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FReeper Canteen ~ Pancakes on Wednesday ~ 6 Apr 2004
Canteen Crew ~ Radix

Posted on 04/07/2004 12:30:49 AM PDT by Radix

Edited on 06/26/2004 11:54:46 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

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Pancakes on Wednesdays

Pancakes have a special attraction.

Welcome to Pancakes on Wednesdays

Wednesday, April 7, 2004

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

Do not forget to hit the hyperlinks.

We have links, lots of them.

Look it up!

From the Radixionary


Prim or affected; over-refined; mincing.

Aficionados of Lewis Carroll will know a different meaning, which appears in the poem called Jabberwocky in his Through the Looking-Glass: “All mimsy were the borogoves”. Later in the book, Humpty-Dumpty explains its meaning as being a blend (he calls it a portmanteau word) of flimsy and miserable, so meaning “unhappy”. Carroll either invented it afresh or borrowed an existing English dialect word and gave it a new meaning.

In the sense of affected or over-refined, mimsy has long been known in the British Isles, especially in Scots and northern dialects; an example is in A Rock in the Baltic, by Robert Barr (1906): “In one corner of the room stood a sewing-machine, and on the long table were piles of mimsy stuff out of which feminine creations are constructed.” It’s known in other spellings, such as mimsey and mimzy; mimp is closely related; an elaborated version is miminy-piminy or niminy-piminy.

All forms seem to be built on mim. This little word may come from an imitation of pursing up the mouth in prudishness (a related form is mim-mouthed, affectedly prim and proper in speech, which appears in Virginibus Puerisque, by Robert Louis Stevenson, published in 1881: “Mim-mouthed friends and relations hold up their hands in quite a little elegiacal synod about his path: and what cares he for all this?”)

Mimsy is far from dead. It is found in the issue of The Medical Post for 6 January 2004 (published in Toronto, but the writer was remembering his childhood in Scotland): “Certainly if I had been drafted into the Armed Forces I would have been streets ahead of these mimsy Boy Scouts with their cowboy hats and their two-fingered apology for a salute.” It also appeared in an article by Griff Rhys Jones in the Independent on 24 October 2003: “This is food writing. Not mimsy pseudo-porn, but genuinely funny gastro-investigation driven by a slavering appetite.”

Happy Birthday 

William Woodsworth 1770

Who's poems of woods these are, I think I know.

What Heavenly Smiles!

What heavenly smiles! O Lady mine
Through my very heart they shine;
And, if my brow gives back their light,
Do thou look gladly on the sight;
As the clear Moon with modest pride
Beholds her own bright beams.
Reflected from the mountain's side
And from the headlong streams.

Happy Birthday 

W.K. Kellogg 1860

The Canteen sponsor of the week; Fresh to you each morning, Straight from Battle Creek

Kellog's pancakes, the best to you each morning.


Pancakes will make you fall high.

Happy Birthday 

Jersey Joe Walcott 1872

I could flatten a nose like a pancake.

Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.


Happy Birthday

Irene Castle 1893

Irene was the first woman to BOB her hair. She and husband Vernon, invented social dancing Charleston, Turkey Trot, Vernon Walk and others.

A very popular dance was the Pancake promenade.

Happy Birthday

Walter Winchell 1897

Upon his death in 1972, a front-page obituary in the New York Times eulogized Walter Winchell as "the country’s best-known, widely read journalist as well as its most influential."

All Americans everywhere are hearing the real story about pancakes.


The coincidence in right ascension of two celestial bodies (one of which is often the Sun). For example, when a planet is at the same right ascension as the Sun, it is said to be in conjunction.

Pancakes and butter go together in conjunction.

What else is the function of a Conjunction?

Happy Birthday 

Percy Faith 1908

Havin faith in pancakes, and you'll hear music.

Pancakes come in many forms, but on Wednesday, we celebrate them all.

Happy Birthday

Billie Holiday 1915

Lady sings the pancake blues.

Archimedes screws always go to the right.

Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.


Happy Birthday 
James Garner 1928

Down in New orleans, living on Jacks and Queens. Pancakes is the lady that he loves the best.

"A guy calls his lawyer. He says, 'Can I ask you two questions?' 
Lawyer says, 'What's the second one?'

Take a break after your pancakes.

Pancakes forever.

Happy Birthday

David Frost 1939

Happy Birthday 

Francis Coppola 1939

We'll make them a Pancake that they cannot refuse.


