Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fascinating Facts From "The Lunch Hour"

On a guided tour of the NY Public Library's latest exhibit "The Lunch Hour," I learned the following fascinating facts:
  • Pastrami was originally made of goose! (Now it's beef.)
  • My favorite luncheon slang term: smear one, burn it = toasted cheese sandwich.
  • In 1917, 21% of schoolchildren (K-8) were found to be malnourished. In 2011, 20.7% of schoolchildren were found to be obese.
  • The term "power lunch" first appeared in Esquire in 1979, referring to the Grill Room of the Four Seasons restaurant in NYC.

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