Big Apple Whore Hoax (update); Oxford Food Book; Panda (OED?)
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Just finished with parking tickets for the week. I've got tomorrow (Saturday)
to solve the "Republican elephant" and "Democratic donkey" thing, first
posted here back in 1996.
TIRED TYPO: "Ass" in my last "Catalina salad" post should have been "add." I
was tired and typed the wrong key.
BIG APPLE WHORE HOAX (UPDATE)
A new "BigApple Fest" article has appeared today. It appears to be almost a
word-for-word reprint of the horrendous "What would Madam Eve think?" Simon
Houpt article in the Toronto Globe and Mail.
When I got home today, there was a phone message. Believe it or not, it was
Simon Haupt of the Toronto Globe and Mail!
300 Apples Invade New York City
IBLNEWS, Spain - 11 hours ago
... of "Big Apple" sculptures, decorated by local and international artists,
will grow in New York City this summer as part of the Big Apple Fest, a public
300 Apples Invade New York City
Hundreds of "Big Apple" sculptures, decorated by local and international
artists, have ripined in New York City this summer as part of the Big Apple Fest,
a public art initiative to promote the city and benefit charities.
Viernes, 27 agosto 2004
EENY / AMIGOT NEWS
The Big Apple Fest, running through October 15, is putting a special glow on
the Big Apple. Some 300 apples are on display for two months at buildings and
plazas such as Rockefeller Center, South Street Seaport and Madison Square
Garden, where the GOP National Convention will be held in late August, organizers
The outer boroughs have apples at central locations such as the Staten Island
ferry terminal and Brooklyn Borough Hall.
"Big Apple Fest is a great way to bring artists, corporate and civic leaders,
and families together to build community pride. Beautiful apples sponsored by
civic groups and corporations will decorate the city and the Police Athletic
League and City Harvest will share in the proceeds," said NYC & Company
President and CEO Cristyne L. Nicholas.
The oversized apples are four feet tall and four feet in diameter. They are
cast from acrylic, allowing artists to create three-dimensional works inside or
decorate the exterior. Artists will submit designs for the Big Apples by
March. Designs will be reviewed by an artistic committee and presented to sponsors
for consideration. Some sponsors are directly commissioning designs from
Businesses and organizations paid $8,500 to sponsor an apple which will be
later sold at auction or $12,500 to sponsor and keep the apple.
With security increasing because of the recent terror threats and the
impending Republican National Convention, the Big Apple Fest is taking precautions. A
spokesman said that, at each site, existing security arrangements will be
extended to cover the apples. For example, two apples are headed for 23 Wall St.,
across the street from the New York Stock Exchange. Working with the police
and the NYSE, the fest has come up with a detailed installation process
including the use of bomb-sniffing dogs. The apples are under 24-hour surveillance to
After two months on the streets, they'll move to Sotheby's, where a November
auction will raise money for City Harvest, the Police Athletic League and the
NYC & Company Foundation.
Why is New York called the Big Apple?
What exactly is the root of New York's tag as the Big Apple? And could it
have anything to do with the approbation, 'How about them apples?' "
Jazz aficionados point to the use of the phrase 'the big apple' by black
musicians, to refer to New York gigs in the 1930s. Horse-racing fans can go back a
couple of decades earlier, when a reporter for the Morning Telegraph heard
the phrase around the tracks.
But the explanation that precedes them all goes back to the early 19th
century, possibly 1803 or 1804, when a certain Mlle. Evelyn Claudine de
Saint-Evremond established a salon on the Lower East Side -- then a well-regarded
residential neighbourhood -- for discerning gentlemen.
The anglicized version of her name was Eve, and she apparently boasted of her
"apples," her many girls on hand, that tempted men from afar. It is said that
Eve and her apples helped New York earn the dubious distinction of being the
American city with the highest per-capita concentration of houses of ill
OXFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FOOD AND DRINK IN AMERICA (UPDATE)
I should have contributed more to it, but here is the status of it, in a
message received today from general editor Andrew F. Smith:
Good news. The encyclopedia will go to print on September 24 and should be
available in bookstores by mid-October -- just in time for the holiday season.
It has a thousand pages with a million words organized in more than 800 entries
written by 206 authors.
OUP is spending a great deal of time and money on promotion. Press packets
will be sent out the week of September 7. If you have close connections with
anyone in the press or media (or editors of culinary newsletters) and wish a
package sent to them, please send their names and addresses to Don Myers at
donald.myers at oup.com
Jen Chung (http://www.gothamist.com/jenchung.php), the beautiful and talented
editor of Gothamist.com who really should come with me to Bhutan, has a thing
Jesse, what does the revised OED have for "panda"?
The "Making of America" database has some 19th century hits. I haven't yet
checked Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO).
I can see that this is going to be an elephant-donkey-panda kind of weekend.
[Said to be one of the names in Nepal.]
1. A racoon-like animal (Ælurus fulgens) of the south-eastern Himalayas,
about the size of a large cat, having reddish-brown fur and a long bushy
ring-marked tail; the red bear-cat.
