Celebrated on March 9th
The World’s Largest Meatball Was Made in South Carolina The Italian-American Club of Hilton Head Island, SC, took the record in November of 2017 with a massive 1757 pound meatball that took a year of planning to create. Special equipment had to be custom-made and it took a week to cook the meatball, and Guinness World Records was there to make it official. Most of the staggering meatball went to local programs to feed the hungry.
A meatball is ground meat rolled into a small ball, sometimes along with other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, minced onion, eggs, butter, and seasoning. Meatballs are cooked by frying, baking, steaming, or braising in sauce. There are many types of meatballs using different types of meats and spices. The term is sometimes extended to meatless versions based on vegetables or fish; the latter are commonly known as fishballs.
A fun origin fact is that on April 1, 1957, BBC made a spoof broadcast convincing everyone that spaghetti grew on trees. At that time spaghetti was considered an exotic delicacy and BBC played on that fact by going into much (facetious) detail about how frost could impair the flavor of spaghetti and that spaghetti strings always grow to the same length. Bonus fact about this television presentation: some people believe it was the first time the television was used to stage an April Fools joke.