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Daily Quote

"If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader."

Dolly Parton

Writing Prompt

What Are the Best Things You’ve Acquired Secondhand?

Conversation Starter

Does government have a place in regulating food? To what extent should government regulate food?

Joke of the Day

How do you comfort a grammar fanatic? Their, they're, there.

Fun Fact

Cows have "best friends" and get stressed when separated.

History Fact

Monty Python and the Holy Snail

Put this on your list of strange ancient battles: Medieval manuscripts depict Knights fighting snails. Granted, no one really knows why the knights are fighting these snails, but maybe it’s best to keep the mystery.

Weird Laws

IOWA

Anyone trying to pass off margarine as real butter is guilty of a misdemeanor under food-labeling laws in Iowa. "Renovated butter" must also be labeled as such.

Food Thing

Feta

Annual U.S. production: 129.8 million pounds

All the way back in the 8th century, Homer’s Odyssey referenced Cyclops Polyphemus making an ancestor to feta cheese. Historically popular in Greece, feta has since become beloved the world over, including in the U.S.

Feta boasts a umami-packed salty, tangy taste, a product of its brine-cured production method. While Greek feta is traditionally made with sheep’s milk — sometimes with goat’s milk mixed in — American domestic feta can be made with goat’s, sheep’s or cow’s milk, and tends to be more crumbly and less creamy than its European counterpart. Some cheese connoisseurs look down on the U.S. version, but don't listen to them: The American version is excellent in its own right.

Movie/TV Trivia

It

The Duffer Brothers originally wanted to direct the movie, but were overlooked as they were not "established" enough. They went on to create Stranger Things (2016), which co-stars Finn Wolfhard (Richie) and pays homage to Stephen King.

Movie/TV Quote

"Toga! Toga!"

National Lampoon's Animal House, 1978