Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Pasta, pansit and those long string stuffs we like to eat.

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  1. The word pasta comes from the Italian word for paste, meaning a combination of flour and water.
  2. The term pasta has always been used on Italian restaurant menus to include all the various pasta offerings.
  3. The Pope set quality standards for pasta in the 13th century.
  4. There are more than 600 pasta shapes world wide.
  5. On record, the Chinese have eaten pasta as early as 5 000 B.C.
  6. Tripolini ("little bows") were named to honour the Italian conquest of Tripoli in Libya.
  7. According to legend, noodles were first made by German bakers in the 13th century. They molded dough into symbolic shapes, such as stars, swords and birds, which they then baked and served as bread.
  8. Top quality pasta is made from durum wheat.
  9. According to the North Dakota Agricultural Statistics Service, about 73 % of the durum wheat grown in the United States is actually grown in North Dakota. American grown durum wheat is considered among the best in the world.
  10. All pasta is made by essentially the same equipment using the same technology. Also, independent taste tests conducted by Consumer reports U.S. pasta was found superior to Italian imports.
  11. According to Harry Balzer (NPD Group, Chicago), consumers enjoy pasta for dinner more than 40 times a year – approximately once a week.
  12. According to a Wall Street Journal article, pasta is actor Leonardo diCaprio’s favourite.
  13. Pasta existed for thousands of years before anybody ever thought of putting tomato sauce on it.
  14. Cortez, a Spanish explorer, brought tomatoes back to Europe from Mexico in 1519.
  15. Even then, nearly 200 years passed before spaghetti served with tomatoe sauce made its way into Italian kitchens.
  16. Speaking of spaghetti … and meatballs: the Italians only ate meat a few times a month. So, when they came to America, where meat was plentiful, they incorporated meat into their cooking more often, making meatballs an American invention.
  17. According to Miss Manners (a.k.a. Judith Martin), a fork is the only utensil that may be used to eat spaghetti while anyone is looking.
  18. Contrary to popular belief, Marco Polo did not discover pasta. The ancient Italians made pasta much like we do today. Although Marco Polo wrote about eating Chinese pasta at the court of Kubla Khan, he probably didn't introduce pasta to Italy. In fact, there's evidence suggesting the Etruscans made pasta as early as 400 B.C. The evidence lies in a bas-relief carving in a cave about 30 miles north of Rome. The carving depicts instruments for making pasta - a rolling-out table, pastry wheel and flour bin. And further proof that Marco Polo didn't "discover" pasta is found in the will of Ponzio Baestone, a Genoan soldier who requested "bariscella peina de macarone" - a small basket of macaroni. His will is dated 1279, 16 years before Marco Polo returned from China.
  19. Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing macaroni to the United States. It seems that he fell in love with a certain dish he sampled in Naples while serving as the U.S. Ambassador to France. In fact, he promptly ordered crates of "maccaroni," along with a pasta-making machine, sent back to the States.
  20. During the '80s, macaroni, which was traditionally considered a "blue-collar" down-home meal, was transformed into the more upscale "pasta." As more and more people began to have fun with it and romanticize it throughout the '60s and '70s, its image began to change along with its name.
  21. The first American pasta factory was opened in Brooklyn, New York, in 1848, by a Frenchman named Antoine Zerega. Mr. Zerega managed the entire operation with just one horse in his basement to power the machinery. To dry his spaghetti, he placed strands of the pasta on the roof to dry in the sunshine.
  22. One billion pounds of pasta is about 212,595 miles of 16-ounce packages of spaghetti stacked end-to-end -- enough to circle the earth's equator nearly nine times.
  23. To cook one billion pounds of pasta, you would need 2,021,452,000 gallons of water - enough to fill nearly 75,000 Olympic-size swimming pools.
  24. Cooked al dente (al-DEN-tay) literally means "to the tooth," which is how to test pasta to see if it is properly cooked. The pasta should be a bit firm, offering some resistance to the tooth, but tender.
  25. There are more than 500 different pasta shapes. Translating their names into English does not exactly make them sound appetizing: worms, spindles, hats, butterflies, twins, tubes, thimbles, little boys, little ears, quill pens, strings, ribbons etc.
