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On December 21st, seafood lovers celebrate National French Fried Shrimp Day. Enjoyed all year long, this delicious dish delights many across the country. 

Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood.

The word prawn is used loosely to describe any large shrimp, sometimes known as jumbo shrimp. Some countries use the word prawn exclusively for all shrimp.

Preparing the shrimp for consumption usually involves the removal of the head, shell, tail and sand vein. There are many ways to cook shrimp. Common methods of preparation include baking, boiling, broiling, sauteing, frying, and grilling.

Cooking time is delicate for shrimp and they are at their best when not over cooked.

A healthy food, shrimp is low in calories and high in levels of omega-3s, calcium, iodine, and protein. Shrimp is also known to be considered good for the circulatory system. *The preparation of the shrimp does impact the caloric count.

HOW TO OBSERVE #FrenchFriedShrimpDay

Enjoy one of the following recipes:

French Fried Shrimp
Fried Shrimp

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December 21st History


The New York World newspaper published the first crossword puzzle. Journalist Arthur Wynne of Liverpool, England created the word game they published that day.


Walt Disney released the first full length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. 


Apollo 8 launches from Cape Kennedy off the coast of Florida with crew members Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders in the first mission to orbit the Moon.


SpaceX completes its first successful vertical ground landing with its Falcon-9 rocket. 

December 21st Birthdays

Laurence M. Klauber – 1883

The former engineer and inventor’s interest in snakes led to a career as a herpetologist – a zoologist specializing in reptiles and amphibians. He contributed numerous specimens to the San Diego Natural History Museum, joined the board of the San Diego Zoo’s Zoological Society’s Board of Trustees, and wrote the authoritative Rattlesnakes: Their Habits, Life Histories, and Influence on Mankind.

Josh Gibson – 1911

The power hitter of the Negro Baseball League, Gibson led the league in homers for 10 consecutive seasons. In 1972, the catcher was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Paul Winchell – 1922

As a ventriloquist and comedian, Winchell created a career by making voices. Some of his credits include Tigger in many of Disney’s animated Winnie-The-Pooh television series, Mr. Owl in the 1969 Tootsie Pop commercial, and Gargamel in the Smurfs.

Samuel L. Jackson – 1948

The incredible filmography of actor and producer Samuel L. Jackson spans three decades. From Pulp Fiction and the Avengers movies to Coach Carter and Shaft, Jackson has received both popular and critical acclaim around the world.

Chris Evert – 1954

The world champion tennis player won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995.