Thursday, February 23, 2012

The 1930s

Recently we've been learning about the 1930s, so I would like to share a few things that were invented or happened at that time. We made a collage of pictures from the 1930s and I will also put a picture of that here.

Chocolate Chip Cookie: The chocolate chip cookie was accidentally invented in the 1930s. BEST ACCIDENT EVER! :D A woman who ran an inn in Massachusetts was making chocolate cookies but she ran out of chocolate. So she decided to use broken chunks of a chocolate bar instead. She hoped it would melt in but it didn't and the chocolate chip cookie was born! :D She sold her recipe to Nestle in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate chips. But there's another story. A chef who worked with the woman said that her story wasn't true. He said she knew too much about baking to know that the chocolate chunks wouldn't melt in. His story was that he was mixing the batter for sugar cookies and the vibrations knocked a chocolate bar down into his batter and the chocolate broke into chunks. The woman wanted him to throw the batter out but he didn't want to waste it and everyone loved the cookies. :D

Judy Garland: Judy Garland starred in "The Wizard of Oz." It was a big deal that their movie was in color and black and white. We recently watched it again after learning about it.

Jesse Owens: When Germany was hosting the Olympics, Hitler wanted to show off all of his perfect, blonde-haired, blue-eyed athletes, but instead he was humiliated when Jesse Owens (a black Olympic runner) beat his athlete in the long jump. Everyone said Hitler was rude and refused to recognize that Jesse Owens won. Later Jesse Owens said, "Hitler didn't snub me, FDR did." Hitler had sent Jesse a photograph of himself while FDR didn't even send him a telegram. It wasn't until two presidents later that he was recognized for his talents.


Siths and Jedis said...

I love how you said both story's of the chocolate chip cookie. The smiley faces confused me otherwise the post was awesome. :E

Emily Foley said...

I've never heard the second version of the chocolate chip cookie story. That is hi-larious and now I'm dying to know which is true!

I recently read a book set in Nazi Germany and one of the main character's best friends pretends to be Jesse Owens by covering himself in charcoal and running around at the school track. I can't believe he didn't get punished for it.

Boquinha said...

Fun post and hilarious comment by your brother. LOL!

We know that book, Emily! ;) Mark and I mentioned it to the kids while we read about Hitler and his regime.

Vivian said...

I'll ask you the same question I asked your brother: why the 1930's? Interesting info.
Like Emily, I hadn't heard the second version of the chocolate chip cookie story. Neither sounds very plausible to me for some reason. Accident or experiment? But why claim it was an accident if it was an experiment with phenominal results? Enquiring minds want to know. I think you should suggest this to Dateline. Someone needs to get to the bottom of this.

jim said...

In case you missed it (which I doubt) Thanks to a young girl from Somerset the Choclate Chip cookie is the offical cookie of Massassachusets. It beat out the fig newton.

In PA a bill was introducted to make it PA offical cookie but someone wanted another cookes so the bill was tabled.

Boquinha said...

Ooooh! We had heard the MA story, but I did not know that about PA! Our state snack is probably the chip (potato, not chocolate).

Dr. Mark said...

Another excellent post! I love the way you tell your stories on here. I can tell you're a writer.

The Magic Violinist said...

Thanks everybody! :D
Jimmy: Chocolate chip cookies are WAY better than Fig Newtons in my opinion.
Grandma: We were learning about World War Two which was around the 1930s so we made a collage and a post about it. :D

The Magic Violinist said...

Whoops! I meant Jim. :D

Zelia said...

Wow. I am so impressed with the chocolate chip cookie. I love those cookies.
I laughed so much with the ant story. You are so adorable.