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Not-So-Charming Victorian English Cookery

The general impression of the middle class Victorian home, especially in London, normally includes a servant or two. If a family had a single servant, she was a “maid-of-all-work” – a general purpose helper who would primarily give the lady of the house a hand with all the menial tasks of running the home. Tasks such as laundry involved full days of hard labor. Cleaning a carpet was an affair involving damp tea leaves and a stiff brush. Generally, life was still tough, even with a maid.
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@fishhyren – “$1 slice pizza, $1 draft beer at Brucci’s on Thursdays. Beach and Hodges” [Twitter]
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Teddy Roosevelt was asked what he thought of the coffee at Nashville’s Maxwell House hotel. He replied, “It was good to the last drop!” Of course, today his remark lives on as the company’s slogan!
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Baby Carrots: Yummy – Not Deadly

If you’re like me, you have plenty of well-meaning friends and family members who grace your inbox with all the latest rumors, hoaxes and urban legends you can stand.
One particularly disturbing e-mail I received recently claims that baby carrots are soaked in “deadly carcinogenic chlorine” which causes a white chalky film to form when the carrots are left exposed to air or chilled in the refrigerator for awhile.
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