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Pat Shingleton: "Popsicles and Brain Freezes..."

10 months 2 days 2 hours ago July 20, 2016 Jul 20, 2016 Wednesday, July 20 2016 July 20, 2016 10:46 PM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

When Frank Epperson was 11, he took a wooden stir stick, placed it in soda pop and placed it outside one wintry New York evening then enjoyed the frozen treat the next day.  In 1923, Frank used a Birch tongue depressor to hold the frozen delight and applied for a patent for his "frozen ice on a stick," calling it the "Epsicle Ice Pop."  Frank's children encouraged him to change the name to "Popsicle" and later sold his idea to the Joe Lowe Company. Good Humor Ice Cream now holds the rights and during the Great Depression two Popsicles were joined together and named “Twin Popsicles.” In addition, popsicle sticks have been used for a variety of arts and crafts projects. During heat waves there were numerous ways to cool-down in our youth. Years ago, when the inflatable pool was “shot-up” by Doug Kelly’s B.B. gun, Mom instructed us to fill the wash tub with cold water and stick my brother Kevin in there for a few days. He enjoyed it even though his lips were purple. Kevin kept cool during the summer months with purple lips and lots of  "brain-freeze" headaches.  Once Dale and Thelma Lutz built a swimming pool, they kindly invited the entire neighborhood to seek relief. Kevin kept cool during the summer months with purple lips and a headache.

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