[1824 F. CUVIER Hist. des Mammifères livrais. 50 Panda.] 1835 SWAINSON Nat.
Hist. Quadrupeds 107 The panda..has been discovered only of late years, in
the mountains of India. It has been termed the most beautiful of all known
quadrupeds. 1861 J. G. WOOD Nat. Hist. I. 420 This beautiful creature is a native
of Nepal, where it is known under the different names of Panda, Chitwa, and
Wah. 1901 C. J. CORNISH Living Anim. 126 The bear Cat or Panda.
2. a. A large, black and white, bear-like mammal, Ailuropoda melanoleuca,
native to limited, mountainous areas of forest in China, where the first
scientific description of it was made by the French missionary, Armand David
(1826-1900), in 1869; formerly known as the parti-coloured bear, until its
zoological relationship to the red panda was established in 1901.
1901 E. R. LANKESTER in Trans. Linn. Soc. (Zool.) VIII. 165 Æluropus must
be removed from association with the Bears..and is no longer to be spoken of as
‘the Parti-coloured Bear’, but as ‘the Great Panda’. 1928 Proc. Zool. Soc.
975 The systematic position of the Giant Panda..is a question about which
there has been much disagreement amongst zoologists. 1933 Discovery Mar. 91/1 In
outward appearance there is considerable difference between these two animals,
the giant panda..being very bear-like, while the little panda is about the
size and somewhat the shape of a cat. 1939 Daily Mail 12 Apr. 8/4 This sickly
sentimental panda plague has infected far more people than can ever hope to eye
it in the flesh... Would-be fashionable young women are carrying panda mascots.
1940 N. MITFORD Pigeon Pie ix. 140 Ming, the panda, would soon eat no food
until one of them was played to her. 1943 Jrnl. Mammalogy XXIV. 267 The New York
Zoological Society has recently acquired a pair of giant pandas... The
principal natural diet of the panda is bamboo. 1966 R. & D. MORRIS Men & Pandas vi.
105 There were panda postcards.., panda toys (almost obliterating the teddy
bear for a brief period), panda novelties, panda strip-cartoons, panda brooches,
and panda hats. 1973 Times 2 May 9/8 Children [in Peking] played a multitude
of games including ‘feed the panda’, a variation on ‘pin the tail on the
donkey’. 1976 Times Lit. Suppl. 27 Feb. 231/5 It is rumoured that China has sited
her nuclear testing grounds not far away from Panda country.
b. Used attrib. to designate a type of pedestrian crossing (see quot.
19621). Also absol.
1962 Daily Tel. 7 Mar. 15/7 ‘Panda’ pedestrian crossings are to be
introduced..to supplement zebra crossings. Their warning lights will be operated by
push-buttons and they will be given a 12-month trial. Ibid., Differences in
appearance between the ‘Pandas’ and the zebras are that the black-and-white
carriageway markings at the ‘Pandas’ will be altered in shape from rectangles to
blunted chevrons. 1962 Times 3 Apr. 12/6 Panda crossings, introduced
yesterday, held up Croydon's evening traffic. 1963 Times 24 May 17/4 The amber lights
system used on panda crossings was so complex and ambiguous that the ordinary
driver could not understand it. 1965 A. CHRISTIE At Bertram's Hotel xi. 106 On
the whole, the Canon was not what we would call accident prone... Whilst
taking no care or thought, they could still survive even a Panda crossing.
c. A police patrol car, so named from the resemblance of a broad white
stripe on the car to the markings of the giant panda. Also attrib. colloq.
1966 Guardian 13 Sept. 8/4 Special one-man patrol carspainted blue with a
broad white stripe and known as ‘Pandas’. 1969 J. WAINWRIGHT Take-Over Men i.
13 What about your Panda Patrols? Your closed-circuit television? 1970 Times
17 Mar. 2 Five children, who..helped catch two thieves, are to be given a ride
in a police panda car. 1971 Daily Tel. 10 May 2/2 It was felt that panda
drivers should be warned that the vehicles were not meant to be pursuit cars. 1974 ‘
A. GILBERT’ Nice Little Killing vi. 82 He got out his old second-hand carthe
village bobby didn't rate a panda.
(MAKING OF AMERICA--MICHIGAN)
Author: Redfield, Anna Maria (Treadwell) Mrs. 1800-1888.
Title: Zoèological science; or, Nature in living forms ... Adapted to
elucidate the chart of the animal kingdom, by A. M. Redfield, and designed for the
higher seminaries, common schools, libraries, and the family circle ...
Publication date: 1858.
Collection: Making of America Books
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_Ailurus Fulgens_, (Lat. shining,) the PANDA, or WAH,--is found in the
Himalaya chain of mountains, between Nepaul and the Snowy mountains, Cuvier declared
this to be one of the most beautiful of quadrupeds, and included it in the
Author: Richardson, John, Sir, 1787-1865.
Title: The museum of natural history; being a popular account of the
structure, habits, and classification of the various departments of the animal kingdom
Publication date: 1862
Collection: Making of America Books
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