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June 21, 2013

First Day of Summer

 First Day of Summer Useless Knowledge

 Aside from the sun — the brightest star in the sky is Sirius — also known as the Dog Star. It’s so bright that ancient Romans thought the star helped heat the earth when Sirius rose and set with the sun.  They surmised that this accounted for the hottest days of summer in July and August.  Hense, these days were the “dog days of summer.”

The phrase “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” is from a 1920s song made popular by Waring’s Pennsylvanians.  The phrase ” I scream for ice cream” dates back to at least the late 18th century, when street vendors used the expression to promote the sale of their frosty delectable.

 Waring Pennsalvanians  I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Ice Cream.

All ice cream has what’s called an “overrun,” a term referring to the amount of air in the ice cream.  Higher quality ice creams have a lower overrun and are therefore denser and creamier.  Since the overrun is not listed on the packaging, the only way to tell is by weighing the product.  In short, the heavier, the better.

 

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