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National Candy Month / Hug Your Cat Day

National Candy Month

June 4

Americans consume an average of 22 pounds of candy each year (equally candy and chocolate). More than $7 billion a year is spent on chocolate. Sixty million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year. Americans eat 25 pounds of candy, per person, per year. A lollipop, which was invented by George Smith in 1908, was named after Lolly Pop, a racing horse. The Snickers candy bar, which was introduced in 1929 by Frank and Ethel Mars, was named after the family horse. For Valentine’s Day more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold.

Hug Your Cat Day

June 4

Cats have been hugged for more than 9,000 years. While it is commonly thought that the ancient Egyptians were the first to domesticate cats, the oldest known pet cat was recently found in a 9,500-year-old grave on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. This grave predates early Egyptian art depicting cats by 4,000 years or more. There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with approximately 40 recognized breeds. Cats are North America’s most popular pets: there are 73 million cats compared to 63 million dogs. Over 30% of households in North America own a cat.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Angelina Jolie – Actress – born in Los Angeles, California

Michelle Phillips – Singer- The Mamas and The Papas – born in Long Beach, California

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