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Milk’s Favorite Cookie

More than 450 billion of these little round goodies have been sold since they hit the grocer’s shelves in 1912 and most of us grew up with the “twist, lick, dunk” routine.

What in the world are we talking about here? Well folks, it’s about cookies, and not just some ordinary cookie, but everybody’s favorite Oreos, the self-proclaimed “milk’s favorite cookie,” which just happened to turn 102 years old (or is it young?) last month.

Americans are eating 20.5 million Oreos each day, and I’m one of them since that’s my favorite evening snack. Thanks to my wife Marge there’s a never-ending supply of these goodies. Four Oreos, (moderation prevails here), straight up, no milk and I’m a happy camper.

Incidentally, when Oreos made their debut they were part of a trio of new cookies introduced with great hoopla by Nabisco. Sad to say, Mother Goose and Veronese Biscuits never made the big time and are long gone.

The good folks at Nabisco, in a celebratory mood, shared some Oreo fun facts. And if you memorize them, and manage to work them into a casual conversation, you’re bound to amaze your friends and neighbors.

Oreo cookies were introduced the same year that the South Pole was discovered and the Titanic sank. I’m not quite sure what the connection is here.

Each Oreo cookie contains 90 ridges on its rim. Don’t waste precious time counting the ridges when you could grab another handful of cookies.

Most men eat Oreos intact and more women pull them apart. Feel free to concoct a complex scientific explanation here.

If you stacked the almost 500 billion Oreos sold since 1912 you would have 16 stacks of Oreo cookies that could reach the moon. Quick, alert NASA of this breakthrough. With the feds cutting budgets all over the place why not just climb to the moon using the Oreo staircase?

So now that we’re all full of fun-filled facts isn’t it about time to grab another Oreo or two? And should you happen to pass an Oreos display at the grocery store, feel free to discreetly hum Happy Birthday to America’s icon; I’ll join you in the chorus.