30 Guinness Facts That’ll Leave You Thirsty For More!

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Guinness is one of the most popular beers in the world – and with good reason! Even though it’s so dark, it’s flavor profile is smooth and drinkable by almost everyone. As an Irish classic, it’s no wonder people from all over the world visit Dublin to see the headquarters.

But what do you know besides how delicious it is? Check out these 30 mouthwatering facts about Guinness and be even more impressed by this simple yet delicious beer!

  1. Guinness was founded in 1759 in Dublin, Ireland by Arthur Guinness.
  2. There are only four ingredients in Guinness – malted barley, hops, brewer’s yeast, and water.
  3. However, as simple as it may sound, in order to make Guinness, you need to have knowledge in microbiology, mycology, bacteriology, and thermodynamics.
  4. There is an official 6 step process to pouring a pint of Guinness perfectly. It takes exactly 119 and a half seconds, because you’re supposed to fill the pint glass 3/4th of the way at 45 degrees and let it sit for about a minute before filling the rest.
  5. There’s also an official way to drink it! Mark McGovern, the former brand manager of the Guinness storehouse, says you have to hold your elbow up to be perpendicular to the floor, and drink right through the head which is the most hoppy and bitter part of the beer, until you taste the sweeter body.
  6. The white balls in the Guinness cans are called “widgets.” They are filled with nitrogen infused beer to create the foamy head when you open the can. In 1991, the widget beat the internet as the best invention of the last 40 years.
  7. The Guinness Book of World records was founded in 1954 for the purpose of settling pub disputes.
  8. When Arthur opened Guinness, he signed a 9,000 year lease on the Saint James Gate location at around $60 per year. The lease, which included free access to a water supply, went out of effect when the property was bought and expanded.
  9. A 20 ounce pint of Guinness only has 210 calories – that’s less than a glass of milk or orange juice!
  10. To order a Guinness at a bar in Ireland, you can ask for a pint of the plain, the good stuff, your best, or just hold your forefinger in the air and the bartender will understand!
  11. Scientifically, Guinness does taste better in Ireland! This is most likely because of freshness and quality control.
  12. Guinness is brewed in more than 150 countries including Nigeria and Indonesia.
  13. Worldwide, over 10 million glasses of Guinness are sold every day. 3 million pints are brewed daily at the original Dublin brewery.
  14. Originally, Guinness also brewed an ale along with the porter. The ale was dropped in 1799 so the focus could be put on the popular stout.
  15. In 1928, Guinness employees were given on-site medical and dental care, two free pints after each shift, and full pensions. This makes Guinness one of the first companies to offer employee benefits.
  16. On September 24th, 2009 at 5:50 P.M, Ireland celebrated the 250th anniversary of Guinness with “Arthur’s Day.”
  17. In celebration for the 250th Guinness anniversary, a submarine bar was commissioned in 2009. A contest was held and the winners got to have a pint onboard.
  18. Guinness is still the biggest exporter of stout in the world, and remains to be a technologically modern brewery. It has its own power plant!
  19. Until 2009, blood donors in Ireland used to get a pint of free Guinness after they gave blood.
  20. While most people assume Guinness is black or brown, due to its coloring by roasted barley, it is actually a dark ruby red color.
  21. While draught Guinness is not vegan, the Guinness Extra is vegan!
  22. Half of all pints drunk in Ireland are Guinness, however 40% of all Guinness is sold in Africa.
  23. The Guinness brewery is the top visited attraction in Ireland. Over one million people visit the Guinness storehouse every year.
  24. The first print advertisement for Guinness promoted, “Guinness is good for you.” Researchers have found that there are antioxidant compounds in Guinness that are comparable to the ones found in certain fruits and vegetables.
  25. The harp because the official trademark in 1876, however there was initially issues because it is also the symbol of Ireland. To avoid this, it was agreed that the Guinness hard would always face right, and the official use of the harp logo would face left.
  26. Until 1939, if a Guinness brewer wanted to marry a Catholic, their resignation was requested.
  27. Interestingly enough, around 1860, Arthur’s grandson who had taken control of the brewery, donated almost $200,000 dollars towards the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
  28. Every batch at the Guinness factory is taste tested to ensure no bad batches are sent out!
  29. In the 1960’s, employees were segregated by gender because they were afraid men’s lewd conversation would be offensive to the women.
  30. The Guinness Store house has a Gravity Bar, which is 150 feet off the ground and the highest bar in Dublin.

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Michelle Gabriel is a freelance writer and blogger and currently loving it! Her primary focus and passion is traveling, which she does full time and continues to be her preferred topic when composing articles.

