The word "bacon" is derived from the Old High German bacho, meaning "buttock," "ham" or "side of bacon." Here are some bacon fun facts from The Encyclopedia of Trivia
The Dunmow Flitch started in 1111. This is a long-standing tradition established at Dunmow, Essex whereby married couples who stay together for a year and a day without arguing or regretting their marriage and can prove this are able to claim a gammon of bacon. The saying "Bring home the bacon" originates from this.
The first mention of bacon and eggs in literature in England was made by Andrew Borde in 1542 in his book, In A Compendyous Regyment, or a Dyetary of Health
. He wrote: "Bacon is good for carters and plowmen I do sat that collopes (slices of bacon) and egges is holsome for them."
American competitive eater Matt "the Megatoad" Stonie set a world record on February 22, 2015 by eating 182 rashers of bacon in five minutes.
The popularity of bacon in the United States has given rise to a number of commercial products including bacon vodka, bacon peanut brittle, bacon toothpaste and bacon mints.
When heated, sugars in bacon react with amino acids. This, along with the thermal breakdown of fats, leads to the aroma of cooking bacon.