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Cold and Hard Facts about the History of Ice Cream

Ice cream is a world famous dessert loved by both kids and the kids at heart. It is interesting to know who invented it or where it really came from. However, trying to trace its history could be a bit of a challenge, since  different nations claim to have discovered this flavorful frozen dessert.

Back in 54-68 AD, iced desserts were considered a luxury. During those times, the dessert is made of snow that was fetched into the mountains by slaves. This was mixed with fruit pulp, nectar and honey, but this  needs further verification to be considered a fact. Clearer evidence  about ice cream was noted into China’s Tang period, and again, ice cream was only for the royalty. The dish made use of heated and fermented milk and lug ice. It was in 1744 when there was a first account of ice cream written. A Scottish colonist described the dessert he ate at the home of a governor.

1843 was a landmark year for ice cream since the pot freezer and artificial freezer method were introduced to make it. In 1850, Jacob Fussell of Baltimore opened up the first ever commercial ice cream plant in Pennsylvania. Ice cream sundae was later claimed to be invented in 1880 by three different states. In 1903, a patent for ice cream cone was applied by Italo Marchiony  and in World War II, the dessert became so popular that it became somewhat an American symbol, it was even used to boost soldiers’ morale, and the US Armed Forces became the largest manufacturer.

Ice cream’s popularity is phenomenal since it is enjoyed all over the world. Different nations have their own specialties depending on what is abundant in their place.  Much advancement were also made to the top dessert that it has become a progressive industry providing jobs to millions. Individuals who like to start a small business even take advantage of ice cream’s popularity by making their own ice cream. Ice cream making equipments are readily available in the market to make it possible to make it at home. Ice cream maker for commercial purpose is easy to use. It will allow you to develop your own ice cream flavor that will be loved by people.

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Top 5 Most Crowded Concerts Ever

AP840424016The Bruno Mars concert schedule for this year features concerts all over the world in the Philippines, Thailand, New Zealand, China, and other countries. Katy Perry is on tour, too, and for us history junkies this abundance of concerts everywhere naturally arises to the question of which concerts were the most attended ever in history. These are the answers:

5. Steve Wozniak’s 1983 US Festival (1983)

Attendees: 670,000 people

This was perhaps one of the most extravagant concerts ever in history. The Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak craved for a platform that will fuse music and technology, and the normal response of a millionaire is to pay for the construction of a huge open-air field and a temporary stage at San Bernardino, California. The enormous crowd flocked to witness the epic performances of Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Triumph, and Van Halen. Fun fact, Van Halen was paid $1.5 million upfront.

4. Garth Brooks in Central Park (1997)

Attendees: 750,000 people

Garth Brooks was a huge country music star and his 1997 concert in New York gathered thousands of “cowboys” to sing with him as he belted out “Friends in Low Places” and “The Dance”.

3. New York Philharmonic in Central Park (1986)

Attendees: 800,000 people

This symphony orchestra formed in 1842 is one of the most popular in the world. The concert in New York was for the rededication of the Statue of Liberty. It held its 14,000th concert in December 2004. That’s how old the orchestra is.

2. Jean Michel Jarre,Oxygen, Moscow (1997)

Attendees: 3,500,000 people

This French musician performed for the 850th anniversary of Moscow in 1997. He is a pioneer of New Age genre featuring electronic and ambient elements in his music. His other biggest concerts were the 1995 concert for UNESCO’s 50th birthday and the 1990 celebration of the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution. This attendance equaled that of Rod Stewart’s in 1994. Which brings us to…

1. Rod Stewart at Copacabana Beach (1994)

Attendees: 3,500,000 people

The British rock star Rod Stewart was the first in the world ever to gather 3.5 million people to hear him sing his hit singles “Forever Young” and “My Heart Can’t Tell You No”.

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The Origins of Country Music

justin-moore2-600We’re all fond of the charming beat and groove of country music. When we hear it we’re reminded of old times when happy people in a happy neighborhood sat back in relaxed contentment. We visualize a stately man with his cowboy boots and hat, strumming away with his guitar.

Where It All Started

Country music in its earliest form first materialized in the folk culture of the British Isles. As immigrants and African slaves came, the elements of the British fiddles mixed with gospel hymns and ethnic sounds. These reached the Southern Appalachian region and were widely played with fiddles and homemade banjos since then.

The 1920s saw the spread of country music throughout America. The first ever radio performance of country musicians aired in 1922. In the same year, Victor Records released the first commercial country record by Eck Robertson. The first national country hit, the “Wreck of the Old ‘97” by Vernon Dalhart, stunned America in 1924.

The 1930s was a difficult time for America. With the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, country music was an escape into the good old Wild West. World War II turned things for the worse and people of the America needed the country music’s comfort all the more.

In 1927, Victor Records signed what turned out to be the two most influential country acts ever – Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. This era marked the permanent entrenchment of country music as one of the most loved music genre.

Jimmie Rodgers is widely referred as the “Father of Country Music”, bets remembered by his million-selling hit “Blue Yodel #1”. The Carter Family was the first country music group, composed of A.P. Carter, his wife Sara Doughtery Carter, and his sister-in-law Maybelle Addington Carter. Their hits “Keep on the Sunny Side” and “Wildwood Flower” are still listened by many up to this day.

Modern Innovations

Since its early formative years, country music evolved into a genre with influences from jazz and blues and sounds of modern instruments like electric guitars. What remains is the laid-back and relaxing feel. With acts like country singer Justin Moore and the likes, country music definitely has a long way to go.

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