  26. One cup cooked spaghetti provides about 200 calories, 40 grams of carbohydrates, less than one gram of total fat, no cholesterol and only one gram of sodium when cooked without salt.
  27. The history of noodles can first be traced to China during the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD) during the Classical Imperial period, when every emperor had a cook who created original cuisine particular to his or her dynasty.
  28. Filipinos learned about this flour-based food in the form of strings from the Chinese merchants perhaps several centuries after its creation (202 BC – 220 AD), as trading between Philippines and China was already flourishing.
  29. Philippine pasta dishes includes; Palabok, Miki Guisado, Bihon Guisado, Pansit Molo, miswa, canton, mami and sotanghon.
  30. Mami means manok (chicken) and miki and was created by Ma Mon Luk in 1918. It was called "gupit" on those times.
  31. Spaghetti was introduced to the Philippines, most likely after the Liberation, by the Americans who settled here and brought fast food to the Philippine scene.
  32. The Japanese invented the instant mami.

The founder of the Nissin Food, Momo¬fuku Ando invented the instant ramen in 1958. It’s was the tempura which gave him the method of removing moisture from noodles by frying them in oil. Deep-frying the noodles dehydrated them, and created microscopic holes on their surface, which allowed them to re-hydrate when boiled or submerged in hot water. In 1971, intense competition from other instant ramen manufacturers in Japan urged Momofuku Ando to look for other markets. Thus, the instant ramen was introduced to the world.

Names of famous people

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr.
Elvis Costello - Decian Patrick McManus
Edie Adams - Elizabeth Edith Enke
Lou Costello - Louis Francis Cristillo
Joey Adams - Joseph Abramowitz
Buster Crabbe - Clarence Linden Crabbe
Eddie Albert - Edward Albert Heimberger
Joan Crawford - Lucille LeSueur
Nick Adams - Nicholas Adamshock
Bing Crosby - Harry Lillis Crosby
Alan Alda -- Alphonso d'Abruzzo
Christopher Cross - Christopher Geppert
Muhammad Ali - Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.
Scatman Crothers - Benjamin Sherman Crothers
Woody Allen - Allen Stewart Konigsberg
Tom Cruise - Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
Greg Allman - Gregory Lenoir
Tony Curtis - Bernard Schwartz
June Allyson - Ella Geisman
Lacy J. Dalton - Jill Lynne Byrem
Don Ameche - Dominic Felix Amici
Vic Damone - Vito Farinola
Julie Andrews - Julia Elizabeth Wells
Rodney Dangerfield - Jacob Cohen
Eve Arden - Eunice Quedens
Charlie Daniels - Charles Edward Daniel
R.G. Armstrong - Robert Golden Armstrong
Ted Danson - Edward Bridge Danson III
Bea Arthur - Bernice Frankel
Tony Danza - Anthony Iadanza
Fred Astaire - Frederick Austerlitz
Bobby Darin - Walden Robert Cassotto
Chet Atkins - Chester B. Atkins
Doris Day - Doris Kappelhof
Vivian Austin - Vivian Coe
Laraine Day - Laraine Johnson
Frankie Avalon - Francis Thomas Avalonne
Dizzy Dean - Jan Hanna Dean
Babyface - Kenneth Brian Edmonds
Jimmy Dean - Seth Ward
Henny Backus - Henriette Kaye
Sandra Dee - Alexandra Zuck
Lauren Bacall - Betty Joan Perske
Myrna Dell - Marilyn Dunlap
Kaye Ballard - Catherine Gloria Balotta
John Denver - Henry John Deutschendorf
Anne Bancroft - Anna Maria Louisa Italiano
Richard Denning - Louis Albert Denninger
Binnie Barnes - Gertrude Barnes
Bo Derek - Mary Cathleen Collins
Rona Barrett - Rona Burstein
John Derek - Derek Harris
Gene Barry - Eugene Klass
Angie Dickinson - Angeline Brown
John Barrymore - John Blythe
Bo Diddley - Elias Bates
Billy Barty - William John Bertanzetta
Phyllis Diller - Phyllis Driver
Jamie Lyn Bauer - Norma Marvhne Bauer
Jean Dixon - Jeane Pinckert
Orson Bean - Dallas Frederick Burrows
Troy Donahue - Merle Johnson, Jr.
