food/drink 5 Things I Learned On The Internet Today

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Interesting and disturbing things are learned on the internet every day. Here are 5 I learned today thanks to Reddit TIL .

Häagen-Dazs isn't what you think it is!

While it is still one of my favorite iced creams, it is hard not to taste the lies mixed in like dirty dirty sprinkles!

From Wikipedia: "The name Häagen-Dazs does not derive from any of the North Germanic languages; it is simply two made-up words meant to look Scandinavian to American eyes (despite the fact that the digraphs "äa" and "zs" are not part of any native words in any of the Scandinavian languages)."

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Brian Eno composed the Windows opening tone!

You know that little piece of music that plays whenever you turn on your PC? That was actually composed! By none other than Brian Eno. Not only that but it wasn't the only attempt he made. He actually created over 84 different pieces, each clocking in at the requested 3.8 seconds.


Elvis once flew across the country to eat a sandwich!

Now it wasn't just any ordinary sandwich. This was called the Fool's Gold Loaf and it consisted of a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with one jar of peanut butter, one jar of grape jelly and a POUND OF BACON!

From Wikipedia: "On the night of February 1, 1976, Elvis Presley was at his home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, entertaining Capt. Jerry Kennedy of the Denver, Colorado, police force, and Ron Pietrafeso of Colorado's Strike Force Against Crime. The three men began discussing the sandwich, and Presley decided he wanted one right then. The Mine Company was a five-star restaurant known for its rip-roaring parties and as the 'place' to be seen at the time. Presley had been to the restaurant before, while in Denver.

Kennedy and Pietrafeso were friends of the owners and hung out there often, so they were driven to the Memphis airport and boarded Presley's private jet, the Lisa Marie, and flew the two hours to Denver. When they arrived in Denver at 1:40 AM, the plane taxied to a special hangar where the passengers were greeted by Buck Scott, the owner of the Colorado Mine Company, and his wife Cindy who had brought 22 fresh Fool's Gold Loaves for the men. They spent three hours in the hangar eating the sandwiches, washing them down with Perrier and champagne. Presley invited the pilots of the plane, Milo High and Elwood Davis, to join them. When they were done, they flew back to Memphis without ever having left the Denver airport."


E.T. is now part of Star Wars canon.

If you paid very close attention in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, you would have noticed a very familiar face in the Galactic Senate. Turns out Lucas owed Spielberg a favor (or 12) and decided to include everyone's favorite brown mushy alien in his new opus.

From Wookiepeedia: "As George Lucas was making Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, his friend and colleague Steven Spielberg suggested he include a member of E.T.'s species—from Spielberg's film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial—as a background character;[8] Spielberg himself had included a character in a Yoda costume in E.T. Three members of E.T.'s species were placed in the movie in a shot of the Galactic Senate, as an Easter egg. When James Luceno wrote Cloak of Deception, he expanded on the in-joke by naming the character of Grebleips—"Spielberg" spelled backwards—and giving him the homeworld of Brodo Asogi, a name given to E.T.'s planet in the spin-off novel E.T.: The Book of the Green Planet."

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Chocolate Chip Cookies were a mistake!

Would that any of my mistakes were anywhere near as delicious as this! Usually when I make a mistake in the kitchen it tends to be explosive.

From "The inventor - or creator - of the chocolate chip cookie was Ruth Wakefield. In 1924, Ruth Wakefield after graduating from Framingham State Normal School's Department of Household Arts, she lectured on food and worked as a dietitian. After marrying, she and her husband bought a tourist lodge (bed and breakfast) and called it the "Toll House Inn."

Sound familiar?

Well the chocolate chip cookie actually came about by sheer accident. Ruth Wakefield was responsible for, and cooked the meals of, the guests at Toll House Inn. She had a special recipe called Butter Drop Do cookies. This recipe called for crumbled baker's chocolate - a bitter chocolate if you've ever taken a bite.

One day while baking away, Ruth realized she did not have any baker's chocolate on hand, but she did have a semi-sweet chocolate bar. So she cut that up into bits and pieces and added it to her recipe. Unlike baker's chocolate which melts down completely, the semi-sweet pieces only partially melted. Leaving those lovely bits of chocolate we all love so much. And, of course, her cookies were a big hit with her guests."

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