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February 2, 2012

20 facts about Super Bowl XLVI ... and Super Bowls in general


XVI. Party down!!

Only 5 percent of Americans watching the Super Bowl will do it alone — well, only equals about 11 million. But that's more than the number watching it at bars or restaurants (about 9 million).

The rest are at Super Bowl parties (estimated 7.5 million parties), and probably watching them on nice TVs. Last year, 4.5 million TV sets were sold during the week of the Super Bowl. That according to ""

XVII. I do ... but not that Sunday

Super Bowl weekend is the slowest weekend of the year for weddings in America. It is, however, the top day of the year for pizza sales, followed by New Year's Eve, according to

XVIII. Invasion of the fake celebs

The Super Bowl has become known for drawing D-List celebrities, and 2012 will be no exception.

Already slated to appear, DJ Pauly D of "The Jersey Shore."

XIX. Money, money, money

Last year, Americans spent an estimated $10.1 billion on Super Bowl-related merchandise and snacks. And, when you see all the Super Bowl toys filling every local store, that seems believable.

XX. All bets are in

Las Vegas expects approximately $90 million in bets to be placed in Sin City for the Super Bowl. The day after, calls to Gamblers Anonymous are on the rise. This according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

—David Willis

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