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Find out where to get a free snack on National Popcorn Day

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Friday is National Popcorn Day and several Fresno-area businesses are giving away free and half-price stuff.

Grandpa’s Popcorn and Sweets, 673 E Nees Ave, Fresno, is celebrating with a free snack-sized bag of their new “top secret seasonal flavor.” The event is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. while supplies last.

Regal Entertainment Group is offering half-price on popcorn at its movie theaters Friday.

And to help you show off your knowledge of all things popcorn, here are few fun facts, thanks to www.popcorn.org.

  • There are four main types of corn, sweet, field, flint and popcorn. And only the popcorn type pops.
  • The reason popcorn pops is because it has a thick hull, allowing pressure from the heated moisture inside the kernel to build and eventually burst open.
  • How high can a popcorn kernel pop? It can leap up to three feet.
  • If you don’t add all that yummy melted butter or caramel, popcorn is low in calories. Air-popped popcorn has only 30 calories per cup.
  • And what is the No. 1 use of a microwave ovens? You guessed it, popcorn.

Robert Rodriguez: 559-441-6327, @FresnoBeeBob

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