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Happy Memorial Day!

May 26, 2011 - Kim Collette
I haven't had an excuse to do a round of fun facts in a while, so I have gathered up a bunch of useless knowledge (for the next time you have a round of Trivial Pursuit or for when you become a contestant on Jeopardy) about Memorial Day and barbeques! So take notes to "wow" your family and friends at your Memorial Day barbeque!

MEMORIAL DAY FUN FACTS *On Memorial Day, the flag should be at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.

*Red Poppies are recognized as the Memorial Day Flower.

*Memorial Day was first called "Decoration Day" because of the practice of decorating soldier's graves with flowers.

*New York was the 1st state to recognize Memorial Day.

*The south refused to honor the dead on Memorial day until after World War I when the meaning of Memorial Day changed from honoring civil war dead to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.

*Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971.

*At 3 P.M. local time, Americans should pause for a moment of silence or listen to "Taps."

*Memorial Day is considered the "unofficial" kick-off of the summer season.


*81% of US households own a grill, if you are the last 19%....what are you waiting for?

*The top 3 days for grilling? You can guess them....Fourth of July (75%), Memorial Day (65%), and Labor Day (55%)....surprise surprise!

*Weigh your tank if you aren't sure how much propane you have left! Most tanks weigh around 17-19 pounds, so the difference is how much fuel you have left!

*President Lyndon B. Johnson was the first to host a Barbeque at the White House. The featured menu item was Texas-Style barbecued ribs...mmmmm.

*What are the most grilled foods? Percentage wise it's: hamburgers (87%), steak (83%), chicken (78%) and hot dogs (76%).

*A barbeque wouldn't be a barbeque if you didn't have corn on the cob, right? Corn on the cob makes a showing at 42% of the time with potatoes at 39%.

*Take a guess at the number 1 flavor for BBQ sauce....did you say hickory, mesquite, or honey? If so, you got one of the top 3, followed by anything tomato based. The most popular addition to a sauce is garlic, number 2 is brown sugar.

And there you have it folks....useless knowledge that you can spew after your barbeque! Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!

Until next time!


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