Today is National Pasta Day

Today is National Pasta Day

Linguine, fettuccine, spaghetti, tortellini, ziti—the list of kinds of pasta is endless! Pasta is typically thought of as an Italian dish, but there is evidence that people living in Asia in 2000 BC made noodles with millet! Pasta can be made dry (pasta secca) or fresh (pasta fresca). There are over 350 varieties of dried pasta in Italy. The highest quality of dried pasta is made with pure durum semolina flour and water. Did you know that a typical Italian person eats over sixty pounds of pasta per year? In comparison, Americans only eat around twenty pounds of pasta per person per year! Source: punchbowl.com

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Today in History: The first Oktoberfest in 1810

Today in History: The first Oktoberfest in 1810

209 years ago today, the very first Oktoberfest took place. The festivities lasted five days and were organized around the wedding of the Bavarian Crown Prince. It was the first non-religious folk festival in Germany and had all of Munich on its feet – certainly something that has not changed in the last two centuries.

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Today is National Liqueur Day

Today is National Liqueur Day

A liqueur is a strong alcoholic beverage that has been sweetened with herbs, fruits, nuts, cream, or spices. Liqueurs are traditionally served as after-dinner drinks or mixed with coffee. The word “liqueur” comes from the Latin word “liquifacere,” which means “to dissolve or melt.” As early as 400 BC, the Egyptians and Greeks distilled wine to produce fortified spirits. They sweetened this concoction with cinnamon and honey—a combination that we still use today to create mead. In the thirteenth century, European monks and alchemists perfected the distillation process used to create liqueur. The liquid was primarily used for medicinal purposes. Source: punchbowl.com

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Today in History: First Mobile Phone Service in the U.S.A. in 1983

Today in History: First Mobile Phone Service in the U.S.A. in 1983

36 years ago today, Ameritech Mobile Communications, LLC provides cellular mobile phone service to the general public in Chicago. This was the first mobile phone service for public use in the United States.

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Today is National Chewing Gum Day!

Today is National Chewing Gum Day!

Chewing gum has been around for over 5,000 years. In 2007, a British archaeology student discovered a 5,000-year-old piece of chewing gum which was made from bark tar with tooth imprints in it. Presumed to be the oldest piece of chewing gum, it was found in Kierikki, Yli-li, Finland. Made from bark tar, the gum was believed to have antiseptic properties and other medicinal advantages. In 1848, John B. Curtis developed and sold the first commercial chewing gum which was called “The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum”. Studies show chewing gum helps improve memory, reduce stress and increase alertness. Chewing sugar-free gum improves overall oral hygiene while also helping to curb cravings and improving digestion. National Chewing Gum Day is observed annually on September 30.

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Today is National Coffee Day!

Today is National Coffee Day!

Are you one of the millions who will celebrate? There are a number of local and national businesses offering free or discounted cups of coffee to celebrate Coffee Day. Some businesses will even celebrate National Coffee Day by donating proceeds to nonprofit and charity groups. So, where did coffee come from and why is it so popular? According to legend, a sixth-century Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi discovered his goats frolicking from one coffee shrub to another. He realized the coffee berries had a stimulating effect, and he began to experiment with the seeds. A century later, brewed coffee emerged in Arabia and the popularity of coffee grew at an exponential rate. Today, over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year. It is a world commodity that is second only to oil. Don’t forget to take a coffee break (or two) to celebrate this historical and important beverage!

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Today in History: Herbert Leupin dies in 1999

Today in History: Herbert Leupin dies in 1999

Swiss poster and advertising designer Herbert Leupin was born in Beinwil am See in 1919. Leupin studied in Basel (1932-1935) and Paris (1936-1937) before opening his own graphic design studio in 1939. He quickly emerged as one of the most important poster artists in Switzerland winning many awards in the annual “Best Swiss Posters” competition. Leupin is famous for his fresh, original and humorous illustrative style. His poster creations for Coca-Cola, Swissair, Rolex, Eptinger, and Knie – to name a few of his clients – are famous around the world. Many of his posters have become highly collectible items. Leupin created several hundred posters in his lifetime and has received important awards in Switzerland, Germany, and the United States. Since 1970, he worked mainly as a painter. He passed away in 1999.

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