Useless Information About Your Favorite Food

Updated on March 31, 2018
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Trivia Can Be Addictive and Fun

I've always been fascinated by culinary trivia. When I was a child, my brother, sister, and I would spend many an evening carefully concentrating on our father's yarns about the inventions of various foods.

His stories soon cultivated a thirst within me for more facts relating to cuisine. I actually kept a journal of some of these facts for years, which is what I'm sharing here with you now.

You may indeed find this information useless, but then again, you may find it delightful or even useful. So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Kellogg World Headquarters

Kellogg World Headquarters, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA as it is today.  Building designed by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum
Kellogg World Headquarters, Battle Creek, Michigan, USA as it is today. Building designed by Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum | Source

19th Century A.D. Food and Drink Milestones

  • 1828 - Conrad van Houten, Dutch chemist, and chocolatier, develops cocoa powder.
  • 1858 - John Landis Mason receives his patent for his mason jar, designed for canning and preserving.
  • 1869 - Joseph Campbell, along with Abraham Anderson, established what we now know as the Campbell Soup Company.
  • 1877 - In Battle Creek, Michigan, surgeon and vegetarian John Harvey Kellogg first develops a breakfast cereal combining wheat, oats, and cornmeal called Granula and changed the name to Granola four years later.
  • 1890 - Thomas Lipton, Scottish grocer, first packages and sells tea.

Peanuts Are Good For Your Heart

Peanuts are a member of the legume family. A heart healthy food, have a handful 4 times a week.
Peanuts are a member of the legume family. A heart healthy food, have a handful 4 times a week. | Source

6 Jolting Food Facts

  • Honey is the only natural food that is made without destroying any kind of life. Honey comes from the nectar and bee vomit. (Oh, dear).
  • Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. (Yikes). Make sure you and your loved ones are not allergic to this popular snack.
  • Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it, to begin with.
  • A cucumber is 96% water.
  • Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine. It was used to treat diarrhea.
  • An acre of rice yields a harvest of more than 4 tons of rice.

Is Ketchup a Vegetable?

  • 1980 - The USDA announced that ketchup could be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch program
  • Apples belong to the rose family, as do pears and plums.
  • The popsicle was invented by an 11-year-old in 1905.
  • In 1937 the first shopping cart was introduced in Oklahoma, U.S.A.
  • 1939 ushered in the first cardboard cartons replacing glass milk bottles in the U.S.
  • In 1948 brothers-in-law Burton Baskin and Irvine Robbins opened Baskin-Robbins known as "31 Flavors" in Southern California, U.S.
  • 1973 was the year for the first food labeling. Del Monte was the first major food processor in the U.S. to include nutrition labels on products.
  • 1987 brings us Starbucks coffee, launched in Seattle, Washington, the brain-child of Howard Schultz.
  • V 8 juice consist of the following 8 juices: tomato, carrot, beet, celery, spinach, lettuce, watercress and parsley juice.

Skip This if You Have a Weak Stomach

  • Castoreum, which is used as a vanilla flavoring in candies, baked goods, etc., is actually a secretion from the anal glands of beavers. Doughnut anyone?
  • Ranch dressing contains titanium dioxide, which is used to make it appear whiter. The same ingredient is used in sunscreen and paint for the same effect.
  • I used to love fig newtons until I learned that sometimes fig wasps become trapped in the processing. Figs require pollination by these tiny wasps.
  • There are about 5 fruit flies in every cup of juice.

I could add to this list but enough already.

