National Popcorn Day: January 19
Well, it's officially January 19, 2009 and apparently that means it's also National Popcorn Day. Although the origins of the pseudo holiday are unknown beyond the sheer deliciousness of popcorn, honestly, who needs an excuse to be festive by munching on some Orville Redenbacher?
Popcorn was discovered some thousands of years ago by Native Americans and was then adopted by English colonists in the 16th and 17th centuries. During the Great Depression popcorn was a cheap snack selling for a mere 5 - 10 cents thus becoming popular in the United States. Then during WWII, with sugar rations cut, popcorn became a staple snack food, particularly in cinemas, leading Americans to consume three times more popcorn than in years before.
As for celebrating National Popcorn Day, it's pretty straight forward: eat more popcorn.