NATIONAL TRIVIA DAY
What National Day on January 4th celebrates those who accumulate and hoard tidbits of useless trivia? National Trivia Day, of course!
Each year, the holiday recognizes the collectors of unconnected, irrelevant data, facts, history, and quotes in the recesses of their brains. They are the ones who usually proffer these sometimes astounding bits of history when friends and family least expect it.
The word trivia is plural for the word trivium.
In ancient times, the term “trivia” was appropriated to mean something very new.
Nostalgic college students in the 1960s, along with others, began to informally trade questions and answers about the popular culture of their youth. After writing trivia columns, Columbia University students Ed Goodgold and Dan Carlinsky created the earliest inter-collegiate quiz bowls that tested culturally (and emotionally) significant, yet virtually useless information, which they dubbed trivia contests. Trivia (Dell, 1966) was the first book treating trivia in the revolutionary new sense, authored by Ed Goodgold and Dan Carlinsky. This book achieved a ranking on the New York Times bestseller list.
- Over time, the word “trivia” has come to refer to obscure and arcane bits of dry knowledge as well as nostalgic remembrances of pop culture.
- In North America, the game Trivial Pursuit peaked in 1984, when consumers bought over 20 million games.
- Steven Point, Wisconsin, holds the largest current trivia contest at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s college radio station WWSP 89.9 FM. During the April 2013 event, the university hosted the 44th annual contest. Typically, 400 teams participate, ranging from 1 to 150 players. The competition, which is open to anyone, spans 54 hours over a weekend with eight questions each hour.
- The first season of the popular television trivia show Jeopardy! premiered on March 30, 1964.
HOW TO OBSERVED #NationalTriviaDay
Are you into trivia? Challenge someone to a trivia contest. Attend a trivia night or host one at home. Show off your trivia savvy. While you’re at it find out how much you know about the National Days. See if you can answer these questions. Some of them, we aren’t even sure of the answers.
- How many days are listed on National Day Calendar?
- Is there a food holiday on every day of the year?
- How many chocolate holidays are there?
- We love our pets. Do you know how many pet holidays there are?
- What’s the oldest National Day on the calendar?
- How many technology days are on the calendar?
Check out the National Day Calendar® Trivia page and see if you can answer all the questions correctly. Use #NationalTriviaDay to share on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for ways to use trivia in the classroom and resources.
NATIONAL TRIVIA DAY HISTORY
Robert L Birch of Puns Corps. founded National Trivia Day. The first celebration took place as early as 1980, a year before the popular board game, Trivial Pursuit, debuted.
NATIONAL SPAGHETTI DAY
National Spaghetti Day on January 4th offers an opportunity to pick your sauce and add it to that long, thin cylindrical pasta of Italian and Sicilian origin. Usually made from semolina flour, this pasta has been a worldwide favorite for ages and loved by millions.
There are a variety of different pasta dishes based on spaghetti, and the sauce determines most of them. Some examples include spaghetti ala Carbonara, garlic and oil, tomato sauce, meat sauce, bolognese, Alfredo sauce, clam sauce or other sauces. We traditionally serve spaghetti dishes topped with grated hard cheeses such as Pecorino Romano, Parmesan and Grana Padano.
The word spaghetti is plural for the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning “thin string” or “twine.”
American restaurants offered Spaghetti around the end of the 19th century as Spaghetti Italienne (which is believed to have consisted of noodles cooked past al dente and a mild tomato sauce flavored with easily found spices and vegetables such as cloves, bay leaves, and garlic). Decades later, cooks added oregano and basil to many recipes.
There is a significant debate on the origin of spaghetti. However, we do know that pasta has been consumed for many, many years. There are records in the Jerusalem Talmud of itrium, a kind of boiled dough, commonly available in Palestine from the 3rd to 5th centuries AD. A 9th-century Arab dictionary describes itriyyaas as string-like shapes made of semolina and dried before cooking. In an 1154 writing for the Norman King of Sicily, itriyya is mentioned being manufactured and exported from Norman Sicily. Dried pasta became popular in the 14th and 15th centuries due to its easy storage. People were able to store the dried pasta in ships when exploring the New World. A century later, pasta was present around the globe during the voyages of discovery. (Wikipedia)
On Top of Spaghetti
In March of 2009, the world record for the largest bowl of spaghetti was set and then reset in March of 2010 when a Garden Grove California Buca di Beppo restaurant successfully filled a swimming pool with more than 13,780 pounds of pasta.
Sung to the tune of “On Top of Old Smoky,” the fun children’s song, “On Top of Spaghetti,” was written and originally sung by folk singer Tom Glazer with the Do-Re-Mi Children’s Chorus in 1963.
“On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.
It rolled off the table,
And on to the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.”
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSpaghettiDay
Make your favorite spaghetti dish and be sure to make enough to share. You can always invite friends to join you at your favorite Italian restaurant and split a plate. If you do, be sure to tag the restaurant and use #NationalSpaghettiDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL SPAGHETTI DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this pasta-loving holiday.
In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!
NATIONAL MISSOURI DAY
On January 4, National Missouri Day recognizes the 24th state to join the union.
Known as the gateway to the West and nicknamed the Show Me State, Missouri is bordered by two great rivers: Mississippi on its eastern border and Missouri River for a portion of its western border. As a result, Missouri is ideally located as a hub of transportation and trade.
Statehood came as part of the Missouri Compromise allowing Maine to enter the union as a free state and Missouri to enter with no restrictions on slavery. During the Civil War, Missouri was divided and sent men to fight for both the north and the south.
The state boasts many cultural attractions from riverboat cruises to music festivals and tours of the largest brewing company in the nation. With a rich history and interesting people, Missouri became a stopping point for many migrating west. Some stayed, others moved on, some returned east. Some of those names you might recognize. Daniel Boone, Laura Ingles Wilder, Kit Carson, William Clark, Walt Disney, Scott Joplin, and Joseph Pulitzer all made Missouri their home for a time.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMissouriDay
Whether you’re passing through or planning to stay a while, join National Day Calendar as we recognize Missouri’s history and pioneering spirit. Uncover hidden treasures and explore all Missouri’s hills and valleys! Use #NationalMissouriDay to share on social media.
Recipe of the Day
Spicy Black Bean Soup with Coconut Avocado “Cream”
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total Prep: 60 minutes
Coconut Avocado “Cream”
1 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
1 tsp lime juice
Pinch salt and pepper
2 tbsp water
¼ tsp chopped cilantro (optional)
Black Bean Soup:
1 tbsp Liquid Coconut Oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
225g mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp cumin
3 cans (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed well
1 chipotle, finely chopped with 1 tsp adobo sauce (add more for a spicier soup)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 14.5oz diced tomatoes
3 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable stock
1 tsp lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste
Coconut Avocado “Cream”
Combine all ingredients for the Coconut Avocado “Cream” in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container and put in the fridge.
Black Bean Soup:
Heat oil on medium heat in a large stockpot.
Add the onion and garlic and cook, occasionally stirring, until the onions are translucent.
Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until the mushrooms have released their liquid and reduced in size, about 6 minutes.
Stir in cumin and continue to cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add black beans, chipotle, adobo sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tomatoes, and stock. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and continue cooking for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add in lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste.
Transfer about half the soup to a blender and puree.
Combine the puree with the remaining soup.
Serve immediately with a generous dollop of Coconut Avocado “Cream.”
INSPIRATION FROM The Coconut Coalition of the Americas.
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