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March 08, 2012
On this date, in 1912, give or take a few days:
Isabella Goodwin becomes the 1st US woman detective.
Teddy Roosevelt faces a few primaries.
Roald Amundsen announces discovery of the South Pole.
Last, but hardly least, (Antarctica would have been found eventually) the Oreo cookie was born when the National Biscuit Co. sold the first batch to a grocer in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Anyone can show some love on the actual birthday, which was March 6, when it turned, well, 100.
But when all the hoopla and birthday bashes with special cake are over, isn't it more meaningful to wait a few days later?
(Anyway, that’s how I rationalize missing the exact date.)
By now you’re familiar with the revolutionary design of two chocolate cookies with a cream filling in-between.
Since than, more than 362 billion have been consumed worldwide and we still don’t know what Oreo stands for and who designed the original.
But we can see how Nabisco's orb and double cross, a symbol dating back to medieval monks, evolved over the years.
As did the fillings that have included lemon-cream, green tea ice cream, mint, double and triple stuff and even an "inside-out" version that featured vanilla cookies with chocolate filling.
But the original is still the thing.
Psychologists have even discovered how you eat them provides great insight into your personality.
Like if you eat the whole thing all at once you’re the kind that devours life.
Eat a few bites at a time, you’re methodical.
Or if you twist it apart, eat the inside first, and then...maybe you don’t want to know what that reveals.
So happy 100 years plus two days and counting our little friend.
You’re one tough cookie.
In a manner of speaking.
(I have some making up to do.)
Atheism is almost getting cuddly, if you follow Alain De Botton.