Tuesday, October 31, 2006

For Halloween, Some Treats

A few things you can be happy are true:

- Gary Sinise is in a band called "The Lt. Dan Band."

- Co-op City in the Bronx is the largest cooperative housing project in the country. It's been there since the early seventies. Before Co-op City existed, the land was used for a short lived amusement park called Freedomland U.S.A., which paid tribute to the great eras of great American cities. They reinacted the great Chicago fire and the great San Franciso earthquake daily (and greatly). When the park was losing money barely a year after it opened (wait, disasters aren't fun?), the owners decided they had to appeal to teenagers to boost business. In order to do so they added rollercoasters, daily fireworks shows, and a wax figure Last Supper tableau.

- From a letter written by Julia Child's huband, Paul Child: "Now & again a flash of the non-cooking Julie lights up the scene briefly, as it did the day before yesterday when with her bare fingers, she snatched a set of cannellini out of the pot of boiling water with the cry, 'Wow! These damn things are as hot as a stiff cock.'"

- Certain White House employees believe the iconic American building is haunted by the ghost of former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower. Kitchen staff, with whom she notoriously feuded, often wake to find the kitchen reorganized to Mamie's specifications though Secret Service saw no one come or go.

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