The time when the Earth lies between a planet and the Sun, making the Sun and planet appear in opposite directions as viewed from the Earth. Oppositions are the best opportunities for observing superior planets because they are well away from the glare of the Sun, and closer to the Earth than usual.

Noone can ever oppose a decent pancake.

Can you see the hidden pancakes in this picture?

Happy Birthday 

Jackie Chan 1954

I can mix it up and batter a few thugs until they are all flattened out.


Hold out a pencil at arm's length so that it covers your view of a more distant object. Now close each eye in turn. The pencil seems to move relative to the distant object when a different eye is closed. Each eye looks at the pencil from a slightly different direction. With both eyes open you get more visual clues as to how far away any object is. The following diagram shows the situation:

Pancakes from any angle, are still a mighty fine treat for the eyes.

Your brain instinctively determines the object's distance from the slight change in direction (measured by the angle - P). This method of measuring distances is called PARALLAX.


Pancakes now, and pancakes in six months, are still excellent on Wednesdays.

Happy Birthday 

Tony Dorsett 1954

We are counting yards.

Pancakes always do a body good.

If you stare at the image, you'll see a batch of pancakes of different colors.

Look into the center (white point) and stare for a while. How many colors can you see altogether in the object? You should see a purplish circle... and the 4 rotating 'wings' are tinted green. Make sure you always keep focused on the center.

Happy Birthday 

James "Buster" Douglas 1960

A pancake on your eye might help the swelling to go down.

Patient: "Nurse, I just swallowed my pillow!"
Nurse: "How do you feel?"
Patient: "A little down in the mouth"

Would you like some cherry flavored pancakes?


The point in the orbit of the moon or of an artificial satellite most distant from the center of the earth.

At apogee, a satellite travels more slowly than at any other point in its orbit. When viewed from the earth's surface, a satellite at or near apogee takes a long time to traverse the sky. In communications, apogee is the best time to access a satellite.


The average distance between pancakes should be minimal.

Happy Birthday 

Russell Crowe 1964

Have a hearty pancake breakfast with the master and commander.

Happy Birthday 

Victoria Adams Beckham (Spice Girls) 1975

A little spice with your pancakes is always a bit nice.

Today's Wednesday field trip takes us to perigee.

Bacon tastes good with pancakes.


A parsec is the unit for expressing distances to stars and galaxies, used by professional astronomers. It represents the distance at which the radius of the Earth's orbit subtends an angle of one second of arc; thus a star at a distance of one parsec would have a parallax of one second, and the distance of an object in parsecs is the reciprocal of its parallax in seconds of arc.

1 Parsec = 3.08568025 × 1016 meters

Pancakes and parsecs, together with maple syrup.

I am an excellent driver

The race for the pancakes and the best formula is on.

We are counting cards!

A Royal Flush, yeah. its a winner.

On This Day

1652 - The Dutch established a settlement at Cape Town, South Africa.

On this Day

1798 - The territory of Mississippi was organized.

The pancakes in Mississippi are as good as it gets.

Astronomical Unit

The sun always rises on a panckae Wednesday.

On this Day

1862 - Union General Ulysses S. Grant defeated Confederates at the Battle of Shiloh, TN.

There will always be pancakes.

On this Day

1888 - P.F. Collier published a weekly periodical for the first time under the name "Collier’s."

Peter Collier founded the periodical, Collier's Once a Week in April 1888. It was advertised as a magazine of "fiction, fact, sensation, wit, humor, news". By 1892 it had a circulation of over 250,000 and was one of largest selling magazines in the United States.

Pancakes Weekly was another famous  periodical from the 19th century.

On this Day

1914 - The British House of Commons passed the Irish Home Rule Bill.


After a plate of Irish pancakes, and you'll not be needing any lucky charms..

On this Day

1922 - U.S. Secretary of Interior leased Teapot Dome naval oil reserves in Wyoming.

The Teapot Dome scandal was also called the OIL RESERVES, or ELK HILLS, SCANDAL, in American history, scandal of the early 1920s surrounding the secret leasing of federal oil reserves by the secretary of the interior, Albert B. Fall. After President Warren G. Harding transferred supervision of the naval oil reserve lands from the navy to the Department of the Interior in 1921.

On this Day

1933 - Prohibition ended in the United States.

