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On a positive and educational side twist, I introduce this thread on interesting trivia bits that pertain to culture.. Food, Music, Movies, Fashion, etc. 
Something you saw, or bought, or did, and learned a little something about its history.


Chef Boyardee - You see him in every grocery store in the canned food section.

Was a real talented Chef who popularized take out meal kits in the 20's.
And during World War 2 he was a large producer of MRE's and food for the soldiers overseas.
So that can of beef ravioli in your cupboard was basically what WW2 soldiers ate for their rations.
His name was changed to make it pronounceable in English. It was  Ettore "Hector" Bioardi

He grew his own mushrooms near the plant he used for his pasta sauces.

https://www.history.com/news/the-surprising-history-of-the-real-chef-boy-ar-dee
 

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MRE means Meal Ready to Eat.

Sir C. Stanton Hicks, a kiwi who spent much time in Australia, introduced science based nutrition into the military MRE as we know it today, among other things. When he went to the US in 1944 (the US military used no real nutrition standards like the British) they wanted to hire him on the spot but he declined. I read the book recently and it is a very interesting read.

http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/hicks-sir-cedric-stanton-10499
 

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Hicks altered the basis of the allowance for military rations from a monetary to a nutrient entitlement, improved the pay and promotion opportunities of cooks, established schools of cooking and catering, devised new methods for preparing food, supported the service's adoption of the Wiles steam-cooker, and designed jungle-patrol, emergency and air-drop rations.

Hicks's initiatives led to a dramatic reduction in wastage. In 1944 he visited Britain and the U.S.A. to promote his ideas; in November he was seconded to the Australian Imperial Force as temporary colonel. Relinquishing his appointment on 31 January 1946, he was recalled for part-time duty in 1947 and transferred to the Retired List as honorary brigadier on 10 March 1952. The army retained him as a scientific food consultant, in which capacity he supervised the Defence Food Research Establishment at Scottsdale, Tasmania. His 'Who Called the Cook a Bastard?' (Sydney, 1972) gave an account of his experiences in military catering.

 

https://www.morgansrarebooks.com/products/who-called-the-cook-a-bastard-by-c-stanton-hicks

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Its World Series time. 

How do they make those baseballs you might wonder?? I did. 

 

Today China produces around 80 percent of baseballs on the world market. However, all baseballs used by the Major League Baseball are produced by the company Rawlings. Their factory is located in Costa Rica.

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