In honor of National Book Lovers Day August 9, we put away our smartphones, pull out a good book and simply read. (Audiobooks are okay too.)
Here’s Hattingdon to get us in the mood.
Books are the purest form of escapism. They can take you to any time, any place, or any culture.
From clay tablets to today’s eBooks, literature has played a crucial role in preserving cultures, educating the masses, and storytelling.
Thanks to Johannes Gutenberg’s 15th-century printing press, anyone, not just royalty, monks or landed gentry, could read and own books. But, alas, there was no overnight shipping.
Today, join a book club or re-read a favorite novel because National Book Lovers Day rocks! More »
The Dewey Decimal Classification, colloquially known as the Dewey Decimal System, is a proprietary library classification system which allows new books to be added to a library in their appropriate location based on subject. It was first published in the United States by Melvil Dewey in 1876.
“Dewey” Hattingdon (seen above) is named in honor of the Dewey Decimal System.
There’s nothing like beating the heat with summertime’s most refreshing fruit — watermelon. On August 3, we celebrate this ancient berry in a feast of juicy deliciousness—otherwise known as National Watermelon Day. Hattingdon has the perfect hat . . . . naturally. Here it is.
People have been digging into this tasty, juicy fruit for millennia and it all started in Ancient Egypt. It’s said that watermelon cultivation began in the Nile Valley as early as the second millennium B.C. Watermelon seeds were even found in King Tut’s tomb!
According to “The Dictionary of American Food and Drink” by John Mariani, the word ‘watermelon’ first appeared in the English dictionary in 1615.
In 1908, candy maker George Smith created the first modern lollipop. According to his memoirs, he named the treat after his favorite racehorse: Lolly Pop.
National Lollipop Day is celebrated each year on July 20, and is the perfect day to celebrate hard candy, sweet treats, and being a kid.
Well, Hattingdon does not have a lollipop hat per se. BUT she does have a very pretty classic hat where a lollipop is featured. We named the design Melanie but no one around here calls it that — they call it the Lollipop hat. So we are sticking with it.
Isn’t she sweet?
History of the Lollipop
Jon Price, writing for CandyFavourites.com, states, “The first incarnation of the lollipop was probably created by cave people thousands of years ago who collected honey from beehives with a stick. Not wanting to waste the sweet nectar, they most likely licked the stick, thus inventing the world’s first lollipop. Good for them (good for us). “
“Archaeologists believe that ancient Chinese, Arabs, and Egyptians all produced fruit and nut confections that they ‘candied’ in honey, which serves as a preservative, and inserted sticks into to make easier to eat.”
What kind of lollipop are you celebrating with today?