20 Facts About Red Bull That Will Actually Give You Wings!

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  • The first sporting event put on by Red Bull was called the Dolomitenmann, which is billed as “the world’s toughest team relay race”. The event includes running, paragliding, whitewater kayaking, and mountain biking.
  • In spite of many health claims, Red Bull contains the same amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee, which is 80 mg. A 16-ounce Starbucks Grande has 330 mg!
  • Red Bull Cola, introduced in 2008, is made with all natural ingredients.
  • It wasn’t until 1997 that Red Bull was introduced in the United States. The first state it debuted in was California.
  • Red Bull was the first energy drink ever made, and they created the energy drink industry.
  • In 2014, Red Bull was sued for false advertising for their slogan, “Red Bull gives you wings”. A consumer said he had been drinking Red Bull for 10 years and never gained wings or enhanced athletic skills. It ended up being a $13 million lawsuit.
  • In 2012, Red Bull sent a professional skydiver into space in a helium balloon to then parachute to earth, 24 miles off the ground. The jumper became the first person to break the sound barrier without any engine power.
  • There is a version of Red Bull that is only available to Formula 1 VIPs.
  • Red Bull holds a yearly running competition called Wings for Life which raises money to donate to research for spinal cord injuries and parapalegia.
  • Red Bull employs almost 12,000 people around the world in 171 countries.
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    30 Shocking Facts About Subway

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  • In August 2015, Subway revealed on their Twitter that they broke a real Guinness World Record by managing to make the most sub sandwiches simultaneously. All of the proceeds went to local charities.
  • In 1996, the first U.K. Subway store opened. Subway also launched their main website, subway.com.
  • In January 2013, Subway managed to accumulate 20 million fans of their Facebook Social Media page.
  • As it currently stands, U.S. Subways offer 16 alternative main sandwiches on their “All Sandwiches” section on their website, but the combination of D.I.Y. sandwiches and topping combinations is reportedly in the millions.
  • In 1981, the 200th store was opened in Washington. Shortly after, their 300th opened only a year later, and their 5,000th by 1990.
  • Subway was featured in the 90’s blockbuster hit Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • In Seattle, 32 customers were part of a huge Subway controversy after contracting Hepatitis A in 1999. This was due to poor enforcement and implementation of food preparation processes.
  • In 2013, Subway responded to challenges that their sandwiches were not 12 inches by saying the “footlong” is a descriptive name of the product and not an exact measurement.
  • Overall Subway, actually has more chains than the fast-food juggernaut, McDonald’s!
  • Subway has only offered the option of toasting your creation as of 2005, and even though this is the integral part of so many customers sandwiches, there is a ruling being disputed in the U.K. to charge the customer for the pleasure of having it toasted due to VAT changes.
  • Dick Pilchen is the longest employee of Subway. He first gained employment in 1968 and is currently working in their U.S. Headquarters after working his way through the ranks.
  • Project Subway was a fashion show created by the lunchtime heroes to create Subway-themed outfits and designs by rising stars of the fashion world. It took place in 2013 and 2014 asking designers to utilize everything from napkins and gift cards, to store-stocked veggies.
  • Subway is potentially introducing the new “subway” with touchscreen ordering options, USB-charging, and of course, Wi-Fi.
  • In 2016, Subway Ireland and U.K. had a whopping $680 million turnover, and are planning by 2020 to have 5,000 new jobs on offer.
  • If you will like to declare your love the old fashioned way, you can send a letter to 325 Sub Way in Milford, Connecticut. This is the address of the world headquarters of the sandwich giant.
  • So there we have it, from the worst choices to legal cases about sandwich measurements, Subway sure has its fair share of amazing and odd facts!

    I for one, no matter what they say about the chain, will continue to love a good lunchtime 6-inch sub with all the trimmings.

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    Dan Lewis is a Welsh speaker. He’s been in the tech sector for about 5 years and is qualified in most areas including networking, hardware, software & support. Enjoys writing about anything techy, nerdy or factually interesting.

    26 Spicy Facts About Cinnamon

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  • The biggest cinnamon bun ever was a whopping 118.8kg (almost 19 stone) and was created in Washington, US on the 10th February 2006.
  • Cinnamon is supposedly helpful in the fight against degenerative brain disorders like Alzheimer’s as it activates protective proteins that help stop mutation and damage to cells.
  • A year’s supply of cinnamon was actually burned at the funeral of Roman Emperor Nero’s wife after he killed her as a way of showing his remorse.
  • Ceylon produces that much cinnamon that in the 17th Century the Portuguese and the Dutch started a war over the island.
  • Cinnamons flavor strength actually comes from the chemicals cinnamaldehyde and cinnamic aldehyde.
  • An oil extracted from cinnamon, eugenol, has been used as a local anesthetic and antiseptic by dentists.
  • Spanish researchers have managed to develop a paper that keeps bread fresher for longer, possibly even up to 10 days, with cinnamon oil.
  • Use of cinnamon sticks can actually lead to mouth ulcers and gum swelling, which makes me question its antiseptic properties for dentists.
  • Cinnamon contains 100 times more TE or Trolox equivalents than Apples; this is the measurement of Oxygen radical absorbance.
  • October 4th is actually the National Cinnamon Roll day in Sweden.
  • Coli 0157 is an awful bacterium that can actually be defeated almost 100% by cinnamon. An American study found 99.5% of the bug was killed when added to a teaspoon of cinnamon at room temperature in 3 days.
  • Pepsi-Fire is a new fireball-whiskey-like creation from the soft drink giant. The cinnamon flavored beverage is supposedly horrendous with some describing it as “unexpected and not in a good way”.
  • In 2017 a cat took the internet by storm when it was recorded attempting to steal a full sized cinnamon bun.
  • Whether you hate it or love it, cinnamon is a hard-hitting health ally fighting off everything from a common cold to brain degrading illnesses. The humble brown stick can it seems, flavor your porridge and cure you.

