Thursday, October 02, 2008

Old School Thursday: Fried Scallops and Other Pop Culture Icons Edition

National French Fried Scallops Day. Is this a new low? I’d think so, except that I have the advantage of seeing what next Thursday is. It’s Moldy Cheese Day. Again, who doesn’t have a lobby?

In more practical news, today in 1866, a J. Osterhoudt patented the first tin can that used a key opener, making things easier on knives everywhere.And in news of American pop culture with food-related names, today is Don McLean’s birthday (1945). He, of course, wrote the Kit High School Mix Tape Classic American Pie.

Just five years later, in 1950, Charles M. Shultz’s Peanuts comic strip appeared for the first time in print. Speaking of Shultz, a few years ago I read a John Updike review of his biography. Kind of fascinating – it certainly added a layer of insight into the strip itself.

And that is it for today. See if you can rustle up some fried scallops!

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