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There Are More Chickens On Earth Than People

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In the United States, National Fried Chicken Day is observed each year on July 6th.  On this day, fried chicken lovers across the country celebrate this American favorite at a nearby restaurant, home or an outdoor picnic.

Scottish immigrants brought their tradition of deep-frying chicken in fat to the southern United States.  After its introduction to the American South, fried chicken soon became a staple. Over time, seasonings and spices were added to enrich the flavor of the chicken.

Fried chicken is a dish that consists of chicken pieces which have been floured or battered then pan-fried, deep-fried or pressure-fried. The breading adds a crisp coating to the exterior of the chicken.

Traditionally the chicken is fried in lard.  However, corn oil, peanut oil, canola oil or vegetable oil are also frequently used.

  1. The greatest height a chicken egg has been dropped from without cracking is 700ft.
  2. This bird was probably first domesticated for the purpose of cockfights, not as food.
  3. Chickens aren’t completely flightless—they can get airborne enough to make it over a fence or into a tree.
  4. These birds are omnivores. They’ll eat seeds and insects but also larger prey like small mice and lizards.
  5. With 25 billion chickens in the world, there are more of them than any other bird species.
  6. Chicken as a meat has been depicted in Babylonian carvings from around 600 BC.
  7. Chicken is the most common type of poultry in the world.
  8. There are more chickens on earth than people.
  9. The largest serving of fried chicken (2,493 lbs) was served at Kentucky Fried Chicken in celebration of the restaurant’s 70th anniversary.
  10. Chicken consumption in the United States increased during World War II due to a shortage of beef and pork.
  11. According to the National Chicken Council, more than 1.25 Billion Chicken wing portions (more than 100 million pounds) were consumed on Super Bowl weekend in 2012.
  12. Popeyes Chicken is named after the character Popeye Doyle in the movie “The French Connection.”
  13. The Rhode Island Red [chicken] (Gallus gallus domesticus) was designated as the Official Bird of Rhode Island in 1954.
  14. Alektorophobia is the fear of chickens

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