Undeniable Fact: A twist of fate

Friday, October 06, 2006

The year was 1914. The location: Albuquerque, New Mexico. The World's Fair had just begun and Daniel Pretzel, the dyslexic 14-year-old son of a veteran carny was eager to impress. Sneaking out in the dead of night, he attempted, unsupervised, to create a corn dog, as he had seen food vendors do thousands of times before. Unfortunately, he botched the process horribly, resulting in a batch of oddly twisted wads of dough. Unaware of his failure, he proudly presented his creations to his father the next morning. A kindly gentlemen, the old carny was unwilling to crush his son's enthusiasm, and lavished the boy with praise, placing the abominations prominently in the public view. Imagine his surprise when they sold like hot-cakes!

He asked the boy to make another batch immediately. Little Danny complied and the "pretzel" quickly became a fan favorite among young and old alike.

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Blogger Edward Hansen said...

*Cough* Sources differ as to the time and place of the pretzel's origin. Many sources say it originated in southern Germany (where it remains very popular and is known as Brezel); others say it comes from the ancient Rome or even Celtic times. One documented account taken from the book History of Science and Technology (by Bryan Bunch, with Alexander Hellemans) has it that in 210 A.D., "An Italian monk invents pretzels as a reward to children who learn their prayers. He calls the strips of baked dough, folded to resemble arms crossing the chest, prestiola ("little reward")." Telephone books and other historical records from the early 1900's show that the Pretzel was often referred to as the "Bretzel" in the U.S. at that time. *cough*

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Blogger duffy said...

You really need to fix that cough, I think it's caused by the presumptuovirus. If you did a little research before shooting your mouth off, you would have discovered that all those absurd pretzel backstories were nothing but fraudulent attempts to show prior art during the legal battles of 1917-1923 ("Pretzel vs. National Bisquit", "Pretzel vs. Illinois State Fair", "Pretzel vs. Fenway Park", etc.)

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