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FRIDAY FUNNY: National Pretzel Day!

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Facility Management, FacilityBlog, Featured Post, Friday Funny, Topics

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Published on April 26, 2013 with No Comments

Workplace pretzels. (Photo: Heidi Schwartz)

Workplace pretzels. (Photo: Heidi Schwartz, Philadelphia native and pretzel fan–but this is NOT my desk and these are NOT my pretzels.)

Did you know April 26th is National Pretzel Day? There is no shortage of types of pretzels—one of the most popular workplace snacks.

According to Holiday Insights, pretzels are believed to be the world’s oldest snack. Pretzels date back to 610 AD in Southern France. Monks baked thin strips of dough into the shape of a child’s arms folded in prayer. Add a little salt, and Voila!…the pretzel industry was born.

The first National Pretzel Day was declared in 1983 by Robert S. Walker. Pennsylvania’s Governor Ed Rendell re-declared the holiday in April of 2003.

Grab a pretzel rod and celebrate national pretzel day by impressing your co-workers with these pretzel trivia bits!

Pretzel Facts:

The biggest pretzel ever made was 40 pounds and five feet across (it was made by Mr. Nacchio in Philadelphia. He also made the 20 pound, four foot pretzel in the movie, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World).

Reading, PA takes the prize for making the most pretzels, just one of its plants can package more than 10 million pretzels each day!

Pretzel have been used as an emblem of bakers since the 12th century in Germany.

During the 17th century, pretzels symbolized the bond of marriage. This is where the phrase “tying the knot” originated!

Centuries ago, Catholic monks created the first pretzels from scraps of leftover dough. The unique knot shape represented the Holy Trinity, but the significance of this symbol has evolved over the course of history.

The pretzel business brings in $550 million each year in the United States.

The first commercial pretzel factory was established in Pennsylvania in 1861.

The average person in American eats two pounds of pretzels in a year; the average person is Philadelphia is said to eat as much as 12 pounds each year. (Guilty as charged!)

So how much do you know about pretzels after reading this? Find out by taking this quiz. (As a Philly native, my knowledge and appreciation of this snack food is quite substantial.) 

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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