Thursday, December 16, 2010

Old School Thursday: Let Freedom Ring Edition

Today is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day AND Eat What You Want Day (the second of those pretty much covers the first, no?). Because we can all do what we want, when we want to do it. in 1773, when a bunch of men dressed as Native Americans dumped some tea in Boston harbor. The Boston Tea Party, as it became known, jumpstarted the American Revolution and we all know how that turned out.

Nearly 100 years later, in 1863, Gerard Adriaan Heineken bought “The Haystack,” an Amsterdam brewering dating back to the 16th century, and Heineken beer was born. And that is also freedom-related, in that we have choices about which beer to drink.

Finally, thirty years ago today, Harland Sanders died in Shelbyville, Kentucky. Though it didn’t happen in his lifetime, Colonel Sanders, as he is better known, is also a great example of freedom: Kentucky Fried Chicken might be trans-fat-free these days, but we still have the freedom to Double Down.

So start today with a little tea, then finish it with some beer and KFC. Or don’t. It is, after all, your choice.

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