Happy Jan 4! National Trivia Day & National Spaghetti Day
Updated: Jan 18, 2020
To celebrate, here are: edible Trivial Pursuit pieces that I came up with made of shortbread with Starburst and marshmallow fondant and what I call "Beautiful Nests of Spaghetti & Meatballs" from a Tastemade YouTube video. There wasn't a name for the recipe on the video.
The shortbread I made was from the Stay at Home Chef YouTube channel (video at bottom of this post). She has a really cool hack using a Ziploc bag for rolling the dough. :)
Check out the individual posts! :)
What is Trivia Day?
"The day celebrates information of little value and the individuals who not only remember these bits and pieces of useless information but also enjoy sharing them with others."
I thought trivia and games/competitions with trivia had been around forever, but it's a relatively new phenomenon. It did not really start becoming a hobby until the 1960s after the Columbia University newspaper published a weekly trivia game in 1965.
Trivia did not became really popular nationally & internationally until the board game Trivial Pursuit was created in 1979. "Trivial Pursuit was first created in in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1979 by two men named Chris Haney and Scott Abbott, who had become frustrated to find pieces of their Scrabble game had gone missing, thus inspiring them to create their own game. Trivial Pursuit became an almost instant hit and worldwide phenomenon, and the trivia craze began."
"Robert L. Birch, Grand PunScorpion of the Puns Corps created this day to raise our awareness of the significance of trivia in the development of human curiosity, science, and fun." http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/trivia.htm
What is Spaghetti Day?
This is another one where people don't know the origin of the holiday, but who cares? It's delicious & fun. This is not to be confused with National Pasta Day (Oct. 17) or World Pasta Day Oct. 25. :)
From daysoftheyear.com, some trivia (haha!):
"...the first historical reference to boiled noodles suggests that the Arabs invented the dish thousands of years ago, long before it became a staple of Italian cuisine.
What’s especially remarkable about this is that historical records actually refer to dried noodles being purchased from a street vendor, which means that pasta has been sold in stores since at least the 5th century A.D.! Of course, today we associate pasta with the Italians, who revolutionized the dish and invented a wide variety of pasta shapes."
The first Western pasta was likely long, thin forms made in Sicily around the 12th century; till this day, spaghetti is the most common round-rod type of pasta and in Italian, “spaghetti” means “little lines.” However, the popularity of pasta only spread across the whole country of Italy after the establishment of pasta factories in the 19th century, substantially shortening the time needed for making dishes like spaghetti and enabling the mass production of pasta for the Italian market.
The steady flow of Italian immigrants to the United States brought traditional Italian dishes with it, and spaghetti was offered in restaurants as early as the 19th century. Spaghetti then gained popularity all over the world."
"Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies" on Stay at Home Chef YouTube channel
(I didn't use chocolate chips, but used the rest of it as a basis for the Trivial Pursuit pieces.)