Happy National Ice Cream Day

Today is National Ice Cream Day!  And our friends at How Stuff Works provided a concise history of the wonderful summer dessert:

“The earliest reports of people enjoying flavored ice desserts come from the Romans and the Chinese. Marco Polo returned from his famous expedition with fruit-flavored ices, reporting that Asians had been making them for thousands of years. These delicacies became popular in France in the 1500s, but only among royalty. Over the next few centuries, the process of making them evolved from hauling mountain ice to salt/ice freezing methods. Cream was introduced as an ingredient, and by the 1700s, people were enjoying a dessert that was very similar to today’s ice cream.”

Josh and Chuck devoted a whole episode to ice cream.  Check it out.

In Memory of Those We’ve Lost

For obvious reasons, we chose not to celebrate yesterday’s holiday.  But today cannot be ignored.  Today we pay honor to all those who have been lost in action.  Today is Lost Sock Memorial Day.

Socks are ignored, unappreciated, and taken for granted.  They are walked on day after day.  And yet, we only take notice when they disappear.  So, let’s all take a moment of silence to show respect for both those we’ve lost and those that have been left behind.

Thankfully, the United States government has recognized the need for search and rescue of lost socks.  Our friends at lonelysock.com detail the history of the Bureau of Missing Socks:

Most people are surprised to learn that the Bureau of Missing Socks began as a company in the Union Army during the Civil War in the States of America. It was formed on August 1st, 1861. The name of the founder was Joseph Smithson and he was a haberdasher by trade but quite a bad soldier. He was therefore put in full and complete charge of socks of the enlisted men and officers.

Heavy.com also provides “5 Fast Facts You Need to Know” about Lost Sock Memorial Day.

Thank you, socks, for all that you do!  We’ll never forget.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Also called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla, the holiday commemorates Mexico’s defeat of the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.  Though the French were better equipped and had more than twice the number of troops, the Mexican victory was significant as this was the last battle in North America of an invading European force.

Be sure to celebrate… but do so responsibly.