Showing posts with label Napoleon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Napoleon. Show all posts

Jul 30, 2010

Lobster Thermidor

It was named after the month. Some say that it was first prepared for Napoleon during the month of Thermidor. Others say that it was created by Tony Girod at the Café de Paris to celebrate the opening of a play called Thermidor.

Thermidor is the eleventh month in the French Republic calendar and is about July 19 to August 18. The calendar was used in the late 1700s.

Thermidor comes from the Greek word thermos, which means heat. Hmmm, I thought a thermos could also keep things cold.

Apr 23, 2010

Tall Presidents

Did you know that in the past 27 US presidential elections, the shorter candidate has won only six times? Handlers for Jimmy Carter (5' 9") went to great lengths to prevent him from having to stand next to the taller Gerald Ford (6 foot+). It worked, Carter won. Eighteen presidents have been 6 foot or taller. James Madison was the shortest at 5 foot 4.

Did you also know that Napoleon was 4 foot 11 or (5 foot 6, depending on what you read), Paul Simon and Dudley Moore 5 foot 2. Tom Cruise 5 foot 8 (Thomas Cruise Mapother IV) 

Michigan is the only state that has a statute prohibiting height discrimination.