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May 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FRIDAY MAY 24: FIRING UP THE BARBIEProfile America —
Friday, May 24th.
This holiday weekend will see the great seasonal migration begin to decks, balconies and backyards to fire up our gas or charcoal grills. May is not only National Barbecue Month but also National Hamburger Month. While cooking food outside has occurred throughout history — and prehistory — grilling became a popular recreation in the U.S. in the 1920s. The first charcoal briquettes sold for the purpose were produced by
Henry Ford, using scrap wood left over from making Model Ts. More than a third of U.S. adults enjoy grilling out, and some 12.5 million do so at least twice a week. That may help account for the 58 pounds of beef and 56 pounds of chicken that Americans eat on average each year. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 244Statistical Abstract of
the United States 2012, t. 1240Statistical Abstract of
the United States 2012, t. 217
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at
http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau