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Andrew Mellon - Hotcakes
"The old man [Andrew] Mellon was very fond of thin little hot cakes and sausages, and their service at breakfast was ritual. One morning in the midst of their presentation, one at a time by the day footman, another lackey brought in the telephone on a cord and announced that the Minister of Finance of France wished to speak with Mr. Mellon on the trans-ocean. 'Not with the hot cakes,' said the old gentleman testily... 'These foreigners have no sense of propriety.'"
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When Randy Thomas Lost A Shrimp-Eating Contest
300-pound New York Jets right guard Randy Thomas spent much of his time at training camp every year trading restaurant tips on local all-you-can-eat buffets. Major's Steak House, on Long Island, was one favorite. And East-West, an all-you-can-eat Chinese restaurant in New Jersey? It was a favorite too—until Thomas ran afoul of the management one day for packing away sixteen lobster tails. "I've f---ed up some buffets, man," Thomas said. "I don't worry about my fat, I just f---in' eat." Thomas's favorite features of the Jets training camp cafeteria? Unlimited portions and free food. "S---, if it's free it's for me, you know what I'm saying?" Amusingly, Thomas once lost a shrimp-eating contest to Sonya Thomas, a 105-lb woman with ...
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Adolf Von Baeyer Shows His Wife A Turbine-Powered Stirrer
Entering his laboratory one day, German chemist Adolf von Baeyer, who later synthesised indigo and developed a nomenclature for cyclic compounds, found his assistants using turbine-powered mechanical stirrers. Although such machines would not normally have received the professor's approval, he soon became entranced by them and determined to share his excitement with his wife. Having been summoned from their neighboring apartment, Frau Baeyer was watching the apparatus at work when inspiration struck: "What a lovely idea," she exclaimed, "for making mayonnaise!"
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Angelica Bridges - Making Music In The Great Outdoors
Angelica Bridges once professed her love for making music in the great outdoors: "I love playing sports, camping out... eating pork and beans right out of the can," she declared, "and sleeping in a tent for two."[Among Bridges's other loves? Stiletto heels, having long hair, and wearing perfume.]
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Paul Bocuse & the Cheese Cart
In 2003, GQ food critic Alan Richman dined at the famous Restaurant Paul Bocuse, named for its owner, the celebrity chef who was named "chef of the century" by the GaultMillau restaurant guide. his verdict? "The cheese cart was unquestionably the worst I've come upon in a Michelin-starred restaurant. The theme: unripe cheeses with hard rolls. My knife literally bounced off an elasticized Camembert. There was an impressive quantity of cheese on the cart, but only because of mindless repetition—a long line of tiny pyramids of goat cheese, disc after disc of the same St-Marcellin. I studied the selection carefully, looking for uncharacteristic ripeness, and when I noticed a promising St-Marcellin, I eagerly pointed to it. The indifferent captain ignored ...
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Nunnally Johnson - argument in a restaurant
Famed screenwriter Nunnally Johnson once arrived at a restaurant to have lunch with his girlfriend, quite unaware that she intended to air various grievances about their relationship. Johnson ordered his favorite dish (shad roe) into which he was heartily tucking when the emotional scene began to unfold. Unwilling to abandon his beloved roe, he attempted, between mouthfuls, to make appropriate noises of contrition and apology."Look at you!" his girlfriend finally cried, furious at his inattention. "Our very lives are at the crossroads! And you sit there smacking your lips like a pig!" "I'm so sorry," Johnson replied. "If I'd known it was going to be like this, I'd have ordered something I didn't like!"
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Jean D'Aubigne & The Kippered Herring
While staying with the Scottish preacher Thomas Chalmers and his family, the Swiss divine Jean d'Aubigne was served a kippered herring for breakfast one morning. Curious, he asked about the meaning of the word "kippered" and was told that it meant "kept" or "preserved". Shortly thereafter, the guest, leading the household in their morning prayers, asked the Good Lord to see that they be "kept, preserved—and kippered."
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Helmut Kohl visits an Israeli president
While visiting Israeli president Moshe Katsav's home in Jerusalem in 2002, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl was offered a selection of home-grown vegetables by a delegation of Israeli farmers as a symbolic gift marking the Jewish Shavuot holiday. Indicating a red pepper, Katsav jokingly told Kohl that if he had any real political enemies, that particular vegetable would make a nice 'gift'. Unfortunately for Kohl, something was 'lost' in the translation and he promptly took an immense bite out of the pepper. Within seconds, Kohl had turned beet red and was gasping for air and perspiring heavily. Katsav's aides quickly brought him a large glass of water...
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Vegetarian Surprise?
Peter Pan author James Barrie was once seated beside George Bernard Shaw at a dinner party. Shaw, a vegetarian, had requested a special dish of greens and dressing—to which Barrie pointed while turning to Shaw. "Tell me," he whispered, "have you eaten that or are you going to?"
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Sweet Exchange
J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan evolved gradually from the stories which he told to Sylvia Llewelyn Davies's five young sons. On one occasion, J. M. Barrie overheard Llewelyn-Davies castigating one of the children for bingeing on sweets. "You'll be sick tomorrow, Jack, if you eat any more chocolates," she warned. "I shall be sick tonight!" the child declared, helping himself to another.So delighted was Barrie by this exchange that he incorporated it into