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Why Salt Enhances Flavor

Why Salt Enhances Flavor

Daven Hiskey September 16, 2011 7

Today I found out why salt enhances flavor. This is partially simply due to the fact that “saltiness” is one of the five primary basic tastes the human tongue can detect.  Those five tastes being: salt, bitter, sweet,

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The Formal Name of a Cluster of Bananas

The Formal Name of a Cluster of Bananas

Daven Hiskey July 27, 2011 2

##EMBED## Click Here for Sources and to Read More Fascinating Banana Facts Text Version A cluster of bananas is formally called a “hand”.  Along that theme, a single banana is called a “finger”

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The Founder of Wendy’s Helped Save KFC and was a High School Dropout

The Founder of Wendy’s Helped Save KFC and was a High School Dropout

Daven Hiskey March 30, 2011 9

Today I found out that Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s, before starting the Wendy’s franchise helped save the KFC franchise and was a high school dropout. Thomas first worked at a Knoxville restaurant

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Chef Boyardee Was a Real Person

Chef Boyardee Was a Real Person

Daven Hiskey March 11, 2011 9

Today I found out Chef Boyardee was a real person. Ettore Boiardi was an Italian-American immigrant born in 1897.  He worked as a cook at his first restaurant at the tender age of 10

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Why Onions Make Your Eyes Water

Why Onions Make Your Eyes Water

Daven Hiskey November 5, 2010 7

Today I found out why onions make you cry. Onions, along with many other plants in the Allium species (garlic is another popular one), absorb sulfur from the soil.  When onions are chopped, it

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Why Turkeys Are Called Turkeys

Why Turkeys Are Called Turkeys

Daven Hiskey November 4, 2010 10

Today I found out why turkeys are called turkeys. In the 16th century, when North American turkeys were first introduced en masse to Europe, there was another bird that was popularly imported throughout Europe

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Why Swiss Cheese Has Holes in It

Why Swiss Cheese Has Holes in It

Daven Hiskey November 3, 2010 4

Today I found out why Swiss cheese has holes in it. The holes come from a byproduct of some of the microbes added to milk to make Swiss cheese.  Specifically, there are three primary

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Why Milk is White

Why Milk is White

Daven Hiskey October 12, 2010 5

Today I found out why milk is white. Milk is made up of about 87% water and 13% solids, such as fat and various proteins.  Chief among these proteins is something called casein, four

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Why Crackers Have Holes

Why Crackers Have Holes

Daven Hiskey October 1, 2010 13

Today I found out why crackers have holes. Surprisingly, it turns out the holes are there for a reason, not just for decoration or for convenience in some manufacturing process, as one might expect. 

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The History of French Fries

The History of French Fries

Daven Hiskey September 23, 2010 37

Today I found out about the history of French fries. Exactly who introduced these golden strips of goodness to the world isn’t entirely known.  Among the various theories, it’s generally accepted that the French

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15 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Bananas

15 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Bananas

Daven Hiskey September 20, 2010 55

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Why a Baker’s Dozen is 13 Instead of 12

Why a Baker’s Dozen is 13 Instead of 12

Daven Hiskey September 7, 2010 24

Daniel G asks: Why is a baker’s dozen 13 and not 12? There are three main theories for why a baker’s dozen is 13 instead of 12, but most think it has its origins

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ampm’s Secret Menu

ampm’s Secret Menu

Daven Hiskey August 16, 2010 2

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of ampm. All opinions are 100% mine. Now, as I state in my “about” page, I enjoy free food, particularly ridiculously unhealthy variety, and

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George Washington Carver Did Not Invent Peanut Butter

George Washington Carver Did Not Invent Peanut Butter

Daven Hiskey August 5, 2010 38

Today I found out, contrary to popular belief, George Washington Carver did not invent peanut butter.   The earliest reference to peanut butter being made goes all the way back to around 1000 BC where

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Turkey Does Not Make You Drowsy After You Eat It

Turkey Does Not Make You Drowsy After You Eat It

Daven Hiskey July 29, 2010 2

Today I found out turkey does not make you drowsy after you eat it. Now to be clear, turkey does contain tryptophan.  Tryptophan is an amino acid which the human body doesn’t naturally produce,

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Why Popcorn Pops

Why Popcorn Pops

Daven Hiskey July 2, 2010 9

Today I found out why popcorn pops. First a little background, Popcorn or “zea mays everta” is a special kind of Flint corn, also known as “Indian corn” and sometimes “Calico corn”.  Flint corn

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Commercial Banana Plants are Perfect Clones of One Another

Commercial Banana Plants are Perfect Clones of One Another

Daven Hiskey June 22, 2010 6

Today I found out nearly all commercial banana plants are perfect clones of one another and most originate from one single plant from Southeast Asia.   Now to be clear, there are approximately 1000 different

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A Coffee “Bean” is Not Actually a Bean

A Coffee “Bean” is Not Actually a Bean

Daven Hiskey June 18, 2010 12

Today I found out a Coffee bean is not actually a bean, rather it is a seed. Now I know you are saying to yourself right now, “Aren’t beans seeds and seeds beans?”  Surprisingly,

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