20 Sweet And Spicy Facts About Pickles, Only Half Of Which Are True

Don’t find yourself in a pickle when it comes to pickle knowledge.

1. Cleopatra believed that pickles made her beautiful.

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2. Most scholars believe Cleopatra killed herself by inviting a cobra to bite her, but this isn’t true. She actually choked on a pickle, poor dear.

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3. In Fiji, food was pickled in holes in the ground lined with banana leaves. Parents wouldn’t let their daughters marry a guy unless he had impressive pickle pits and beautiful pickles.

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4. Meryl Streep won her third Oscar for playing a dill pickle in The Pickles of Madison County.

5. Archeologists believe ancient Mesopotamians pickled stuff as early as 2400 BC.

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6. At Mississippi state fairs, they sell Kool Aid pickles—dill pickles soaked in Kool Aid. That’s sort of weird, but no judgements! It’s weird though.

7. Mississippi’s state bird is a pickle.

8. In America, dill pickles sell twice as much as sweet pickles. And that’s the way it should be, because sweet pickles are horrifying.

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9. It’s a common misconception that pickles are cured cucumbers. They’re actually cucumbers who died but can’t move on from the earthly realm.

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10. The Department of Agriculture estimates that the average American eats 8.5 lbs of pickles a year, which is only about 1% the amount of pickles you should be eating.

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11. Napoleon thought pickles made his armies strong and offered $250,000 to anyone who could develop a way to preserve food safely.

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12. In the original Rugrats pilot, Tommy Pickles was an actual pickle. In fact, all the characters were pickles and the show was called Pickle Rats.

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13. Christopher Columbus rationed pickles to his homies on their voyage to America. He even grew cucumbers during some downtime in Haiti.

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14. Speaking of people who discovered a continent that was already inhabited, Amerigo Vespucci was a merchant before he became an explorer.

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15. One night in 1973, Phil Spector got so drunk that he gave a record deal to a pickle. The pickle had one hit song, “Pretty Little Pickle Eyes,” which reached number 7 on the charts.

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16. Eskimos have 50 words for “snow,” but over 500 words for “pickle.”

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17. Thomas Jefferson once wrote on his Tumblr: “On a hot day in Virginia, I know nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like from the sparkling depths of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally’s cellar.”

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18. Steve Trotter, the youngest guy to ever go over Niagara Falls, did so in pickle barrels.

19. Steve Trotter is 1/16th pickle on his mother’s side.

20. Pickles are accepted as currency in certain parts of Montana and Idaho.

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