Thursday, September 3, 2015

Six Sentence Story: Content

Yesterday i posted a picture of #2 Son and his snack of numerous corn dogs, which is one of his favorite snacks, among the others being beef and bean burritos, single-serving turkey pot pies, ramen noodles and chicken noodle soup; yes, he also eats salad, but he won't admit that to his friends.

A couple of people asked about said corn dogs, and since they are not a universal staple in homes around the world, i thought an explanation of the content of the average corn dog might be in order.

Corn dogs are a concoction of hot dogs, which themselves are a concoction of whatever bits are left over when the butcher finishes with an animal, skewered on a sick, dipped in a corn meal batter, said corn meal being American Indian corn/maize, and fried until it is an appealing golden brown in color.  They are considered excellent food at fairs and from street vendors since you need no utensils to eat them except the stick that is already provided, and some people like to dip them in mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, or whatever the favored condiment of that person and that part of the country.

There are variations on them and similar foods in other cultures, one favorite variation in this area being a piece of breakfast sausage instead of a hot dog as the meat and pancake batter on the outside instead of cornmeal batter that serves as breakfast in the car on the way to school for families rushed to get out of the door.

Rest assured, after his large snack, #2 Son's stomach was somewhat content, at least for a little while, and now i've managed to use the word prompt twice and take advantage of both meanings, which tickles my fancy!

Linking up with Uncharted Blog and Six Sentence Stories, where the prompt this week is Content.

Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Taiwan

Blue Hill Fair -- Blue Hill, ME, US (beautiful "down to earth" country fair; through Labor Day)

Cromwell's Day -- The Cromwell Association holds a service at his statue on his death date

Day to Mourn All Manifestations of Sexism -- in honor of passage of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

Day of Universal Alarm -- Fairy Calendar (no one remembers what to be alarmed about, which is what is so alarming, at least to the Fairies)

Feast of San Marino and the Republic -- San Marino

Flag Day -- Australia

Jeune Genevois -- Geneva, Switzerland (Genevan fast, dates back to the 16th century; now a flower and garden show also)

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials -- Stamford, England (within the beautiful parklands of Burghley House, Stamford in Lincolnshire; through Sunday)

Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival and Fair -- Morgan City, LA, US (celebrating the importance of the shrimping and petroleum industries in Louisiana, it includes one of the most unique children's villages among such events and a Blessing of the Fleet; through Labor Day)

Macchina di Santa Rosa -- Viterbo, Italy (St. Rose, patron of the city, celebration begins this evening at 9pm sharp)

Merchant Navy Remembrance Day -- Canada

National Welsh Rarebit Day

National Wilderness Day -- US (commemorates passage of The Wilderness Act in 1964)

Skyscraper Day -- birth anniversary of Louis H. Sullivan in 1856, architect credited with some of the first skyscrapers

St. Gregory the Great's Day (Inventor of Gregorian Chant; Patron of choir boys, educators, masons, musicians, papacy, Popes, schoolchildren, singers, stone masons, stonecutters, students, teachers; England; Kercem, Malta; Legazpi, Philippines; Montone, Italy; San Gregorio nelle Alpi, Italy; West Indes; against gout and plague)

St. Marinus' Day (Patron and founder of San Marino; also Patron of bachelors, deacons, and falsely accused people)

Tokehega Day -- Tokalau (remembrance of the Treaty of Tokehega)

Birthdays Today:

Shaun White, 1986
Kiran Desai, 1971
Charlie Sheen, 1965
Valerie Perrine, 1943
Pauline Collins, 1940
Eileen Brennan, 1937
Alison Lurie, 1926
Anne Jackson, 1926
Mort Walker, 1923
Kitty Carlisle Hart, 1914
Alan Ladd, 1913
Edward Albert Filene, 1860
Louis Henry Sullivan, 1856
John Humphrey Noyes, 1811
Prudence Crandall, 1803
Anna, Duchess of Bedford, 1783 (in 1840, she began the tradition of afternoon tea)
Nicolo Amati, 1596