Your Liver Loves Lemons

Detoxify your liver by drinking a large glass of water with lemon first thing in the morning.
Detoxify your liver by drinking a large glass of water with lemon first thing in the morning. | Source

Some Diner Slang You May Not Know

  • Doughnut - life preserver
  • Ham - Noah's boy

  • Scrambled eggs - wreck 'em

  • Hot Dog - tube steak

  • French Fries - frog sticks

  • Lettuce - rabbit food

  • Chocolate Ice Cream - cold mud

  • Butter - axel grease

  • Salt - sea dust

  • Mustard - yellow paint

Potato Milestones

  • There are approximately 6,000 potato growers in the United States.
  • In the year 2002, there were 446.32 billion pounds of potatoes produced in the United States.
  • 12.02 billion pounds of potatoes were produced in Idaho during 2001.
  • Frito-Lay uses 5 billion pounds of potatoes for Lays and Ruffles potato chips.
  • The shelf life for a can of Pringles is 15 months. (Thanks to the preservatives.)
  • The word potato comes from the Spanish word patata.
  • According to 2010 statistics, China is the leading producer of potatoes.

Food Happenings During 16th Century AD

Love hot chocolate?

  • In the year 1519, a member of Hernando Cortes's Spanish expedition to Mexico, witnesses Montezuma (the Aztec King), drinking a thick, spicy hot beverage called xocoatl, made from cacao beans. Today this is known as hot chocolate or cocoa.
  • 1523 - Turkeys from the New World were brought to Spain, England, and other old world countries.
  • 1559 - Italians begin to make gelato.
  • The brewery that became known as Heineken was founded in Holland in the year 1592.

Breaking Bread

Bread is a universal sign of peace. It is eaten by every race, culture and religion.
Bread is a universal sign of peace. It is eaten by every race, culture and religion. | Source

"If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… The people who give you their food give you their heart.”

Cesar Chavez

Ezekiel 4:9 Bread

Ezekial cinnamon raisin bread is my favorite gluten-free, sprouted grain bread.
Ezekial cinnamon raisin bread is my favorite gluten-free, sprouted grain bread. | Source

What is Ezekiel Bread?

This is the only bread you'll find in my refrigerator. Yes, it must be refrigerated. I have a slice every morning which provides me with a complete source of protein. In fact, according to Food For Life, Ezekiel bread is rated 84.3% as efficient as the highest source of protein.

Its magic, is the sprouted grain which is lower in starch and has higher amounts of protein, minerals, and vitamins including B2, B5, B6 and C. Its also full of essential amino acids and because the recipe includes legumes and grains it provides a good source of fiber.

I prefer the cinnamon raisin variety which I toast lightly with a dainty spread of butter.

Not-So-Useless Information About Bread

  • The Egyptians used bread as a type of currency.
  • Bakers were once fined if their loaves of bread were underweight. To avoid the fine they added an extra loaf to every dozen. This is how the term "Baker's Dozen" came to be.
  • Check out the color of the twist ties in the packaging. The color of the tie indicates what day of the week the bread was baked. This is to help the stock clerk what bread is old and what needs to be removed from the shelves.
  • Bread is a universal sign of peace.
  • Workers who helped build the pyramids of Egypt were paid in bread.
  • Avoid refrigerating bread. It will go stale six times faster than leaving it at room temperature or freezing.
  • Insert a piece of bread into your mouth while peelings onions to keep from tearing up.

Avocado Tips You Need to Know

I could eat an avocado every day but of course, I don't. Most days a half of an avocado is enough. The question that has plagued me for years is "How do I keep this healthy food from turning brown?" And here are more tips:

  • Place the peeled area in lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • It usually takes three to five days to ripen an avocado at room temperature.
  • To select a good avocado simply pop off the stem and look for a green color. Brown would indicate it's too mushy.
  • Put the avocado in a brown paper bag with a banana to speed up the ripening process.
  • Avocado pits are full of antioxidants.
  • Avocado seeds were used to treat digestive issues along with dysentery and gastric ulcers in ancient South America.
  • Need more fiber? The pit is full of fiber.
  • Avocado seeds make a good foot massage for tired feet. You can use just one or put 3 or 4 in a plastic ziplock and give your feet a treat.

In Conclusion - Our Relationship With Food

We all have a relationship with food. Some of us feel a guilt trip coming on when we reach for certain foods. We even use food as a reward. And what would a celebration be without a banquet of goodies?

Our preference for certain foods can be traced to genetics and cultural influences. Most of mine seem to be associated with my childhood experiences and memories. My father had to have his food served to him well done. I'm talking about super well done - a step away from charred. I turned out the same way.

