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10 Things You Didn't Know About Paddy's Day

10 Things You Didn't Know About Paddy's Day

Learn these great fun facts and impress everyone on St. Patrick’s Day

There is so much to learn about this holiday and its evolving traditions.

Dusted off your giant green leprechaun hat or that “Kiss Me I’m Irish” tee yet? Have you dug out your recipes for green confections and corned beef and cabbage? Well, it’s about that time again. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner.

Click here for the 10 Things You Didn't Know About St. Patrick's Day (Slideshow).

Gangs of rowdy revelers ‘crawling’ from pub to pub, masses of green-clad people marching to bagpipes in city streets, and assortments of green shamrock decorated treats are now some things equated with St. Patrick’s Day across the globe. But that’s not how it always was.

It started out as a religious feast day in the ninth or tenth century to commemorate Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Born in the fourth century, he was enslaved as a teenager and brought to Ireland from his native Britain, but eventually escaped after hearing the voice of God. Years later, the voice urged him to return to Ireland as a missionary and bring Christianity to the people. There, he used clovers to explain the Holy Trinity and converted pagan Druids. Irish Catholics venerate the saint on the anniversary of his death, March 17, by going to mass, praying for missionaries and celebrating with a large meal.

The St. Patrick’s Day that we know — and local bars love — is more about national pride than a celebration of the religious figure. This custom started on American soil with banquets held by Irish charities in Boston. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was in New York City in 1762, when Irish soldiers marched through the city as a way to reconnect with their roots. St. Patrick's Day is now associated with everything “Irish”— green beer, shamrocks, luck, and traditional dishes.

Most of us don’t know all the facts about Saint Patrick or the holiday celebrated in his name. Bet you didn’t know that Saint Patrick wasn’t all about green, or that St. Patrick’s Day is only a public holiday in three places, or that “Saint Patty’s Day” is not on March 17th. To find out the answers to these trivia facts and to learn a few more, click through our slideshow.


St. Patrick's Day 2013: 5 Things You Didn't Know

March 17, 2013— -- intro: No doubt you'll be seeing the color green everywhere today in honor of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Here's a look at five things you didn't know about St. Patrick's Day

quicklist: 1title: St. Patrick Was Not Irishtext: His birth name was actually Maewyn Succat -- it wasn't until he was in the Church that it was changed to Patricius, or Patrick. St. Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland, was born in Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, which is in Scotland. As a teenager, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and enslaved as a shepherd for several years. He attributed his ability to persevere to his faith in God.

quicklist: 2title: Did St. Patrick Drive All the Snakes Out of Ireland? text: Despite the popular lore, St. Patrick did not drive the snakes out of Ireland because the island did not have any to begin with. Icy water surrounds the Emerald Isle, which prevented snakes from migrating over.

quicklist: 3title:text: Green may be the national color of Ireland, but the color most associated with St. Patrick is blue. The Order of St. Patrick was established in 1783 as the senior order of chivalry in the Kingdom of Ireland. The color associated with the honor needed to differentiate it from the Order of the Garter (dark blue) and the Order of the Thistle (green). So they went with blue.

quicklist: 4title: Largest St. Patrick's Day Parades Are Held Outside of Irelandtext: The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in the U.S. The Irish have been celebrating the feast of St. Patrick since the ninth century, but the first recorded parade anywhere was in Boston in 1737. The parade was not Catholic in nature, though, because the majority of Irish immigrants to the colonies were Protestant. Ireland did not have a parade of its own until 1931, in Dublin. Even today, 18 out of the 20 largest St. Patrick's Day parades are in the states -- New York's is the largest.

quicklist: 5title: Shamrock Used to Explain the Holy Trinity text: St. Patrick used a three-leafed shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to pagan Irish, forever linking the shamrock with him and the Irish in the popular imagination. He would tie shamrocks to his robes, which is why the color green is worn.


Bet you didn't know these 10 things about St. Patrick and Ireland!

The most kids know of St. Patrick 's Day is that you must wear green or you'll get a pinch from your friends. Adults see the day as an occasion to celebrate, sometimes with green beer and other assorted alcoholic beverages. However, few really know what they are celebrating or why the holiday is so important, particularly in the Americas.

The following 10 facts may help you to better enjoy this popular holiday.

Saint Patrick in blue vestments.

