Oct 4 - Geezer's Blog - National Taco Day and Vodka Day

posted by Dave Lehner - 

The Bottom Line: Delicious facts about tacos!

The Full Story:

  • Taco Bell started as Bell’s Hamburgers and Hot Dogs in San Bernardino, CA back in 1948 by Glen W. Bell Jr. That’s right, Bell’s Hamburgers and Hot Dogs began as a selling fast foods such as burgers, hot dogs, fries, and shakes. Then, taking advantage that his stand was located in a Hispanic neighborhood, Bell started selling crispy-hard-shell tacos from a side window for 19-cents each.
  • Ensenada, Mexico is said to be the birthplace of the glorious fish taco (aka Baja Fish Tacos).
  • Taco Bell uses at least 600,000 cows’ worth of beef per year. According to Taco Bell’s own website, they serve an average of 295 million pounds of ground beef every year.
  • A “Taquería” is a Spanish word meaning taco shop. Originally, the term “taqueria” was used to refer to street vendors, although the term has come to be used more generally to refer to any sort of establishment which serves authentic Mexican food.
  • One of the first taco trucks is thought to have started in New York when in 1966 two New York housewives operated an early version of the taco truck. Although the truck did not have a full kitchen, it was available for catering.

The Bottom Line: Learn something new about vodka!

The Full Story:

  • Since vodka is distilled from water ethanol and fermented potatoes or grains, it contains very little fusel oils--much less than other alcoholic beverages. This coupled with the fact that it is carbon filtered, makes it one of the purest drinks in the world!
  • While traditional vodka has exactly 38% alcohol, the European Union recognizes any such drink with more than 37.5% alcohol content as vodka. On the other hand, all vodka sold in the United States has to have 40 percent or more alcohol content.
  • Due to the high production and consumption of vodka in America, countries like Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, all Nordic and Baltic countries, Poland and areas of Slovakia and Hungary, these regions constitute the Vodka Belt!
  • Apart from getting you drunk, vodka can also be used for other purposes. For example, soaking your razor blade in vodka after a shave disinfects it and prevents rusting! Vodka can also be used for cleaning glasses and bathrooms because the alcohol tends to kill, mould and mildew! Of course, this is assuming you have enough money to switch from Harpic to vodka!
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