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What You Might Not Know about Popcorn

  1. popcornNebraska produces more popcorn than any other state in the country – around 250 million pounds per year – about a quarter of all the popcorn produced in the United States.
  2. Americans consume about 14 billion quarts of popcorn per year – 43 quarts per person.
  3. Why does it pop? Each kernel contains a small drop of water, inside a circle of soft starch, inside the kernel’s thick hull. When the kernel gets hot, pressure from the heated water builds, and it bursts open.
  4. Most popcorn comes in two basic shapes: snowflake, used in movie theaters because it looks and pops bigger, and mushroom, used for candy confections because it doesn’t crumble.
  5. How old is it? In 1948, popped kernels around 5,000 years old were discovered in caves in New Mexico.
  6. It is believed the Wampanoag Native American tribe brought popcorn to the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  7. On average, a kernel will pop when it reaches a temperature of 347 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. North Loup, Nebraska is one of the five contenders for the title “Popcorn Capital of the World.”
  9. Popping popcorn is one of the number one uses for microwave ovens.

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April Trivia


APRIL 22. Birthday of Nebraska City’s onetime newspaper editor, Julius Sterling Morton, who with Nebraska Governor Furnas, was responsible for establishing Arbor Day on April 10, 1872. He offered prizes for counties and individuals for planting the largest number of trees on that day. It was estimated that more than a million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.

In 1989, the state legislature established the last Friday in April as Nebraska’s Arbor Day. Imperial has been a Tree City USA for 30 years, one of 98 Tree Cities in Nebraska.

APRIL 29. NATIONAL ARBOR DAY! For $10, you can join the Arbor Day Foundation and receive 10 free trees. Learn more at

APRIL IS ALSO National Poetry Month, National Volunteer Month, and National Humor Month! Remember that grumps don’t live longer — it just seems like it!