Girl Scout facts

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Earlier this week, Girl Scouts all over the country began celebrating their 100th year. Among those celebrating were Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas —the regional chapter of the Girl Scouts.

Below are some facts about the Girl Scouts:

The best-selling Girl Scout cookie worldwide is the Thin Mint, but in the Fort Smith area Thin Mints and Samoas are tied.

The Girl Scouts pictured on the boxes are real sworn Girl Scouts. The cookie package recyclable.

Of the eight varieties of Girl Scout cookies offered, three ar mandatory: Thin Mints, Penature Butter Sandwich/Do-si-Dos and Shortbread/Trefoils. Any of the five optional cookies can be changed every year.

In 1942, Girl Scouts sold calendars in lieu of cookies due to sugar, flour and butter shortages during World War II.

Jennifer Sharpe of Dearborn, Mich., holds the record for most cookies ever sold with 17,328 boxes in 2008.

About 200 million boxes of cookies are sold every cookie season; the Girl Scout cookie program has generated about $700 million per year since 1999.

Famous people who once were Girl Scouts include: Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill, comedian Lucille Ball and news anchor Katie Couric; more than two-thirds of women currently in Congress were Girl Scouts.