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Jim takes a break from digging.  Broken worms can cost the market thousands of dollars a day in ruined orders.

Jim takes a break from digging. Broken worms can cost the market thousands of dollars a day in ruined orders. (View larger version)

Photograph by National Geographic Channels/ Paul Morin

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  • Middlesboro is the only city in the U.S. to be built in a meteorite crater.

  • The name for the Appalachian Mountains comes from the Apalachee Indians.

  • The U.S. began to harvest wild ginseng for international trade in the mid-1700s.

  • Examples of furniture decorated with veneer burls have been found in ancient Egyptian tombs.

  • Oregon exports hundreds of tons of burls each year to France and Italy.

  • Maine’s coastline is about 230 miles from one end to the other, but if you count the jagged inlets and offshore islands it totals about 3,450 miles.

  • The US increased its consumption of mushrooms from 3.7 pounds per person in 1993 to 4.2 pounds per person in 2000.

  • Hen of the Woods has been used medicinally in Asia for centuries.

  • In Japan, the Maitake, or Hen of the Woods, mushroom means “dancing mushroom.”