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Celebrate National Popcorn Month with Some Fun Trivia

October is National Popcorn Poppin' Month. For more than 30 years, October has been celebrated as National Popcorn Poppin’ Month; however, it became "official" in 1999, when then Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman proclaimed October as National Popcorn Poppin’ Month. Here are some fun facts about popcorn. 

The average American eats about 60 quarts of popcorn annually. 

Ideally, popcorn should be heated to a temperature of 400 to 460 degrees Fahrenheit to properly pop. 
There are about 1,600 popcorn kernels in one cup of unpopped popcorn. 

The world's largest popcorn ball weighed in at 2,000 pounds. 

In 1946, popcorn became the first deliberately microwaved food. 

The oldest ears of popcorn ever discovered were found in a cave in central New Mexico. They were determined to be about 5,600 years old. 

Popcorn is the world's number one selling snack food and is also the world's most profitable snack food. 
Most of the world's popcorn is grown in the U.S. Top corn producing states include Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio. 

To grow popcorn, it takes about 28,000 seeds planted per acre. 

One cup of air-popped popcorn contains just 31 calories, one gram of protein, six grams of carbohydrate, one gram of fiber, and a trace of fat.

It’s always fun to learn something new! At the Heights at La Salle Apartments in Durham, North Carolina, we love to provide you with fun, thought-provoking facts that will make you reflect on different aspects of life. 

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