    As I said, I love cinnamon but even I think Pepsi-Fire sounds awful – no one wants to combine cinnamon with something completely absurd like soda or chewing gum for that matter. I’m sure in the future, further wonders will be revealed of this spice and I’m going to try using it more often if it packs this much of a punch.

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    Dan Lewis is a Welsh speaker. He’s been in the tech sector for about 5 years and is qualified in most areas including networking, hardware, software & support. Enjoys writing about anything techy, nerdy or factually interesting.

    12 Mouth-Watering Facts About Watermelons

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  • What fruit poses a risk to Israeli security? The watermelon of course. Apparently a Palestinian man was refused entry to his home in Hebron in June 2016 after he tried to cross a closed military zone with a watermelon. The man, melon in hand, wanted to enter the zone to go home was told by 25 Israeli soldiers he wouldn’t be entering and was made to stand there for 4 hours awaiting a decision to let him pass.
  • The watermelon contains over 91% water, this level is the same as that found in the human brain and this means the fruit is recognized as one of the best in the world for hydration.
  • Watermelons are a medicinal marvel supposedly helping in an array of different ways. The juice can reduce muscle soreness as it contains Citrulline which lowers blood pressure, it can improve eyesight and eye health as it’s so high in Vitamin A, and due to the high concentration of Lycopene, a phytochemical, it can lower the risk of cancer.
  • Even though we all have the same image come into our heads when we think of the humble watermelon we couldn’t be further from the truth for many of the species of this fantastic fruit. There are over 1200 varieties of watermelon all differing in texture, taste and appearance, some being solid black like the densuke and some having yellowish flesh like the orangeglo. Over 300 varieties are grown in the U.S. alone.
  • In 2013 in Tennessee USA, Christopher Kent set the Guinness World Record for the largest and heaviest watermelon in the world, weighing an unbelievable 350.5 lbs (159 kg), to put this in perspective the average watermelon weighs in at 25 lbs (11.33 kg) so Chris’ specimen was 14 times heavier!
  • Pac-Man was the first time the watermelon made a video game appearance. In the 1980 Namco cult classic the watermelon is the highest scoring prize, it can be eaten during gameplay for a 1000 point boost. The watermelon has now appeared in hundreds of games.
  • Whether you hate it or love it, one thing’s for sure, the watermelon really is a huge hit worldwide. Albeit $5 from the local supermarket or $6,000, this watery little wonder really has got an array of uses and the list of facts I’ve given above barely scratched the surface.

    The watermelon has been held highly throughout the ages and now with brands jumping on the watermelon bandwagon of late with new drink concoctions (Jack Daniels) or vaping liquid I don’t see the craze going away any time soon. So grab a wedge, sit down with a nice book and enjoy… oh and if you visit a friend why not take one along, that’s the traditional gift for a host in Japan.

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    Dan Lewis is a Welsh speaker. He has been in the tech sector for about 5 years and is qualified in most areas including networking, hardware, software and support. Enjoys writing about anything techy, nerdy or otherwise factually interesting.

    6 Health Benefits of Eating Cherries

    Health Benefit #4 – They help you bounce back after a workout.

    After a long workout (or even a short one) one of the worst parts is the soreness you feel the next day. It can be difficult to get into a routine of going to the gym when you continually feel the side effects of your previous exercise. The anti-inflammatory properties from the anthocyanin not only help speed up the recovery process by repairing your muscles quicker, but results in less muscle damage in the first place. This links back to the antioxidants which produces more oxygen in your system. This also means you will experience less muscle pain and tenderness overall.

    Health Benefit #5 – Cherries help you with weight loss.

    Surprisingly enough, cherries are rich with dietary fiber which helps you feel full quicker. Eating a bowl of cherries before a meal will help you eat less overall and help speed up your metabolism. This also means cherries make a great snack for in between meals or satisfying your craving for sweets. Even with all their benefits, one cherry contains about 5 calories, so be sure to keep track of just how much you eat, otherwise using cherries to lose weight will backfire!

    Health Benefit #6 – Regulate your sleep.

    The list of natural food that contains melatonin is short, and cherries happen to be on it. Melatonin is a natural hormone found in the body, but certain habits can prevent it from producing enough to sleep well. On average, there are 13 nanograms of melatonin per gram of cherry. While this may sound like an insignificant amount, studies have shown that it’s enough to make a difference. Drinking a glass or two of tart cherry juice 30-60 minutes before bed and bringing more melatonin into your system will make it easier to not only fall asleep at night, but stay asleep.

    As you can see, the diverse utility in such a tiny fruit is impressive! With a delicious taste to match, it’s easy to incorporate into your diet. So the next time you’re at a grocery store or better yet, farmers market, be sure to pick up a batch of these tasty red health boosters.