Taste preferences are coded in our DNA so if you have a sweet tooth blame it on your parents, grandmother or maybe grandfather.

The bottom line is - enjoy your food. And here's one last useless bit of information on food to leave you with:

A company in Taiwan makes the dinner plates out of wheat so you can eat your plate. Just think, no more dishes to wash.

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  • http://everydayepicurist.com

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      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        3 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Peggy,

        I can smell and taste your mother's homemade bread. Is there anything that smells better? Thanks for being here. You're a great support and I appreciate it.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        4 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        R Talloni

        The avocado seed is ground into a powder. I use my bullet and after grinding I sprinkle it on my salad or add it to a smoothie. Thanks for being here.

      • RTalloni profile image

        RTalloni 

        8 weeks ago from the short journey

        Entertaining and useful. Thanks for a neat read. Questions about beavers aside...how does one eat an avocado pit? I'll have to check into their antioxidant info.

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        What a fun article Audrey! We have always refrigerated our bread thinking that it would last longer. Taking it out now after reading this! When my mother made her homemade bread years ago during my childhood she never refrigerated it. Of course with a family of 5, school lunches, etc. it disappeared quickly.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        3 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Jackie Lynnley

        You have me gasping for air with your question about beaver anal glands. Really...who would ask that question? And as for vanilla flavoring...I'll pass.

        Thanks, my friend for your comments and for taking time to read my hub. So glad you like it!

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        3 months ago from The Beautiful South

        This is a keeper here. Lot of facts I do not want to forget. The biggest question I am sure most of us would have is who on earth would think to inquire about the anal glands of a beaver? haha

        Great to know about checking for ripeness of the avocado. I could not stand them first time I tried them til I learned to fix guacamole. Now I love them just anyway.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        11 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hi Mary

        So glad you had fun with this hub. I enjoyed putting it together and learned a few things doing research. We really do need to learn more about the food we eat.

        Marlene

        When I learned the truth about fig newtons I was upset. I love these cookies. How can I live without them? I will be checking google to find those that are organic and processed naturally.

        Like you - I continue to use honey. Thanks.

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        Marlene Bertrand 

        11 months ago from USA

        I really enjoyed reading this article. It is not so useless to me. I am totally addicted to knowing the ins and outs about food. Some things, I wish I didn't know, especially about honey and Fig Newtons, but then again, I have a choice of whether to continue eating or not... only now with more knowledge. I still enjoy honey (I had to get over the fact that it is insect vomit), but I stopped enjoying Fig Newtons. Oh, the choices we make!

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        Mary Norton 

        11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        I had so much fun reading some of these info...and had Oh dears for the others. We often don't bother to know marabout what we eat.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        12 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Dianna,

        So, I've found another lover of Ezekial bread! And we share the love of avocado's. I make avocado sandwhiches using Ezekial and spread some hummus on it. Yummy!

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        12 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hi Tamara

        So nice to see you here. I grind my avocado seeds after splitting them in 4ths.Then I sprinkle it on salads and I also add to my smoothies. It's amazing! BTW I do refrigerate the Ezekials because it's made from the sprouted grains. Having said this, Trader Joe's doesn't refrigerate theirs but both Kroger and Publix keeps Ezekial in the freezer. Go figure!

        Have a delicious day.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        12 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        RTalloni

        I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub about food. I must admit it was fun putting it together. Thanks so much for your lovely comments. Now, eat all your veggies!

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        Tamara Moore 

        12 months ago

        What a fascinating article! I actually learned many things from this. By the way, I often purchase Ezekiel Bread; it's very healthy, and substantial. I am no longer going to refrigerate my bread now that I know it will make it go bad faster! I am so glad I saw this post.

        Enjoyed the "Diner Slang", too. So avocado pits are full of antioxidants; I wonder if they can be eaten? Wow! I heard this a long time ago about Ketchup being considered a vegetable in the school program. I repeat, "Wow!"

        This has been an excellent and extremely interesting post!

        Thank you for sharing.

        Tamara

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        15 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Chitrangada

        Very happy to hear you enjoyed this article. I had fun putting it all together. Thanks my friend.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        15 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hi Sha

        Thanks for being here my friend. Here's a link that shows what to do with the avocado seed. https://youtu.be/08V8ts_OBz4

        I use my coffee grinder to make a powder for my smoothies. As the video shows - bake the seeds first for 2 hours. Let me know how yours turn out.

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        RTalloni 

        16 months ago from the short journey

        A fun read with some neat info. Our modern relationship with food is interesting to compare with peoples' from times past. Even today there are still people groups who find our modern take on foods stunning. You are right, we should enjoy it for we are blessed beyond measure. Love the focus on food as medicine, btw.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        16 months ago from New Delhi, India

        Great hub Audrey!

        An interesting way to give valuable information about foods that matter in our daily life. Enjoyed going through your well written and well illustrated hub.

        Thanks for sharing!

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        16 months ago from Central Florida

        Audrey, I didn't find this article useless at all. It was very informative, actually.

        If the pit of an avocado is full of antioxidants and fiber, how in the world do you eat it?

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        16 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Dianna

        I've stopped the Fig Newtons too and oh how I loved them. Glad you're using Ezekiel bread and avocados are added to my daily green salads. Thanks so much.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        17 months ago

        I will never eat another Fig Newton! I enjoyed reading through your post on these food items. I do love Ezekiel Bread and I eat avocados almost weekly. Great article!

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        alocsin

        The avocado seed is very good for us. I sprinkled ground seed on my salad today. Thanks for enjoying my hub on "Useless Information About Food."

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        alocsin 

        17 months ago from Orange County, CA

        As far as food is concerned, there's no such thing as useless information. I love the info about Avocado tips.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hi Nadine. What a good idea you've given here - to add the grated avocado seed to stir-fry. I

        'm doing this tonight. Thanks.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Genna

        Oh, so neat that you're a lover of Ezekial bread too. I'm going to try your toast with scrambled eggs and goat cheese tomorrow. I may add a slice of avocado too! :)

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        MsDora

        Thank you for reading my hub. I enjoyed putting all this information together.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Blond Logic

        Anal glands of beavers to flavor candy, indeed! (Laughing out loud). Very glad you had some fun here.

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        marcoujor 

        17 months ago

        Fabulous and fun post, dear Audrey - I learn much from you.

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        Nadine May 

        17 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

        That was still a useful article Audrey. Learned about the avocado seed and will now grate it and add it to my stir-fry

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        Genna East 

        17 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        What a fun hub, Audrey, filled with interesting info. By the way, I also love and eat Ezekiel bread, which I can only buy at a health food store. I purchase the low sodium variety, and toast it for sandwiches, with scrambled egg whites and goat cheese, etc. It's yummy. We also share a love of avocados.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Hi Martie

        Great to see you and thanks for reading my post. Glad you liked it.

        Hello Bill

        I wear a coat of many colors (to borrow a phrase from the musical). I thought this would be fun and you've confirmed it. Thanks my friend.

        love,

        Audrey

        Nell,

        Useless information has turned out to be useful. Yea! Ya never know. Love your comments - I'm laughing.

        Ruby

        I use a hammer to split the avocado seed in small enough pieces to grind.

        You can also google this information. The seed is just full of amazing nutrition. I wonder why some company doesn't produce ground avocado seeds? Should we go into business? :)

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Thelma

        Information about the food we eat and how it's created is usually a popular topic. I know I enjoy hearing news about food. Glad you enjoyed this and thanks.

        Coffequeeen

        So good to know you found a few interesting facts about food. I agree that learning new information about what we put in our mouth is fun. Thanks.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        flourishanyway

        Your question about a beaver's anal glands set me laughing from head to toe. Indeed! Like your comments my friend and happy to know this information wasn't useless.

