April 14, 2014

In It To Win It Facts

  • 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 burl veneers 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 U.S. increased its consumption of mushrooms from 3.7 pounds per person in 1993 to 4.2 pounds per person in 2000.

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

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

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