Today is National Play-Doh Day. Theoretically, at least, that doesn’t have anything to do with food. In practice, though, there’s a reason why I don’t let Dixon actually open his little tubs of Play-Doh. Apparently it’s quite pleasing to the toddler palate. I know it can’t actually hurt him, but…gross. Also, after it’s been chewed up and spit out on the sofa….well, this is why we can’t have nice things.
In other news of the day, today in 1709, British lexicographer, author and literary critic Samuel Johnson was born. Johnson is also responsible for some of the food knowledge we have of his era, as he recorded some meals in his diary.
Nearly two decades later, also today, Elmer Maytag was born. Elmer founded the eponymous washing machine company (the company of the lonely repairman), which doesn’t really have much to do with food. But his son, Fred Maytag II, helped create Maytag Blue Cheese on the family’s dairy farm.
Maytag blue…so much tastier than Play-Doh.