National Ice Cream Month
Month of July
The first frozen dessert is credited to Emperor Nero of Rome. It was a mixture of snow, nectar, fruit pulp and honey. The ice cream cone’s invention is said to have begun at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. An ice cream vendor there reportedly didn’t have enough dishes to keep up with demand, so he teamed up with a waffle vendor who rolled his product into “cornucopias.” Thus, the first ice cream cone! In 1843, New England housewife Nancy Johnson invented the hand-cranked ice cream churn. The United States consumes more ice cream than any other country. Each American consumes a yearly average of 23.2 quarts of ice cream, ice milk, sherbet, ices and other commercially produced frozen dairy products. Vanilla seems to be the most popular flavor, with chocolate coming in second, butter pecan coming in third and strawberry coming in fourth. More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.
National Kissing Day
“Kiss” is from the Old English cyssan from the proto-Germanic kussijanan or kuss, which is probably based on the sound kissing can make. The science of kissing is called philematology. Lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of the fingers. On July 5-6, 2005 a couple in London locked lips for 31 hours, 30 minutes, and 30 seconds, making it the longest kiss ever recorded. Kissing at the conclusion of a wedding ceremony can be traced to ancient Roman tradition where a kiss was used to sign contract.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
George W. Bush – 43 President of U.S. – born in the New Haven, Connecticut
Sylvester Stallone – Actor – born in New York City, New York