Recently, I read some interesting stories and tid-bits about popcorn:
During the late 1800's, popcorn was sold by street vendors outside movie theaters, in parks, at carnivals and fairs.
The vendors that sold the snack outside movie theatres were not welcome. The owners of the movie theatres thought that the popcorn vendors were a customer distraction. People would go and buy the popcorn to bring back with them into the theatre to watch a movie. Eventually-those theatre owners understood that their customers wanted popcorn. The owners asked vendors to come inside the theatre and sell it. The owners offered to split the profits with the vendors. One thing lead to another and the traditonal movie snack bar came to be.
Americans now consume over one billion pounds of popcorn every year... That's about 70 quarts a year for every American. Long Island produces more popcorn than any other region in the U.S.
The world's largest popcorn ball was unveiled in October 2006 in Lake Forest, Illinois. It weighed 3,415 pounds, measured 8 feet in diameter and had a circumference of 24.6 feet.