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Michelle Obama’s ‘Top 10 Fun Facts About Gardening’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- First lady Michelle Obama took her campaign to get children to live healthier lives to late-night television on Tuesday, counting down the “Top 10  Fun Facts About Gardening” on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Here is the full list:

No. 10: "Gardening was invented in 1822 by Albert Gardener."

No. 9: "Plant avocadoes, tomatoes, onions and cilantro together and grow a guacamole tree."

No. 8: "Eggplants were originally cultivated for use as doorstops."

No. 7: "In his lifetime, the average American will eat half a radish."

No. 6: "The largest zucchini ever grown contained a Starbucks."

No. 5: "Later this year the Supreme Court will finally rule on 'tomato' vs. 'tomahto.'"

No. 4: "If you have an actual green thumb, it might be scurvy."

No. 3: "Lettuce is 96 percent water and 4 percent lettuce."

No. 2: "The White House tool shed contains shovels, trowels and Weed Whacker One."

No. 1: “With enough care and effort you can grow your own Barack-oli.”

The appearance comes as the first lady promotes her new book, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.

Michelle Obama has been making the rounds of talk shows in recent weeks to discuss her book, the White House kitchen garden and the fight against childhood obesity.  She’s made appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America, The View and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

The show, which aired in full Tuesday night, marked the first lady’s second appearance on the Late Show.  She last appeared on the program in March.

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Michelle Obama on Letterman: ‘This Isn’t Oprah!’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In her debut appearance on CBS’ Late Show, Michelle Obama had one question for host David Letterman: Where are the laughs?

In an early released clip of the interview, which aired Monday night, the first lady talked about her father’s battle with multiple sclerosis.

“I never knew him to be able to walk, but my dad worked so hard and he loved us so much, and I think from him I learned just absolute, complete unconditional love, the notion that kids really don’t need anything but to know that their parents adore them,” Obama said.

“I think that’s the greatest gift they gave us, just their constant support and, you know, stability, and that’s really what we try to instill in our girls,” she added. “I mean, you talk about raising kids, it’s just really -- you know, we had rules, we had boundaries, but there wasn’t anything my dad wouldn’t do for us, and, uh -- don’t make me cry.”

Recognizing the conversation had taken a turn for the serious, Obama exclaimed: “This isn’t Oprah!”

“It’s supposed to be ‘Letterman.’ What’s up? Where are the laughs?” she said.

“Did somebody tell you this was Oprah? Is that why you’re here?” Letterman said. “Oh my, someone misled the first lady.”

There were, of course, plenty of laughs as the first lady showcased her comedic, and sarcastic, side.

Pressing Obama about her private conversations with the president, Letterman asked, “Hypothetically speaking, at the end of the day…has your husband ever come home and said to you, ‘Oh, that John Boehner, what an idiot.’”

The first lady laughed.

“It has never happened, never, never,” she said, shaking her head. “He is always upbeat, particularly about Congress.”

“Yeah, how can you not be upbeat?” Letterman said.

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