Highlights

10. March 17th is when Patrick died.

Saint Patrick is a saint of the Catholic Church, and his holy day is the day of his death, and subsequent entrance to heaven, rather than the day of his physical birth. After spending most of his adult life converting the pagans of Ireland to Christianity, St. Patrick went to his reward on March 17, 461 AD.

St. Patrick wasn't Irish, and he wasn't born in Ireland. Patrick's parents were Roman citizens living in modern-day England, or more precisely in Scotland or Wales (scholars cannot agree on which). He was born in 385 AD. By that time, most Romans were Christians and the Christian religion was spreading rapidly across Europe.

At the age of 16, Patrick had the misfortune of being kidnapped by Irish raiders who took him away and sold him as a slave. He spent several years in Ireland herding sheep and learning about the people there. At the age of 22, he managed to escape. He made his way to a monastery in England where he spent 12 years growing closer to God.

7. St. Patrick used the shamrock to preach about the trinity.

Many claim the shamrock represents faith, hope, and love, or any number of other things but it was actually used by Patrick to teach the mystery of the Holy Trinity, and how three things, the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit could be separate entities, yet one in the same. Obviously, the pagan rulers of Ireland found Patrick to be convincing because they quickly converted to Christianity.

6. Legend says St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland.

According to legend, St. Patrick drove all the snakes, or in some translations, "toads," out of Ireland. In reality, this probably did not occur, as there is no evidence that snakes have ever existed in Ireland, the climate being too cool for them to thrive. Despite that, scholars suggest that the term "snakes" may be figurative and refer to pagan religious beliefs and practices rather than reptiles or amphibians.

The original color associated with St. Patrick is blue, not green as commonly believed. In several artworks depicting the saint, he is shown wearing blue vestments. King Henry VIII used the Irish harp in gold on a blue flag to represent the country. Since that time, and possibly before, blue has been a popular color to represent the country on flags, coats-of-arms, and even sports jerseys.

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Green was associated with the country later, presumably because of the greenness of the countryside, which is so because Ireland receives plentiful rainfall. Today, the country is also referred to as the "Emerald Isle."

4. The Shamrock is not the symbol of Ireland.

The shamrock is a popular Irish symbol, but it is not the symbol of Ireland. As early as the medieval period, the harp has appeared on Irish gravestones and manuscripts. However, it is certain that the harp was popular in Irish legend and culture even well before that period.

Since the medieval period, the harp has represented the nation. King Henry VIII used the harp on coins as early as 1534. Later, the harp was used on Irish flags and Irish coats of arms. The harp was also used as a symbol of the Irish people during their long struggle for freedom. Starting in 1642 the harp appeared on flags during rebellions against English rule. When Ireland became an independent country in 1921, it adopted the harp as the national symbol.

3. There are more Irish in the USA than Ireland.

Well, sort of. An estimated 34 million Americans have Irish ancestry. Some are pure-blood Irish, meaning they or their parents came from Ireland, but many more have mixed ancestry today. By contrast, there are 4.2 million people living in Ireland. This peculiarity has a lot to do with the troubled history of Ireland. During the potato famine in Ireland, millions of Irish left the country for the US. This diaspora of Irish continued throughout much of the 19th century. Great numbers of Irish immigrants filled factories, served as railroad laborers --and even joined the military, sometimes immediately upon stepping foot on American soil! During the US Civil War, entire regiments of troops were comprised exclusively of Irish immigrants. It wasn't until the economic boom of the 1990s that more Irish stayed in their native country than traveled abroad searching for better opportunities.

2. St. Patrick's Day in the US has a strong political history.

In the mid 19th century, the Irish faced discrimination much like that faced by African Americans. In a few rare instances, prejudice against the Irish was even more fierce! The Irish were culturally unique, Catholic, and because of deplorable conditions in Ireland, flooded into the US in large numbers. They were perceived as a potentially disloyal and were treated harshly. To combat this, the American Irish began to organize themselves politically. By the end of the 19th century, St. Patrick's Day was a large holiday for the Irish and an occasion for them to demonstrate their collective political and social might. While the political emphasis has faded along with the discrimination, the holiday remains ever popular as an opportunity for festivity regardless of one's cultural background.

1. St. Patrick's was a dry holiday in Ireland until 1970.

Aside from the color green, the activity most associated with St. Patrick's Day is drinking. However, Irish law, from 1903 to 1970, declared St. Patrick's Day a religious observance for the entire country meaning that all pubs were shut down for the day. That meant no beer, not even the green kind, for public celebrants. The law was overturned in 1970, when St. Patrick's was reclassified as a national holiday - allowing the taps to flow freely once again.


