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  • Croissant and the Ottoman Empire

A croissant is a delicious crescent-shaped bread roll popular all over the world and prepared on many different ways. One of the stories about the origin of its distinctive crescent shape says that it was invented in Vienna to celebrate the defeat of the Ottomans by the European forces in the siege of the city in 1683, as a reference to the crescents on the Ottoman flags.

  • Microwave cooking was discovered by accidents

Just like many good things, microwave cooking was discovered by accident. Percy LeBaron Spencer of the Raytheon Company was walking past a radar tube and he noticed that the chocolate bar in his pocket melted. He then tested popcorn in front of the tube, and, of course, it quickly popped all over the room, and the rest is history.

  • Worcester Sauce is made from fish

Worcestershire sauce, also known as Worcester Sauce, a popular British sauce used in beef dishes, salads and cocktails is made from dissolved fish, anchovies to be precise. The anchovies are soaked in a mixture of vinegar and flavourings and spices until they are completely melted. Of course, the sauce contains the bones, skin, eyes and everything else.

  • The first soup was made of hippopotamus

Yes. The oldest archeological evidence shows that soup was consumed back in 6000 BC, and it was made of hippopotamus.

  • The finest coffee in the world comes from animal excrement

Kopi Luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world (selling for up to $600 USD per pound) are coffee beans that come from Civet (a cat sized mammal) poo. The coffee is sold mainly in the United States and Asia, but it is slowly becoming popular elsewhere. The civets feed on only the finest ripe berries, and excrete the partially-digested beans, which are then gathered for sale. Experts claim that juices of the civet’s digestive system yield the finest coffee flavor ever, while others claim it is just bad coffee sold for novelty.

  • Popsicle was invented by an 11 year-old boy

Frank Epperson, aged 11 back in 1905, left a mixture of powdered soda and water out on the porch, which contained a stir stick. Temperatures in San Francisco reached record low degree that night, so when he woke the next morning, only to discover that it had frozen to the stir stick. 18 years later he patented it and named it the Popsicle.

  • Coconut water can be used as a substitute for blood plasma

Coconut water is germ-free and has an ideal pH level, so in emergencies it can be used as a substitute for blood plasma. Coconut water (water found in coconuts, not to be confused with coconut milk which is extracted from the coconut flesh) is in fact liquid endosperm – it surrounds the embryo and provides nourishment.

  • Dynamite can be made from peanuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, it is not used to make dynamite as glycerol can be extracted from other sources, but the peanut oil can be processed to produce glycerol, which can be used to make nitroglycerin, one of the constituents of dynamite.


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