Thursday, February 26, 2009

Old School Thursday: People Like Me Edition

Today is National Pistachio Day! Which actually is something to celebrate. I love pistachios. In fact, they were one of my “trendy Mondays” last year.

In other February 26th news, today is John Harvey Kellogg’s birthday (1852). While it was actually his brother, William, who founded the now-eponymous cereal company, John actually developed the first breakfast cereal for his patients at the Battle Creek Sanitarium (he was superintendent). Two cereals, actually. One called Granose, that was flaked wheat, and another that was toasted corn flakes (called, I’m guessing, Corn Flakes).

That’s it for food-related news, but I can’t resist including this: Today in 1957, Emile Coue was born. He was a French pharmacist, which sounds boring, but he was also an “advocate of autosuggestion.” He was the original Stuart Smalley. Literally – every morning and every evening, he repeated “Every day, and in every way, I am becoming better and better” between 15 and 20 times.

I sincerely hope he had a happy life. With lots of self-esteem.


Tangled Noodle said...

Thanks for the head's up about National Pistachio Day! We've got a nice 3 lb bag, courtesy of Costco, in our pantry from which we filch a handful here and there for a quick snack. I love those little green nuggets! One of these days, I'll stop noshing on them long enough to actually use them as an ingredient in something. 8-)

Kit Pollard said...

They're kind of amazing, aren't they? I love them just in salads, with goat cheese...but really nothing beats a handful of plain, salty pistachios...


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