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USO Canteen FReeper Style ~ Pancakes on Wednesday ~ 27 August 2003
Canteen FRiends ~ Radix

Posted on 08/27/2003 2:13:27 AM PDT by Radix

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Pancakes on Wednesdays

Welcome to Pancakes on Wednesdays.

Wednesday August 27, 2003

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SPONDULICKS IPA pronunciation
Money, cash.

Though originally a bit of mid-nineteenth-century American slang, this has travelled widely, being cast up on the shores of Britain and Australia among other places. It’s a member of a group of words created in a century-long fit of logographical exuberation which also gave the world slumgullion, rambunctious, and absquatulate (not to mention, as Elsie L Warnock did in Dialect Notes in 1913, such otherwise lost treasures as scrumdifferous, hyperfirmatious, and supergobosnoptious).

It would seem from the evidence that spondulicks (either so spelled or as spondulix) was originally American college slang. One of its earliest appearances was in a piece about college life in the New York magazine Vanity Fair in 1860: “My friend the Senior got out of spondulix, and borrowed [my watch] to spout for the purpose of bucking the Tiger” (to interpret, his friend had run out of money and pawned the watch to get some more cash in order to gamble on cards, probably faro). The word was used later by such literary luminaries as O Henry and Bret Harte. From usage data, it now looks to be much more common outside the US, to the extent that the New Oxford Dictionary of English marks it as “British slang”.

Where does it come from? “A fanciful coinage”, the big Oxford English Dictionary says. It has been described as a “perverted and elaborated” form of greenback (you may feel that to believe spondulicks could come from greenback requires a perverted imagination all its own). Eric Partridge suggests it might derive from Greek spondulikos, from spondulos, a species of shell once used as money.

However, Doug Wilson pointed out that that Greek stem is also the source of various English words beginning in spondylo– that refer to the spine or vertebrae. He suggested that a stack of coins may have been likened to the spine, with each coin a vertebra. He found a supporting reference in an 1867 book, A Manual of the Art of Prose Composition: for the Use of Colleges and Schools, by John Mitchell Bonnell. A list of provincialisms included: “Spondulics—coin piled for counting”.

If it is indeed college slang, either explanation may well be the kind of academic joke that would appeal. Otherwise, your guess is as good as mine.

About a hundred dollars

Happy Birthday

Confucius 551 B.C.

Confucious say, day without pancakes is very bad start...

Lyndon B. Johnson (U.S.) 1908

My fellow pancakes lovers, pancakes are good....

Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Reubens 1952

Pancakes are the cornerstrone of a nutritious breakfast

Would you like to do some  Sorting with your pancakes?

Assume that n numbered pancakes are stacked, and that a spatula can be used to reverse the order of the top k pancakes for . Then the pancake sorting problem asks how many such "prefix reversals" are sufficient to sort an arbitrary stack (Skiena 1990, p. 48).

The maximum numbers of flips needed to sort a random stack of n = 1, 2, 3, ... pancakes are 0, 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, ... (Sloane's A058986), with the number of maximal stacks for n = 2, 3, ... being 1, 1, 3, 20, 2, 35, 56, ... (Sloane's A067757).

For example, the three stacks of four pancakes requiring the maximum of four flips are , , and , which can be ordered using the flip sequences , , and , respectively (illustrated above). Similarly, the two stacks of six pancakes requiring the maximum of seven flips are and , which can be ordered using the flip sequences and , respectively.

It is known that for , if n is a multiple of 16, and .

1990 - Stevie Ray Vaughn and three members of Eric Clapton's band were killed in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin.

SRV brought a real ray and sunburst to blues music and he died as he lived in a bolt (ray) of lightening.

1912 - The Edgar Rice Burroughs book "Tarzan of the Apes" was published for the first time.

This link should take you to the novel Tarzan, which I read three times.

1921 - The owner of Acme Packing Company bought a pro football team for Green Bay, WI. J.E. Clair paid tribute to those who worked in his plant by naming the team the Green Bay Packers. (NFL)

Would you like some cheese with your pancakes?

I am famous    I am washed up     Pancakes are for everybody, and for all ages....       I was inspired I lost my mind.

1938 - Robert Frost, in a fit of jealousy, set fire to some papers to disrupt a poetry recital by another poet, Archibald MacLeish.

Pancakes are fluffy, hot, and sweet.....

1945 - American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the end of World War II.

Japanese Surrender Certificate

Surrender, or find yourselves flattened like a pancake....

I am an excellent driver

Shockwave required here.

2001 - Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on the U.S. capital's historic national Mall. The site is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

Funding for the Pancake memorial has not come through yet

Todays Wednesday field trip is to Xanadu


Pancakes are yellow, flat, hot, and they go fast.


Toothpicks always come after the pancakes, definitely.

The maple syrup is defintely supposed to be on the table before the pancakes

Maple syrup goes on the right.

Buick convertible

I am an excellent driver

1949 roadmaster

hybrid rosebushes

.A pancake by any other name would still be sweet....

high functioning autistic

Wheel of Fortune
Look at these fabulous prizes
Over a hundred thousand dollars in fabulous prizes just waiting to be won

Is there a "c" in pancakes?

It reminds me of pancakes on Wednesdays

On this day 40 years ago..........   I can imagine a certain man, in a room, alone. I can almost picture him at prayer concerned about what the morning would bring.   On that day 40 years ago he gave what I consider to be, one of the greatest speeches of all time.

