Everyone loves fun facts! For example, the fruit pictured here is a cherimoya, sometimes known as a custard apple, which Mark Twain once called "the most delicious fruit known to men."
But there are always more fun facts to learn, so we’re pleased that Google announced a new wrinkle to its search product that serves them up on demand.
The new feature allows you to add the phrase “fun facts” after a select group of terms, then Google will search through the internet and find a good fun fact (or three) and spit it back to you in a nice little box at the top of the search results.
What, you might ask, does this have to do with agriculture? Well, Google won’t give you fun facts about just anything, or anyone. Instead, the first rounds of fun facts are about some of our favorite topics: fruits, vegetables, plants, and animals. From Googling around, here’s some stuff we learned!
Charred apples have been found in prehistoric dwellings in Switzerland.
White asparagus is in fact the same as green asparagus but grown underground.
Turkeys have long-lasting social bonds with each other, and often stay in groups, which have a number of great names including a ‘crop’, a ‘dole’, a ‘gang’, a ‘posse’, and a ‘rafter’.
Quinoa can be popped like popcorn, a treat popular with Peruvian children.
All very fun! Many topics have more a lot of facts associated with them, so you can just refresh the page to turn up more.