More M&M's Than You'll Probably Ever Eat Are Stamped Every Day

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More M&M's Than You'll Probably Ever Eat Are Stamped Every Day

As you could probably imagine, the number of M&M;'s made in factories every day is pretty massive. But on each, individual little iconic bit of chocolate candy is a famous feature: the white M. But how do they print a single M on every delicate piece of candy? Firstly, they don't-many fall through the cracks and miss getting stamped because they are slightly misshapen. The way the Ms get on the candies is by offset printing. This means that the letter is not printed, but transferred onto the delicate surfaces.

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Key Facts to Know

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    The "M"s are printed onto M&M's by offset printing with a rubber blanket. 1:27

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    The Ms in M&M stands for the names of the co-creators of the candy. 2:35

Cows That Are Addressed By Name Make More Milk

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Cows That Are Addressed By Name Make More Milk

A study that surveyed more than 500 dairy farmers found that naming cows had a significant impact on milk yields. Those farmers who called their cows by name got around 2,105 gallons (7,968 liters) of milk over the cows' 10-month lactation cycle, compared to around 2,029 gallons (7,680 liters) reported by those who didn't name their cows. Scientists believe that addressing the cows by name might have a calming effect on the animals, reducing the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which can impede milk production.

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from Animalist

Key Facts to Know

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    The average cow can produce about 100 glasses of milk each day. 0:41

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    Cows don't have four stomachs—they have one stomach with four compartments. 1:06

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    Holstein cows produce more milk per day than any other type of cow. 1:51

The Urgent Need for Sustainable Food Production

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The Urgent Need for Sustainable Food Production

Agriculture accounts for 70% of global water consumption. That's more than twice the amount -- about 19-23% -- used by industry. Agriculture's massive water consumption is driven partly by poor farming practices, such as leaky irrigation, inefficient field application, and the cultivation of thirsty crops in dry climates. Adopting more sustainable agricultural practices will be crucial to preventing major food-producing countries such as the U.S. and China from reaching their renewable water resource limits.

The Tootsie Roll Legacy

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The Tootsie Roll Legacy

The founder of the Tootsie Roll company was Leo Hirshfield, an Austrian immigrant who started the business in a small New York City shop in 1896. More than 64 million Tootsie Rolls are made every day, from a recipe that theoretically includes a little bit of the original batch.

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Key Facts to Know

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    More than 60 million Tootsie Rolls are made every day. 0:16

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    The Tootsie Pop was the first soft-centered lollipop. 0:27

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    The Tootsie Rolls company has reduced the thickness of the hard coating on Tootsie Pops over the years. 0:54

Life Of Henry Ford

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Life Of Henry Ford

Automotive pioneer Henry Ford was born uly 30, 1863 near Dearborn Township, Michigan. Ford made the Ford Model T car in 1908, and later developed the assembly line mode of production, revolutionizing an entire industry.