National Pasta Day / International Archeology Day

National Pasta Day

October 17

Fun facts about past are featured on the Basta Pasta website, including pasta has a long history that can be dated back to the fourth century B.C. This is because researchers have found illustrations in an Etruscan tomb that shows individuals creating pasta. While pasta is mostly considered an Italian dish, the Chinese are known to be making noodles beginning in 3000 B.C. It is believed that pasta was brought to Italy by Marco Polo during an exhibition in the 13th century. The first machine to make macaroni was introduced by Thomas Jefferson in 1789. America saw its first pasta factory built during 1848 in Brooklyn, New York. Out of the overall global consumption of pasta, Americans make up twenty four percent. This is because Americans consume about six billion pounds of pasta each year. Pasta is the 6th highest food per capita consumed in the United States, with twenty pounds being consumed by the average American each year.

International Archeology Day

October 17

Archaeology is the study of the past through the things that people made, used, and left behind. The purpose of archaeology is to understand how people from the past lived and what they were like. Archaeology is a subfield of anthropology, which is the study of human cultures. The other subfields are cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, and linguistics. Archaeological investigations are a major source of knowledge of prehistoric, ancient, and extinct cultures. As a discipline, archaeology has its earliest roots in 15th and 16th-century Europe, back in the time when the Renaissance Humanists looked back upon the glories of Greece and Rome. In the 16th century, popes, cardinals, and noblemen in Italy began to collect antiquities and to sponsor excavations to find more works of ancient art.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Evel Knievel – Stunt Performer – born in Butte, Montana

Eninem – Rapper – born in St. Joseph, Missouri


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