Which one is most surprising to you?
1. Six percent of Americans will call in sick the Monday after the Super Bowl.
Also on that same Monday, antacid sales increase by 20 percent.
2. Nine of the 10 most-watched U.S. television programs in human history were Super Bowls.
The series finale of M*A*S*H* in 1983 is the only other event to surpass 100 million viewers.
3. Tickets to Super Bowl XLIX are the most expensive in history.
Tickets to Super Bowl I cost between $6 and $12. The “current average list price for the Super Bowl is $6,459.21″ as of Jan. 25, according to TiqIQ. Asking prices are even higher on eBay, which is showing listings of up to $57,805 for four tickets, and $32,125 for two tickets—equivalent to $16,062.50 each.
4. 35 percent of people who attend the game will write it off as a corporate expense.
Thank you tax payers!
5. This year, a 30-second Super Bowl ad costs $4.5 million. That’s enough to feed 7,500 American families for a month.
The average commercial costs $1 million to make.
6. 41% of Super Bowl viewers will re-watch this year’s ads online.
7. Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year. Only on Thanksgiving does the average American consume more calories.
Americans will spend more than $50 million on food during the four days prior to the Super Bowl. Most of it will go toward purchasing:
1.25 billion (yes, billion) chicken wings
4,000 tons of popcorn
8 million pounds of guacamole
14,500 tons of chips
8. Athletes who play in the Super Bowl get HUGE bonuses. Even if they lose.
The bonuses for playing in the Super Bowl go up almost every year (unlike wages for the rest of us). In 2014, players on the winning team got a $92,000 bonus, a 6 percent increase over the previous year. Players on the losing team got $49,000.
9. Other than St. Patrick’s Day, more drivers are involved in alcohol-related accidents on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year.
10. Four teams have never been to the Super Bowl: The Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans.
11. Once the game is over, it will take approximately 3 weeks to take down the 70-plus tents, signs, and stages, and clean up the debris left behind.
12. In early 2014, an overwhelming majority of NFL players who were polled anonymously said they would choose to play in the Super Bowl with a concussion.
The NFL has long been criticized for allowing (and even covering up or encouraging) athletes to play despite serious head trauma.
13. A massive amount of trash will be created by people NOT at the game.
More than 48 million Americans will order takeout or delivery food from a restaurant while watching the championship game. Along with the bump in take-out, of course, comes a drastic increase in consumption of plastic bags, styrofoam takeout containers, disposable utensils and paper napkins.
14. The LED system used to illuminate University of Phoenix Stadium during the Super Bowl will consume about 310,000 watts of energy.
That’s still better than the 1.24 million watts needed to power the previous lighting system.
15. Each year, the Super Bowl is the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.
“The influx of fans fosters the optimal breeding ground for pimps looking to boost their profits. Experts say that the sheer number of men looking to pay for sex substantially increases demand and the massive crowds allow for pimps and victims to essentially go unnoticed, newsnet5.com reports.”
If you see or know of someone that could be a victim of human trafficking, dial 2-1-1 or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.