10 Things You Didn't Know About Head Lice

1. Head lice spread from head-to-head contact only.
Contrary to popular belief, head lice can't be spread by sharing hats, scarves, coats, etc. "Growing up I learned that sharing helmets and headphones was a good way to catch head lice," says public health entomologist Richard Pollack, PhD. "But in my testing I've found head-to-head contact is the only way to contract them." The insects are attracted to the specific temperature and humidity of the human scalp, so if you place them elsewhere on the body they usually wander off without biting. Plus, head lice die within 24-36 hours once they're off the head, so it's unlikely a louse would survive long enough elsewhere. Photo: Shutterstock

2. Head lice are nothing new.
Recent head lice hysteria and schools' "No Nit" policies (nits are lice eggs) make it seem like there's been an explosion in head lice infestations. But according to Dr. Pollack, "they've been around since our ancestors were walking on their knuckles. There are mummies that show evidence of having had head lice, and if you look back in archeological records there are louse combs that date back thousands of years." Because of their ability to adapt and evolve, head lice have always been a part of life and always will be. Photo: Three Lions/Stringer/Getty Images

3. Head lice don't pose a significant health risk.
Sure they're itchy (thanks to the allergic reaction their saliva causes) but head lice don't pose any significant health risks in and of themselves. They haven't been shown to transmit disease or cause infection, and they aren't even a sign of being dirty&mdashin fact, according to Wendy Beck, co-founder with Penny Good of Licebeaters, a lice treatment company, lice are actually most attracted to clean hair. But despite all that, there is still a terrible social stigma attached to having lice. So be sure not to perpetuate the panic factor if you, your child or one of their schoolmates is infested. Photo: Adam Gault/SPL/Getty Images

4. One round of treatment probably isn't enough.
It's nearly impossible to get every single head louse and nit with a single session of combing, states Beck. Because nits take about a week to 10 days to mature, you may not see them at first. And even if you get rid of all the bugs, you'll need to go back a week to 10 days later to remove the hatched eggs. Covering the whole life cycle is essential for eliminating head lice. Photo: iStockphoto

5. There are non-chemical ways to treat lice.
According to Beck, the pesticides commonly used to kill head lice are becoming more and more ineffective. "They'll kill some of the bugs, but usually not all of them," she says. "And they don't do anything at all to the nits." Her company takes a 100 percent natural approach to eliminating lice and nits: They douse the scalp in olive oil, to suffocate the lice and lubricate the hair to facilitate combing. Once they comb the lice and eggs out, they have their clients sleep with olive oil in their hair (under a shower cap if children are old enough) to kill any remaining lice and nits&mdashlice will suffocate in approximately 5 hours. Beck likes using olive oil so she can see the lice she combs out, but any creamy conditioner will work. If your child's hair is too difficult to comb through, Dr. Pollack recommends using a FDA registered over-the-counter pediculicide and repeating the treatment 10 days afterwards to kill the remaining bugs and nits. If lice still remain he recommends contacting your physician for advice. Photo: Peter Dazeley/Getty Images

6. Head lice are often misidentified.
An itchy scalp doesn't always mean lice. Beck has visited clients only to discover they actually have dandruff or eczema. Dr. Pollack, who identifies bug specimens by mail, says many times people assume ants, mosquitoes and even salt are head lice and nits. Photo: iStockphoto

7. Cleaning bedrooms and linens is unnecessary.
Because head lice cannot survive off the scalp for more than 24-36 hours, there's no need to treat linens, towels or clothing by doing anything other than throwing them in the hamper&ndash&ndashbut tossing them in the laundry machine can't hurt either. "Any louse that's in there will be dead by the next day," says Dr. Pollack, "And nits will cease to develop within a couple of days." Photo: Thinkstock

8. If your child has head lice, chances are you do too.
"Nine times out of 10, moms get it too," says Beck. "But it's usually never as bad as the child's case." When Licebeaters visits a home they always inspect the whole family, since lice are contagious. "But this should never cause parents to avoid their children," says Dr. Pollack. "I've had parents call me over the years saying they're afraid to hug their child. Just think of the message that's sending." Photo: Thinkstock

