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Following is our collection of super amazing and curious facts and details explaining Popcorn. This list is intended for research in school, for college students or just to feed your brain with. Possible use cases are in quizzes, differences, homework facts legend, cover facts, and many more. But nevertheless learn why is Popcorn so important!

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  1. At the premiere of the Good Omens TV series, a front row seat was left empty in tribute to Terry Pratchett. His trademark scarf and hat were placed on it, and there was a bag of popcorn- Neil Gaiman said that Terry wanted to sit next to him and eat popcorn if an Omens movie ever happened.

  2. Movie theatre popcorn is sold at a 1275% markup

  3. Movie theater Popcorn costs more per ounce than Fillet Mignon, the price of Popcorn is more than 1200% higher than its production costs.

  4. Apples originated in Kazakhstan and wild apples can taste like roses, strawberries, popcorn, anise, and many other flavors. 90% of modern apples can be traced back to 2 trees.

  5. Popcorn was banned from movie theaters in the 1920's because of the noise it made while eating it

  6. Movie theater popcorn costs more per ounce than filet mignon in U.S.A.

  7. Movie popcorn costs more per ounce than Filet Mignon

  8. Popcorn became popular during the Great Depression because it was fairly inexpensive.

  9. Popcorn when air popped is actually healthy. A single cup contains more anti oxidants than most of the vegetables people eat in a day as well as vitamins B, A, E, and K and iron, potassium and zinc.

  10. Orville Redenbacher and partner Charlie Bowman paid $13,000 to an advertising agency that ultimately advised them to use “Orville Redenbacher” as the brand name for their popcorn hybrid.

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In 1970, Orville Redenbacher paid a marketing firm $13,000 to come up with a name for his fledgling popcorn company. Their advice was to call it "Orville Redenbacher's".

Popcorn has more protein than any other cereal grain. It also has more iron than eggs or roast beef. It has more fiber than pretzels or potato chips.

Unpopped popcorn is considered nonperishable and will last indefinitely if stored in ideal conditions.

Act II popcorn was preceded by Act I, an early form of the same product that needed to be stored in the fridge because it contained real butter

There is a creature called a bearcat, and it smells like popcorn

There is a butter flavoring that used to be used in microwavable popcorn that causes "popcorn lung," a dangerous and potentially fatal lung disease. Major popcorn companies only just began disusing the chemical in 2007.

According to a report about movie theater popcorn by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, "A medium-size buttered popcorn contains more fat than a breakfast of bacon and eggs, a Big Mac and fries, and a steak dinner combined."

Popcorn became the default movie goer snack during the great depression when vendors saw an opportunity to sell a cheap snack.

Movies prospered without popcorn until the Great Depression, when theater owners scrambled to make up for reduced ticket prices by turning to ''audible edibles.'' From 1934 to 1940, the nation's annual popcorn harvest grew from 5 million to 100 million pounds.

Popcorn kernels that don't pop are called "old maids" because they lack the necessary moisture to pop

Scientists have asserted that every type of smell/aroma in the world can be broken down into differing combinations of 10 primary smells. They are fragrant, woody/resinous, non-citrus fruity, sharp/pungent, chemical, minty/peppermint, sweet, popcorn, sickening, and lemon.

A grain called Amaranth. It was the primary diet of the Aztects until outlawed by the Spanish. It is gluten free, can be roasted like popcorn, high in protein, has edible leaves and roots, and is used as a dye.

The term 'Frito Feet' refers to dogs paws that smell Like Corn Chips, Nuts, or Popcorn.

Bear-Cats are a real thing but are neither bears nor cats. They use their tail as an extra limb and to communicate emitting an odor reminiscent of popcorn or corn chips.

A healthy coral reef will sound like popcorn popping

Street vendors in East Asia have a very different way of making popcorn than in the West. They put kernels in a rotating steel pressure chamber over an open flame called a "popcorn hammer." Upon opening, all of the kernels pop at the same time with a huge "BOOM" that also serves as advertising.

The first food deliberately cooked in a microwave was popcorn. The second was an egg, which exploded in the face of one of the researchers

A Federal Court awarded a Colorado man $7.2 mil for "popcorn lung". The disease was caused by the artificial butter flavoring of microwave popcorn. He ate two bags a day for 10 years and lost 50% of his lung capacity.

Popcorn ceiling which was popular from the late 1950s to the 1980s was the standard for bedroom and residential hallway ceilings for its bright, white appearance, noise reduction qualities and ability to hide imperfections.

Dogs feet sometimes smell of tortilla chips or popcorn due to the presence of a certain bacteria. Proteus bacteria makes them smell like tortilla chips and Pseudomonas bacteria has a sweeter smell, often resembling popcorn.

Archeologists found that popcorn has been eaten by people since well before 3000 BCE

The Asian bearcat Binturong emits an odor that smells like popcorn.

Popcorn is a whole grain food and it contains phenolic antioxidants. These type of antioxidants are easier for the body to absorb.

The first caramel corn was released in 1893 at the Columbian Exposition. In 1896 the creator's brother altered the original recipe slightly and released Cracker Jack popcorn.

Corn is mostly used in the form of kernels or flour. Popcorns and tortillas are just few of numerous dishes made of corn. Nearly all baked products, beverages, snacks and canned goods contain corn in the form of corn syrup or corn starch.