I know many of you are wondering why I have compelled you to set up your own blogs, and why I have spent my time loading up all 80 blogs onto our Netvibes page, but check this out.
A very responsible member of our class took to heart my sincere entreaty (during our discussion of the American dream) that someone research and write about the history of the cheeseburger.
Ladies and gentleman, you can thank Sydney Patten for this:
Well, Matt, I don’t remember what it was that brought this up in class, but at some point we did talk about where these wonderful creations of delicious murder, the cheese burger, came from. So I logged on the com-poo-ter, blasted my metal, and traveled to the land of “Google.” I typed in the obvious question, “Where did cheese burgers come from?” Apparently there is an entire webpage dedicated to the “History of Hamburgers.” (There is also an entire website dedicated to why bread is evil, so I guess this isn’t TOO odd.)
They believe the original idea of ground meat came from the fierce Mongol Genghis Kahn. His army known as the “Golden Horde” rode for days and couldn’t always stop to get food. Small villages would follow these men around on great wheeled carts called “yurts” leading huge heards of sheep, goats, oxen and horses. They needed a food that could be eaten easily and held with one hand, ground meat seemed to be the perfect thing. They would soften the meat by placing it under there saddles while riding into battle. When it was time to eat, the meat would be eaten raw. Tenderized by the saddle and the horses back.
That’s the site I got this information from. It goes from the very first form close to the burger (as described above) to the form we know it today. It’s pretty interesting… maybe.
There is so, so much in that quote that I would like to discuss at length, I just don’t know where to start. Suffice it to say that I like cheeseburgers even more after reading this, and they were already my favorite food. In fact, I ate one not 30 minutes ago, and washed it down with a cherry Coke, which, I’ve heard, was also an invention of the Mongol horde. (That’s why they’re so rich–livin’ the dream, you might say.)
Sydney and Mongols, I salute you.