STRANGE BUT TRUE


First Posted: 5/21/2014

By Samantha Weaver

* You might be surprised to learn that the hamburger didn’t originate in the United States. In fact, it was early Turkic people called the Tatars who first came up with the idea. When they had low-quality beef, they discovered that shredding it and patting it back together improved the flavor and texture.

* If for some reason you have a hankering to see the world’s biggest tire, you’ll need to head to Detroit (fittingly, I suppose). Located near the Detroit Metro Airport, the 80-foot Uniroyal tire weighs in at a whopping 12 tons. This attraction was created for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, where it served not only as an advertisement for the Uniroyal brand, but also as a Ferris wheel for the entertainment of attendees. In 1998, the company created the world’s largest nail — measuring 11 feet long and weighing 250 pounds — and used it to pierce the giant tire. It was another advertising stunt, of course; this time to promote Uniroyal’s puncture-resistant tire.

* If you’re like the average American, you will eat between 25 and 30 pounds of apples this year.

* Some researchers believe that those who drink large quantities of coffee on a daily basis are self-medicating for depression.

* There is a species of frog found in Australia with an odd method of reproduction. It lays eggs like other frogs, but this particular frog keeps the eggs in its stomach, hatching them internally. When the baby frogs are fully developed, they emerge into the world via the adult frog’s mouth.

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Thought for the day: “Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.” — Elizabeth Green

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