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10 Things You Didn't Know About Proms

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Geo Beats

Sit back and enjoy these 10 truly entertaining tidbits about the event.

Prom season is upon us, and teens everywhere are aflutter, shopping for formal wear, booking limos, and planning the all-important after party.

That doesn’t mean they get to have all the fun, though.

Sit back and enjoy these 10 truly entertaining tidbits about the event.

Number 10. Susan Ford’s prom was held at the White House. Her father was the president at the time, so it’s not as crazy as it sounds.

Number 9. One class held a make up prom 70 years later. Their original one had to be cancelled because of World War 2. When planning the class of 1943’s 70-year reunion, the organizers decided it was about time they got their prom night.

Number 8. Netflix is a classy prom date. They were asked to the dance by a teen via Twitter. Not only did they say yes, they did it up right. The company offered him the use of James Bond’s tux from Skyfall and his choice of car – one from Mad Men, a 1950s Buick from Grease, or the meth mobile from Breaking Bad. The kid chose the Buick.

Number 7. Prom emerged from the word promenade. In Victorian times, it was a popular practice to parade oneself as a means of introduction when attending swanky events like galas. It was officially called a promenade.

Number 6. Proms were first held in the northeast. Taking a cue from the promenade tradition, schools in the region began holding similar events in the late 1800s. By the early 1900’s they’d begun to spread nationwide.

Number 5. KFC is offering a chicken corsage. They’re available through a Kentucky florist, but don’t worry about the chicken going bad in transit. The flowers come with a KFC gift certificate, so you can go pick up a fresh, hot, juicy chicken leg whenever you need it.

Number 4. Prom is expensive. This year, the average family will spend just under a thousand dollars to prep and send their kid to the big event. Believe it or not, that’s about 15 percent less than last year.

Number 3. Celebrities get a lot of prom invites. Recently, Miley Cyrus had to let a suitor down gently, but did invite him to hang out with her at one of her upcoming shows. Kate Upton, on the other hand, promised to check her schedule and get back to her admirer.

Number 2 Knowing a prom dress wasn’t in the family budget, a Los Angeles teen got to work making her own – out of soda can tabs.

Number 1. Some prom royalty have gone on to become Hollywood royalty. Halle Barry and Meryl Streep were both prom queens. In 1973, Bruce Willis was crowned king of his Penns Grove High prom.