• Though chocolate has been around in one form or another for centuries, milk chocolate wasn’t invented until 1876. Sugar and cocoa were in short supply in Europe in those days, so an inventive candy maker in Switzerland began adding milk into the mix, since dairy products were available in abundance.
• Sharks are color-blind.
• Other than athletic ability, do you know what baseball player Hank Aaron, basketball player Dennis Rodman, tennis player Martina Navratilova, football player Joe Namath and track star Carl Lewis have in common? They are all vegetarians.
• You might not be surprised to learn that Brussels sprouts contain comparatively high levels of sulfur.
• If you ever get the opportunity to travel Down Under, you might want to make a stop at Mount Wingen to see an unparalleled natural phenomenon. Experts say that, thanks to vast deposits of coal near the Earth’s surface, a fire has been burning continuously there for about 6,000 years.
• As the Earth moves in its orbit around the sun, it travels at 18.5 miles every second. That’s 1,110 miles a minute, or 66,600 miles per hour.
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