Popped popcorn comes in two basic shapes: snowflake and mushroom. Movie theaters prefer snowflake because it's bigger.
Americans consume 17 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year. That's enough to fill the Empire State Building 18 times!
The largest popcorn festival is the Marion Popcorn Festival. This festival attracts over two hundred thousand people.
Christopher Columbus allegedly introduced popcorn to the Europeans in the late 15th century.
When popped, popcorn kernels can reach a height of 3 feet.
Popcorn is low in calories as compared to other snacks.
Unpopped kernels are called old maids or spinsters.
Nowadays, many movie theaters make a greater profit from popcorn than they do from ticket sales.
American vendors began selling popcorn at carnivals in the late 19th century.
The first commercial popcorn machine was invented by Charles Cretors in Chicago in 1885.
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