NPR Fun Facts


One of the great joys of listening to NPR is not knowing where the next story will take me. Will it be the Steppes of Mongolia? A prison in Alabama? The inside of the Federal Reserve?

Often embedded within these pieces are facts, figures, and fascinating trivia; but the smooth, dulcet tones of the reporter distract me, allowing the information to slip out the back. I will attempt to collect these morsels of hard data and post them here.

If you hear something, share something. But only the facts; not subjective thoughts, loose approximations, or unprovable claims.

Link: The heat in chili peppers is not detected by birds.

A few more facts about chilies:

  • If you just bite into the tip of a very hot chili pepper and not into the placenta or vein, you won’t get any heat.
  • Chili peppers and bell peppers are the exact same genus and species.
  • Chili pepper is used to feed flamingos in zoos to keep them pink.
  • Chemicals from the peppers are put in paints to put on boats to keep barnacles from attaching to the sides.
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Link: Tomatoes from Florida have more than eight times the amount of pesticide and herbicides as do those from California.

Florida accounts for one-third of all fresh tomatoes produced in the US, and virtually all of the tomatoes raised during the fall and winter seasons. California is the number two grower.

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