Library to host many food-related celebrations in June
Are you looking for something to celebrate this week? How about celebrating a week’s worth of food holidays? June is full of food-related celebrations, and the Delaware County District Library’s shelves are packed with cookbooks to help you find something yummy to prepare for all of them.
Today is National Fudge Day, tomorrow is National Apple Strudel Day, Monday is National Cherry Tart Day, Tuesday is National Dry Martini Day, Wednesday is National Vanilla Milkshake Day, Thursday is National Peaches and Cream Day, Friday is National Chocolate Éclair Day and next Saturday is National Pecan Sandy Day. Other days to celebrate with a new recipe in June include National Strawberry Parfait Day, National Chocolate Pudding Day, National Tapioca Day and National Ice Cream Soda day.
If you’re into food and recipes, you should add June 28, to your calendar to attend the Cook Book Club program at the Delaware (Main) Library, beginning at 7 p.m. The featured title is Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook. You can pick up a copy of the book at the library, and then make your favorite dish to bring in and share with the group. Have fun discussing the book and the food.
If ghosts and the paranormal are more your cup of tea, the library will be hosting author and paranormal investigator James Willis, the founder of Ghosts of Ohio, a nationally recognized paranormal research organization. In addition, he has written or contributed to numerous books about spooky or strange places and events, including Weird Ohio and Haunted Indiana. His program “Meet the Ghosts of Ohio” will be held at 7 p.m. June 19 at the Delaware Library.
What is the Rosetta Stone?
The Rosetta Stone gave the world the key to the long-forgotten language of ancient Egypt, according to the World Book Encyclopedia. A French officer of Napoleon’s engineering corps found the stone half buried in the mud near Rosetta, a city near Alexandria, Egypt, in 1799. The Rosetta stone was later taken to England, where it is still preserved in the British Museum. On the stone is carved a decree by Egyptian priests to commemorate the crowning of Ptolemy V Epiphanes, king of Egypt from 205 to 180 B.C. The first inscription is in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. The second is in demotic, the popular language of Egypt at that time. At the bottom of the stone the same message is written again in Greek.
The language of ancient Egypt had been a riddle to scholars for hundreds of years. A French scholar named Jean Francois Champollion used the Rosetta stone to solve the riddle. Using the Greek text as a guide, he studied the position and repetition of proper names in the Greek text and was able to pick out the same names in the Egyptian text. This enabled him to learn the sounds of many of the Egyptian hieroglyphic characters.
Is Triple Crown winner Affirmed still living?
Affirmed, the last horse to win the Triple Crown, won the title in 1978. He was born on Feb. 21, 1975, the great-great-grandson of Triple Crown winner War Admiral through damsire Crafty Admiral, and thereby the great-great-great grandson of Man o’ War who won two of the three Triple Crown races himself. Affirmed retired to stud in October 1979, finishing his career as the first horse to surpass $2 million in winnings. His 700-plus foals earned roughly $40 million. Affirmed was euthanized in 2001 after developing laminitis, a disease of the feet. For more information, check out Horse of a Different Color: A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females and the Fastest Derby Winner Since Secretariat.
What is the purpose of the dangling thing in the back of my mouth?
Scientists are not totally sure what the purpose of the uvula (that dangling thing in the back of your mouth) is. However, they agree that it primarily serves as an accessory to speech because humans are the only mammals that have uvulas. The uvula is there to provide the proper lubrication for complicated human speech. To quote one study in The Encyclopedia of the Human Body on the subject, it “may be another marker of human evolution that differentiates man from other mammals.”
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call 740–362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at mjsantos@delaware library.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!