Thursday, March 12, 2009

Old School Thursday: Coke and Cookies Edition

I know I say this nearly every week, but I am continually surprised (and sort of delighted) by the industries that have enough of a lobby to end up with their own national day of recognition. Today, for instance, is National Baked Scallops Day. And, as usual, all I can say is this: of course it is. Why wouldn’t it be National Baked Scallops Day?

In other, more red, white and Atlanta news, today’s a big day for Coke. Today marks the 115th anniversary of the initial bottling of Coca-Cola – by Joseph Biedenham of Vicksburg, Mississippi. It’s also a sad day for Coke fans, though, as today is the 80th anniversary of the death of Asa Griggs Candler. While Candler didn’t create the formula for Coke – he bought it for $2300 from a pharmacist named John Pemberton in 1887 – he did build the brand as we know it. By the time Candler sold the company in 1919, it was worth $25 million. His name is still pretty revered in Atlanta.

And something to eat with your Coke? How about some cookies? Today in 1912, the Girl Scouts of America was founded by Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low. Lucky it was, too, because can you imagine life without Girl Scout cookies?

On one more sad note, today is the 16th anniversary of the death of Christian Kent Nelson, inventor of the Eskimo Pie.

If nothing else, today’s an easy one to celebrate. Break out the Coke, an Eskimo Pie and any Thin Mints you’ve still got in your freezer (1/2 a box at our house). After your baked scallop dinner, of course. Only after.

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