9. It could be a lot worse.
"It always surprises me when parents are so happy to find out their child has not a louse but a tick in their hair," says Dr. Pollack. "Ticks are so much more significant in terms of what types of things they can transmit! Of all of the things a child can encounter, head lice are among the least significant. A cold virus is far more burdensome to a child than is a head louse." The lesson? Don't panic, and keep head lice in perspective. Photo: Thinkstock

10. Head lice are controversial.
Many schools enforce a strict "No Nits" policy, which means children with any number of nits at all in their hair cannot attend school until they are removed. A number of experts disagree with this because they believe that a few nits are not necessarily evidence of an active infestation and that keeping kids out of school is more detrimental than it is beneficial. But whatever your option, it's important to follow your school's policy. Photo: Thinkstock


Ten Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About C. S. Lewis

In honor of the birthday of one of the &ldquopatron saints&rdquo of contemporary evangelical Christianity, we thought we&rsquod offer up ten surprising facts about Lewis to better understand the beloved British writer (and so you can impress your friends at parties &hellip whenever we can have those again).

If you only know C. S. Lewis because of his books about Narnia, then you don&rsquot know Jack very well! &ldquoJack,&rdquo is, of course, the name Lewis went by to his friends. This is just one of the many interesting details about him that are not commonly known. Another is the fact he died on November 22, 1963&mdashthe same day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Here are ten more tidbits about Lewis that some might find unusual, or even misunderstand.

1. Famous before Narnia

While Lewis is most known for writing The Chronicles of Narnia, he was famous enough to be on the cover of Time magazine three years before the first tale related to Aslan was published. In 1947, Lewis was the featured story for the September 8 issue of Time. The article on Lewis came out a few months after his latest book, Miracles: A Preliminary Study, was released. The reason for this honor was due to his popularity from his fictionalized correspondence between two demons in The Screwtape Letters. A casual look at the cover reveals this, as you see a pitchforked devil on his left shoulder and the wing of an angel over his head.

2. Married the same woman twice

Most are aware Lewis married Joy Davidman Gresham, but did you know he tied the knot with her twice? The first time was on April 23, 1956, in a civil ceremony. He did it as a friendly gesture to prevent Joy from deportation from England (she was an American). Less than a year later, when it was thought she would soon die from cancer, he married her again at Churchill Hospital on March 21, 1957. So, why do it again? Few actually knew about the first wedding, so it was in part because he wanted to declare his love for her before others. This part of Lewis&rsquos life was the subject of the movie Shadowlands that was first produced by BBC in 1985 and later a Hollywood movie in 1993.

3. Cared for a woman married to another man

Admittedly this headline is a bit sensationalized, but it&rsquos true! As a young man, Lewis made a vow to his friend, Paddy Moore, to care for Moore&rsquos mother if he died. When Paddy was killed in World War I, Lewis made good on his promise and lived with Janie King Moore until just before she died. Moore, though separated from her husband, never divorced however, it is not as scandalous as you might think. Moore&rsquos daughter, Maureen (the future Lady Dunbar of Hempriggs), lived with them for several of those years. Also, Jack&rsquos brother Warren lived in the same household with them for about two-thirds of the time they lived together. While some would have you believe there had to be a sexual relationship, as Lewis scholar Jerry Root has stated, it is really up to the those who make this claim to prove it.

4. Soldier in WWI and wounded in action

Speaking of WWI, Lewis voluntarily enlisted in the British army in 1917. The above-mentioned Paddy Moore was Lewis&rsquos roommate at Keble College, Oxford, where they both received cadet training. They had met shortly after Lewis joined the Oxford University Officers&rsquo Training Corps on April 30, 1917. On November 17 that year, he went to France as part of his service. He rarely said much about his life as a soldier, and so few of his experiences are known. We do know that he was hospitalized with pyrexia in February 1918, and two months later he was wounded on Mont-Bernanchon (near Lillers, France) during the Battle of Arras.

5. Wanted to be a poet

It&rsquos no secret Lewis enjoyed writing, but his original passion was poetry. In 1919, before his 21st birthday, his first book, Spirits in Bondage: A Cycle of Lyrics, was published. Nearly all of the book was written when he was 16 or 17 years old. During that time, Lewis didn&rsquot believe in God, and the material reflects that perspective. The book did not sell many copies. His next poetry book, Dymer, came out in 1926 and also did not sell well. While he never published a new book of poems during his lifetime, he did continue to write them and quite a few were released in a variety of publications during his lifetime. There were so many of them that less than a year after his death, Walter Hooper edited a collection simply called Poems.

