January 4th is National Spaghetti Day!
Here are today’s five things to know about Spaghetti:
The word spaghetti is the plural form of an Italian word “spaghetto” meaning “thin string” or “twine.”
Pasta existed for thousands of years before anyone ever thought to put tomato sauce on it.
Italians never use a spoon and a fork when eating spaghetti.
The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta every year.
The world record for the largest bowl of spaghetti was set in March 2010 when the California restaurant Buca di Beppo successfully filled a swimming pool with more than 13,780 pounds of pasta.
Today’s Food History
- 1493 Columbus returned from his first voyage to the New World.
- 1863 James Plimpton of New York patented 4 wheeled roller skates.
- 1905 Actor Sterling Holloway was born. He was also the voice of Winnie The Pooh, the honey loving bear in Disney’s animated version.
- 1997 Billionaire Harry Helmsley died. Husband of the infamous Leona (‘Queen of Mean,’ ‘Queen of Greed’), his real estate holdings included the Empire State Building.
- 2002 An Italian shepherd, the world’s oldest man died at the age of 112. Quote: “….love your brother and drink a good glass of red wine every day.”