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  • The so-called Foliated Cross at the Mayan ruins at Palenque depicts the cosmos as a leafy corn plant through which the lifeblood of the universe flows.
  • In Portuguese, corn plasters are known as pensos para os calos.
  • Shucking corn can give you blisters.
  • Cornucopia, Wis., was a major strawberry hub in the early 20th century.
  • Silage is fodder harvested while green and kept succulent by partial fermentation.
  • In 1935, Bascom Lamar Lunsford and Scotty Wiseman wrote the song "Good Old Mountain Dew."
  • Lamar Stringfield was the first conductor of the N.C. Symphony.
  • Hominy is the hulled and dried kernels of corn. The ground meal made from hulled and dried kernels is grits.
  • Pone and hominy are derived from the Virginian Algonquian dialect.
  • Detasseling, done to ensure the survival of hybrids, is the removal of the male (tassel) part of the corn plant.

    Sources: The Story of Corn, Cornucopia Business Association, our readers, Portuguese for Travellers, American Heritage Dictionary

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