Today I learned about the Oslo Breakfast, a meal that began to be served to Norwegian schoolchildren starting 1932. A typical version included an orange, milk, whole-wheat bread, rye biscuit, cheese, carrot and a spoon of cod-liver oil. It reportedly increased the average height of 14 year olds by 4 inches. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osl…
(US-Style) Biscuits are generally of a better quality in the South because they require soft-wheat, which is grown and sold in the South almost exclusively. Soft wheat is better for biscuits but worse for bread - the opposite is true for the hard wheat of the North and West of the US. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The β€œPanera Bread” name does not exist in St. Louis. There it is still called by its original name - the St. Louis Bread Co. soyummy.com/st-louis-call…
Scandinavians have traditionaly used things like moss, tree bark and burned bones during periods of famine. Bark bread, bread made from tree bark was a common recipe during food sortages and tree bark is still used today in certain recipes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Until 2018, being fed with only bread and water was an available punishment in the US Navy for enlisted personal stripes.com/news/navy-to-…
The United States Department of Agriculture says the official definition of a sandwich is: β€œat least 35% cooked meat and no more than 50 percent bread”. hot-dog.org/press/nationa…
The shape of bagels came from Europe centuries ago. One theory is that Jews in 13th century Poland were allowed to boil (but not bake) bread, and the shape distinguished the bread. But that's not the whole story, modern food science proves the shape increases cooking surface area and chewiness. mashed.com/151894/the-rea…
As far back as the 1920's Australia serves buttered white bread with sprinkles ( or 100s and 1000s an Australian candy) and call it Fairy Bread thespruceeats.com/fairy-b…
The electric toaster was invented in 1893, decades before commercially sliced bread was released. In 1926, the first household pop-up toaster was released while the first commercial bread slicing machine wasn't created until 1928. Sliced Wonder Bread hit the market just two years later. cookingindoor.com/toaster…
A place in San Francisco has been making bread with the same starter for 160 years. 7x7.com/boudin-bakery-his…
When US-born giant panda twins arrived in China, they struggled with local food and language. Mei Lun & Mei Huan were confused by "have you eaten up" in Chinese but responded to English "come here". They preferred "Western fast food" biscuits instead of local "wowotou" (steamed corn bread). straitstimes.com/asia/eas…
The word "daily" in the Lord's Prayer ("our daily bread") translates from the ancient Greek word "epiousios," which appears twice in the New Testament and nowhere else in any known ancient Greek text. We're not 100% sure of its meaning-some say it means "necessary" or "for the future" instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi…
The hyperinflation of German currency got so bad that in 1919 a loaf of bread cost β„³4.00 marks but by 1923, a loaf of bread cost β„³650,000,000. Restrooms had to post signage asking patrons to use toilet paper instead of currency as the currency was clogging the toilets and plumbing. learnsomethinginteresting…
Monks in Westminster Abbey would eat 6,000 calories a day normally and 4,500 a day when "fasting". They drank a gallon of beer and 10 oz of wine and ate 2.25 lbs of bread, 5 eggs, and 2 lbs of meat or fish a day. Many monks became obese and suffered related conditions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
The longest election for a new pope lasted three years. To speed up the process, the cardinals after some time were only given water and bread, and eventually the roof was even taken off the building in which the election was being held. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/126…
Elvis Presley flew from Memphis to Colorado to eat a deep fried sandwich which consisted of a whole loaf of Italian bread, a whole jar of jelly, a whole jar of peanut butter and a pound of bacon. https://www.westword.com/music/did-you-know-elvis-presley-once-flew-all-the-way-to-denver-in-p westword.com/music/did-yo…
Kvass, like many of the oldest-known beer styles, was likely discovered by accident. Somebody drank the water-bread mixture that had been sitting out for a few days and decided what it had turned into was something worth making again homebrewersassociation.or…
Moldy bread was used to treat infected wounds more than 2000 years ago in ancient China, Greece, Serbia and Egypt. amrls.cvm.msu.edu/pharmac…
