Top Five Fun Facts: November

Eric DesRoberts continues his monthly series of facts and tidbits he’s uncovered during his research to better understand products and packaging. You can also check out his past Fun Facts here.

1. Roughly 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced in 2012. This equates to roughly 9 billion individual pieces.

2. In 2011, the federal government provided $4.1 billion to Homeless Assistant Programs to provide for the more than 600,000 homeless people identified in the United States.

3. Forty eight million Americans get sick from eating tainted food each year. From January 2011 to September 2012, these illnesses led to 37 deaths and over $200 million in health related costs (including hospitalization, pain and suffering, and lost productivity).

4. The average shopper spent nearly $400 on Black Friday last year. Computers and electronics, clothing and shoes, and video games were the most popular items

5. Roughly 250 million turkeys were produced in 2011. This equates to roughly 7.3 billion pounds of turkey meat, or 16 pounds consumed per person. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, here is an interesting infographic illustrating the holiday.

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