Tag: today i learned

Apparently Popsicle is a Brand Name, Not What Ice Pops Are Actually Called

May 21, 2014 // 1:39 pm

It happens often enough in our corporate times, when a brand becomes so ubiquitous that its trademark is adopted as a product’s common name. We blow our noses on Kleenexes instead of facial tissues. We Xerox documents instead of photo-copying them. According to Wikipedia, some of these…

Ketchup Labeled ‘Fancy’ Means It’s Thicker than Standard Ketchup

April 1, 2014 // 10:21 am

When it comes to condiments, ketchup rules the roost. Although this topic is highly debatable, the spread is simply applicable in so many situations, whether it be romantic, holiday-related or just as a tasty burger topper. If you’re a fellow ketchup fan, chances are you…

NO BS: The Plural of Beef is ‘Beeves’

March 20, 2014 // 4:25 pm

So you know how some animal names like “deer,” “sheep,” and “moose” are the same in the singular as they are in the plural? Well, it turns out “beef” isn’t one of them. Nope, the plural of “beef” is “beeves.” Yeah, with a “v.” 

It sounds like complete…

This is Why Beef Jerky is So Expensive

February 14, 2014 // 1:47 pm

You know the dilemma: You walk into a gas station and suddenly, you’re eye-fucking the beef jerky next to the sour gummy worms. Unfortunately, that $6.99 price tag for a 3 oz bag isn’t something you’re going to take lightly. 70 percent of the time, you end up walking…

Lobster Used to Be ‘The Cockroach of the Sea’ and Only Fed to Servants and Cats

February 13, 2014 // 6:00 am

When someone says “lobster” some words that might come to mind are delicacy, fancy, luxurious and most dismally, market price. However, it wasn’t always this way. Formerly regarded as “the cockroach of the sea” and fed to servants, migrants and even people’s cats, lobster was the laughing stock of seafood.…

Today I Learned: Froot Loops Are Actually All the Same Flavor

January 20, 2014 // 2:37 pm

First things first, yes, check the box. They’re spelled “Froot Loops,” not “Fruit Loops.” We know, right?

Second, the outrage. Honestly, is there no end to the high fructose corn syrup lies? It turns out the “fruit flavored” circles touted by Toucan S[c]am are actually just “froot-blend”-flavored.Yep,…

It’s Official: Orange the Color Was Named After Orange the Fruit

January 15, 2014 // 2:07 pm

Here’s today’s just under-useful fun fact, courtesy of those indefatigable trivia-seeking peons over at Reddit. We may never know the order of gallus-ovum or ovum-gallus, but at least we can say with certainty that orange the color was in fact named after orange the fruit.

Before oranges (pomme

This Noodle Shop Has a Michelin Star but Its Most Expensive Dish is Just $5.40

October 14, 2013 // 5:00 am

Michelin stars are awarded to the crème de la crème, top tier restaurants of the world. More often than not, this translates to expensive establishments. However, the cheapest Michelin Star restaurant is a dim sum joint named Tim Ho Wan.

Located in Hong Kong, Tim Ho Wan defies…

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