Sandwich (the food) was probably named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. He was a gambler who ate slices of cold meat between bread at the gaming table during marathon sessions rather than get up for a proper meal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Some people call an end of a loaf of bread a heel. southernliving.com/bread/…
Crispbread has been baked in central Sweden since 500 AD. It was made as round wafers with a hole in the middle so the bread could be stored on sticks under the roof. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
The legal definition of a 'sandwich' differs across the USA. In California, a hot dog is a sandwich. In Massachusetts, a burrito is not a sandwich. The USDA defines a sandwich as meat between two slices of bread and says a burrito is a 'sandwich like product.' New York has another definition. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Today I learned about David Gates, former member of 70’s soft rock band Bread, who studied the cattle ranching business while touring with his band. He married his highschool sweetheart, raised four children with her and is currently retired in his 1,400-acre (570 ha) ranch in Mount Vernon, Washington. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Today I learned about "water sandwiches," a Great Depression food consisting of bread soaked in lard and water. It was sometimes served with "bulldog gravy," a mixture of milk, flour, and grease. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bul…
Using a fridge to prove bread dough reduces the temperature of the dough, allowing it to prove slower and longer, which increases its digestibility. ilovecooking.ie/features/…
In 1943 the U.S. imposed a ban on sliced bread as a conservation measure during WWII. It lasted less than two months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
There is a small village in Switzerland called "ChΓ€s und Brot" (Cheese and Bread) . It's got its name in 1339, after Bernese troops ate cheese and bread there the evening before the battle of Laupen. The next day, they won decisively against the Burgundian army. schweizerbrot.ch/blog/auf…
While a Danish is the name famously used to refer to the sweet pastry, they're actually called WienerbrΓΈd (Viennese bread) locally because of the Austrian bakers that introduced them to Denmark in the 19th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
A bakers dozen is comprised of 13 because in medieval England there were laws that related the price of bread to the price of the wheat used to make it. Bakers caught cheating customers by overpricing undersized loaves were punished. For fear of coming up short, they would throw in extra. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Pumpernickel, a type of rye bread, is named after the Germanic word "pumpern" meaning flatulent, and "Nickel" a reference to to Old Nick (a familiar name for Satan). The dense bread is hard to digest, causing excess flatulence. Hence pumpernickel means "the devil's fart." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pum…
Today I learned that the original eraser was stale bread and erasers are pink because of pumice: Guide to Erasers cwpencils.com/blogs/news/…
I don't need to buy yeast to make bread, it will spontaneously grow in the kitchen. cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar…
Lab Mice are unintentionally bread with long telomeres which could invalidate most studies involving mice. huffpost.com/entry/of-mic…
Breads in mediaeval Europe were ranked on the basis of classes of people it served. lordsandladies.org/middle…
Today I learned about the French Bread Law of 1993, which outlines specific rules for the sale of bread in France. Specifically, baguettes can not be frozen before sale and must be made fresh with no additives. It even specifies a maximum pH level and bacteria counts for sourdough starters. legifrance.gouv.fr/affich…
In ancient Rome there was such a thing as bread fraud . Bread had to branded as a result so the government knew who to punish . saveur.com/roman-bread-br…
Today I learned of Salt-Rising Bread: a bread which replaces yeast with Clostridium Perfringens, a bacteria that is the 3rd most common cause of food poisoning in the US. popsci.com/article/scienc…
In 1625, a restoration of the Sistine Chapel was carried out by Simone Lagi, the "resident gilder", who wiped the ceiling with linen cloths and cleaned it by rubbing it with bread. His report states that the frescoes "were returned to their previous beauty without receiving any harm". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
