Life Day 24113: “It’s BACON, yumyumyumyumyum”

July 19, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Friday, July 19, 2013.
Good morning bacon lovers. The dearth of holidays continues. Today, I could find no ‘regular‘ holidays about which to write. However, there are a few food-related holidays.

The first food-related holiday today is Flitch Day. I know, you’re thinking right now; “Who or what is a flitch, and why are we celebrating?” The answer to that question is a what. A flitch is a measurement for bacon equaling half a pig (flitch = side). In the United States, a side of unsliced bacon was once known as a flitch. It is now known as a slab. An individual slice of bacon is a slice or strip.
The reason Flitch Day is celebrated dates back to the beginning if the 12th century. An old English custom eventually turned into the holiday called Flitch Day, which is celebrated on the third Friday in July. Every year on this day, since about 1104, any married couple who could prove they had been faithful and loving to one another for one year was awarded half a pig, known as a flitch of bacon. However, very few couples would actually “bring home the bacon.”
There are still flitch trials today, but they are now held only once every four years. Great Dunmow is a town in the Uttlesford district of Essex, England. The town is famous for its quadrennial ritual of the Flitch Trials, in which couples must convince a jury of six local bachelors and six local maidens that they have never wished themselves un-wed for a year and a day. If successful, the couple are paraded through the High Street and receive a flitch of bacon. After the couple(s) have been deemed worthy by the jury, and have sworn their oath in the ceremony, the judge then recites:
“Since to these conditions, without any fear,
Of your own accord you do freely swear,
A whole flitch of bacon you shall receive,
And bear it hence with love and good leave;
For this is our custom at Dunmow well known
Though the pleasure be ours, the bacon’s your own.”
The last Flitch Trials were held in 2012. The custom is ancient, and is mentioned in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Whatever!!! I’ll celebrate any holiday that involves BACON, no matter how obscure.

The next food-related holiday is National Raspberry Cake Day. Raspberries are among the best fruits that nature has to offer. Combine them with cake, and you truly have a slice of heaven. Raspberries are in season now so why not bake some into your favorite cake recipe and enjoy some for dessert tonight. Don’t forget the whipped cream.

The final food-related holiday today is National Daiquiri Day. Many people associate the Daiquiri with author Ernest Hemingway, because it was his favorite drink. The Daiquiri was, in fact, invented in 1898 in the small iron mining town of Daiquiri near Santiago, Cuba by an engineer named Jennings Stockton Cox. He came up with the drink, a simple blend of lime juice, sugar and local Bacardi™ rum over cracked ice as a way to boost the morale of mine workers during the sizzling summer months. The drink was such a success that Cox not only received a generous stipend from the mining company, but also a monthly gallon of Bacardi™ rum from Bacardi. Today, Daiquiris are still quite popular, but usually in the form of ‘frozen drinks’. There are now Daiquiri mixes available where all you add is the rum and the ice.
So if you want an adult libation to cool off with this afternoon, why not have a Daiquiri; either frozen or using Mr. Cox’s original recipe (rum, lime juice, and sugar).

On this date in 1985 – Christa McAuliffe of New Hampshire was chosen to be the first schoolteacher to ride aboard the space shuttle. She died with six others when the Challenger exploded the following year.
Also on this date in history:
1799 – The Rosetta Stone, a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into Greek, was found in Egypt.
1848 – The Women’s Rights Convention took place in Seneca Falls, NY. “Bloomers” were introduced at the convention.
1909 – The first unassisted triple play in major-league baseball was made by Cleveland Indians shortstop Neal Ball in a game against Boston.
1942 – German U-boats were withdrawn from positions off the U.S. Atlantic coast due to effective American anti-submarine countermeasures.
1946 – Marilyn Monroe acted in her first screen test.
1960 – Juan Marichal (San Francisco Giants) became the first pitcher to get a one-hitter in his major league debut.
1974 – The House Judiciary Committee recommended that U.S. President Richard Nixon should stand trial in the Senate for any of the five impeachment charges against him.
1982 – The U.S. Census Bureau reported that 14% of the population had an income below the official poverty level in 1981.
1984 – Geraldine Ferraro was nominated by the Democratic Party to become the first woman from a major political party to run for the office of U.S. Vice-President.
And, in 1985 – George Bell won first place in a biggest feet contest with a shoe size of 28-1/2. Bell, at age 26, stood 7 feet 10 inches tall.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals.
Samuel Colt 1814 – Inventor.
Edgar Degas 1834 – Artist.
Lizzie Borden 1860 – Celebrity defendant.
Charles Horace Mayo 1865 – Noted physician.
George McGovern 1922 – Politician.
Pat Hingle 1924 – Actor.
Sue Thompson 1926 – Singer.
Philip Agee 1935 – CIA operative, author.
George Hamilton IV 1937 – Singer.
Richard Jordan 1938 – Actor.
Dennis Cole 194o – Actor.
Vikki Carr 1941 – Singer.
George Dzundza 1945 – Actor.
Beverly Archer 1948 – Actress.
Peter Barton 1956 – Actor.
Campbell Scott 1962 – Actor.
Anthony Edwards 1962 – Actor.
Clea Lewis 1965 – Actress.
And finally, Jared Padalecki 1982 – Actor.

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