I’m a Heinz 57

Our family sat around the table for years thinking we were Irish. Heck, with a name like Murphy, why would you not? Then, as the years unfolded, a skeleton came out of the closet that my dad had a Scottish father. Wow, what surprise! St. Paddy’s Day was a big thing around our home. Do we begin to celebrate Robbie Burns Day and eat haggis?  I had identified with my Irish heritage all these years, and now I had to consider my Scottish roots as well. Mom, was French Canadian, Dad is half Irish/half Scottish. I’m a Heinz 57!

We, for the most part, are proud of who we are, but we have more in common with other nationalities and are connected more than we realize. This video demonstrates this. Watch these individuals take a DNA journey to break down the barriers of prejudice. Would you take this journey? I would! Enjoy!

The DNA Journey video


What does the “57” stand for in Heinz’s famous slogan, “57 Varieties?”

While riding a train in New York City in 1896, Henry Heinz saw a sign advertising 21 styles of shoes, which he thought was clever. Although Heinz was manufacturing more than 60 products at the time, Henry thought 57 was a lucky number. So, he began using the slogan “57 Varieties” in all his advertising. Today the company has more than 5,700 products around the globe, but still uses the magic number of “57.”

Heinz 57 is used to describe a person who is a mixed blood of many nationalities, also for a dog that is a mix of many breeds.

Trivia from the Heinz.com site: Heinz Trivia

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