Marilyn Beck - Marilyn Mohr
Kirk Douglas - Issur Danielovitch Demsky
Louie Bellson - Luigi Balassone
Mike Douglas - Michael Delaney Dowd, Jr.
Johnny Bench - Johnny Lee
Patty Duke - Anna Marie Duke
Pat Benatar - Patricia Andrzejewski
Bob Dylan - Robert Zimmerman
Tony Bennett - Antonio Dominic Benedetto
Sheena Easton - Sheena Shirley Orr
Billie Bird - Bird B. Stowell
Buddy Ebsen - Christian Rudolph Ebsen, Jr.
Jack Benny - Benjamin Kubeisky
Barbara Eden - Barbara Huffman
Shelley Berman - Sheldon Berman
Blake Edwards - William Blake McEdwards
Milton Berle - Milton Berlinger
Vince Edwards - Vicent Edward Zoino
Irving Berlin - Israel Baline
Duke Ellington - Edward Kennedy Ellington
Joey Bishop - Joseph Abraham Gottlieb
Gloria Estefan - Gloria Maria Fajardo
Amanda Blake - Beverly Louise Neill
Dale Evans - Frances Octavia Smith
Robert Blake - Michael Gubitosi
Chad Everett - Raymond Lee Cramton
Sonny Bono - Salvatore Phillip Bono
Don Everly - Isaac Donald Everly
Shirley Booth - Thelma Booth Ford
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. - Douglas Elton Ulman, Jr.
Big Bopper - Jiles Perry Richardson
Morgan Fairchild - Patsy Ann McClenny
Ernest Borgnine - Ermes Effron Borgnino
Donna Fargo - Yvonne Vaughan
Tom Bosley - Thomas Edward Bosley
Jamie Farr - Jameel Farah
David Bowie - David Robert Hayward-Jones
Sharon Farrell - Gretchen Helgeson
Bart Braverman - Bartley Louis Braverman
Freddie Fender - Baldemar G. Huerta
Peter Breck - Joseph Peter Breck
Sally Field - Sally Mahoney

Morgan Brittany - Suzanne Cupito
W.C. Fields - William Claude Dukenfield
Charles Bronson - Charles Bunchinsky
Rhonda Fleming - Marilyn Louis
Albert Brooks - Albert Einstein
Gerald R. Ford - Leslie Lynch King, Jr.
Mel Brooks - Melvin Kaminsky
Glenn Ford -- Gwyilyn Ford
Dr. Joyce Brothers - Joyce Diane Bauer
John Ford -- Sean O'Fearna
Don Budge - John Donald Budge
John Forsythe - John Lincoln Freund
George Burns - Nathan Brinbaum
Jodie Foster - Alicia Christian Foster
Richard Burton - Richard Jenkins
Redd Foxx - John Elroy Sanford
Red Buttons - Aaron Chwatt
Connie Francis - Concetta Maria Franconero
Sid Caesar - Sidney Caesar
John Garfield - Julius Garfinkle
Nicholas Cage - Nicholas Coppola
Beverly Garland - Beverly Lucy Fessenden
Michael Caine - Maurice J. Micklewhite
Judy Garland - Frances Gumm
Rory Calhoun - Francis Timony Durgin
James Garner - James Scott Baumgarner
Dyan Cannon - Samile Diane Friesen
Crystal Gayle - Brenda Webb
Truman Capote - Truman Streckfus Persons
Bobbie Gentry - Roberta Streeter
Kate Capshaw - Kathy Sue Nail
Boy George - George Alan O'Dowd
David Carradine - John Arthur Carradine
Robert Ginty - Walter Robert Ginty
Diahann Carroll - Carol Diahann Johnson
Whoopi Goldberg - Caryn Johnson
Lewis Carroll - Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Elliott Gould - Elliott Goldstein
Jack Carter - Jack Chakrin
Cary Grant - Archibald Alexander Leach
Billy Casper - William Earl Casper
Peter Graves - Peter Aurness
Hopalong Cassidy - William Lawrence Boyd
Rocky Graziano - Rocco Barbella
JoAnn Castle - Jo Ann Zering
