October 9, 2020 – National Moldy Cheese Day | National Leif Erikson Day
Who In The World Thought To Try Mold On Cheese For The First Time?!
Welcome to October 9, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate explorers that prove that fortune favors the bold, even if you’ve never heard of them.
Hey Marlo, what do you think of when I say “Moldy Cheese?” Exactly! John? Chris? Ok, so it’s unanimous: in the case of moldy cheese beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. If those deep blue veins of penicillium sound more like medicine than mouth watering cheese you are not alone. Not everyone appreciates the nutty, saltiness of a well aged cheese. It’s believed that the first blue cheese known as Gorgonzola was discovered by accident in 879 AD. That sounds plausible right? But who was the brave soul that saw mold on cheese and decided to try it anyway? This is proof that whatever doesn’t kill you could be delicious. On National Moldy Cheese Day savor the boldness of a Roquefort, Stilton or Brie, and maybe carry some breath mints for the sake of the wimps in your life.
We all know that America was discovered in 1492, right? Not true. The Viking Leif Erikson sailed across the Atlantic and found a new continent that he named Vinland. The settlement was in today’s Newfoundland. Unlike Columbus, he and his men only stayed for a few years then moved back to Europe. For centuries, no one knew that this had even happened until archaeologists uncovered an abandoned Norse village in Canada. Columbus gets the spotlight, but it was the Vikings who actually planted their flag in North America first. On National Leif Erikson Day, we celebrate this brave explorer who paved the way for others to discover more of the world.
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