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When Did Leaving Cookies and Milk for Santa Start?

Most children in the United States have a long-standing tradition of leaving a plate of cookies and a glass of milk out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. But it wasn’t always like this? When did the tradition of leaving milk and cookies for Santa start? During the Great Depression, leaving cookies and milk for …

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What Made the Milk Poisonous in the 1800s?

We know milk is a nutrient-dense liquid food cultivated by mammals via mammary glands. It serves as the primary source of nutrition for young mammals before they can digest solid food. Yes, this also included breastfed human infants. But did you know that in the 1800s milk was virtually unsafe to consume? In the 1800s, …

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Al Capone was the first person to open a soup kitchen to feed the poor during the Depression. At a time of 25 percent unemployment, Capone’s kitchens served three meals a day to ensure that everyone who had lost a job could get a meal. Soon, every city and town had a soup kitchen.

Milk, for example, might be labeled by a certain dairy, for its freshness to expire 15 days after pasteurization. Why is milk dated? During a tour of the former federal prison, a U.S. National Park ranger noted that Al Capone “lobbied for milk bottle dating to ensure the safety of the city’s children.” It was …

Al Capone was the first person to open a soup kitchen to feed the poor during the Depression. At a time of 25 percent unemployment, Capone’s kitchens served three meals a day to ensure that everyone who had lost a job could get a meal. Soon, every city and town had a soup kitchen. Read More »