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FReeper Canteen ~ Pancakes on Wednesday ~ March 3, 2004

Posted on 03/03/2004 1:11:50 AM PST by Radix

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Pancakes on Wednesdays

Yup, it is Pancakes on Wednesday again.


Welcome to Pancakes on Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Here is an amalgamation of trivial facts
and seemingly useless data.

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A student of the classical languages would spot the meaning of this word instantly, since it derives from Greek ikhthus, a fish, plus phagein, to eat, plus the English adjective ending -ous. It has its proper place in biology, where an animal would be so described if fish formed a significant part of its diet.

It may with equal seriousness be transferred to human individuals and populations who subsist similarly, though if you’re not careful it comes out sounding irretrievably pompous, as in this comment from The Manufacturer and Builder of New York City in 1876: “We find that the ichthyophagous class are especially strong, healthy, and prolific”. Eating fish is good for you. Henry Mayhew, in his London Labour and the London Poor, borrowed it for the purpose of elegant variation when he wrote in the 1850s that “Of sprats there are 3,000,000 lbs. weight consumed—and these, with the addition of plaice, are the staple comestibles at the dinners and suppers of the ichthyophagous part of the labouring population of London”.

We moderns eschew polysyllabic pomposities in favour of simple English equivalents, so it’s not seen as often as it once was.

Happy Birthday

Alexander Graham Bell 1847Alexander Graham Bell once summed up his approach to life and invention:

"Leave the beaten track occasionally and dive into the woods. Every time you do so you will be certain to find something that you have never seen before. Follow it up, explore all around it, and before you know it, you will have something worth thinking about to occupy your mind. All really big discoveries are the results of thought."


The first pancake delivery service was conceived of by Alexander G. Bell, who invented the telephone in order to expedite the service.

Happy Birthday
Rupert Brooke 1887

Some day I shall rise and leave my friends
And seek you again through the world's far ends,
You whom I found so fair
(Touch of your hands and smell of your hair!),
My only god in the days that were.
My eager feet shall find you again,
Though the sullen years and the mark of pain
Have changed you wholly; for I shall know
(How could I forget having loved you so?),
In the sad half-light of evening,
The face that was all my sunrising.
So then at the ends of the earth I'll stand
And hold you fiercely by either hand,
And seeing your age and ashen hair
I'll curse the thing that once you were,
Because it is changed and pale and old
(Lips that were scarlet, hair that was gold!),
And I loved you before you were old and wise,
When the flame of youth was strong in your eyes,
- And my heart is sick with memories.

-- Rupert Brooke

Happy Birthday

Matthew Ridgway 1895

U.S. General who led the 82d Airborne Division in the Allied invasion of Europe.

The 82nd did their job, after a hearty pancake breakfast.

Would you like some variety with your pancakes?


The Golden Mean, or Golden Section, is a mathematical constant, a ratio that appears in nature and was discovered by Pythagoras in the 5th century B.C.E. This proportional ratio was used in art and architecture by the Greeks and has been used by artists ever since. It was first called "Sectio Aurea" (Golden Section) by Leonardo Da Vinci. This number, 1.6180339..., is the Greek "Phi," or F. Like p Pi (3.14156...), F has no end. These are irrational numbers, whose infinitely long strings of decimal places never repeat. These numbers occur naturally and are used in all cultures with a mathematical awareness.

The Golden Section can be demonstrated graphically by making a point on a line positioned such that the two segments it defines have the property that the short segment has the same proportion to the long segment as the long segment has to the entire line.


The Universe is a giant pancakes with mankind at the center.

Happy Birthday
Jean Harlow 1911

I always used pancake makeup during my movie career.

We are counting cartesian coordinates

The power of pancakes is sometimes incalculable.

Happy Birthday

James Doohan 1920

It'll be bleeping miracle if I can get these pancakes up to full power in that amount of time.

Happy Birthday
George Pullman 1831

The Pullman Pancake strike was another serious though less well known episode in American railroad history.

In the 1880s George Pullman built the town of Pullman near Lake Calumet to manufacture his famous railway sleeping cars. All buildings in the town were company owned and rented to workers, churches and stores. The town and surrounding areas were annexed to Chicago in 1889.

The company cut wages a number of times in the 1880s and '90s, but failed to reduce the rent in the company owned housing. This double squeeze lead to dire economic circumstances for the workers. Workers struck the car works May 11, 1894. By late June sympathetic railway workers had agreed to boycott trains carrying Pullman cars nationwide. Federal troops were called in to keep the trains moving and to break the strike, prompting violence and looting in Chicago. With the arrest of the leaders in Chicago, the strike collapsed, and workers returned August 2, 1894.

This strike is widely regarded as being pivotal in labor history. Issues raised included a national rail strike, the use of federal troops and company towns.

Happy Birthday

Paul Clayton 1933

Some people eat wierd and lack pancakes regularly.

Steven Spielberg was busy discussing his new action adventure about famous classical composers. Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were in the room.

"Who do you want to play?" Spielberg asked Bruce Willis.

