Thursday, July 20, 2006

It’s National Lollipop Day – Suckers!

VIENNA, Va. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Today (July 20) is strictly a day for suckers. Lollipops, that is.

That’s because the National Confectioners Association has declared July 20 as National Lollipop Day in honor of the candy treat.

George Smith is the man credited with the idea of putting hard candies on sticks to make them easier to eat.

Supposedly, he named the candy after his favorite racing horse, “Lolly Pop,” and owned the rights to the name until he stopped making candies sometime during the 1930s.

Other sucker stats to shake a stick at....

  • The world’s largest lollipop was made in June, 2002, and weighed 4,031 pounds including the stick and was more than 15 feet tall.

  • Some of the songs featuring the word “lollipop,” include “We Represent The Lollipop Guild,” from The Wizard Of Oz; “Lollipop” by the Chordettes; and “On The Good Ship Lollipop,” from the Shirley Temple movie Bright Eyes.

  • Finally, it takes more than 34.1 million suckers to stretch from Sugar Hill, Georgia, to Sugar City, Iowa, and modern machines need about four days to make that many.

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