6. Wrote three books under different names

Can you imagine Lewis not taking credit for books he wrote? While it may be difficult to consider, it&rsquos true. Early in his career, his first two books of poetry, Spirits in Bondage and Dymer, were both credited to Clive Hamilton (Clive is his actual first name and Hamilton is his mother&rsquos maiden name). Then, before he died, A Grief Observed was published (in 1961) under the pseudonym N. W. Clerk. That book recounts some of the sorrow Lewis experienced after the death of his wife. It was republished the year after his own death with him identified as the author.

7. Taught philosophy before English

While some are aware Lewis&rsquos first full-time job was teaching English literature at Oxford University, far fewer know he had a temporary position (1924&ndash25) as teacher of philosophy at Oxford. One of his degrees from Oxford was Literae Humaniores, which involves the study of classics, philosophy, and ancient history, which qualified him for the short-term post. In fact, he even applied for a philosophy position at Trinity College, Oxford (but failed to get it). The short-term position he did secure at University College, Oxford, was to teach during the absence of Edgar Frederick Carritt (who was Lewis&rsquos tutor in philosophy). Carritt was on leave to teach at the University of Ann Arbor, Michigan.

8. Never was a professor at Oxford

As noted already, Lewis did teach at Oxford. While he taught there for 30 years, he was never given the title of Professor. Instead, he was merely a &ldquodon.&rdquo What&rsquos the difference? A don in the UK is one who is a &ldquotutor&rdquo or &ldquolecturer&rdquo of a particular subject. A professor is often the head of a department and has a more flexible schedule. Less than ten years before his death, Lewis accepted a professorship of medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University.

9. Tolkien was instrumental in Lewis getting Cambridge position

Lewis was appointed to his professorship at Cambridge on October 1, 1954 (he officially began it on January 1, 1955). Ironically, even though the position was created for him, Lewis initially showed very little interest in it. His friends J. R. R. Tolkien, E. M. W. Tillyard, F. P. Wilson, and Basil Willey all played a role in Lewis getting the position, but Tolkien deserves special mention. As Alister McGrath recounts in C. S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet, after Lewis had twice declined the offer to teach at Cambridge, Tolkien wouldn&rsquot let the matter go. He sought clarification from Lewis about why he refused the offer. Lewis thought he would have to move from his home of over two decades and live in Cambridge. This was not so, and thanks to not one but two letters written by Tolkien, the issue was settled. Or, at least everyone thought it was unfortunately, Cambridge offered the position to their second choice before Lewis contacted the university. Fortunately, that person declined, and Lewis took the position when it was offered to him a third time.

10. Lewis&rsquos encouragement helped get the Lord of the Rings published

Why was Tolkien so willing to help Lewis obtain the position at Cambridge? As you may have heard, they were friends from Lewis&rsquos early days at Oxford. But did you know they were so close that Lewis actually read a version of The Hobbit about five years before it was published? He told his friend Arthur Greeves about it in a letter from 1933: &ldquoSince term began I have had a delightful time reading a children&rsquos story which Tolkien has just written.&rdquo Not long after the book came out in 1937, Tolkien&rsquos publisher wanted a sequel. As Diana Glyer recounts in Bandersnatch, Tolkien initially declined but eventually reconsidered. Early chapters of the sequel were shown to Lewis on March 4, 1938. Lewis gave feedback to Tolkien that he took to heart, which led to the rewriting of the first three chapters. As you might recall, The Lord of the Ringswas not published until the 1950s, but few know that, had it not been for Lewis, it might never have seen the light of day. Tolkien wrote in his letters about Lewis, &ldquoI owe to his encouragement the fact that &hellip I persevered and eventually finished The Lord of the Rings.&rdquo


Earth Day Went Global in 1990

Earth Day may have originated in the U.S., but today it is a global phenomenon celebrated in almost every country around the world.

Earth Day's international status owes its thanks to Denis Hayes. He is the national organizer of Earth Day events in the U.S. In 1990, he coordinated similar Earth Day events in 141 countries. More than 200 million people around the world took part in these events.


