10.24.12_it's national bologna day!

Here are today’s five thing to know about Bologna:

  1.  Bologna sausage, sometimes phonetically spelled as baloney,  boloney or polony, is a sausage derived from the Italian mortadella, a similar looking finely ground pork sausage containing cubes of lard, originally from the Italian city of Bologna.
  2. Bologna can alternatively be made out of chicken, turkey,beef, pork, venison or soy protein.
  3. Occasionally a slice of bologna is heated up so, as the fat renders, the round slice takes the shape of a bowl which may be filled with cheese or other fillings.
  4. Sometimes referred to as garlic bologna, German sausage differs from traditional bologna due to various seasonings, most typically garlic being added to the recipe.
  5.  Kosher or halal bologna is typically made with only beef, but sometimes made from turkey, chicken or lamb.

Today’s Food History

  • 1817 Hippolyte Mege Mouries was born. A French scientist, he invented margarine and patented canned meat.
  • 1836 Alonzo Dwight Philips patented the phosphorous friction safety match in the U.S.
  • 1861 The first transcontinental telegraph was completed and went into operation. Within days the Pony Express ceased operations.
  • 1911 Nathaniel Wyeth was born. A chemist and inventor, he patented the PET (polyethylene terephthalate). It was the first plastic strong enough to use to bottle carbonated beverages.
  • 1929 ‘Black Thursday’ – the first day of the panic driven stock market crash that precipitated the Great Depression.
  • 1939 Employees at DuPont’s factory in Wilmington, Delaware purchased the first nylon stockings for sale in the U.S. They were available nationally in May, 1940.

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