"I've always been a big fan of Chopin," said Bruce. "I'll play him."

"And you, Sylvester?" asked Spielberg.

"Mozart's the one for me!" said Sly.

"And what about you?" Spielberg asked Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"I'll be Bach," said Arnie.


It is a tautological theorem that pancakes are powerful.

Happy Birthday

Gia Scala 1934

Italian pancakes with a bit of garlic here. Mange!

The real puzzle is how to get people to recognize the pancake phenomenon.

Happy Birthday

Willie Chambers (The Chambers Brothers) 1938

Joe, Lester, Willy and George Chambers (l. to r.) came from the black gospel churches of Los Angeles to the clubs and coffeehouses of the folk scene. Their four-part harmonies could move an atheist to prayer.

The time has come today for some pancakes.

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. 



It is mean to not serve pancakes on Wednesdays.

Happy Birthday

Jennifer Warnes 1947

I know a pancake with maple syrup when I see one.

I Know a Heartache When I See One

Look at who the wind's
Blowin' up the road
Shining like a northern star
Actin' like the answer
To all my prayers
But, baby, I know what you really are

So don't you knock on my door
I won't be home anymore
You can find me out walking in the sun
Oh, you hide it so well
It isn't easy to tell
But I know a heartache
When I see one

There was a time
I was a true believer
Your love was the only way
Well you can save all your sweet talkin'
For some other fool
Only a fool would believe what you say

Oh, time is a teacher
It's taught me well
The loser is the one who cries
And when you've cried like a baby
And you've felt like hell
You know the devil
By the look in his eyes

I know a heartache when I see one

I know a heartache when I see one

Happy Birthday

David Pritchard 1949


Golden pancakes do not bring out any meaness.

Man walking along a road in the countryside comes across a shepherd and a huge flock of sheep. Tells the shepherd, "I will bet you $100 against one of your sheep that I can tell you the exact number in this flock." The shepherd thinks it over; it's a big flock so he takes the bet. "973," says the man. The shepherd is astonished, because that is exactly right. Says "OK, I'm a man of my word, take an animal." Man picks one up and begins to walk away.

"Wait," cries the shepherd, "Let me have a chance to get even. Double or nothing that I can guess your exact occupation." Man says sure. "You are an economist for a government think tank," says the shepherd. "Amazing!" responds the man, "You are exactly right! But tell me, how did you deduce that?"

"Well," says the shepherd, "put down my dog and I will tell you."

Happy Birthday

Miranda Richardson 1958

You would smile too if you had pancakes for breakfast

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.


Happy Birthday

Herschel Walker 1962

World class speed comes from a diet of world class pancakes.

Giza  and the Golden Mean

Happy Birthday

Jackie Joyner-Kersee 1962

Happy Birthday

Jessica Biel 1982

Pancakes.  Because you're worth it.

I am an excellent driver!

On This Day

On this day

1931 - The "Star Spangled Banner" was adopted as the American national anthem. 

The song was originally known as "Defense of Fort McHenry."


On this day
1849 - The U.S. Department of the Interior was established.

Today's Wednesday field trip takes us to Uluru.

On this day

1851 - The U.S. Congress authorized the 3-cent piece. It was the smallest U.S. silver coin.

About a hundred dollars.

Three-Cent Silver
The three-cent piece was introduced to accommodate the lowering of the postal rates from five to three cents. Authorized by Congress on March 3, 1851. There are two types of Three Cents Pieces, the first was minted between 1851-1853 and is made of .750 silver and .250 copper with a weight of .80 grams and the second type minted between 1854-1873 is made of .900 fine silver and .100 copper with a weight of .75 grams. The designer of this coin was James B. Longacre. The silver coin was the tiniest coin this nation has issued. Its face shows a six-pointed star. The reverse shows a crescent-shaped design with the roman numeral "III" in the center to denote the denomination. The silver content of this piece made it inviting to hoarders, who kept it for its bullion value.

On this day
1878 - Russia and the Ottomans signed the treaty of Stenafano.  

The treaty granted independence to Serbia.

Would you like some ice with your pancakes?

On this day

1885 - The American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) was incorporated in New York as a subsidiary of the American Bell Telephone Company.

The bell tolls for the time of the eating of the pancakes on Wednesday!

On this day

1903 - In St. Louis, MO, Barney Gilmore was arrested for spitting.


On this day

1904 - Wilhelm II of Germany made the first recording of a political document with Thomas Edison's cylinder.

One of the more famous german leaders was known as Otto Von Pancake.

More stupid laws.

Massachusetts has more than just foolish politicians.


Technically, John Kerry's political stances are known as waffles, but hey, this is wednesday in the Canteen.

On this day

1910 - J.D. Rockefeller Jr. announced his withdrawal from business to administer his fathers fortune for an "uplift in humanity".  He also appealed to the U..S. Congress for the creation of the Rockefeller Foundation.

One of the purposes of the Rockefeller Foundation was to promote the greater ingestion of Pancakes throughout the World.

On this day

1915 - The motion picture "Birth of a Nation" debuted in New York City.