In 2013 Subway was sued for selling 11-inch Footlongs. In the settlement they agreed to pay $525,000 in attorney fees and required their restaurants to now measure bread, so that Footlong and 6-inch sandwiches will indeed be at least 12 inches and 6 inches, respectively. money.com/money/4079569/s…
Today I learned about the Elvis sandwich: peanut butter, jelly, and bacon on french bread messynessychic.com/2015/0…
A loaf of bread in Berlin that cost around 160 Marks at the end of 1922 cost 200,000,000,000 Marks by late 1923. By November 1923, the US dollar was worth 4,210,500,000,000 German marks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyp…
Legendary saxophone player Lester Young not only revolutionized jazz through his unique laid-back approach, but also had a huge influence on our language today. He is said to have coined, among other expressions, "cool" to signify approval, "bread" as another word for money and "you dig?" smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Pine bark bread is high nutrient, low calorie famine food. practicalselfreliance.com…
In 2002 a bakery (focacceria) in Altamura, Italy, defeated McDonald's with the local product of the city: "focaccia" a sort of bread that is stuffed with diffrent kind of products. McDonald's tried in every way to attract the attention of the citizens, but was forced to close after 2 years. nytimes.com/2006/01/12/wo…
Today I learned of Vitka Kempner, a Polish Jew who was part of a resistance group called the Avengers in WWII-she wrecked a train line with a homemade bomb, smuggled weapons, and sabotaged buildings. Post-war, she poisoned 3,000 loaves of bread meant for German SS officers at a prison camp. 1,900 fell ill. facinghistory.org/resourc…
In Germany, November 1923, the cost of a loaf of bread rose to over a billion marks due to hyperinflation businessinsider.com/hyper…
Today I learned about "Nakam" an organization of 50 holocaust survivors who plotted to kill 6 million Germans as revenge for the holocaust. They were able to poison 3,000 loaves of bread eaten by Nazi POW's in an American camp, sickening 2000 prisoners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
The San Francisco 49ers' mascot is named Sourdough Sam, after the French bakers that brought the iconic sourdough bread to the Bay Area during the gold rush. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Green herons, native to North and Central America, are one of the few species of bird known to use tools such as bread or insects as bait to lure fish. When a fish tries to take the bait, the green heron will grab it. They also feed on frogs and aquatic arthropods as they walk along shorelines. allaboutbirds.org/guide/G…
Today I learned of toast sandwich. A sandwich made with two slices of bread in which the filling is a thin slice of toasted bread! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toa…
It is thought that Henry VIII suffered from malnutrition. Even though he ate about 5,000 calories a day, the menu was dominated by meat and bread, and since vegetables were considered β€œpeasant food” they weren’t used very much picturebritain.com/2012/1…
A Portuguese castle enduring a prolonged siege broke the enemies resolve by, in a fake show of plenty, throwing freshly baked bread made from the very last flour in the castle with the message, β€˜if you need any more, just let us know’. Fearing a much more prolonged siege, the Spaniards withdrew. lonelyplanet.com/portugal…
Bees make a substance called bee bread to feed their hive. youtu.be/sAKkjD3nEv0
:Auto-brewery syndrome is a medical condition where intoxicating quantities of ethanol are produced through endogenous fermentation within the digestive system.A type of yeast best known for its uses in producing bread and alcoholic beverages,has been identified as a pathogen for this condition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Academy award-winner Bong Joon-ho made "Okja"(2017) after watching Sergio Arguello’s β€œLa Parka” (β€œThe Reaper”), a film about a slaughterhouse worker who spent 25 years killing bulls, and Nikolaus Geyrhalter's β€œOur Daily Bread,” a film about EU factory-farming. youtube.com/watch?v=Tzr3Q…
There is an entire organization that is dedicated to the classification and cataloging of bread closures. horg.com/horg/
A Texan Judge sentenced a woman, who had abused two horses to the point of emaciation and severe illness, to be on a diet of only bread and water for the first 3 days of her 30-day jail sentence. She was also required to have two blown-up photos of the ailing horses in her cell. nbcnews.com/id/5164349/ns…
Pumpernickel (as in the bread) loosely translates to the Farting Devil in German. huffpost.com/entry/what-i…
