Category Archives: U.S. History

A Short History of Twinkies and Bananas: How Are They Connected?

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on A Short History of Twinkies and Bananas: How Are They Connected?

Bananas have an interesting history. Some horticulturalists believe that the banana was the Earth’s first “fruit.” Actually, the banana is not a fruit, it is an herb.They are believed to have originated in Southeast Asia before recorded history (5,000-8,000 B.C.). They spread throughout the rest of Asia and Oceania. Alexander the Great and his army encountered bananas when they invaded India in… Read more »

A Brief History of the “Lollipop.”

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on A Brief History of the “Lollipop.”

The “lollipop” is something we take for granted. It’s just there, in all its different forms, flavors and sizes. But as is so often the case, upon closer examination this simple, mundane object that is such a ubiquitous part of our candy culture has an engaging history. Such an uncomplicated and straightforward idea. But it has its origins buried in… Read more »

The History of the Chocolate Chip Cookie. Ruth Wakefield and an Accident at “The Toll House.”

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on The History of the Chocolate Chip Cookie. Ruth Wakefield and an Accident at “The Toll House.”

Nostalgia. A backwards glance. The sense of smell is the most evocative of memory in the human being. When I was a kid growing up during the 1950s and 1960s I remember watching commercials on TV for Nestles Chocolate Bars, and Nestles Toll House Chocolate Chips. The cookies shown on the TV then, made from the Nestles Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips,… Read more »

Fun Facts About Blood Tranfusions

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on Fun Facts About Blood Tranfusions

During the 1600s in Europe the first blood transfusions were done and involved inserting the blood of animals such as lambs and goats into the veins of humans. Lambs were the preferred animal for this procedure because it was thought that the traits of the animal were passed on to the person through the blood.   Needless to say, the… Read more »

A Fun Story About Benjamin Franklin: Founding Father With A Sense of Humor

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on A Fun Story About Benjamin Franklin: Founding Father With A Sense of Humor

Travel was difficult and uncomfortable in the colonies during Benjamin Franklin’s day. Muddy roads, poor weather and traveling by horse made moving any great distance extremely problematic. Traveling through Rhode Island during a stretch of rainy, cold and damp weather Franklin reached an inn after many hours of harsh riding. The inn was crowded and many travelers and local people… Read more »