National Double-Cheeseburger Day

Five Food Finds about Hamburgers

  • The oldest fast food restaurant in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921.
  • The people of America eat more burgers out at restaurants or on the go than they do at home.
  • The largest hamburger ever created was over 8,000 pounds and was cooked for a burger festival in Wisconsin.
  • However, the hamburger in its current form, with ground beef and a bun, is a decidedly American creation.
  • Hamburgers are made of beef, not ham, and there is much debate over whether they actually originated in Hamburg.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1885 Jumbo, an African elephant exhibited by in France, the London Zoo, and finally in the Barnum & Bailey Circus, died after being hit by a locomotive in Ontario, Canada. Jumbo was supposedly 12 feet tall at the time of his death.

1898 William S. Burroughs died. An American inventor, Burroughs invented and manufactured  the first adding machine with a printer.

1962 The Four Seasons ‘Sherry’ hits number 1 on the charts.

1965 Green Acres TV show debuted.

1971 Greenpeace founded.

1981 The USDA announced that ketchup could be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch program.

1995 Tan M&Ms are replaced by the new blue M&Ms. The tan ones originally replaced violet M&Ms in 1949.