I was not surprised to see that there was such a thing as a World Pasta Day; after all, there’s a national/international/world day of the year for everything else. I was a bit surprised to learn that this celebration commemorates the World Pasta Congress that was held in Rome on October 25, 1995. (I was unaware that pasta needed a world congress.) Meanwhile, on this date in 2005, the International Pasta Organization (IPO) was formed. (I was unaware that pasta needed an international organization.) The IPO is apparently related, in some way that I shan’t bother to explore, to the UN.A.F.P.A.—the Union of Organizations of Manufacturers of Pasta Products of the E.U.; the initials refer to the organization’s French name. (I was unaware…oh, forget about it.) Anyway, the goal of this little holiday, like the goal of the world’s pasta manufacturers, is to get us all to eat—well, really, to buy—more pasta. Suddenly I feel an inexplicable urge to eat homemade pasta today, just on principle, because pasta is delicious but who wants to be in thrall to Big Noodle?