Tuesday, January 13, 2009

"Breaking News!..."

This just in...

How "animal crackers" are made:

"Birds do it and fly;
Bees do it and die;

Dogs do it and stick to it,
but if you get to it,
and can't do it,
call me and I'll do it
I'm used to it."

The above was our line (Barry Saunder's line, to be exact!) in the "Clef Hangers" at UNC-Chapel Hill before we sang a Cole Porter classic
"Let's Do It! Let's Fall In Love"...
(link to unique song version on YouTube)

The above is just a little picture humor from an industrial sized bag of animal crackers I bought last weekend...which led me to dig up some trivia related to those tasty minions....


Q. What are the 17 different types of animals that can be found in a box of animal crackers today?

A. Tigers, cougars, camels, rhinoceros, kangaroos, hippopotami, bison, lions, hyenas, zebras, elephants, sheep, bears, gorillas, monkeys, seals, and giraffes.

Q. How many animals (total) have been used in animal crackers over the years?

A. 54.

Factoid: Many people might say the string around the little box is to pull the circus train around, but it isn't. Barnum's animal crackers have been around since 1902 and that string was used to hang the box as a Christmas decoration!

Factoid: More then 40 million little circus train boxes are sold each year. United States companies make them and then export them to seventeen different countries around the world.

Factoid: 72% of people bite the heads off first when eating animal crackers (okay, I made that one up!)

Q. How many animal crackers are in a box?

A. There are approximately twenty-two animal crackers in a box of Barnum's animal crackers.

5 other factoids about Animal Crackers:
  1. April 18 is National Animal Cracker Day
  2. Originated in England
  3. First made there in 1876.
  4. Popular Brands are Barnum's, Stauffer's, and Austin
  5. 37 different varieties made since 1902


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