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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Today’s lesson in history: How it really happened.

Yankee Doodle came to town,
Riding on a pony.
Stuck a feather in his hat,
And called it macaroni.

This song doesn’t really tell the whole story. It was not a feather that young Mr. Doodle stuck in his hat. Rather, it was a grilled cheese sandwich.

You see, Yankee Doodle was inexperienced in riding a pony. He had to keep both hands on the reins at all times to maintain control of the otherwise indomitable beast. One morning, while struggling with his pony and trying to hang onto a grilled cheese sandwich at the same time, Doodle decided to stow the sandwich in his hat, the most convenient place at hand. He then confidently rode into town, whereupon he was greeted by townsfolk waving large chucks of spiral-shaped pasta—macaroni. Doodle was reminded by this gesture that he was indeed famished, and his own lunch resided close by, in his hat. He grabbed one of the large macaronis from the crowd, stuck it in his cap and pulled down the grilled cheese sandwich—and then had lunch on the spot!

Afterward, he proceeded to the town square, hat in hand, having invented none less than the venerable macaroni and cheese!

And that, boys and girls, is how it really happened.

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