Posts tagged ‘England’

December 7, 2013


 In the early 18th century, fruitcake was outlawed in Europe, where it was proclaimed “sinfully rich”.  The law was eventually repealed since fruitcake had become an important part of tea time, particularly in England.


November 5, 2013


An Irish physician named Sir Hans Sloane is the inventor of chocolate milk. He  came up with it while he was traveling through Jamaica.  Locals in Jamaica drank cocoa with water, something that Sloane found  nauseating. He saw promise in the drink, however, and decided to find ways to make it more acceptable.  He struck gold when he managed to mix it with milk.  He brought back his chocolate milk recipe with him to England, where it was manufactured and sold by apothecaries as medicine.


October 16, 2013


In America black cats are thought to be bad luck if they cross your path.  While in England it’s the opposite; they believe white cats are unlucky.

October 14, 2013


The word “pumpkin” actually comes from a Greek word pepon meaning “large melon”.  Over the many centuries the pumpkin has been around,
the French evolved the word into pomponPumpion became the new
word in England, when Shakespeare made mention of it in the Merry Wives of Windsor. Colonists in America finalized the modern term of pumpkin.


August 19, 2013


LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG : Refers to a con game practiced at country fairs in old England. A trickster tried to sell a cat in a burlap bag to an unwary bumpkin, saying it was a pig. If the victim figured out the trick and insisted on seeing the animal, the cat had to be let out of the bag.


August 18, 2013

Packed in Like Sardines


The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133  B.C. London, England reached the mark in 1810 and New York, USA made it in 1875.  Today, there are over 300 cities in the world that boast a population in excess of 1 million.