Daily TWiP ArchivesSomething interesting has happened on (just about) every day of the year, and Daily TWiP provides the proof. An offshoot of my local events column The Week in Preview (affectionately known as TWiP), Daily TWiP was published April 2008-Aug. 2011 and is still giving readers reasons to celebrate.
More in "Daily TWiP"
- Daily TWiP - Oct. 23: National Mole Day
- Daily TWiP - June 18: International Picnic Day
- Daily TWiP - June 30, 1859: The Great Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope
- Daily TWiP - Dec. 1, 1761: Famed wax sculptor Madame Tussaud born
- Daily TWiP - Dec. 4: National Cookie Day
- Daily TWiP - Oct. 8: National Fluffernutter Day
- Daily TWiP - Sept. 7, 1936: "Benjamin," the last thylacine, dies
- Daily TWiP - Nov. 12, 1933: First photograph of the Loch Ness Monster taken
- Daily TWiP - April 1, 1957: The BBC pulls off its infamous spaghetti tree hoax
- Daily TWiP - April 11, 1954: The most boring day of the 20th century
- Daily TWiP - May 3, 1978: The first spam email is sent
- Daily TWiP - Feb. 28, 1939: The non-word “dord” is discovered in Webster’s New International Dictionary
- Daily TWiP - March 3, 1931: "The Star-Spangled Banner," set to the tune of an English drinking song, becomes the U.S. national anthem
- Daily TWiP - May 16, 1777: The American with the most valuable autograph is fatally wounded in a duel
- Daily TWiP - May 25: Towel Day and Geek Pride Day
- Daily TWiP - June 30: National Ice Cream Soda Day
- Daily TWiP - July 22: Spoonerism Day
- Daily TWiP - Aug. 13: International Left-Handers' Day
- Daily TWiP - Aug. 23, 1784: The short-lived state of Franklin declares its independence from North Carolina
- Daily TWiP - Feb. 5, 1897: The Indiana General Assembly unanimously votes to change the value of pi
- Daily TWiP - March 10: International Day of Awesomeness and Chuck Norris' birthday
- Daily TWiP - Jan. 25: National Irish Coffee Day
- Daily TWiP - Nov. 30, 1954: Ann Hodges becomes the first person hit by a meteorite
- Daily TWiP - Oct. 6, 1582 does not happen in certain countries
- Daily TWiP - Sept. 17, 1859: Joshua A. Norton declares himself Emperor of the United States
- Daily TWiP - Sept. 30, 2004: First images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken
- Daily TWiP - Aug. 27, 1896: The shortest war in recorded history is fought
- Daily TWiP - July 30, 1419: Czechs chuck politicians (literally) during the First Defenestration of Prague
- Daily TWiP - July 21, 356 B.C.: Herostratus destroys one of the Seven Wonders of the World to ensure his own fame
- Daily TWiP - May 14: National Dance Like A Chicken Day
- Daily TWiP - Jan. 26, 2004: Dead whale unexpectedly explodes in Tainan, Taiwan
- Daily TWiP - Jan. 8, 1835: U.S. national debt hits zero for the first and only time
Daily TWiP – Dec. 4: National Cookie Day
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – food holidays are among our favorites to celebrate because we get to eat something tasty. National Cookie Day (Dec. 4) is no exception. It also happens to fall during Cookie Cutter Week (observed Dec. 1-7), which is a double cause for celebration for those who enjoy baking.
The word “cookie” comes from the Dutch word “koekje,” which translates to “little cake,” and was introduced into the English language through Dutch settlers in North America.
The origins of the cookie are shrouded in the floury mists of culinary history. Hard, cookie-like wafers are on record as a dietary staple of ancient travelers, but they lacked the sweetness of the modern cookie.
The modern cookie is thought to have originated in Persia during the 7th century, around the time that sugar came into more common use. When Muslims departed Persia for Spain during the Umayyad conquest of Hispania in the 8th century, they brought their cookie recipes with them. By the 14th century, cookies had permeated European society and were enjoyed by peasants and nobles alike.
In the early days of America, gingerbread, macaroons and jumbles were the cookies of choice. Jumbles typically consist of nuts, eggs, flour and sugar and are flavored with anise, vanilla or caraway seed.
It is thought that the Pilgrims and the Jamestown settlers packed jumbles to sustain themselves (and keep the little ones quiet) on the long voyage to the New World, as these tough cookies could last for up to a year if stored properly. Martha Washington, the wife of our first president, was reported to have an impressive Jumble recipe.
Follow in the footsteps of our first First Lady today and celebrate by baking the cookie recipe you’re most famous for. Once they’re cooling, give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help you with the rest of the celebration. We’ll even bring the milk.
– Teresa Santoski
Originally published Dec. 4, 2009.