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					                       “Lotsa Pasta” Fun Facts                                                               “Lotsa Pasta” Fun Facts
• Pasta is one of America's favorite foods. Last year, 1.3 million pounds of           • Pasta is one of America's favorite foods. Last year, 1.3 million pounds
pasta were sold in American grocery stores. If you lined up 1.3 million                of pasta were sold in American grocery stores. If you lined up 1.3 million
pounds of 16 oz. spaghetti packages, it could circle the Earths equator                pounds of 16 oz. spaghetti packages, it could circle the Earths equator
almost nine times!                                                                     almost nine times!

• The first commercial pasta plant in the U.S. was founded in Brooklyn,                • The first commercial pasta plant in the U.S. was founded in Brooklyn,
New York in 1848. (By a Frenchman!)                                                    New York in 1848. (By a Frenchman!)

• According to a survey by the National Pasta Association, 77% of                      • According to a survey by the National Pasta Association, 77% of
Americans surveyed eat pasta at least once a week, and 1/3 eat pasta 3 or              Americans surveyed eat pasta at least once a week, and 1/3 eat pasta 3
more times a week.                                                                     or more times a week.

• By 3,000 B.C., the Chinese were eating noodles: long and flat, wide or               • By 3,000 B.C., the Chinese were eating noodles: long and flat, wide or
thin, made with wheat, corn, rice or peas. Italians swear, however, that               thin, made with wheat, corn, rice or peas. Italians swear, however, that
pasta was in Italy long before Marco Polo's first trip to China (the first in          pasta was in Italy long before Marco Polo's first trip to China (the first in
1255). At least 10 years before Marco Polo's trip to China, Romans were                1255). At least 10 years before Marco Polo's trip to China, Romans were
eating ravioli, lasagna and macaroni, and there are references to fettuccine           eating ravioli, lasagna and macaroni, and there are references to
dated even earlier than that.                                                          fettuccine dated even earlier than that.

• Thomas Jefferson brought a pasta-making machine back with him in                     • Thomas Jefferson brought a pasta-making machine back with him in
1789, when he returned to America after serving as ambassador to France.               1789, when he returned to America after serving as ambassador to
It was not until 1848 that pasta was first produced commercially in the                France. It was not until 1848 that pasta was first produced commercially
U.S., and not until the late 19th century that it became popular.                      in the U.S., and not until the late 19th century that it became popular.

• One bushel of wheat will make about 42 pounds of pasta.                              • One bushel of wheat will make about 42 pounds of pasta.

• According to the National Pasta Association, Americans consume about                 • According to the National Pasta Association, Americans consume
20 pounds of pasta per person each year. Italians eat more than 3 times                about 20 pounds of pasta per person each year. Italians eat more than 3
that amount.                                                                           times that amount.

• There are more than 500 different pasta shapes. Translating their names              • There are more than 500 different pasta shapes. Translating their
into English does not exactly make them sound appetizing: worms,                       names into English does not exactly make them sound appetizing:
spindles, hats, butterflies, twins, tubes, thimbles, little boys, little ears, quill   worms, spindles, hats, butterflies, twins, tubes, thimbles, little boys, little
pens, strings, ribbons etc.                                                            ears, quill pens, strings, ribbons etc.




                                                                                                             “Lotsa Pasta” Fun Facts
                       “Lotsa Pasta” Fun Facts
                                                                                       • Pasta is one of America's favorite foods. Last year, 1.3 million pounds
• Pasta is one of America's favorite foods. Last year, 1.3 million pounds of
                                                                                       of pasta were sold in American grocery stores. If you lined up 1.3 million
pasta were sold in American grocery stores. If you lined up 1.3 million
                                                                                       pounds of 16 oz. spaghetti packages, it could circle the Earths equator
pounds of 16 oz. spaghetti packages, it could circle the Earths equator
                                                                                       almost nine times!
almost nine times!
                                                                                       • The first commercial pasta plant in the U.S. was founded in Brooklyn,
• The first commercial pasta plant in the U.S. was founded in Brooklyn,
                                                                                       New York in 1848. (By a Frenchman!)
New York in 1848. (By a Frenchman!)
                                                                                       • According to a survey by the National Pasta Association, 77% of
• According to a survey by the National Pasta Association, 77% of
                                                                                       Americans surveyed eat pasta at least once a week, and 1/3 eat pasta 3
Americans surveyed eat pasta at least once a week, and 1/3 eat pasta 3 or
                                                                                       or more times a week.
more times a week.
                                                                                       • By 3,000 B.C., the Chinese were eating noodles: long and flat, wide or
• By 3,000 B.C., the Chinese were eating noodles: long and flat, wide or
                                                                                       thin, made with wheat, corn, rice or peas. Italians swear, however, that
thin, made with wheat, corn, rice or peas. Italians swear, however, that
                                                                                       pasta was in Italy long before Marco Polo's first trip to China (the first in
pasta was in Italy long before Marco Polo's first trip to China (the first in
                                                                                       1255). At least 10 years before Marco Polo's trip to China, Romans were
1255). At least 10 years before Marco Polo's trip to China, Romans were
                                                                                       eating ravioli, lasagna and macaroni, and there are references to
eating ravioli, lasagna and macaroni, and there are references to fettuccine
                                                                                       fettuccine dated even earlier than that.
dated even earlier than that.
                                                                                       • Thomas Jefferson brought a pasta-making machine back with him in
• Thomas Jefferson brought a pasta-making machine back with him in
                                                                                       1789, when he returned to America after serving as ambassador to
1789, when he returned to America after serving as ambassador to France.
                                                                                       France. It was not until 1848 that pasta was first produced commercially
It was not until 1848 that pasta was first produced commercially in the
                                                                                       in the U.S., and not until the late 19th century that it became popular.
U.S., and not until the late 19th century that it became popular.
                                                                                       • One bushel of wheat will make about 42 pounds of pasta.
• One bushel of wheat will make about 42 pounds of pasta.
                                                                                       • According to the National Pasta Association, Americans consume
• According to the National Pasta Association, Americans consume about
                                                                                       about 20 pounds of pasta per person each year. Italians eat more than 3
20 pounds of pasta per person each year. Italians eat more than 3 times
                                                                                       times that amount.
that amount.
                                                                                       • There are more than 500 different pasta shapes. Translating their
• There are more than 500 different pasta shapes. Translating their names
                                                                                       names into English does not exactly make them sound appetizing:
into English does not exactly make them sound appetizing: worms,
                                                                                       worms, spindles, hats, butterflies, twins, tubes, thimbles, little boys, little
spindles, hats, butterflies, twins, tubes, thimbles, little boys, little ears, quill
                                                                                       ears, quill pens, strings, ribbons etc.
pens, strings, ribbons etc.

				
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