In looking for Columbus Day information for my blog today, I was excited to stumble upon a fact that I personally was unaware of, but think you might be interested in knowin' to:
At some time between the year 1502 and 1504, veteran explorer Christopher Columbus brought the first cocoa beans back to Europe after his fourth visit to the 'New World'. At first, however, the cocoa beans were neglected. Despite the bitterness of the drink produced, Columbus claimed the resulting concoction was a "divine drink which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day without food".
Thanks Christopher - if it weren't for your gift of chocolate to Europe-which is where many of my ancestors are from - I would be known only as a "brown lab" which is not nearly as sweet sounding as "chocolate lab".
To celebrate, why not go grab a chocolate candy bar or have a nice cup of hot cocoa? After all, Mr. Columbus claimed it builds up resistance and fights fatigue, and being Monday who couldn't use a little of that? Sure wish I could have some right now, but being a dog I'm not allowed. As my way of celebratin', I think I'll just sleep this Monday away.
Happy Columbus Day!