Super Bowl Weekend = 1.23 Billion Chicken Wings

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For some Americans, wing night is like a religion. When I was in college I used to go to one every Tuesday, but I grew tired of eating food off the bone. What am I, a neanderthal? So I took the risk of being shunned by my peers and switched to boneless. They’re more expensive, but I don’t feel like Genghis Khan while eating them.

This weekend is Super Bowl Sunday, the day when wing fans quit playing around and start devouring enough birds to sink an aircraft carrier. The National Chicken Council estimates that 1.23 billion chicken wings will be consumed over this weekend.

In a press release, the National Chicken Council stated that  chicken companies produced around one percent fewer birds in 2012, partly because of record high corn and feed costs. The high prices were due to last summer’s drought and pressure from a federal mandate that required 40 percent of the corn crop to be turned into ethanol fuel.

The cost of chicken wings is currently so expensive that some restaurants are passing off chicken breast meat as “boneless wings.”

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