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Saturday, September 13, 2008

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008
Mmmmm. Chocolate. There's white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. With Americans consuming nearly 15 lbs (7 kg) annually, it was only a matter of time until someone proved that, besides being delicious, chocolate is actually good for you. Research has shown that the antioxidants in the confection can lower blood pressure and the risk of cardiac arrest. American chocolatier Milton Hershey was born in Pennsylvania on this date in 1857. And Roald Dahl, who wrote the popular Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was born on September 13, 1916.
"And, Charlie, don't forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he ever wanted. He lived happily ever after." Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Question of the Day
Can you use semisweet chocolate squares in a recipe that calls for unsweetened chocolate?
Yes! For each ounce of unsweetened chocolates (where 1 ounce = 1 square), you can use 1 2/3 ounces of semisweet chocolate AND reduce the amount of sugar that is being used in the recipe by 2 teaspoons. i.e., 1 square = 1 ounce = 1/3 cup of chocolate chips.
Word of the day

(psychology) An abnormal fear of everything.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms)
Usage: Once his pantophobia started acting up, Willy found it necessary to cancel the lecture he was scheduled to give on Friday the 13th entitled: "The Care and Feeding of Your Black Cat."
This week's words are brought to you by the letter p and the number 5 (syllables).
Today's History
Cast of 'Law & Order'  
Cast of 'Law & Order'
  • Henry Bliss: became the first automobile accident fatality in the United States (1899)
  • Super Mario Bros.: best-selling video game of all time was first released, in Japan, by Nintendo (1985)
  • Law & Order: long-running TV police drama series first aired, on NBC (1990)

Today's Birthdays
Louise Lombard  
Louise Lombard




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