From the all-American apple to the fall flavors of pumpkin, pies are a culinary staple across the nation. These popular pastries appear at the pinnacle of potlucks, picnics, and parties, making any meal just a little sweeter. Join The StickerTalk as we survey a slice of the pie’s flavorful history.
Pies were crafted and enjoyed in the ancient world. Many scholars credit the ancient Greeks with the invention of the sweet treat; however, the Romans proved especially fond of the dessert as did the Egyptians who carved images of pie into the walls of royal tombs.
While pie may seem merely an innocent indulgence today, Oliver Cromwell, a major British political leader in the seventeenth century, banned pies because he considered them to be directly related to pagan enjoyment. This pastry ban caused pie bakers and eaters to establish a sort of black market that throve until the ban was lifted at the beginning of the Restoration.
Several American holidays honor the delicious dessert. Both December 1 and January 23 are National Pie Day, April 27 is National Blueberry Pie Day, and September 28 is National Strawberry Pie Day.
It is the capital city of the United States and a cultural melting pot for people from all corners of the globe; Washington, D.C., hosts a plethora of unusual sights and harbors a unique heritage. Throughout our nation’s winding history, this bustling city has played a central role in the destiny of millions, attracting the attention of countless curious visitors. In this edition of The StickerTalk, join us as we “capitalize” on the many wonders of Washington, D.C.
Although Washington, D.C. has served as the official home of forty-five U.S. presidents, only one is buried in the city. When Woodrow Wilson passed away in 1924, his remains were enshrined in the Washington National Cathedral. Not only is the Washington National Cathedral famous for being the burial ground of the former president, but it also features the profile of Darth Vader in its vast array of gargoyles!
Washington, D.C. is home to a curious collection of monuments and statues, but perhaps the most intriguing statue is that of Thomas Jefferson located in the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Though a 19-foot-tall, bronze likeness of the Founding Father currently stands in the center of the monument, the original statue was made of plaster due to World War II-era metal rations.
Many notable figures call Washington, D.C. their hometown. D.C. locals include television personality Bill Nye, music mogul Duke Ellington, and actress Goldie Hawn.
A picture is worth a thousand words; almost everyone has heard this ancient adage. However, many people are not familiar with the picture’s equally intriguing role in politics, society, and discovery. Strike a pose with The StickerTalk as we explore the colorful world of photography!
Although cameras have been utilized extensively since the early 1800s, modern photographers snap more pictures in a mere two minutes than all the photographers of the eighteenth century combined. According to one census, social media users share about one trillion photos on an annual basis.
Cameras have played a vital part in the course of modern human history. For the first time in history, journalists in the Civil War used their newfound innovations in photography to capture the horrors of war; this technological development helped shatter the idea of war as a source of boundless opportunities for glory and fame and made the warring states more eager to reconcile. Cameras have continued to share both encouraging and action-provoking images ever since, even making their way to the surface of the moon in 1969. However, the cameras used to document the moon landing were left in space in order to lighten the load of the spacecraft.
Many casual observers of antique portraits believe our forerunners must have been a stern lot as their facial expressions often lack any sign of warmth or joy. Quite the contrary, these grim faces are only common in old photographs because nineteenth century technology required its subject to remain completely still for hours at a time. Imagine trying to maintain a steady smile for two hours!
A horrific disease that affects people of all genders, backgrounds, and ages, breast cancer has ravaged society for centuries, claiming far too many lives and leaving many without hope. However, brave men and women dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer have declared October Breast Cancer Awareness Month in hopes of raising awareness of the disease with bolstering hope in the hearts of millions. In this installment of The StickerTalk, we invite you to reflect on the courage displayed by each and every breast cancer patient and take the opportunity to explore the movement to end this tragic trend.
More people are surviving breast cancer than ever before! Thanks to continuing breakthroughs in medical science and increasingly effective treatment options, a record percentage of patients are able to complete long and happy lives without the constant fear of breast cancer.
You can take an active role in preventing breast cancer. Experts recommend healthy habits like regular exercise and limited use of alcohol and tobacco to help avoid this devastating disease.
October is teeming with opportunities for you to join the fight against breast cancer! Attend a Pink Out football game at your local field, participate in a walkathon, or visit a women’s health exposition. When it comes to promoting awareness and supporting a cure for breast cancer, the possibilities for involvement are endless!