PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 28: People walk past the logo for the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in an NFL fan on January 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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It’s that time of year again. For four hours or so on a Sunday afternoon the world shuts down and the battle begins.

Wars, poverty, income inequality, climate global warming change, politics, all take a back seat to the spectacle that is the Super Bowl. Only the Soccer Champions League Final has a larger audience.

The Seattle Seahawks suit up against the New England Patriots. And advertisers are lined up to shell out $4.5 million for a 30-second ad.

Here are some fun facts about the Super Bowl you can use to impress your friends and be a big deal around the water cooler on Monday morning.

Fun Facts About Super Bowls

  • What would Super Bowl Sunday be without guacamole? Eight million pounds will be consumed by ravenous fans.
  • What good is guacamole without chips? Fourteen thousand tons, yes tons, of chips will be dipped. No double dipping.
  • Nine of the ten most watched TV programs of all time are Super Bowls.
  • Have you ever wondered why they use Roman numerals for Super Bowls? It’s because the season starts in one year and finishes in the following year.
  • They will use 72 footballs during Sunday’s game. Let’s hope they are all inflated properly. I hear the NFL will have an “Inflation Czar” on hand.
  • The “MASH” finale was the most watched TV show of all time until Super Bowl XLIV (44) took over the number one spot.  On Sunday, February 7, 2009, the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts recorded the most watched TV show in history!
  • No Super Bowl will be played in any stadium with a climate of less than 50 degrees unless it’s enclosed.
  • The Minnesota Vikings are 0-4 in Super Bowl play and never led at any point during their four losses.
  • Joe Montana has won the Super Bowl MVP three times.
  • Where does the Super Bowl MVP say he will be going at the end of the game? “I’m goin’ to Disneyland.”
  • The Pittsburg Steelers are the first team in history to win five Super Bowls.
  • Four teams have never played in a Super Bowl. The Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns.
  • Seventeen of the last 20 Super Bowls have been won by the city with the lowest unemployment rate. If that holds true this year then Boston (4.7%) should take Seattle (5.1%). Seattle needs to do some fast hiring.

Some Final Thoughts

You might think that Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest drinking day of the year but that title goes to Thanksgiving Eve. There will still be plenty of beer and hot dogs passed around along with chips and dip.

So sit back, relax, put your worries on the back burner and enjoy the game. It should be a good one. But even if it’s a blow out you still have some great commercial entertainment ahead of you. Hope you like puppies.

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