Caipirinha (continued)

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CAIPIRINHA (continued)

"Tall and tan and young and lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, each one she passes goes--ah!"
--THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA (song lyrics)

     I'll nail Brazil's national drink.  Give me some time.

17 October 1953, NEW YORKER, pg. 82, col. 2:  What he gets are black cigars,
boxes of matches to light them with, black chickens with their throats slit,
and, most favored of all, bottles of _cachaca_, a violent Brazilian drink
made from sugar cane.

7 March 1965, NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, pg. 30, col. 1:  The sand was strewn
with white flowers, mostly lilies, and quantities of "white" alcohol called
_cachaca_, were drunk.

18 October 1975, SATURDAY REVIEW, pg. 24, col. 3:  It was just such a tableau
that is said to have inspired "The Girl From Ipanema," a song that has now
become a standard.  "The girl" has matured to a matron, but in her time she
captivated the songwriters gathered in a small, off-beach cafe then called
Velloso.  Now the music and lyrics are enshrined on the wall, and the cafe is
called "A Garota de Ipanema," a place to resurrect memories, invoke musical
history, sip a _caipirinha_--clear sugar cane brandy, mashed sugar, and
limes--nibble a _sandulche_ of _peru_ (that's the turkey of Brazil) and
behold this year's crop of beauties promenading in The String, hopeful of
inspiring some artist to literary or musical creation.



     The Dow Jones database has 420 hits for "Jerusalem syndrome."  There
were 135 hits up to 12-31-97, 125 hits in 1998, and there have been 160 hits
so far in 1999.
      The first citation, as the _Barnhart's_ points out (adding "?"), is
from 1987; a play with the title of "Jerusalem Syndrome" opened that year.
Yair Bar-El of Jerusalem's Kfar Shaul Hospital appears to have discovered the
malady.  A 10-1-1994 article in the Peoria Journal states that the syndrome
was "first recognized 14 years ago."

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