Archives for the month of: September, 2013

Mavis Beacon is a fictional character created for the Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing software. Developed to be a personification of a Software Toolworks instructional typing program, Mavis Beacon debuted as simply a photo of a model on the software’s packaging in 1987. The model chosen to be the face of Mavis was Haitian-born Renee Lesperance who was discovered by one of the software developers working behind the perfume counter at Saks 5th Avenue Beverly Hills in 1985. Mavis’s name comes from a combination of Mavis Staples (one of the software developer’s favorite singers) and the word beacon (an allusion to her role as a guide to typing).

 

Mavis Beacon is often thought to be a living or historical figure by the public. This confusion has led many to contact the software developers seeking to speak to, interview, or book Mavis for an event. Furthermore, as a result of Mavis Beacon’s continuous use in computer typing software, and her image on millions of software boxes, many consumers have reported confabulations (false memories and potentially a future FYI) of Mavis Beacon winning typing contests or appearing on talk shows. 

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The United States four dollar coin, also officially called a Stella, is a unit of currency equivalent to four United States dollars designed and introduced in 1879.

It was originally minted as a universal coin exchangeable with any currency around the world. Two varieties of the Stella were made: flowing hair, designed by Charles E. Barber, and coiled hair, designed by George T. Morgan. The flowing hair “Barber variety” is the most commonly seen variety. At some point in the late 19th century, several hundred restrikes of the Barber flowing hair design had been produced and sold to Congressmen at the cost of production. These later became a source of scandal when it was noted that a number of them ended up as jewelry pieces adorning the necks of madams operating some of Washington’s most famous bordellos.

It is composed of 6.00 grams of gold, 0.30 grams of silver, and 0.70 grams of copper. 

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Selected quotations sourced from AllAboutJazz.com

Bold indicates Daily FYI Editor’s Choice

“I was unfashionable before anyone knew who I was.”

“I think I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to sound like a dry martini.”

On the secret of his tone: “I honestly don’t know! It has something to do with the fact that I play illegally.”

He was an English major in college. His reason for not pursuing a literary career, “I could only write at the beach, and I kept getting sand in my typewriter.”

Of writer Jack Kerouac he said, “I hate the way he writes. I kind of love the way he lives, though.”

Of Vogue fashion models, he said, “Sometimes they go around with guys who are scuffling — for a while. But usually they end up marrying some cat with a factory. This is the way the world ends, not with a whim but a banker.”

“Sometimes I get the feeling that there are orgies going on all over new York City, and somebody says, `Let’s call Desmond,’ and somebody else says, ‘Why bother? He’s probably home reading the Encyclopedia Britannica.'” 

Shortly before the Dave Brubeck Quartet disbanded, “We’re working as if it were going out of style — which of course it is.”

Of contact lenses: “Not for me. If I want to tune everybody out, I just take off my glasses and enjoy the haze”

His response to the annoying banality of an interviewer, “You’re beginning to sound like a cross between David Frost and David Susskind, and that is a cross I cannot bear.”

Desmond’s fondness for scotch was well known. So in early 1976 when a physical examination showed lung cancer, he was ironically pleased that his liver was fine. “Pristine, perfect. One of the great livers of our time. Awash in Dewars and full of health.”

Ingredients–

1 lb. ground lean beef

2 cloves, minced garlic

2 little green onions, finely chopped

1 heaping teaspoon, India relish

2 tablespoons, capers

1 heaping teaspoon, Spice Islands sage

Spice Islands Beau Monde Seasoning — 1/2 teaspoon

Spice Islands Mei Yen Powder — 1/2 teaspoon

1 egg, beaten in a cup with a fork

About 1/3 cup dry red or white wine

1 tablespoon cooking oil

What to do–

Break up the meat with a fork and scatter the garlic, onion and dry seasonings over it, then mix them into the meat with a fork or your fingers. Let the bowl of meat sit out of the icebox for ten or fifteen minutes while you set the table and make the salad. Add the relish, capers, everything else including wine and let the meat sit, quietly marinating, for another ten minutes if possible. Now make your fat, juicy patties with your hands. The patties should be an inch thick, and soft in texture but not runny. Have the oil in your frying pan hot but not smoking when you drop in the patties and then turn the heat down and fry the burgers about four minutes. Take the pan off the burner and turn the heat high again. Flip the burgers over, put the pan back on the hot fire, then after one minute, turn the heat down again and cook another three minutes. Both sides of the burgers should be crispy brown and the middle pink and juicy.

Source: http://www.openculture.com/2013/09/ernest-hemingways-favorite-hamburger-recipe.html

The “full Ginsburg” is a buzzword that refers to an appearance by one person on all five American major Sunday morning talk shows on the same day: This Week on ABC, Fox News Sunday, Face the Nation on CBS, Meet the Press on NBC, and Late Edition on CNN. State of the Union replaced Late Edition on CNN in January 2009.

The term is named for William H. Ginsburg, the lawyer for Monica Lewinsky during the sexual conduct scandal involving President Bill Clinton. Ginsburg was the first person to accomplish this feat, on February 1, 1998. 

William H. Ginsburg – February 1, 1998

Dick Cheney – July 30, 2000

John Edwards – October 10, 2004

Michael Chertoff – September 4, 2005

Hillary Clinton – September 23, 2007

Kathleen Sebelius, Janet Napolitano, Richard Besser – May 3, 2009

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Rajiv Shah, Ken Keen – January 17, 2010

Michele Bachmann – August 14, 2011

Jack Lew – February 12, 2012

Susan Rice – September 16, 2012

Timothy Geithner – December 2, 2012

Jeb Bush – March 10, 2013

Marco Rubio – April 14, 2013

Daniel Pfeiffer – May 19, 2013

John Kerry – September 1, 2013

Denis McDonough – September 8, 2013

Barack Obama – September 9, 2013

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There is a statue of the Fab 4 on the mountain Kök Töbe (translation: Green Hill) outside of Almaty, Kazakhstan. 

ImageThe Wieliczka Salt Mine (Polish: Kopalnia soli Wieliczka), located in the town of Wieliczka in southern Poland, lies within the Krakówmetropolitan area. The mine, built in the 13th century, produced table salt continuously until 2007, as one of the world’s oldest salt mines still in operation. From its beginning and throughout its existence, the Royal mine was run by the Żupy krakowskie Salt Mines. Commercial mining was discontinued in 1996 due to low salt prices and mine flooding.

The mine’s attractions include dozens of statues, three chapels and an entire cathedral that has been carved out of the rock salt by the miners. The oldest sculptures are augmented by the new carvings by contemporary artists. About 1.2 million people visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine annually and you can visit it virtually HERE

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The Steagles is the name for the team created by the temporary merger of two National Football League (NFL) teams, the Pittsburgh Steelersand the Philadelphia Eagles, during the 1943 season. The teams were forced to merge because both had lost many players to military service during World War II. The league’s official record book refers to the team as “Phil-Pitt Combine”.