On this day

1923 - The first issue of Time magazine was published.

The yearning for pancake recipes inspired the inception of the so called news magazine known as Time.

On this day

1938 - A world record for the indoor mile run was set by Glenn Cunningham. 

He ran the distance in 4 minutes, 4.4 seconds.

The run for pancakes has inspired the participation of some of the fastest sprinters in the World.

On this day

1939 - In Bombay, Ghandi began a fast to protest the state's autocratic rule.

Non-cooperation with evil is a sacred duty.

On this day

1945 - Superman encountered Batman and Robin for the first time on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

The power of pancakes should never be underestimated.

On this day

1952 - "Whispering Streets" debuted on ABC Radio.

The truth of pancakes is as simple as ABC....

On this day

1956 - Morocco gained its independence.

Morroccan pancakes are exquisit.

On this day

1959 - The San Francisco Giants had their new stadium officially named Candlestick Park.

The original name of the Stadium was to be Pancake park, but radical left wing activists in the San Francisco are prevented that by invoking unusual acts of civil disobediance.

On this day

1969 - Apollo 9 was launched by NASA to test a lunar module.

There have been many searches for pancakes beyond the earth.

On this day

1972 - The unmanned U.S. space probe Pioneer 10 was launched.

The familiar pancake shape was no coincidence.

On this day

1985 - The TV show "Moonlighting" premiered.

This episode of Moonlighting has been brought to you by  Pancakes on Wednesday!

Don't forget the Maple Syrup.

Pancakes Wednesday



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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Aeronaut; Bethbg79; blackie; E.G.C.; fatima; Fawnn; HiJinx; Hondo1952; ...

Pancake Ping



2 posted on 03/03/2004 1:16:11 AM PST by Radix (There is more to the Rad Man than just an X Rating!)
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3 posted on 03/03/2004 1:53:18 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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Duty ~ Honor ~ Country

Click above to visit "A Day in the Life of President Bush"

5 posted on 03/03/2004 2:00:52 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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The light of God surround you
The love of God enfold you
The power of God protect you
The presence of God watch over you
Wherever you are,God is,
And all is well.

Bless This House

Bless this house O Lord we pray;
Make it safe by night and day;
Bless these walls so firm and stout,
Keeping want and trouble out:
Bless the roof and chimneys tall,
Let thy peace lie over all;
Bless this door, that it may prove
ever open to joy and love.

Bless these windows shining bright,
Letting in God's heav'nly light;
Bless the hearth a'blazing there,
with smoke ascending like a prayer;
Bless the folk who dwell within,
keep them pure and free from sin;
Bless us all that we may be
Fit O Lord to dwell with thee;
Bless us all that one day we
May dwell O Lord with thee.

(Click on praying hands above, or on banner at the top to hear the music)

6 posted on 03/03/2004 2:06:27 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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Thanks for deleting the duplicate post. Everything is soooo slooowww.

7 posted on 03/03/2004 2:13:16 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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8 posted on 03/03/2004 2:16:02 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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To: StarCMC; Diva Betsy Ross; All

Our National Anthem


9 posted on 03/03/2004 2:17:53 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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To: kjfine; StarCMC

Hi CPT kj!! Hi Star!! Thank you for serving this great nation of ours.
Prayers for your success and safety, kj.

10 posted on 03/03/2004 2:20:00 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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Thank you, 1Sgt Mike, for your service to our country with the Army National Guard.

Prayers for your safety and success in Balad.

11 posted on 03/03/2004 2:23:31 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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Hi, John. Thanks for your service to America. Prayers sent for your success and safety. 11!!

12 posted on 03/03/2004 2:25:18 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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Thank you, Eric, for your service to our great America.
Prayers for your safety and success of mission.

13 posted on 03/03/2004 2:28:41 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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Hi Stu!! Thank you for serving this great nation of ours.
Prayers for your safety and success in Afghanistan. Thanks to Brad and Graham too.

14 posted on 03/03/2004 2:30:45 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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15 posted on 03/03/2004 2:34:36 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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Good morning, Girls!

16 posted on 03/03/2004 2:43:12 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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Good morning, Boys!!

17 posted on 03/03/2004 2:44:01 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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CONTEMPLATING DADDY'S GOODBYE — Three-year-old Kaleigh Hill sits alongside her father, U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. William J. Hill, a nuclear, biological and chemical specialist with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 3, while waiting for 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Marines at the armory at Marine Corps Air Station Mirarar, Calif., to leave in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Approximately 200 Marines from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing deployed Feb. 20, 2004. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. John Sayas

18 posted on 03/03/2004 2:51:36 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Good morning, Kathy.((HUGS))How's it going?

A very pleasant good morning to everyone at the canteen and to all of our military at home and abroad. Thanks for your continued service to our country.

Folks, please be sure to update your anti-virus software. Today's the day Norton does their weekly update.

19 posted on 03/03/2004 3:08:00 AM PST by E.G.C.
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Statler Brothers


20 posted on 03/03/2004 3:08:04 AM PST by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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