July 16, 2011

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 17

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America -- Sunday, July 17th. This is an important time for one of our favorite foods -- ice cream. First, this is National Ice Cream Day -- part of National Ice Cream Month. Tom Carvel, who invented the machine that makes soft-serve ice cream, was born in July. The month also marks the introduction of the ice cream sundae, made by Wisconsin druggist Edward Berners in 1881 to skirt the strict Sabbath laws of the time. And the ice cream cone became popular this month in 1904 at the St. Louis World's Fair. As far as Americans are concerned, practically every day is ice cream day. We eat an average of 25 pounds of frozen dairy products each year, including 14 pounds of regular ice cream and nearly 7 pounds of the low-fat variety. Profile America is in its 15th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 347

Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 213

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