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January

National Popcorn Day

Posted by Brittany

National Popcorn DayIf you had no idea that popcorn was an ancient food, you are not alone.  Until today I was ignorant of the fact that what is simply a snack to me, was once integral in Aztec ceremonies, or that the oldest popcorn ears are more than 4,000 years old!  I hate to admit it, but the little unconscious part of me that thinks everything was invented in America assumed that popcorn came into existence during our industrial era, when steam was king.  I can’t help but associate it with the idea of early street vendors, hobbling their wares in busy sprouting cities.  In actuality, that association is not too far off the mark — popcorn in America was at the height of its popularity from the 1890′s through the Great Depression.  And even when the stock market did indeed crash, it remained one of the few treats that was affordable to impoverished families.

I remember being fascinated by the popcorn machine my dad used when I was just a tiny little kid; I couldn’t have been much older than four because I remember being in the kitchen of our house on Kingsbury Lane (they moved when I was five), and watching him fill the small machine with kernels.  I can still recall the compelling spell that came from the machine — part fresh popcorn, and part a plastic-y aroma from the popper itself.  Today’s microwaved popcorn doesn’t hold a candle to the old-fashioned countertop kernels.  Not only that, but it’s almost impossible to pop a perfect bag — the kitchen at our office has been filled with smoke during a couple of failed attempts.  Once it was so bad the Fire Department actually evacuated our building!

In today’s world there is one family activity that goes hand in hand with eating popcorn — going to the movies!  And so to celebrate National Popcorn Day Chris and I, along with my parents, headed to our local Regal Cinemas.  With all the acclaim its been receiving, we decided to see The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, and purchased a large buttered popcorn to accompany us during the film.  A couple of hours later we had enjoyed a great movie and TWENTY cups of popcorn.  It was really tasty, but after this gorge I’m really National Popcorn Day only comes once a year.

Tomorrow is National Penguin Awareness Day!

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