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Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 8 18:52:41 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 11:52 AM, James A. Landau
<JJJRLandau at> <JJJRLandau at> wrote:
> Now for a interesting 1946 use of "shaved ice": from Merriman Smith _Thank You Mr. President_.
>        "Lawrence [of the _Times_] bought a gallon thermos jug, a large carton of finely shaved ice, club soda, very small paper cups and a bottle of cheap Scotch.  He mixed the liquor, soda and ice together in the jug and put up a sign before it: All the Scotch and soda you can drink for 50 cents.
>        "The mixture was so cold that it was almost impossible to drink it.  But the unbelieving press rallied around and tried to beat Lawrence's game."

That reminds me of the potent drink called "rocket fuel" I've seen
served (in very small cups) at some science-fiction conventions. I
don't remember the ingredients, but it's chilled with dry ice or
liquid nitrogen!

m a m

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