Hotdog for Hotdogs!
The hotdog, both a slang term suggesting excellence or a tasty treat enjoyed at picnics and baseball games, serves as an American cultural icon. A dish that has revolutionized the culinary industry and forever altered the palates of the American diner, hotdogs are currently served in a plethora of forms and fashions, many geographical regions boasting their own rendition of the recipe. In this edition of The StickerTalk, join us as we get to the meat of this savory snack.
Fabled Fare: Even ancient kings couldn’t resist the full flavor of a hotdog! Homer included descriptions of hotdog-like dishes in his literary masterpiece, The Odyssey, and the infamous Nero reportedly enjoyed an early version of the dish while he was not adding to his litany of leery legacies.
Downing Dogs: While you don’t need to be a full-time foodie to savor a hotdog, many folks find their thrill by competing in hotdog eating contests. The reigning hotdog-eating champion devoured a staggering sixty-two hotdogs in a mere ten minutes in 2015!
Sausage in Space: A food that transcends the Earth’s boundaries, hotdogs have accompanied hungry astronauts to space on several NASA missions. Beginning around the launch of Apollo 11, astronauts were able to enjoy tastes of home while exploring the far reaches of our universe.
Tupelo: Terrifically Trendy and Thoroughly Thrilling
Although not typically considered a monstrous metropolis, the city of Tupelo, Mississippi, serves as a hub of culture and history. Its unique location allows Tupelo to harbor both serene, natural beauty and modern innovations, making the community a complex fusion of the area’s rich past and its promising future. In this edition of The StickerTalk, join us on a virtual road trip through the wondrous ways of Tupelo, Mississippi!
A Bunch of Buffalo: Within Tupelo’s city limits is the largest zoo in the state of Mississippi. It’s primary exhibit? An extensive herd of buffalo! A home to approximately 300 buffalo, the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo was founded at the site of a former cattle ranch in response to the American bison’s rapid decline in the twentieth century. Thanks to the park’s founders, current and future generations of Tupelo tourists can marvel at the gentle giants.
Absolutely Electrifying: Tupelo was the first city to receive electric power through Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal Policy. The Tennessee Valley Authority accomplished this great feat in order to combat unemployment and secure a brighter future for future Tupeloans.
Birthplace of a King: The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, traces his roots back to Tupelo, Mississippi. Born in a double-room house in Tupelo on January 8, 1935, Elvis spent the first thirteen years of his live largely within Tupelo city limits. The city continues to honor this celebrated citizen through the annual Elvis Festival.
Amazing Aspects of Autumn
Officially beginning at 8:54 PM on September 22, autumn has commenced its annual reclamation of both weather and foliage, prompting fans of fall to don a light jacket and order a pumpkin spice latte. Although autumn is generally recognized for its more obvious characteristics such as gradually decreasing temperatures and leaves fading into pastel yellows and oranges, this celebrated season offers much more than mere aesthetics. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we invite you to fall into the many wonders of autumn.
Surging Sweets: Since the custom of trick-or-treating was first observed in 1927, its influence has spread across the globe. Recent studies indicate that more participants become involved in trick-or-treating each year. The current average amount of candy a costumed kid receives from each house is two handfuls, an always increasing figure. In America alone, over two billion dollars are annually spent on Halloween candy!
Autumn in the Atmosphere: While the arrival of autumn is perhaps most proudly mirrored in the physical realm by the vivid colors of falling leaves, the skies additionally announce the beginning of a new season. NASA refers to autumn as “aurora season” due to the doubled frequency of geomagnetic storms that occurs throughout the season.
Matchmaking and Merrymaking: Bobbing for apples is a time-honored tradition entirely unique to autumn. While today’s version of the game is only played for grins and giggles, unmarried young people in Britain developed the sport as a courting ritual. Each bachelorette would bob for an apple, hoping to secure the apple assigned to her sweetheart.
The Ever-Popular Pumpkin
The pleasantly plump pumpkin has recently gained notoriety as the key ingredient for a litany of pumpkin-spice-flavored seasonal eats, drinks, and treats. However, the pumpkin possesses a variety of other charms besides its inexplicable ability to enhance the flavor of lattes in coffeeshops across the nation. Join The StickerTalk as we carve into the delicious details of the pumpkin’s legendary past and illustrious present.
Primitive Pumpkins: Modern research indicates that the pumpkin was initially cultivated on the American continents. The gourd has long been a vital source of sustainment for native peoples; Native Americans consumed every part of the pumpkin, even eating the blossoms in stews. Pumpkin seeds additionally provided a form of medicine for Native Americans. Upon Columbus’s arrival to the Americas, he was among the first Europeans to see a pumpkin. Oral tradition states that Columbus carried pumpkin seeds across the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in the rise of pumpkin growing in European gardens.
A Thanksgiving Staple: While no contemporary Thanksgiving feast would be complete without a slice of pumpkin pie, the decadent dessert did not exist at the time of the initial observance of the holiday. Because pumpkin pie would take another fifty years to find its way onto the Thanksgiving table, grateful pilgrims and Native Americans enjoyed pumpkin custard at the conclusion of the first Thanksgiving meal. Pilgrims also reportedly brewed pumpkin-flavored beer.
A Favored Flavor: As already mentioned, pumpkin-infused delights have taken the culinary world by storm. But just how much do Americans spend to savor their prized pumpkin spice? A recent study concluded that a staggering $414 million was spent on pumpkin-flavored products in 2017 alone!
