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“An army marches on its stomach”*…

 

From Steve1989 MREinfo (“I will eat just about anything!”), a collection of over 70 videos unpacking military meals, from World War II to the present, and from services all over the world.

[TotH to @rebeccaonion]

* Napoleon

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As we dig in, we might send birthday greetings in oyster sauce to Joyce Chen; she was born on this date in 1917.  A chef, restauranteur, author, television personality, and entrepreneur, she parlayed a successful Cambridge, MA restaurant (where she’s credited with creating the “all you can eat Chinese buffet” to perk up slow Tuesdays and Wednesdays) into a collection of restaurants, a cooking school, a series of cookbooks, and a PBS series (shot on the same set as Julia Child’s show).  She is credited with popularizing northern-style Chinese cuisine in America.  Chen was honored in 2014 (along with Julia Child) as one of the five chefs featured on a series of U.S. postage stamps.

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Written by LW

September 14, 2016 at 1:01 am

“We all have hometown appetites”*…

 

Lebanon: fatoush (tomato salad), pita bread, and parsley

As part of a promotion for the Sydney International Food Festival, the advertising agency WHYBIN/TBWA designed 18 national flags using foods for which each country is commonly known…

United States: hot dogs, ketchup, and mustard

China: dragon fruit and star fruit

Japan: tuna and rice

 

See other prandial pennants at Marvelous. [Grateful TotH to reader @krasney]

Foreigners cannot enjoy our food, I suppose, any more than we can enjoy theirs. It is not strange; for tastes are made, not born. I might glorify my bill of fare until I was tired; but after all, the Scotchman would shake his head and say, ‘Where’s your haggis?’ and the Fijan would sigh and say, ‘Where’s your missionary?’
-Mark Twain, Roughing It

* Clementine Paddleford (quoted in Charles Wysocki’s Americana Cookbook)

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As we ask for extra mayonnaise, we might recall that it was on this date in 1960 that Elvis Presley was honorably discharged after two years in the U.S. Army; he left with the rank of sergeant.  Presley, whose career had been carefully stoked with banked material during his service, went right back to work: within a month he recorded and released a single, “Stuck on You,” that went straight to Number One, the ballads “It’s Now or Never” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”, and the rest of Elvis Is Back!, which went straight to Number Two on the album chart.  And he hit the sound stage as well, making G.I. Blues in time to release it that summer– and watch it climb to Number Two on Variety‘s box office chart.

Elvis entertaining King Mehendra and Queen Ratna of Nepal on the set of “G.I. Blues”

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Written by LW

March 5, 2014 at 1:01 am

Just when you were beginning to feel a little safer…


The Army News Service reports that, even as Microsoft itself is quietly declaring defeat on widely-reviled Vista and trying to shift attention to the can’t-be-soon-enough release of Windows 7, the U.S. Army is moving all of it’s PCs to Vista…

Army migrating computers to Vista
May 20, 2009
By Gary Sheftick and Delawese Fulton

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 20, 2009) — The Army is migrating
all of its Windows-based computers to Microsoft’s Vista operating
system to bolster Internet security and standardize its information
systems.

The systems change, which includes swapping Office 2003 for Office
2007, is set to be completed by Dec. 31.

The official release suggests that

First-time Vista users will discover added support for data
encryption, a new Windows Explorer, upgraded icons and navigation
structure…

… or not.

In any case, read the full piece here.

As we console ourselves that Trojan Horses have had a place in warfare since the time of Homer, we might recall that it was on this date in 1844 that Samuel F. B. Morse taped out the first message sent over the (first) “telegraph” line:  “What hath God wrought?”  Morse sent the famous message from the B&O’s Mount Clare Station in Baltimore to the Capitol Building. (The words were chosen by Annie Ellsworth, the daughter of the U.S. Patent Commissioner, from Numbers 23:23.)

The original Morse telegraph

Written by LW

May 24, 2009 at 12:01 am

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