Consider your suspicions (or worst fears) confirmed: I am one of “those” people…you know, the ones who like weird stuff you find in the nooks and crannies of the English language. And the odd tidbits of history, which – by the way, are not considered factoids. Because a factoid refers to invented or at least unverified facts, not fact snippets.
Yeah. I’m one of those.
Anyhoo, I got to looking around the vast world wide web not too long ago, and realized there is a lot of daily domestic history out there. Punchbowl does a cute widget with foodie holidays and trivia but it was giving me fits when I was still on Blogger, and WordPress just plain refuses to try to play nice with it.
So instead I’ll try to occasionally regale you with things that I find historically interesting, funny, or both.
On November 26, 1867, the first refrigerated rail car was patented. Hello, iceberg lettuce! Also on the same date in 1895, the Hawaiian Sugar Planters Association was formed. C’mon, admit it . If you’re of a certain age, you’re involuntarily humming the “C&H…Pure cane sugar…from Hawaii….” jingle, aren’t you? And – for the romantics among us, “Casablanca” premiered in 1942. Sigh.
November 28 is National French Toast day. Like anyone ever needs an excuse to eat French toast.. On November 29, 1942, the U.S. began rationing coffee. Now THAT would be a sacrifice. Take my pantyhose, but leave me my coffee.
On November 30, 1907, Pike Place Market opened in Seattle. Foodies unite.
December starts out with apples: December 1 is Pie day and Red Apple day, December 2 is Fritters day and December 3 is Apple Pie day. I don’t know when or if there’s an apple pancake day, but stay tuned: tomorrow is a knock-your-socks off recipe for anyone who wants some apple-y goodness for breakfast.
Feel free to tuck a few of these back in the recess of your memory. They can come in handy the next time there’s a lull in the conversation. You, too might become known as one of “those” people.