Re: Daily Check-in October 30, 2020
Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2020 8:27 pm
Well..that answers why as kids we always called candy corn....chicken corn!LogicsHere wrote: ↑Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:04 amGood morning all.
Well it looks like it's going to be another rainy day at least until around 3:00 this afternoon. I don't have to run out for anything so that's not a problem. I did, however, glance at the weather tomorrow and we are having our first day of "winter". It's going to be in the high 30s to mid-40s . . . brisk.
My town's Historical Society has set up a Community History Project on how we were affected by the pandemic and how we have been surviving it. You can send a journal entry, story, poems, essays, pictures or audio clips. I found it interesting when it was first announced and have decided to contribute something towards this effort. When we first went into "pause", the Town put together a program of daily/weekly events and things to do ranging from art and photo submissions, trivia games, virtual tours and exercise classes. I think that to actually be able to have my name and story be a part of documented history an achievement I could never have imagined, even if that history is only local. I live in an area of NY that was highly documented during the Revolutionary War so why not be a part of this historic town.
Here's a link to that history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Westchester_County
Today will see me starting on the above project, do some more reading, and playing more computer games. I'll also be checking the TV schedules to see if there were any Christmas movies I want to see. I saw one yesterday on Lifetime that I really liked. I only wish they did dvds of them like Hallmark, I would definitely have bought it.
In addition to today's being known for "Mischief Night", the eve before Halloween, today's honor goes to two related Halloween subjects: Frankenstein Friday and National Candy Corn Day.
"Frankenstein Friday" celebrates the birth of Frankenstein and its creator. Frankenstein is one of the best known horror characters dating back to the 1800's. Can you imagine Halloween without the presence of Frankenstein lurking somewhere in the darkness.
Frankenstein was born in 1818 when Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley, at the age of 21, wrote the story titled "Frankenstein".
The day was created by Ron MacCloskey from Westfield, New Jersey in 1997. Ron's hometown of Westfield, NJ. is also the hometown of Charles Addams, the New York Times magazine cartoonist who created The Addams Family. So, Ron's interest in Frankenstein comes as no surprise. He chose Friday to celebrate this day for the "FR" connection, and because more people can party on Friday than on other nights of the week.
Today celebrates "National Candy Corn Day" as well. Candy corn is actually sold all year long and can be addictive. The vast majority of it, however, is consumed during the fall with both Halloween and Thanksgiving the most popular times to enjoy it.
A bit of Candy Corn Trivia:
- Candy corn was originally called "Chicken Feed". Aren't you glad they changed the name!?
- Candy corn was invented in the 1880s by George Renninger and first manufactured by the Wunderle Candy Company in Philadelphia, Pa.
- The Goelitz Candy company was the first to manufacture mass quantities around the turn of the century. - The original way to make candy corn, was to pour each color separately into molds, a very long time consuming process.
- Today the Jelly Belly factory has a machine that produces 1200 kernels per second!
- Candy corn consists primarily of corn syrup, honey, and sugar. There's lots of carbs(sugar), but it's fat free, at least until your body turns the unburned calories into body fat.
- 19 pieces of candy corn has 38 grams of sugar.
- Worldwide, over 35 million pounds or 9 billion pieces are consumed annually.
Have a great Friday.