Today I learned of the legend of the French shepherd boy who hid his milk curds and bread in a cave to chase a beautiful girl. Although he lost the girl, a few weeks later he discovered his milk curds had become a tasty cheese with veins of a blue mold. Roquefort cheese is still made from the same mold. francetoday.com/food-drin…
In 1368, the town of Monção, Portugal was besieged by the Spanish. When food stocks were nearly gone, the locals were said to have thrown some fresh bread over the walls in a show of false confidence in their dwindling supplies. The disheartened invaders left. lonelyplanet.com/portugal…
Archaeologists have discovered bread which that predates known agriculture by 4,000 years. phys.org/news/2018-07-arc…
Today I learned about Cockney Rhyming Slang, the origin of terms like "Bread" for "money", where someone takes a rhyme for "money" such as "Bread and Honey" and drops the rhyming part. Other examples are Dicky = dicky dirt = shirt or Raspberry = raspberry tart = fart (as in "blowing raspberry/ies") ruf.rice.edu/~kemmer/Word…
Italians eat so much bread and pasta that the government will give Celiacs (gluten intolerant) a stipend of up to €140 to spend on Gluten free products. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
The ancient Egyptians had the practice of applying a poultice of moldy bread to infected wounds. acs.org/content/acs/en/ed…
A Molotov Cocktail is so named because of the Finn's mockery of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, where Vyacheslav Moloto said bombing raids over Finland where "Humanitarian Bread Drops". Finns attacked Soviet tanks with the aforementioned weapons as "a drink to go with the bread" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
A toast sandwich is a sandwich from the UK in which the filling is a thin slice of toasted bread, which can be heavily buttered en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toa…
Dipping bread in olive oil and vinegar isn't an Italian thing, it's a San Francisco thing tuscantraveler.com/2012/f…
The Finns sarcastically dubbed the Soviet cluster bombs "Molotov bread baskets" in reference to Molotov's propaganda broadcasts. When the hand-held bottle firebomb was developed to attack Soviet tanks, the Finns called it the "Molotov cocktail", as "a drink to go with the food". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mol…
Taco Bell provides tortillas for NASA to use in lieu of bread, which cause problems due to crumbs getting caught in instruments - these Taco Bell tortillas are ideal due to their long shelf life firstwefeast.com/eat/2014…
The Large Hadron Collider ground to a halt after a bird dropped bread into the workings. theguardian.com/science/2…
Banana bread originated in North America. kingarthurflour.com/blog/…
Ancient Israel was far from "the land of milk and honey," and instead people suffered from the lack of a balanced diet. By examining human remains, Dr MacDonald found evidence of iron-deficiency anaemia, consistent with a diet high in flat bread and low in meat and vegetables news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
Whole grain and wheat breads are not necessarily healthier than white breads. One problem with the current definition of β€œwhole grain” is that it doesn’t account for fiberβ€”and many whole grain products on supermarket shelves contain very little. scientificamerican.com/ar…
As of 2000, the average Turkish man or woman consumes 440 lbs of BREAD per year. That’s more than three times their body weight, or more than a pound a DAY guinnessworldrecords.com/…
In Ancient Egypt, elite dined off meat, fruit, vegetables, and honey-sweetened cakes enhanced by the finest of wines, but the poor were limited to a more monotonous diet of bread, fish, beans, onions and garlic washed down with a sweet, soupy beer historyextra.com/period/a…
The first bread slicing machine was invented in 1928 by Otto Frederick Rohwedder from Iowa en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
Today I learned of the Holotypic Occlupanid Research Group - A group dedicated to the formal documentation of bread clips horg.com/horg/
Human beings invented bread before they invented farming smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Cheeseburgers are called X-burguers in Brazil because the letter X in portuguese is pronounced like Cheese. There are also other types of burgers like the X-Tudo (X-Everything), which contains bread, meat, cheese, bacon, eggs, tomato, lettuce, ham, mayonnaise and sometimes even more ingredients. tudogostoso.com.br/receit…
Sliced bread was once banned in the USA from January 1943 to March 1943 culinarylore.com/food-his…
