"¢Â It's lemon-season! Well, truthfully, it's always lemon season: trees bloom continuously, and can produce up to 600 lemons in the course of a year.
"¢Â The word "ascorbic," as in ascorbic acid (the name for Vitamin C), means "no scurvy." Makes sense, because when life hands you scurvy you should make ... lemonade!
"¢Â The demand for lemons and their scurvy-preventing properties hit a peak during the California Gold Rush of 1849. Miners were willing to pay huge sums for a single lemon. As a result, lemon trees were planted in abundance throughout California.
"¢Â Want to get the most from your lemon? Microwaving them on high for 15-20 seconds softens them for squeezing.
"¢Â Apparently, lemons can tell you a lot about your personality. The amount of saliva you produce after putting a drop of lemon juice on your tongue might tell if you are an introvert (a lot of saliva) or extrovert (not so much).
"¢Â As anyone who has watched "MacGyver" (or even "Breaking Bad") knows, you can usually make whatever it is you need with whatever you have lying around (if you're a brilliant chemist or someone of the like who understands how they all work together, that is). In this experiment, it's proved possible to make a battery out of a lemon. In fact, here are 34 other uses for lemon-use around the house.
"¢Â Lemons can, however, go out of style: "Lemon yellow" was discontinued as a Crayola color in 1990.Â Soon after, the ''National Campaign to Save Lemon Yellow,'' was organized by an Alexandria, Va., woman who submitted a petition with 200 names (but couldn't save the color).
"¢ A lemon carved to look like a pig was presented to President Hayes and later featured in an exhibit at the Herbert Hoover presidential library titled, "Weird and Wonderful: Gifts Fit For a President." Museum director Richard N. Smith said at the time, "It looks a little like you'd expect a 110-year-old lemon to look." While she may or may not have been the inspiration for the bizarre gift, Hayes' wife, Lucy, was nicknamed "Lemonade Lucy" because she banned alcoholic beverages at state functions.
"¢Â Did any of you Flossers have a lemonade stand when you were a kid? Times are getting tough for the business: "Julie Murphy, a 7-year-old Oregonian, set up a lemonade stand on July 29 at an art fair in northeast Portland. County health inspectors shut her down, however, telling Julie and her mother, Maria Fife, that they needed a temporary restaurant license, which costs $120. The penalty for selling food without a permit, they warned, was $500. At 50 cents a cup, that's a lot of lemonade!"
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