Friday, September 13, 2013

Peanut Day Fun Facts!

National Peanut BoardToday is National Peanut Day, so as I mentioned in my previous post, I checked the National Peanut Board's website for some peanut info and found a wealth of peanut fun facts! I thought I'd share some with you . . . did you know . . . 

  • The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year.
  • The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school.
  • Americans eat enough peanut butter in a year to make more than 10 billion peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
  • Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought a peanut with him to the moon.
  • Peanut butter was the secret behind “Mr. Ed,” TV’s talking horse. Spreading peanut butter inside the horse’s mouth created a natural talking movement every time the animal moved his sticky jaws.
  • There are six cities in the U.S. named Peanut: Peanut, CA; Lower Peanut, PA; Upper Peanut, PA; Peanut, PA, Peanut, TN; and Peanut WV.
  • Adrian Finch of Australia holds the Guinness World Record for peanut throwing, launching the lovable legume 111 feet and 10 inches in 1999 to claim the record.
  • In August 1976, Tom Miller, a University of Colorado student, pushed a peanut to the top of Pike’s Peak with his nose(14,100 feet!). It took him 4 days, 23 hours,47 minutes and 3 seconds.
  • Sixty percent of consumers prefer creamy peanut butter over crunchy.
  • Peanut butter is the leading use of peanuts in the USA.
  • Peanuts have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any nut.
  • Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free.
  • Goober—a nickname for peanuts—comes from “nguba”, the Congo language name for peanut.
  • There are over 700 known phobias. Archibutyrophobia (pronounced A’-ra-kid-bu-ti-ro-pho-bi-a) is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
You can find more peanut fun-facts at this link. I found the fun-fact about the student pushing a peanut to the top of "Pike's Peak" with his nose to be surprising and the peanut-phobia to be funny! So, what fun-fact did you find to be the most "fun"?

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