National Noodle Month, St. Patrick’s Day and More Fun Facts

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That’s all it would cost in a year if you ate only ramen, according to number crunchers around the web. March marks National Noodle Month and, considering the average person in North America consumes 15 1/2 pounds of pasta yearly, notes the National Pasta Association, it’s safe to say this food is a beloved family staple.

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This many 12-year-olds said they had better relationships with their pets than their siblings, a recent UK study says – particularly girls. In general, those with dogs indicated the most satisfaction. With National Puppy Day coming up March 23, maybe now’s a good time to consider adding a pooch to the family?

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In this year, St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in Detroit – so says an 1889 book by “city historiographer” Silas Farmer. Irish parades were a big deal in the D till the ’20s, notes the United Irish Societies. So, in 1959, it started its own. You can join in the Corktown tradition’s 59th year on March 12.

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Michigan’s ranking on WalletHub’s 2017 list of best to worst states (plus the District of Columbia) to raise a family. From family fun to housing affordability and unemployment rate, North Dakota topped the chart and New Mexico fell to the bottom.

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That’s how much land our Great Lakes – Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior – cover, carving out Michigan’s infamous mitten shape. World Water Day is March 22, making it a great time to celebrate the largest fresh surface water system on earth and a reminder to be mindful of the environment.

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