Monday, November 21, 2011

November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Each month Jan and I check the calendar for nationally recognized holidays. We watch for interesting subjects that are nationally recognized for a day, week or month. The month of November, of course, has Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving.  You might not know that it is also Native American month. We wrote about all three of these earlier in the month, but there is one of great interest to me.

November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month and since Jan is travelling for StarShine it has fallen to me to write about it.

Now don’t confuse this holiday with National Peanut Month, which we will celebrate in March.  However, peanuts are not actually nuts. They grow underground and are legumes. So, I guess I’ll have to research and write about legumes in March. I can’t wait.

In my search for Peanut Butter Lovers trivia, I came across this interesting fact. People who become hysterical when peanut butter sticks to their palate have ‘arachibutyrophobia’. That might be a joke, I’m not sure.

Did you know that Americans who live on the West Coast prefer chunky peanut butter and those who live on the East Coast prefer creamy? That is a fact – no joke.

The average American boy eats 1500 peanut butter sandwiches before reaching the age of 18.
Adults consume more peanut butter than kids do.

You may not know that creamy peanut butter can remove chewing gum from clothes and hair. I wish I had known that when Jan and her brother were growing up.

Now here is a filler for when there is a lag in the conversation. You might just mention that the world’s largest peanut butter and jelly sandwich was created November 6, 1993 in Peanut, Pennsylvania. It was 40 feet long and contained 150 lbs. of peanut butter and 50 lbs. of jelly.

I don’t know what kind of jelly it was, but I bet it was grape.

And now you know more than you will ever need to know about peanut butter.

After Thanksgiving, when you are good and tired of turkey, celebrate PEANUT BUTTER LOVERS MONTH with a normal size peanut butter sandwich. 

By Lois Jamieson

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