National Trivia Day / National Spaghetti Day

National Trivia Day

January 4

The word “trivia” in ancient times meant something “new,” but today it is more associated with something one vaguely remembers but stays caught in the corner of the mind or miraculously pops out from seemingly nowhere. The pastime of playing trivia-like games was highlighted in 1984 when more than 20 million games of Trivia Pursuit we sold. And of course, the popularity of trying to remember obscure facts is the basis for Jeopardy, the TV show which has been aired since its first episode in 1964.

National Spaghetti Day

January 4

It is believed the Chinese ate pasta, much like we do today, as far back as 5000 BC. Most pasta is made using wheat products mixed with water. Other types of pasta are made using ingredients such as rice, barley, corn, and beans. The International Pasta Association calculates there are more than 600 different types of pasta worldwide. According to the Useless Daily website, “people had been eating pasta for thousands of years before anyone ever thought to add tomato sauce. This is mainly because tomatoes are not native to Europe and weren’t introduced to the continent until Spanish explorer Cortez brought tomatoes from Mexico to Europe in 1519. The largest ever bowl of spaghetti was created in 2010 when Californian restaurant Buca di Beppo managed to fill a swimming pool with almost 14,000 pounds of pasta.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Louis Braille – Reading for the Blind – born in Coupvray, France

Dyan Cannon – Actress – born in Tacoma, Washington


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