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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for Sept. 20: Ice Cream Cones Show


WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Following is the daily “Profile America” feature for Sept. 20 from the U.S. Census Bureau:

Profile America Tuesday, September 20th. One of our all- time favorites has a birthday this week the ice cream cone, invented by Italo Marchiony in 1903. A recent immigrant to the U.S., Marchiony was an enterprising pushcart vendor in New York City, where he sold flavored ice in paper cones. These were messy and inedible, so he came up with the idea of pastry cups formed from thin waffles. He patented the idea and the rest, as the saying goes, is history. Now, anyplace where there are people and fun going on, you’re sure to find ice cream cones. In all its forms, ice cream both regular and low-fat, along with sherbert and frozen yogurt we each consume more than 26 pounds a year much of it in cones. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at .

Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2005, p. 494 Statistical Abstract of the United States 2004-2005, t. 199


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