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Search for Tomorrow"(TV), 1951
"Poppy"(Musical), 1923
"Funf Orchestrerstucke/Five Pieces for Orchestra"(Schoenberg Op. 16), 1913
"What Every Woman Knows"(Play), 1908
The New York Sun(Newspaper, first of what was to become the Penny Press newspapers), 1833
"Uncle Sam"(Image first used), 1813

Today in History:

Sextus Pompeius, son of Pompey, is defeated in the Battle of Naulochus by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, admiral of Octavian, which ends the resistance to the Second Triumvirate, BC36
Saint Marinus founds San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world's oldest republic still in existence, 301
Consecration of Pope Gregory the Great, 590
King Richard I (the Lionheart) crowned, and 30 Jews are massacred as part of the celebration, 1189
Richard Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of England, 1658
The first large group of Swiss and German colonists reach the shores of North and South Carolina areas, 1709
The Flag of the United States is flown in battle for the first time, 1777
Signing of the Treaty of Paris, end of the US Revolutionary War, 1783
John Dalton, English scientist begins using symbols to represent different atomic elements, 1803
The first daily newspaper, a "penny paper", that actually succeeded, The Sun (New York), begins publication, as well as employing the first paper boys, 1833
Outbreak of the Greek revolution against the autocratic rule of King Otto, 1843
William, Prince of Albania, leaves the country after six months because of opposition to his rule, 1914
Sir Malcolm Campbell reaches a speed of 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, becoming the first person to drive an automobile over 300 mph, 1935
68th and final transport of Dutch Jews, including Anne Frank and her family/friends, leaves for Auschwitz, 1944
Wally Gator premiers, 1962
Dagen H in Sweden: traffic changes from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight, 1967
The Viking 2 spacecraft lands at Utopia Planitia on Mars, 1976
Russia and the People's Republic of China agree not to target each other with nuclear weapons, 1994
An 87-automobile pile-up happens on Highway 401 freeway just East of Windsor, Ontario, Canada after an unusually thick fog from Lake St. Clair, 1999
Iran's Parliament approves the first woman minister in 30 years, confirming the appointment of Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi as Minister of Health, 2009
The mobile division of Nokia is purchased by Microsoft for $7.2billion, 2013


  1. Way to go! Nice ! I have never had a corn dog... I was always curious about them ... my kiddo could eat a million of them too... there is something about boys at a certain age ... they are eating machines!

  2. Love this way to do a six sentence story. Informative and anecdotal as well. Kids have iron stomachs, don't they? Mine might be content with a corn dog for about 15 minutes, and then, not so much.

  3. You know, I've never eaten a corn dog...they seem...odd. My sister and my daughter, however, love them.
    Great spin on the SSS.

  4. I've never had a corn dog, they sound awful,then I eat scrapple so...

  5. I have eaten plenty of Coney Island (Nathan's) hot dogs in my time, but I've never eaten a corn dog. I have to have a bun and the corn meal shell isn't enough.

  6. Very well done. Yes the corn dogs are a staple in many households. You can get a big box of them at Costco. Often hubby does.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  7. Awesome job! I feel very un-American admitting that I have never eaten a corndog, but I don't like hot dogs unless cooked over a grill or campfire (because who doesn't like added carcinogens with their processed meat?) and I only like cornbread if it's the sweet kind. My son, whose eating habits sound much like YOUR son's (except no salad), has eaten many, many corndogs. Many.

  8. I've only had corndogs a few times in my life, usually at a fair. It was nice of you to explain what they are, as I can see how that might be very confusing to people in different locations of the world.

  9. It never occurred to me that there would be people who weren't familiar with corn dogs, but of course it's a big world and not everyone is familiar with this product.

  10. ha! draw your Readers in and… make them hungry!!

  11. This made me smile, Mimi, as I once knew a man who liked corndogs so much that he took them to the oilfield in his lunchbox nearly every single day. At first I thought perhaps his wife wasn't trying very hard at making lunch, but no, that's what he wanted and nothing else would do. I have to admit that freshly cooked ones done with quality hot dogs taste pretty good. I try not to think to hard about the content! ;-)

  12. Sounds delicious...but addictive!

  13. My son loves corndogs! I like the taste but can't eat them if I think about them too much!

  14. What an interesting take on the prompt! Good job!