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2957. Fact
There are only two sequences of four consecutive letters that can be found in the English language: rstu and mnop. Examples of each are understudy and gymnophobia.

2958. Fact
Fried spiders taste like nuts

2959. Fact
The 20th president of the United States, James Garfield, was able to write Greek with one hand and Latin with the other at the same time

2960. Fact
Washing machines use anywhere from 40 to 200 litres of water per load

2961. Fact
The practice of identifying baseball players by number was started by the Yankees in 1929.

2962. Fact
The odds of being born male are about 51.2%, according to census.

2963. Fact
No other animal gives us more by-products than the hog. These by-products include pig suede, buttons, glass, paint brushes, crayons, chalk, and insulation to name a few

2964. Fact
A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue.

2965. Fact
Pele has always hated his nickname, which he says sounds like baby-talk in Portuguese.

2966. Fact
Queen Victoria eased the discomfort of her menstrual cramps by having her doctor supply her with marijuana.

2967. Fact
The greatest mountain range is the Mid-Ocean Ridge, extending 64,374 km from the Arctic Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean

2968. Fact
An area of the Sun's surface the size of a postage stamp shines with the power of 1,500,000 candles.

2969. Fact
41% of the moon is not visible from earth at any time.

2970. Fact
Babies start dreaming even before they're born.

2971. Fact
In literature, the average length of a sentence is around 35 words.

2972. Fact
Leonardo Da Vinci never signed or dated his most famous painting, the Mona Lisa

2973. Fact
The symbol on the pound key (#) is called an octothorpe.

2974. Fact
Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature.

2975. Fact
The sperm count of an average American male compared to thirty years ago is down thirty percent

2976. Fact
Because metal was scarce; the Oscars given out during World War II were made of plaster.

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Diabetics can eat healthy sugars

The diabetic should not be afraid to eat fresh fruits and vegetables which contain sugar and starch. Fresh fruits contain sugar fructose, which does not need insulin for its metabolism and is well tolerated by diabetics. Fats and oils should be taken sparingly, for they are apt to lower the tolerance for proteins and starches. Emphasis should be on raw foods as they stimulate and increase insulin production. For protein, home- made cottage cheese, various forms of soured milks and nuts are best. The patient should avoid overeating and take four or five small meals a day rather than three large ones. The following diet should serve as a guideline.
  • Upon arising: A glass of lukewarm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Breakfast: Any fresh fruit with the exception of bananas, soaked prunes, a small quantity of whole meal bread with butter and fresh milk.
  • Lunch: Steamed or lightly cooked green vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, spinach, turnip, asparagus and mushrooms, two or three whole wheat chapattis according to appetite and a glass of butter-milk or curd.
  • Mid-afternoon: A glass of fresh fruit or vegetable juice.
  • Dinner: A large bowl of salad made up of all the raw vegetables in season. The salad may be followed by a hot course, if desired, and fresh home-made cottage cheese.
  • Bedtime Snack: A glass of fresh milk. Flesh foods find no place in this regimen, for they increase the toxaemic condition underlying the diabetic state and reduce the sugar tolerance. On the other hand, a non-stimulating vegetarian diet, especially one made up of raw foods, promotes and increases sugar tolerance.

  • Basic English Usage
    Hobbies are activities that we do in our spare time (= free time)

    Things people play



    Note: People join clubs (= become members of clubs) where they can play cards and chess.

    Things people collect



    Outdoor activities



    With these hobbies we can use two different verbs, go and do:
    We often go camping in the summer, or I do a bit of / a lot of rock climbing in the summer.

    Creative hobbies



    Note: When we start a hobby for the first time we often use the phrasal verb take up, and when we stop doing the hobby for the final time, we often use the phrasal verb give up.
    I took up golf when I was fifteen, but I gave it up last year.
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