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Impossible Questions: Award-Winning Days in History Edition (Answers)

February 6, 2014

Think you know the answers from yesterday’s challenge? Here they are.

Blank BlackboardWhat important award was handed out on June 8, 1880?

On June 8, 1880, the brand of flour now known as Gold Medal Flour won its titular gold medal. the Washburn Crosby Company, a grain mill and flour distributor, entered three different grades of flour into the first annual International Millers’ Exhibition. Washburn Crosby’s three flours swept the awards, winning the gold, silver, and bronze medals. The gold-medal winning flour, previously known as Washburn’s Superlative Flour, changed its name to reflect its gold-winning status. Since August 1880, its been distributed under that name, although General Mills has since bought out Washburn Crosby. Gold Medal is the bestselling flour in the United States.

What important award was awarded at the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago?

That’s where Pabst Blue Ribbon beer won its blue ribbon…sort of. At the 1893 Columbian Exhibition in Chicago (sort of like a world’s fair), Milwaukee-based Pabst Brewery entered its Pabst Best Select into the fair’s beer competition. It was singled out as one of “America’s best” beers in competition, although fair organizers didn’t actually give out blue ribbons. However, Pabst Best Select had already been distributed with actual blue ribbons wrapped around bottles (today they’re just printed on the cans or bottle labels) for more than a decade. The good showing at the Columbian Exhibition was all the brewery needed to totally change the name of Pabst Best Select to Pabst Blue Ribbon.


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