Parade magazine stated that on Superbowl weekend Americans will eat 1.25 Billion chicken wing portions. That blows me away on multiple levels. One is the scale of the chicken industry. I don't know the definition of "portion", but I think one wing equals 2 portions (please correct me if I'm wrong), which means 312,500,000 chickens to produce 1.25 billion wing portions. And that is just for one day's consumption. Amazing. Please note: I do NOT want to get into any ethics discussion, other than to remember how lucky our chooks are- even if we don't always get everything right, their quality of life is stupendous compared with 99.99% of chickens in this country. It's one more reason to enjoy and appreciate our little flocks. Another thing is the scale of our appetites. Last year a reported 111 million people in the U.S. watched at least part of the Superbowl. That works out to about 11 wing portions per person average, but since not all of them actually ate wings, there must be a lot of people who eat 30 or 40 wing portions during those few hours. Scary! Of course, just because the 1.25 BN number is published in Parade Magazine doesn't make it true; I've been around long enough to know that reporters and editors are not infallible.