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.”

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Pasta existed for thousands of years before anyone ever thought to put tomato sauce on it.

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Italians never use a spoon and a fork when eating spaghetti.

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The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta every year.

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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.

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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.”