Beet juice is useful as a de-icer for streets. Road crews in Cincinnati, Ohio will dump a slurry of 10 percent beet juice, salt, and calcium chloride on streets during the coming snowstorms. According to an Associated Press article from last month, beet juice is now becoming a popular deicer in the Midwest because of the liquid's low freezing temperature and harmlessness to roads and cars. I'm glad I don't live in Cincinnati anymore. I can't stand beets. Link (Thanks, Carlo Longino!)
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