National prohibition of alcohol (1920-33)--the "noble experiment"--was undertaken to reduce crime and corruption, solve social problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons and poorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America. The results of that experiment clearly indicate that it was a miserable failure on all counts. The evidence affirms sound economic theory, which predicts that prohibition of mutually beneficial exchanges is doomed to failure

They'll never outlaw pancakes.

On this Day

1940 - Booker T. Washington became the first black to be pictured on a U.S. postage stamp.

There are people whose abilities and energy take them far past any limitations life tries to place on them. Booker T. Washington was one of those people. He rose up from slavery and illiteracy to become the foremost educator and leader of black Americans at the turn of the century.

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.

On this Day

1945 - The Japanese battleship Yamato, the world’s largest battleship, was sunk during the battle for Okinawa. The fleet was headed for a suicide mission.

On this Day

1948 - The musical "South Pacific" by Rogers and Hammerstein debuted on Broadway.

Adapted from two short stories by  James Michener,  South Pacific chronicles two love affairs.

On this Day

1948 - The United Nations' World Health Organization began operations.

Pancakes, the cornerstone of a nutricious breakfast, and the key to good health.

On this Day

1953 - IBM unveiled the IBM 701 Electronic Data Processing Machine.

 It was IBM's first commercially available scientific computer.

In the 1950's, people believed that someday, computers would be supersized.

On this Day

1963 - At the age of 23, Jack Nicklaus became the youngest golfer to win the Green Jacket at the Masters Tournament.

I am an excellent driver.

Jack would whack those drives flat as a pancake.

On this Day

1963 - Josip Broz Tito was proclaimed to be the leader of Yugoslavia for life.

Wer'll see you on the other side Jo.

Sometimes, when you don't get it about pancakes, consider yourself lost.

On this Day

1970 - John Wayne won his first and only Oscar for his role in "True Grit." He had been in over 200 films.

Well there pilgrim. it is time to see if you have the stuff that real pancakes are made from.

Don't forget the Maple Syrup.

The maple syrup always goes on the right.

See you next week here at Pancakes on Wednesdays.

Pancakes Wednesdays



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2 posted on 04/07/2004 12:32:02 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Hi Mom! Hi Dad!)
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Pancakes are up!

3 posted on 04/07/2004 12:32:13 AM PDT by Radix (Ignorance can be cured, stupidity is a terminal. disease)
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To: Radix
Thanks Radix for the fine presentation!
I'll catch y'all this evening!
4 posted on 04/07/2004 12:42:51 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Radix
Good morning Radix.

5 posted on 04/07/2004 1:21:29 AM PDT by Aeronaut (How many liberals does it take to change a light bulb? None - they like being in the dark.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Kathy in Alaska; tomkow6; LaDivaLoca
Mornin', everybody ! Happy Pancakes/Waffles Day !

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Have a cup while you Freep !

For those who prefer hot chocolate.....

6 posted on 04/07/2004 2:13:21 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Become a monthly donor on FR. No amount is too small and monthly giving is the way to go !)
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Thanks, Meekie, for the hot chocolate with marshmallows. Enjoying a cup now as I catch up, and maybe Carl will have another for in the morning.
7 posted on 04/07/2004 2:20:46 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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To: Radix
Thanks, Radix, for pancakes each Wednesday. Always fun stuff to read about.
8 posted on 04/07/2004 2:24:18 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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To: Aeronaut
Good morning, Aeronaut and Otto, and thank you both for your dedication to the flyover of protection for our troops' Canteen, a place where we offer a "touch of home" for our troops, our veterans, their families, and our allies. "Enjoy" your meetings today.
9 posted on 04/07/2004 2:34:03 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
"Enjoy" your meetings today.

Hi Kathy. Actually it should be enjoyable. We're organizing for our annual Seaplane Pilots safety seminar.

10 posted on 04/07/2004 2:36:28 AM PDT by Aeronaut (How many liberals does it take to change a light bulb? None - they like being in the dark.)
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Now that DOES sound like an enjoyable meeting.

11 posted on 04/07/2004 2:40:09 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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13 posted on 04/07/2004 2:44:47 AM PDT 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.

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15 posted on 04/07/2004 2:50:21 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (God Bless America and Our Military Who Protects Her)
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Thank you, armyboy, for serving America.
Prayers for your safety and success.

17 posted on 04/07/2004 2:56:01 AM PDT 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.

Glad your surgery went well. Prayers continue for you as you prepare for your "kids"
and their coming home.

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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.

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