"Apple Polishing"--The custom of "apple polishing" hails from little red school houses of yore. Young children, whose math skills were less than exemplary, sought to win their teacher's favor instead with a gift of a bright, shiny apple. Remember this song? "An apple for the teacher will always do the trick when you don't know your arithmetic."
Apples are grown in every state in the continental United States, and are grown commercially in 36 states.
About 2,500 known varieties of apples are grown in the United States, and more than 7,500 varieties are grown worldwide.
The story that Newton discovered the law of gravity after watching an apple fall from a tree is probably backwards, thought to have evolved from his having used the apple's fall to illustrate the pull of gravity.
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