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Super Bowl Sunday is practically a national holiday. The quintessentially American sport has grabbed hold of our culture and its ultimate contest has become a mid-winter fixture, dominating the airwaves and emptying the snack shelves.

Unlike most holidays, which have historical or religious origins, Super Bowl Sunday is about celebration, pure and simple (or mild depression if your team loses). It's a party devoted to family, friends, food, and of course football.

Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day in American food consumption after Thanksgiving: 14,500 tons of chips, 4,000 tons of popcorn, and 8 million pounds of guacamole are eaten on the big game day each year, and that's just the beginning. After all that heartburn, over-eating, and imbibing, about 1.5 million Americans will call in "sick" on Monday and another 4.4 million are expected to show up late for work. Sure sounds like a real holiday to us. So before you gorge yourself on chips and dip, here are a few facts to round out your Super Bowl knowledge to you can properly celebrate this festive occasion.

Beer

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There's nothing better than a cold brewskie while watching a game. The Super Bowl is no exception; Americans will drink 50 million cases of beer on Super Bowl Sunday. Not all beer is created equal, but about 94 percent of beer consumed will be Bud Light, Budweiser, Coors Light, Miller Lite, or Natural Light. Who's up for football drinking games?

Super Bowl Commercials

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Not all of us are football experts or enthusiasts, but the commercials are a key part of the Sunday spectacle that anyone can feel qualified to judge. Commercial spots during the Super Bowl are coveted and expensive. Nowadays, a 30-second commercial costs $4 million, but during the first Super Bowl, it was only $42,000. One of the most expensive food and drink commercials ever, "The Joy of Pepsi 2002", which featured Britney Spears, rang in at $7.53 million. Other ad heavy-hitters include Budweiser, Coca-Cola and Subway.

First Super Bowl Facts

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The first Super Bowl was played in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15, 1967. The game featured the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers beat the Chiefs 35 to 10 and Bart Starr was named MVP. Each player on the Packers received a bonus of $15,000, while Chiefs players only received $7,500. These days, each of the players on the winning team can earn a cool $92,000, the losers $46,000.

Halftime Shows

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Early halftime shows lacked the glitz of more recent ones. The Grambling State marching band performed at Super Bowl I. As the Super Bowl became more popular, big-name singers and musicians performed during pre-game ceremonies and the halftime show. The first, highlighting only one star performer, was Super Bowl XXVII in 1993. Michael Jackson's performance that year changed the course of halftime show forever.

Pizza

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Pizza may just be the take-out champion of the Super Bowl Sunday. Pizzerias expect their best sales on Super Bowl Sunday, Halloween, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and the night before Thanksgiving. Sales spike during particularly close Super Bowl games. Domino's delivery drivers will log about 4 million miles on Super Bowl Sunday.

Calories

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The average Super Bowl watcher will consume about 1,200 calories while snacking; that's double the amount of the average daily consumption of snacks. It all adds up to more than 33 million pounds of treats and more than $50 million worth of food. That's a lot of chips.

Snacks

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While watching the game (more likely jumping up and down and shouting at the screen), you'll probably dip your hand in a bowl or two for some game day snacks. Across the country, some 4 million pounds of pretzels, 2.5 million pounds of nuts, and 4,000 tons of popcorn are expected to be devoured on Super Bowl Sunday. To go with all the guacamole made from 69.6 million pounds of avocados, 11 million pounds of chips will be consumed. Holy guacamole!

Super Bowl Take Out

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Sure, people stuff their faces with snacks and greasy eats way past regulation time, but game day is also an important day for take-out. It's estimated that 48 million people will order take-out on Super Bowl Sunday.

Wings

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Wings are definitely messy, but they are a classic game day food. So much so, that more than 1.23 billion wings will likely be eaten during Super Bowl weekend. If all of those wings were laid end to end, they would stretch across the country more than 25 times.

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