6 Never Lost

Television shows tend to make their heroes, well, heroic, but Perry Mason went even further. The erstwhile lawyer never lost a case in the entire run of the series, from 1957 to 1966. He did come close a couple of times. In the episode “The Deadly Verdict,” the client is found guilty but Mason discovers evidence at the end of the episode that saves them from death row. Some shows end up making characters too good or perfect annoying, but Perry was just Perry.


5 Kurogiri Is Likely A Whole New Type Of Nomu

This next one is a factor people don't know simply because it hasn't been answered yet, even in the manga. And that question is, is Kurogiri a tier 3 Nomu, a High-End, or in his own category? This shadowy Nomu quite obviously has the same style of design to his eyes as the High Ends do, but he doesn't struggle at all with speaking like they do. Plus, his brain isn't showing! Honestly, this probably is due to his body makeup and how his Quirk works, but there's still so much about him and his relation to Aizawa that makes little to no sense. He fills all the requirements of a Nomu but has a few factors that are unique to him alone.


10 Things You Didn&rsquot Know About S&rsquomores

In celebration of National S&rsquomores day, bite into these fun facts about everyone&rsquos favorite ooey, gooey campfire treat.

The recipe is one we all know: Sandwich a toasted marshmallow and a hefty square of chocolate between two graham crackers. Eat and repeat. Craving one already? While s’mores are fit for any occasion, National S’mores Day—Sunday, August 10—provides the perfect excuse. While celebrating, impress your campfire companions with some little known facts about s’mores.

1. The Merriam-Webster dictionary, which defines s’mores as 𠇊 dessert consisting usually of toasted marshmallow and pieces of chocolate bar sandwiched between two graham crackers,” suggests the first known use of the word was in 1974.

2. It appears the treat was a campfire staple long before the dictionary officially recognized it: The first known s&aposmores recipe was published in the Girl Scouts handbook Tramping and Trailing With the Girl Scouts in 1927. The snack was originally called “some mores.”

3. Campers at Deer Run Camping Resort in Gardners, Pennsylvania recently built what could just be the world’s largest s’more. Weighing in at 267 pounds, the supersized sweet was comprised of 140 pounds of marshmallows, 90 pounds of chocolate, and 90 pounds of graham crackers.

4. According to The S’mores Cookbook, Americans buy 90 million pounds of marshmallows every year. It’s estimated that, during the summer, approximately 50 percent of marshmallows sold are roasted for s’mores.

5. If you don’t have access to an open fire, there are still plenty of ways to make s’mores. The S’mores Cookbook explains how to cook the tasty treat on the grill, in the broiler, with a kitchen torch, in a microwave, or over a gas stove, candle, or Sterno.

6. Perfect your technique: According to S&aposmores: Gourmet Treats for Every Occasion, marshmallows cook faster on a metal rod or coat hanger than on a wooden one, and coals tend to cook the snack faster and more consistently than flames.

7. The popularity of the original s’more has inspired American food manufacturers to create other chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker treats, including Pop-Tarts, cereal, ice cream, and even Goldfish.

8. Restaurants are also trying to capitalize on the dessert’s popularity with some downright unique iterations, like s’mores French fries, martinis, macarons, and more.

9. Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham invented the graham cracker in 1829 in Bound Brook, New Jersey. The original graham cracker was a health food recommended as part of a diet intended to help suppress sexual desire, which Graham believed to be unhealthy.

10. According to a release from The Hershey Company, the company produces more than 373 million milk chocolate bars each year, enough to make 746 million s’mores.


Grande is a fan of "Harry Potter" — and she's a Slytherin.

The singer has been pretty vocal about her love for the fantasy franchise, and she has a few tattoos that seem to be inspired by it — including the word "Lumos," a spell used to produce light in "Harry Potter," on her hand.

In 2015, Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" movies, told HuffPost he thought Grande would be a Gryffindor.

She shared on Twitter that the Pottermore quiz told her she's a Slytherin.


1 Diagnosed with Dyslexia

It seems as if nothing can stop Steven Spielberg, not even a learning disability like dyslexia. In his school years, Spielberg was often bullied for his inability to read well as he was suffering from dyslexia and sadly no one knew at the time.

Spielberg didn't get his diagnosis until he was 60 years old, after he had earned billions of dollars, several prestigious awards, and his Bachelor's degree. Steven Spielberg truly is not only an icon, but an inspiration as he never let a setback stop him from becoming one of the most beloved directors of all time.


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