Today on the tray: Peanuts

peanutsSeptember 13 is National Peanut Day.

Here are some fun facts from the National Peanut Board:

  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school.
  • Two peanut farmers have been elected President of the United States: Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  • In August 1976, Tom Miller, a University of Colorado student, pushed a peanut to the top of Pike’s Peak with his nose (14,100 feet). It took him 4 days, 23 hours, 47 minutes, and 3 seconds.

Some people prefer to just eat their peanuts instead of pushing them with their noses. After all, what could be more fun than munching on peanuts? How about munching on peanuts while singing and dancing with Mr. Peanut? This vintage Planter’s ad has a great jingle that will get stuck in your head all day — an appropriate way to celebrate National Peanut Day. “Munching Planter’s is fun, fun, fun!”

Planter’s peanut commercial, “Munching Planter’s is fun, fun, fun!” (1977)

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