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Are bananas good before a workout?


Bananas contain three natural sugars -- sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-...

How did PEZ get its name?


PEZ Candy was first marketed as a compressed peppermint candy over 70 years ago in Vienna, Austria. The name PEZ was derived from the German word for peppermint... PfeffErminZ. Today, over 3 billion PEZ candies are consumed annually in the U.S.A. ...

How much does a pulsar weigh?


If a baseball-sized piece of a supernova star (known to astronomers as a pulsar) were brought to Earth, it would weigh more than the Empire State building.

Why did Cromwell ban caroling?


Oliver Cromwell, in England banned Christmas Carols between 1649 and 1660. Cromwell thought that Christmas should be a very solemn day so he banned carols and parties. The only celebration was by a sermon and a prayer service.

Which product was the first with sex appeal?


Woodbury Soap was the first product to show a nude woman in its advertisements. The year was 1936. Edward Steichen's photograph showed a rear, full-length view of a woman sunbathing – wearing only sandals.

Should you refrain from winking in Oz?


Winking at women, even to express friendship, is considered bad manners in Australia.

How much do insects outnumber people?


There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings on the entire earth.

How prestigious is the Medal of Honor?


The Medal of Honor, often referred to as the Congressional Medal of Honor because the President presents the award "in the name of Congress", is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. It is bestowed on a member of the United...

Can you really get cooties?


There really are such thing as "cooties." Though most people believe that "cooties" is just a nonsense word used by children to describe unpleasant insects, cooties are in fact a kind of body lice.

How far back does Celtic poetry go?


The bards of the Irish royal houses composed countless songs which subsequently became part of the repertoire of the medieval troubadours. By these means, Celtic poetry dating back to the 8th century has survived.