Pancakes everyday

Pancakes Wednesdays


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1 posted on 08/27/2003 2:13:27 AM PDT by Radix
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To: Radix
Good morning Radix and all.

2 posted on 08/27/2003 2:14:15 AM PDT by Aeronaut (In my humble opinion, the new expression for backing down from a fight should be called 'frenching')
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To: Radix; Kathy in Alaska; MoJo2001; LindaSOG; LaDivaLoca; bentfeather; Bethbg79; Iowa Granny; ...
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Pancakes on Wednesday Thread

You will stay right where you are on the thread.
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Mark your calendar for Saturday!
The Circus is coming to the Canteen!

3 posted on 08/27/2003 2:35:58 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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4 posted on 08/27/2003 2:39:45 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (THANK YOU TROOPS! PAST AND PRESENT)
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5 posted on 08/27/2003 2:45:17 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (mmm Pancakes in the AM!!!)
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Compiled and Updated almost daily by FReeper Ragtime Cowgirl

Thank You Ragtime Cowgirl!
6 posted on 08/27/2003 2:54:50 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (THANK YOU TROOPS!)
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MNLDS : Thanks for posting this thread!
7 posted on 08/27/2003 3:00:07 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (THANK YOU LT SMASH, Welcome Home!)
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To: Radix; All
Good morning to everyone here at the Canteen and to all of our military at home and abroad. Thnak you very much for your continued service to our country.

Folks, be sure to update your anti-virus software and get the latest critical updates for your computer:-D

8 posted on 08/27/2003 3:06:23 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Kathy in Alaska; MoJo2001; LindaSOG; LaDivaLoca; bentfeather; beachn4fun; Ragtime Cowgirl; ...
From the men in the Military and the Canteen

9 posted on 08/27/2003 3:09:13 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Good Morning Ladies)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Kathy in Alaska; tomkow6; LaDivaLoca; JohnHuang2
Mornin', everybody ! Happy Wednesday !!

75 degrees right now, headin' for around 96 today.
We got our much-needed shower yesterday ... Yay !
Whoops ! Time to pack my bag and head out for my workout ! ...

Click for Dallas, Texas Forecast

Have a cup while you FReep !

For those who prefer hot chocolate.....

10 posted on 08/27/2003 3:10:55 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Check out the Texas Chicken D 'RATS!:
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To: bentfeather
Will there be dogs at the Canteen Circus this Saturday?

11 posted on 08/27/2003 3:12:29 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (WOO HOO The Circus is coming to the Canteen this Saturday!)
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To: E.G.C.; MeeknMing
Good Morning!
Thank You for your continual support of the military and their family members!
12 posted on 08/27/2003 3:14:36 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (WOO HOO The Circus is coming to the Canteen this Saturday!)
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To: Radix
I got up early to see Mars and all I got was this stupid t-shirt!

13 posted on 08/27/2003 3:23:42 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Men are from Mars?)
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To: Radix

Good Morning Radix! Great thread! Good morning to our military and good morning to the whole Canteen crew.

Warm up exercise for today . . . . .

It’s for you. . .

Having just moved into his new office, a pompous, new colonel was sitting at his desk when an airman knocked on the door.

Conscious of his new position, the colonel quickly picked up the phone, told the airman to enter, then said into the phone, "Yes, General, I will be seeing him this afternoon and I will pass along your message. In the meantime, thank you for your good wishes, sir."

Feeling as though he had sufficiently impressed the young enlisted man, he asked, "What do you want?"

"Nothing important, sir," the airman replied. "Just here to hook up your telephone."

14 posted on 08/27/2003 3:37:13 AM PDT by SouthernHawk
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To: Aeronaut; minor49er
Good Morning Aeronaut. It's good to see that you and Otto are back up and flying after Minor49er "borrowed" your plane yesterday! Hope that she cleaned it up well before she brought it back! LOL!!

Have a good day!
15 posted on 08/27/2003 3:42:13 AM PDT by SouthernHawk (The difference between earning a good living and living a good life, is enjoying what you do.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Good Morning Brother! Hope you have a great day!
16 posted on 08/27/2003 3:45:14 AM PDT by SouthernHawk (We wanted a house that looked "lived in", so we bought all our furniture from the YMCA.)
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To: E.G.C.
Good Morning E.G.C. and bumps for your anti-virus reminder!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!
17 posted on 08/27/2003 3:48:08 AM PDT by SouthernHawk (I always give waiters a tip, but they never seem to appreciate my advice.)
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To: SouthernHawk
Morning Brother!
It will be a good day, once I get my blood test over with at 10:30 AM PST.
I'm such a wuss when it comes to medical stuff. LOL
*sigh* No pancakes till AFTER 10:30
18 posted on 08/27/2003 3:48:12 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (THANK YOU TROOPS! PAST AND PRESENT)
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To: MeeknMing
Good Morning Meek! 96 degrees? Compared to yesterday's 99, you must be having a cold spell! LOL!!

Have a really good day!
19 posted on 08/27/2003 3:51:19 AM PDT by SouthernHawk (The only reason my wife takes me anywhere is so she doesn't have to kiss me goodbye.)
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To: Radix
Thank You for everything you do for the moral support of the military and their families.
Your weekly thread in the Canteen AND your daily posts are very much appreciated.
Thank You Brother
20 posted on 08/27/2003 3:51:31 AM PDT by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (THANK YOU TROOPS! PAST AND PRESENT)
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