal delicacy in France. Every year 300,000 Ortolans fly from the North, Baltic states, Finland and Scandinavia to warmer climes in the South. On the way they have to cross France. In France around 30,000 ortolans are hunted during their emigration. The Ortolan features on International Union …

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hamburger university

Hamburger University is harder to get into than Cambridge, Harvard or Oxford

Hamburger University is a corporate university owned by the McDonalds fast food chain. The university began with a meeting in a in suburban Chicago basement in 1961 between Fred Turner and Ray Kroc. Kroc was CEO at the time and Turner would later become CEO. During his lifetime Kroc took the franchise from 6 to …

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5 a day

5 a day was a compromise, it should be 10 a day

The British Department of Health recommends that we eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. However, the Japanese government, recommends to its citizens to eat 13 portions of fruit and veg a day. So why should the Japanese need more fruit and veg? “There must be a balance between what is healthy for …

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a.i. chef

From strawberry curry to chocolate Burrito, IBM’s A.I. chef finds unusual combinations that work

IBM has developed an Artificial Intelligence Chef. It’s called Watson and it uses algorithms to come up with new recipes. It has already suggested such wonders as the Austrian Chocolate Burrito, Strawberry Curry and Baltic Apple pie with a layer of pork. Known as ‘cognitive cooking’ Watson uses machine learning to analyse huge amounts of …

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sugar

You can use sugar for hair removal

Sugaring’ is an easy and effective way to remove hair. Mix sugar, lemon and water to make a gooey paste that you would use much the same way as hot wax. It is reported to be less painful than waxing and is more ecological too! https://www.treehugger.com/organic-beauty/why-sugaring-my-preferred-form-hair-removal.html

mouldy bread

Many ancient societies used mouldy bread to cure infections

In Ancient Serbia, China and Greece, old mouldy bread was pressed against wounds to prevent infection. The observed curative powers may have been due to some raw forms of antibiotics produced by the mould growing on the bread. Bonus fact: You can eat mouldy bread as long as you cut off the coloured bits and …

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