Shecky Greene - Sheldon Greenfield
Lita Grey Chaplin - Lillita Louise McMurray
Dabbs Greer - R. William Greer
Ray Charles - Ray Charles Robinson
Robert Guillaume - Robert Peter Williams
Chevy Chase - Cornelius Crane Chase
Buddy Hackett - Leonard Hacker
Chubby Checker - Ernest Evans
Connie Haines - Yvonne Marie Jasme
Cher - Cherilyn Sarkisian
Huntz Hall - Henry Hall
Liden Chiles - Truman Linden Chiles
Monty Hall - Monte Halparin
Eric Clapton - Eric Clapp
Jean Harlow - Harlean Carpentier
Candy Clark - Candace June Clark
Pat Harrington - Daniel Patrick Harrington
Robert Clary - Robert Widerman
Gary Hart - Gary Warren Hartpence
Andrew Dice Clay - Andrew Silverstein
Susan Hayward - Edithe Marrener
Patsy Cline - Virginia Patterson Hensley
Rita Hayworth - Margarita Cansino
Lee J. Cobb - Lee Jacob
Chick Hearn - Francis Hearn
Claudette Colbert - Lily Chauchoin
Eileen Heckart - Anna Eileen Heckart
Nat King Cole - Nathaniel Adams Coles
Pee Wee Herman - Paul Rubenfeld
Perry Como - Pierino Roland Como
Hulk Hogan - Terry Jean Bollette
Jeff Conaway - Jeffery Charles William Michael
William Holden - William Franklin Beedle, Jr.
Carol Connors - Annette Kleinbard
Billie Holiday - Eleanora Fagan
Chuck Connors - Kevin Joseph Connors
Xaviera Hollander - Xaviera Devries
Mike Connors - Krekor "Kirk" Ohanian
Earl Holliman - Henry Earl Holliman
Robert Conrad - Conrad Robert Falk
Buddy Holly - Charles Hardin Holley
Alice Cooper - Vincent Damon Furnier
Bob Hope - Leslie Townes Hope
Gary Cooper - Frank James Cooper
Robert Horton - Meade Howard Horton, Jr.
Jackie Cooper - John Cooper, Jr.
Harry Houdini - Ehrich Weiss
David Copperfield - David Kotkin
Rock Hudson - Roy Scherer
Chick Corea - Armando Anthony Corea
Engelbert Humperdinck - Arnold Gerry Dorsey

Kim Hunter -- Janet Cole
Harry Morgan -- Harry Bratsburg
Tab Hunter -- Arthur Andrew Gelien
Shirley Muldowney -- Shirley Roque
Olivia Hussey -- Olivia Osuna
Peter Nero -- Bernie Nierow
Billy Idol -- William Board
Julie Newmar -- Julia Chalane Newmeyer
Marty Ingels -- Martin Ingerman
Juice Newton -- Judy Cohen
Burl Ives -- Burle Icle Ivanhoe
Chuck Norris -- Carlos Ray Norris
David Janssen -- David Harold Meyer
Annie Oakley -- Phoebe Annie Oakley Mozee
Bruce Jenner -- William Bruce Jenner
Hugh O'Brian -- Hugh Charles Krampe
Elton John -- Reginald Kenneth Dwight
Maureen O'Hara -- Maureen Fitzsimons
Arte Johnson -- Arthur Stanton Eric Johnson
Ryan O'Neal -- Patrick Ryan O'Neal
Don Johnson -- Don Wayne
Jenna von Oy -- Jennifer Jean von Oy
Al Jolson -- Asa Hesselson
Patti Page -- Clara Ann Fowler
Grandpa Jones -- Louis M. Jones
Jack Palance -- Walter Jack Paiahnulk
Tom Jones -- Thomas Jones Woodward
Julie Parrish -- Ruby Joyce Wilbar
Boris Karloff -- William Henry Pratt
Pat Paulsen -- Patrick Layton Paulsen
Casey Kasem -- Kemal Amin Kasem
Johnny Paycheck -- Don Lytle
Danny Kaye -- David Daniel Kominski
Minnie Pearl -- Sarah Ophella Colley Cannon
Michael Keaton -- Michael Douglas
Bernadette Peters -- Bernadette Lazzaro
Howard Keel -- Harry Clifford Keel
Paul Peterson -- William Paul Peterson
Brian Keith -- Robert Kieth, Jr.