They’ve Got Spirit, Yes They Do!
From pyramids to pompoms and from flight to flips, cheerleaders and their assorted arsenal of acrobatics have played an integral role in athletic contests for over a century. Today’s ever-optimistic cheerleader brightens up sporting events, rallies school spirit, and even participates in competitive cheering events, but the modern cheerleader owes its existence to a mixed medley of athletic ancestors. In this edition of The StickerTalk, follow us on an expedition designed to examine the highlights of this unparalleled pastime!
The Princeton Precedent: While an early form of cheerleading reportedly developed in Great Britain during the 1860s, the sport was first witnessed in America in the year 1884 when spectators at Princeton University began to chant cheers during athletic events. A Princeton graduate named Thomas Peebles was later credited with creating the niche for cheerleaders at the University of Minnesota; instead of the crowd participating in self-directed chants, Peebles unwittingly became the America’s first cheerleader when he lead cheers and chants at a Princeton-Minnesota football game in 1894.
Catchy Costumes: Contemporary cheerleaders are often clothed in stylish spandex, this has not always proved the norm. The first female cheerleaders donned ankle-length skirts and varsity sweatshirts before cheering their team to victory. Eventually, in the 1930s, paper pompoms began to accompany the cheerleader’s casual ensemble, a prop that lost popularity only when vinyl pompoms were developed in the 1960s.
Prominent Promoters: Popular culture and celebrity tabloids are chock-full of former cheerleaders. Examples of famous cheerleaders include Katie Couric, Sandra Bullock, and even George W. Bush!
Volleyball’s Vivid Vying
Fast-paced and packed with exciting action, volleyball has been entertaining both athletes and spectators since 1895. William G. Morgan, the man additionally responsible for the creation of basketball, invented the sport for the students under his instruction at his local YMCA. By fusing aspects of already existing sports, including tennis, basketball, and handball, Morgan carefully orchestrated the first game of volleyball, then called mintonette. The net reached a height of 6 feet, 6 inches tall, a few inches taller than the average mintonette player of Morgan’s era. While observing one of the first mintonette matches, the spectators noted that the athletes tended to volley the ball across the net, prompting Morgan to rechristen the sport volleyball. Within the next couple of decades, the sport had spread across the globe, largely through the YMCA’s international network. In the year 1916, the NCAA officially adopted volleyball as an opportunity for students to earn physical education credit and to compete among their peers, and in 1956, the International Olympic Committee declared that the popular sport would be a team event in the upcoming 1964 Olympic games. Today, volleyball continues to expand its influence to promising young athletes; an excess of 800 million claim to play the sport at least once a week. With a sustained interest and a perpetually growing number of participants, volleyball is sure to remain a worldwide staple of athletic sportsmanship.
The Prized Pekingese
Characterized by its regal demeanor and poofy pelt, the Pekingese boasts the title of one of the most ancient and pure dog breeds still in existence. The Pekingese’s past is ornamented with colorful folklore and truthful tales of the breed’s character and cultural importance. In this edition of The StickerTalk, we invite you to meet the fiery, yet noble, Pekingese.
Ancient Allies: Chinese legend claims that the Buddha created the Pekingese by transforming a lion into the size of a lapdog. A revered breed, only members of the imperial family were allowed to own a Pekingese, and anyone found guilty of thieving one of the prized pooches was sentenced to death. Ancient Chinese aristocrats were so smitten with the breed that the Pekingese is said to have traveled in their billowing robe sleeves.
Crossing Continents: The Pekingese resided exclusively in China until the Opium Wars of the nineteenth century. When British troops invaded the royal palace in Peking, they confiscated five Pekingese dogs and presented them to Queen Victoria. The monarch took an instant liking to the breed, naming one of her Pekingese puppies “Looty.” A natural trendsetter, Queen Victoria and her taste in pets soon took the remainder of the globe by storm.
Sturdy Survivor: Of the approximately twelve dogs aboard the ill-fated Titanic, only three canine passengers survived the now-famous maritime disaster, a Pekingese among them. Sun Yat-Sen, a prized Pekingese belonging to a prominent enterprising family of New York, boarded lifeboat 3 on Titanic’s starboard side, luckily surviving the tragic ordeal.
A Look at Labor Day
Labor Day is traditionally recognized as the end of the grilling season and as the last chance to rock a white ensemble, but the holiday has not always carried such a lighthearted connotation. Observed annually on the first Monday of September, the nineteenth century labor movement originally founded Labor Day to commemorate the dedication and sacrifices of America’s working class. While the vast majority of the American work force enjoys a surplus of benefits and safety regulations while on the job, workers in the 1800s often toiled in dangerous circumstances performing backbreaking manual labor without sufficient pay. Children under ten years of age were a common spectacle in sweatshops and coal mines, and job-related deaths were an expected tragedy in a number of professions. Finally, near the turn of the century, the labor movement began to transform American life. Demanding safe working conditions and reasonable schedules and pay, these freshly founded labor unions are responsible for most of the benefits members of the modern workforce have the opportunity to utilize. Though strikes and collective bargaining, these founding fathers of labor won an assorted array of victories for the working class. Without the astute protests of early labor unions, America as we know it would appear unrecognizable to even the most perceptive observer. This Labor Day, seize the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate your rights and privileges as a member of the workforce in the twenty-first century!