Friday, July 20, 2012

July 20: National Lollipop Day and National Fortune Cookie Day

National Lollipop Day

Whether you like your lollipops bigger than your face or filled with gum or some other candy, I think everyone is familiar with lollipops.  Lollipops have been around for quite some time, dating back to at least the 17th century.  Making your own lollipop isn't all that hard - it's basically just cooking sugar to the hard stage.  Food Network offers up a cherry lollipop recipe, Martha Stewart has some pretty lollipops, and Leite's Culinaria shares a recipe for adults that still love lollipops - liquor lollipops.

I wonder if dentists experience a bump in business after National Lollipop Day.  Hrm...

National Fortune Cookie Day

Did you know that fortune cookie are not Chinese?  Despite being provided at the end of a meal in just about every Chinese restuarant in America, fortune cookies are American with a Japanese background.  While the exact inventor of fortune cookies as we know them today is in dispute, it can be agreed upon that the fortune cookie was made popular by a Japanese immigrant in California.  (ne of the descendants of one of the possible inventors provides her family's understanding of the fortune cookie here.)

While making your own fortune cookie is actually pretty easy, how do you decide to what fortune to put it in?   I suppose if you're a fortune teller and you can see who the cookie will be going to, you can easily put in a fortune.  For the rest of us, though, a computer-generated fortune is probably the way to go. 

And to wrap up this fortune cookie posting, two things:
1.) Yes, you can win the lotto playing fortune cookie lucky numbers.
2.) XKCD has probably the best addition to fortune cookie fortunes ever.

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