Lou Diamond Phillips -- Lou Upchurch
B.B. King -- Riley B. King
Slim Pickens -- Louis Lindley
Larry King -- Larry Zieger
Mary Pickford -- Gladys Smith
Ben Kingsley -- Krishna Bhanji
Stefanie Powers -- Stefdnia Zofija Federkiewicz
Kathleen Kinmont -- Kathleen Kinmont Smith
Prince -- Prince Rogers Nelson
Ted Knight -- Tadeus Konopka
Lee Purcell -- Lee Jeune Williams
Kreskin -- George Kresge, Jr.
Sarah Purcell -- Sarah Pentecost
Cheryl Ladd -- Cheryl Stoppelmoor
Tony Randall -- Leonard Rosenberg
Frankie Laine -- Frankie LoVecchio
Martha Raye -- Margaret Theresa Yvonne Reed
Veronica Lake -- Constance Ockleman
Nancy Reagan -- Anne Frances Robbins
Jack LaLanne -- Francis Henri LaLanne
Robert Redford -- Charles Robert Redford, Jr.
Dorothy Lamour -- Mary Kaumeyer
Donna Reed -- Donna Belle Mullenger
Ann Landers -- Ester Pauline Friedman
Marty Robbins -- Martin David Robinson
Michael Landon -- Eugene Michael Orowitz
Johnny Rivers -- John Henry Ramistella
Stan Laurel -- Arthur Stanley Jefferson
Joan Rivers -- Joan Sandra Molinsky
Steve Lawrence -- Sidney Liebowitz
Cathy Rigby -- Cathleen Roxanne Rigby
Brenda Lee -- Brenda Mae Tarpley
Ann Richards -- Dorothy Ann Willis
Bruce Lee -- Lee Yuen Kam
Debbie Reynolds -- Mary Frances Reynolds
Michele Lee -- Michele Lee Dusiak
Della Reese -- Delloreese Patricia Early
Peggy Lee -- Norma Egstrom
Edward G. Robinson -- Emanuel Goldenberg
Spike Lee -- Shelton Lee
Sugar Ray Robinson -- Walker Smith, Jr.
Janet Leigh -- Jeanette Helen Morrison
Ginger Rogers -- Virginia Katherine McMath
Jack Lemmon -- John Uhler Lemmon III
Roy Rogers -- Leonard Slye
Sugar Ray Leonard -- Ray Charles Leonard
Mickey Rooney -- Joe Yule, Jr.
Huey Lewis -- Hugh Cregg
Lillian Russell -- Helen Leonard
Jerry Lewis -- Joseph Levitch
Winona Ryder -- Winona Horowitz
Hal Linden -- Harold Lipschitz
Jill St. John -- Jill Oppenheim
Art Linkletter -- Arthur Gordon Linkletter
Soupy Sales -- Milton Supman
Little Richard -- Richard Penniman
Susan Sarandon -- Susan Abigail Tomalin
Carole Lombard -- Jane Peters
Randolph Scott -- George Randolph Crane
Jack Lord -- John Joseph Ryan
Jane Seymour -- Joyce Frankenberg
Sophia Loren -- Sophia Scicoloni
Del Shannon -- Charles Westover
Gloria Loring -- Gloria Jean Goff
Omar Sharif -- Michael Shalhoub
Peter Lorre -- Laszio Lowenstein
Charlie Sheen -- Carlos Irwin Estevez
Bela Lugosi -- Bela Blasko
Martin Sheen -- Ramon Estevez

Joe Louis -- Joe Louis Barrow
John Schuck -- Conrad John Schuck
Loretta Lynn -- Loretta Webb
Lizabeth Scott -- Emma Matzo
Sinbad -- David Atkins
Al Sharpton -- Alfred Sharpton
Shirley MacLaine -- Shirley Beaty
Phil Silvers -- Phil Silversmith
Madonna -- Madonna Louise Ciccone
Red Skelton -- Richard Skelton
Lee Majors -- Harvey Lee Yeary
Buffalo Bob Smith -- Robert Emil Schmidt
Malcolm X -- Malcolm Little
