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Following is our collection of super amazing and curious facts and details explaining Pretzels. 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 Pretzels so important!

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Top 10 Pretzels facts that will blow your mind.

  1. Shaq owns 17 auntie Anne's Pretzel Shops, 40 24-Hour Fitness clubs, 155 Five Guys restaurants and 150 Car washes

  2. 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.

  3. While serving as the POTUS in 2002, President Bush choked on a pretzel causing him to lose consciousness and hitting his head on the way down. The only reason he survived is because the pretzel dissolved allowing air to enter back into his lungs where he regained consciousness.

  4. It's against the law to serve beer and pretzels at the same time in North Dakota.

  5. Pretzels may have originated in 610 AD when an Italian monk folded the dough to resemble arms crossing the chest in prayer, called "pretiola" (little rewards). He would reward children who learned their prayers with them.

  6. When Pretzel M&M's were released in 2010 the spokescandy for the variety was Orange.

  7. On the 3rd sunday of Lent, Luxembourg celebrates Pretzel Sunday with a procession of pastry cooks, a band and an elected "Pretzel Queen", handing out free pretzels to everyone. Men gift a pretzel to the woman they love on that day, which back in the day used to seal marriages.

  8. Traditional German Pretzels use Caustic Acid or Lye in the cooking process

  9. Pretzels were created as a reward to children who had learnt their prayers, and that its knot represents hands in prayer.

  10. The pretzel was originally created by monks and given to children as a small reward for saying their prayers. The actual shape of the pretzel itself is formed to look like a pair of children's arms folded in prayer.

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Interesting definitions that can be fact checked.

When the game Twister came out in 1966, the game makers were accused of selling "sex in a box". It was also supposed to be called "Pretzel".

Tying the knot" comes from Switzerland, where Royal couples used pretzels in their wedding ceremony to seal the bond of matrimony.

The phrase "tie the knot" came from Switzerland where newlyweds would make a wish and break a pretzel

Soft pretzels, water ice, cheesesteak sandwich and TastyKakes were invented in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Scott Travers, former VP of the American Numismatic Association, once went around New York spending rare and valuable pennies on mundane purchases (in one instance he bought a pretzel from a street vendor). One of these pennies was worth around $1000 when he spent it at face value.

The pretzel was invented by christian monks as a reward for children who prayed. It is supposed to resemble folded arms.

Traditional pretzels are first dipped in lye (industrial cleaner) before they are baked

Urea, the primary chemical found in human urine, is synthesized and used in skin creams, fertilizer, animal feed, pretzel browning, and cigarette flavoring, among countless other products and applications.

The King of Prussia mall outside Philadelphia has five separate Auntie Anne’s Pretzels locations

The Seinfeld episode "The Alternate Side" from which the catchphrase "These pretzels are making me thirsty" originates, is actually Jerry Seinfeld's least favorite episode of the entire series.

There's a marvel superhero named Comboman, who is comprised of parts and has the powers of several marvel superheroes. Oh and he activates his powers by eating Combos. Yes, the stuffed pretzel snacks.

In 1930, Angelo Grippo, founder of the famous BBQ Potato Chip, invented the loop pretzel because he wanted a simple pretzel that could be made easily and would resist breakage.

Pretzels get their shiny dark brown color from being dipped into a lye solution before baking

There was a period of time during which Rick Wetzel (a marketer by profession) didn't know what to call his new soft baked pretzel company.

Pretzels were originally a symbol of human sacrifice to the Celtic goddess Sirona. The roping shape with three holes represents a three-part noose, since three dying at a time is a more potent sacrifice than only one.