HowStuffWorks.com Reveals Americans Will Consume 11 Million Pounds of Potato Chips on Super Bowl Sunday
ATLANTA -- January 31, 2011 -- Fanatical fans are talking smack while benchwarmers gawk as the Packers and Steelers get their game face on for Super Bowl XLV. While the hype may be reaching a fever pitch in Dallas, in living rooms across America fans will be turning the big game into a reason to celebrate. HowStuffWorks.com has the Super Bowl facts, stats and trivia to make this year's Super Bowl party the most fun and informed one on the block.
Whether you're a hard core gridiron junkie or just like to people watch, HowStuffWorks.com has plenty of Super Bowl smarts and trivia for pre-kick-off party games. For example, did you know that on the day of the big game, Feb. 6, Americans will consume more than 11 million pounds of potato chips? Or that over 1 billion viewers worldwide are expected to tune-in to watch?
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Not every one of the billion plus viewers is going to be a die-hard sports fan. Many viewers and party-goers watch just to check out the commercials, which are some of the most sought after ad spots on television. In fact, Super Bowl ad prices reached $1 million in 1995, climbed to $2 million in 2000 and in 2009 hit the $3 million mark. Although all ad campaigns don't make it to the Super Bowl, that doesn't make them any less innovative. Check out 10 awesome ads that didn't make the cut, including "Obesity is Suicide" and "Life Comes At You Fast."
If the business behind the game gets you jazzed, HSW offers fast facts to feed your brain, like:
- San Diego County, CA realized $367 million in revenue as a result of Super Bowl XXXVII.
- No team has ever played a Super Bowl on its home field.
- Tickets to the original Super Bowl in 1967 sold between $6 and $12.
- The retail price for a ticket to Super Bowl XLIII in 2009 topped out at $1,000, but tickets are often resold, or scalped, for many times more than their face value. In 2008, one online broker successfully sold tickets for Super Bowl XLII for $9,850.
- Tickets this year range from about $3,000 to $17,000.
"We're particularly fond of our Super Bowl package and think it offers the best collection of compelling brain food from light hearted to hard hitting historical facts," Tracy Wilson, HowStuffWorks site director, said. "We had some serious fun developing stuff to satisfy every fan's taste and I, for one, plan to burn a few calories in a pre-bowl pick-up game before I eat that first chip."