        Cyndi10

        No difference between the avocado see and pit. Both terms are correct. Ezekial bread is a flourless low glycemic sprouted `100% whole grain bread. I've eaten this bread for years and swear by it. It's a complete protein with no transfats full of nutrition. It's found in the freezer section of many markets and Trader Joes keeps it with their other breads.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Jodah

        I thought long and hard about writing this hub, including how to come up with a title. You've really made my day. Haven't been this happy in a long while. So appreciate your comments. Thanks John.

        Carb Diva

        "Daddy on the other hand was OK if the steer just ran past the flames of the oven." I'm laughing my self silly! Your descriptions are priceless. I've read your comments three times now and really must move on to the others.

        Imagine, too, the original Starbucks still exists. Awesome!

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        Thelma Alberts 

        17 months ago from Germany

        This is a very interesting hub and funny as well. Thanks for the loads of information. Well done!

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        Louise Powles 

        17 months ago from Norfolk, England

        Really interesting. I didn't know cucumbers had such a high percentage of water! And I love avacados.

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        Dora Weithers 

        17 months ago from The Caribbean

        I find this article very interesting. Good mix of history, nutrition and fun. The bread information turns out to be very useful too. Thank you, Audrey.

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        Mary Wickison 

        17 months ago from Brazil

        Now I feel armed to tackle any trivia questions. Oodles of fun facts. My husband still calls my salad 'rabbit food'.

        How in the world did anyone connect the anal glands of beavers with flavoring candy? The mind boggles.

        Fun hub.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        17 months ago from Southern Illinois

        I must say that I found some useful information in your fun to read hub. I have always kept my bread in the frig., didn't know it would dry out quicker. One of my favorite snacks is cinnamon raison bread with peanut butter to quell my sweet tooth, gluten-free of course. I must ask, how would we eat avocado pits?

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        Nell Rose 

        17 months ago from England

        I love what my hubby calls 'useless information' lol! but to me all information is well worth knowing. I would call it, well wouldya know it info! LOL! and yes its my favorite kind! animal sick and glands yuck! LOL!

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        Bill Holland 

        17 months ago from Olympia, WA

        Well that was fun, my dear. A bit different from you, packed with great information and fun facts. Thanks for a great read this rainy Sunday morning.

        love,

        bill

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        Martie Coetser 

        17 months ago from South Africa

        This is a fabulous hub, oozing with useful information. Thank you, vocalcoach!

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        Cynthia B Turner 

        17 months ago from Georgia

        Very interesting facts. Some left me with other questions such as what is Ezekiel bread (never heard of it)? What is the difference between the avocado pit and the avocado seed? Thanks for the info on how to tell if the avocado is ripe, by the way. And what do you do with the fact that bread is a universal sign of peace? Extend a loaf of bread in place of a handshake? Just wondering. Lol.

        I suppose I have a little bit of research to do. Thanks for the information - I think. Take care.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        17 months ago from USA

        What a fun hub. What inspired someone to mess around with the anal glands of beavers and put the contents in food? It makes you wonder what the story is behind that. I laughed at the diner talk. I could never remember that while trying to wait tables. I wouldn't say this is useless information at all.

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        Linda Lum 

        17 months ago from Washington State, USA

        Audrey, this one is right up my alley. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Your comment about your dad preferring that his dinner become a burnt offering (and you are the same) made me think (and wonder about) my own parents. Mom insisted on charcoal; Daddy on the other hand was OK if the steer just raun past the flames of the oven. So, guess what, I prefer mine medium.

        By the way, the original Starbucks is still in existence -- right in the middle of Pike Place Market.

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        John Hansen 

        17 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Audrey, this is one of the most interesting and fun hubs I have read in ages. Who would have thought...e.g. ketchup as a medicine for treating diarrhoea. Great food facts..thanks for sharing.

      • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

        Audrey Hunt 

        17 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        whonuwho

        How exciting for me to find your comment just minutes after being published. Thank you my friend. Peace, harmony and love to you and yours.

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        whonunuwho 

        17 months ago from United States

        I enjoyed this work very much, my friend. It was very informative and entertaining. Well done. whonu

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