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You Really Should Eat Those Strings On Your Banana
We know bananas are a tasty, healthy snack, but most of us just toss those weird strings on them along with the peel. But we might need to rethink that action because those strings are actually packed with goodness.
First of all, they’re not called stings, the technical term is “phloem bundles.” Of course, that name doesn’t make them more appealing, but the phloem is a “complex tissue that transports food and water in a plant.” So they’re giving the banana the food, nutrients, minerals, and water it needs to grow.
That means those strings we’ve been throwing away all this time are bringing the good stuff to the banana as it gets ripe. And eating them means you get more of the nutrients in the fruit.
If you somehow never even noticed bananas have strings, good for you. And if you feel like you just can’t bring yourself to eat something called a phloem bundle, no matter how healthy it is, just make a smoothie and toss in the whole, peeled banana so you don’t even have to see them.
Starbucks reveals true meaning behind coffee giant's name
Former Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz has just released his new book Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time. In it he revealed that Starbucks was not the original name. Starbucks’ founders Gordon Bowker (a writer) and Zev Siegl (a history teacher) were inspired by a famous piece of literature - Moby Dick. Gordon wanted to call their venture 'Pequod' after the ship in the novel, but his business partner Terry Heckler wasn’t sure of the name. They eventually decided on the name of the first mate aboard the Pequod, Starbuck. (mirror.co.uk)
MEN TIP BETTER THAN WOMEN
A new survey has found that men are better tippers than women.
Number crunchers at CreditCards.com working with researchers at Princeton University found that men tip an average of 20% when dining at a restaurant. Guys from the Northeast and those using credit cards are the most generous.
Women, people from the South and those paying in cash leave tips that average between 15% and 16%.
So far so good. But they also discovered that a full 20% of customers at dine-in restaurants -- both male and female -- no tip at all. Ouch! (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
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