March 5, 2021 – National Absinthe Day | National Cheese Doodle Day

Have You Ever Been Visited By The Green Fairy?

Welcome to March 5, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate with green fairies and orange fingers.

Absinthe is one of the strongest liqueurs you can buy, sometimes going as high as 160 proof. Over the years it gained a bad reputation, because one of its ingredients, wormwood, could supposedly cause hallucinations or madness. But wormwood used to have very different uses. In fact, drinks infused with the herb started out as a type of medicine. Despite its gross-sounding name, it was used a lot in Chinese medicine. And in the 1900s, Chinese soldiers discovered that drinks containing an extract from this plant could help fight off malaria. Though we wouldn’t recommend drinking absinthe as medicine.  If you have a glass of the green liqueur to celebrate National Absinthe Day, all you’ll get is tipsy.

If making a mess is your idea of good time, then dive right in and celebrate the cheese doodle. Morrie Yohai had a knack for snacks and came up with the name for the cornmeal puffs, while he and his coworkers tried various flavorings.  Despite leaving telltale orange fingerprints, cheddar cheese hit the spot and the Old London Company made its mark with this snack food.  It was later purchased by Borden Foods and Yohai became the new company Vice President. Along with his various executive duties, he also had the privilege of choosing small toy prizes that went inside the boxes of Cracker Jacks. Which just goes to show that being a kid at heart can pay off big. On National Cheese Doodle Day, seize the day with this messy snack.

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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