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Subject: RE: RE: RE: pretzels (NSC)
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Time: 12:15:16 PM
Remote Address: 126.96.36.199
Message ID: 307026
Parent ID: 307005
Thread ID: 306874
Very interesting story, but me being me, I wondered how true that old story was. So I just did a 2 fast Google checks, the first one I asked how it got it's name, and it directed me to wordcentral.com, and they state this: " The familiar knot-shaped pretzel has been known in Germanic countries for centuries. Its German name comes from the Latin brachiatus, which means "having branches like arms." The pretzel seems to have got its name because its knot shape looks something like a pair of folded arms.".
Then I asked "where did pretzels come from" and got from the site: www.todayifoundout.com this: "A common origin story of pretzels is that they were created by a monk around 610 in Italy. According to The History of Science and Technology, the monk baked strips of dough that he folded into a shape resembling a child crossing its arms in prayer. He would give these treats, which he called “pretiolas” or “little rewards,” to children who had memorized their prayers.".
So that's actually 2 different stories as to what the word means, but it appears that yes, religious brain washing of children by monks was behind the making of pretzel.
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