Suzanne Somers -- Suzanne Mahoney
Karl Malden -- Mladen Sekulovich
Ann Sothern -- Harriet Lake
Ray Boom Boom Mancini -- Raymond Michael Mancini
Dusty Springfield -- Mary Isobel Catherine O'Brien
Barry Manilow -- Barry Alan Pincus
Robert Stack -- Robert Modini
Jayne Mansfield -- Jayne Palmer
Barbara Stanwyck -- Ruby Stevens
Fredric March -- Frederick Bickel
Ringo Starr -- Richard Starkey
Rocky Marciano -- Rocco Francis Marchegiano
Connie Stevens -- Concetta Rosalie Ingolia
E.G. Marshall -- Edda Gunnar Marshall
Ray Stevens -- Harold Ray Ragsdale
Peter Marshall -- Pierre LaCock
Sting -- Gordon Matthew Sumner
Dean Martin -- Dino Crocetti
Cliffie Stone -- Clifford Gilpen Snyder
Wink Martindale -- Winston Conrad Martindale
Gale Storm -- Josephine Cottle
Chico Marx -- Leonard Marx
Donna Summer -- La Donna Andrea Gaines
Groucho Marx -- Julius Marx
Rip Taylor -- Charles Elmer, Jr.
Gummo Marx -- Milton Marx
Robert Taylor -- Spangler Arlington Brugh
Harpo Marx -- Adolph Marx
Danny Thomas -- Muzyad Yakhoob
Zeppo Marx -- Herbert Marx
Mel Tillis -- Lonnie Melvin Tillis
Jackie Mason -- Jacob Masler
Y.A. Tittle -- Yelberton Abraham Tittle
Walter Matthau -- Walter Matthow
Randy Travis -- Randy Traywick
Bob Mathias -- Robert Bruce Mathias
Sophie Tucker -- Sophia Kalish
Virginia Mayo -- Virginia Clark Jones
Tina Turner -- Annie Mae Bullock
Mitzi McCall -- Mitzi Steiner
Mark Twain -- Samuel Langhorne Clemens
Rue McClanahan -- Eddi-Rue McClanahan
Twiggy -- Leslie Hornby
Don McLean -- Donald McLean
Conway Twitty -- Harold Jenkins
Ed McMahon -- Edward Leo McMahon
Lindsay Wagner -- Lindsay Jean Ball
Audrey Meadows -- Audrey Cotter
Christopher Walken -- Ronald Walken
Jayne Meadows -- Jayne Cotter
Mike Wallace -- Myron Leon Wallace
Meat Loaf -- Marvin Lee Adair
John Wayne -- Marion Michael Morrison
Ethel Merman -- Ethel Zimmermann
Raquel Welch -- Raquel Tejada
George Michael -- Georgios Panayiotou
H.G. Wells -- Herbert George Wells
Marilyn Michaels -- Marilyn Stermberg
Gene Wilder -- Jerome Silberman
Ray Milland -- Reginald Truscott-Jones
Andy Williams -- Howard Andrew Williams
Alley Mills -- Alison Mills
Shelley Winters -- Shirley Schrift
Donna Mills -- Donna Jean Miller
Wolfman Jack -- Robert Smith
Guy Mitchell -- Albert George Cernick
Natalie Wood -- Natasha Gurdin

Do you know ?

  • That sisters Mildred and Patty Hill created the song "Happy Birthday to You" in 1893. The original title of the song was "Good Morning To You".
  • That Elizabeth Foster is Mother Goose. She's married to Isaac Goose.
  • That The Statue of Liberty was modeled to the sculptor Frederick Bartholdi's mother Elizabeth.
  • That the equal sign (=) was created by Robert Recorde more than 400 years ago.
  • That the multiplication sign (x), the Saint Andrew's cross, was introduce by William Oughtred more than 300 years ago.