Thursday, September 23, 2010

Old School Thursday: Pancakes & Typhoid Edition

Today, in addition to being the first full day of autumn and Dining Out for Life, is National Pancake Day. Which probably has something to do with the fact that today is the 87th anniversary of the death of Nancy Green, aka the Pancake Queen aka Aunt Jemima.

Today has a bit of notoriety, too, in that it is the birthday of Mary Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary (1869). Though she was immune to typhoid, she was a carrier, and she was also a cook in homes in New York City around the turn of the last century. Several major outbreaks of typhoid originated in homes where she worked and can be traced back to her.

So, today, to celebrate? Well, just dine out for life. And try not to think about typhoid while you eat.

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