The former dictator of Turkmenistan "abolished the Turkmen word for bread" and replaced it with his mother's name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sap…
The sandwich was popularised by the 4th Earl of Sandwich, who ordered that meat be placed between two slices of bread for easy consumption. He therefore was able to gamble and eat at the same time. open-sandwich.co.uk/town_…
Today I learned of Australia’s 1917 mouse plague, where over the course of 6 months, over 1500 TONS of mice were killed, and so numerous were they that people sliced bread warily as mice were known to fall in and become well baked interior specimens. amusingplanet.com/2019/07…
Dutch eat biscuits/bread with chocolate sprinkles (hagelslag) not only as breakfast, snack, dessert but also as part of the baby celebration traditions iamexpat.nl/lifestyle/lif…
The U.S. government banned sliced bread in 1943 as a wartime conservation measure. Officials said "the ready-sliced loaf must have a heavier wrapping than an unsliced one if it is not to dry out." Consumers, businesses and local officials objected, and the ban was lifted two months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
Today I learned of a Japanese sweet snack called "English toast", which is neither English nor toast. It consists of two slices of white bread, covered with a layer of margarine, sprinkled with sugar and put together. soranews24.com/2014/11/22…
Honey bees make their own bread out of the pollen they bring back. This β€˜bee bread’ contains proteins and vitamins for them to consume. It is the main source of protein for the colony. Bees make the bread by mixing pollen with nectar, honey, and saliva. kqed.org/science/1940898/…
Astronauts eat flour tortillas instead of sliced bread. education.jsc.nasa.gov/ex…
The Papal election of 1268-71 was the longest in history. It took so long that the cardinals were locked in, their rations were reduced to bread and water, the roof of their hall was removed, and 3 died of old age. The new Pope changed the rules to stop it from repeating, making the Conclave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/126…
Bread is bad for ducks. britishbirdlovers.co.uk/b…
I learned there is a Restaurant/Cafe in London where you can eat Eggs, Bread and Porridge for free, with a Tea. Its a pay what you want concept and open for everyone. Everyone’s welcome, no matter if you are a City Broker or simply broke. eggsandbread.co.uk/
Most bread clips are made by a company named Kwik Lok in Yakima, Washington atlasobscura.com/articles…
The phrase "Hocus Pocus" could have come from the Latin "Hoc est corpus meum," which is the moment in the Catholic eucharist liturgy when the priest blesses the bread, "turning it into" the body of Christ. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoc…
The sugars in foods like bread, beans, fruit, potatoes -- and many others -- act with bacteria already in the mouth to form acids that can eat away at teeth. It’s not just sugar, like the stuff in candy or what you use to sweeten your coffee webmd.com/oral-health/fea…
Today I learned of matpakke (food package, or packed lunch), which is the most popular lunch choice for Norwegian students and workers. Individual slices of brown bread, topped with an additional ingredient (often liver pate, brown cheese, or jam), are separated by mellomleggspapir, or between-layer wax paper. bbc.com/worklife/article/…
The amino acid L-Cysteine is added to many bread products as a preservative and is commonly derived from human hair, collected in Chinese barbershops and hair salons. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Today I learned about JAB, a Germany family company that owns many brands such as Panera Bread, Pret A Manger, Einstein Bagels, Keurig Green Mountain, Stumptown, Caribou, Mighty Leaf Tea, Intelligencia and Peets Coffee, Krispy Kreme, Dr Pepper and Jimmy Choo shoes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JAB…
Today I learned of Aleksa Zdravkovic, a Serbian soldier who carried the same loaf of bread baked by his mother for 8 years through the Balkan Wars and WWI as a good luck charm until he returned home to Pirot. It remains preserved in a museum to this day. sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/s…
Scoring on bread loaves was originally so families could find their loaves after baking in community ovens youtu.be/EGbNI26PPYg
Feeding bread to ducks is actually one of the worst things you can feed them. The ducks no longer feel hungry but also receive no nutrients, causing malnutrition. thespruce.com/is-feeding-…

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