Tracy S. Morris

Quirky Mysteries, Screwball Fantasy and Sassy History

Archive for February, 2015

I finally learned how to chop an onion.

This last Christmas, hubby told me not to plan anything for Valentine’s Day weekend (which meant that Con DFW was out). Completely unbeknownst to me, he booked us into a cooking class at the Winthrop Rockefeller institute. The Rockefeller in that name is the same as in Rockefeller center in New York City. Winthrop Rockefeller […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: That time Boston never wanted Gingersnap Cookies Again

Last week when I was writing about the London Beer Flood, I learned of the most bizarre disaster to occur in US history. On January 15, 1919, a storage tank along Boston’s waterfront burst, sending a 15 foot high, 160 foot wide wave of molasses rolling through the streets of Boston at a speedy (for […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: Beer Tidal Waves Aren’t As Fun As You Might Think

The Super Bowl has just passed, which made me think of today’s topic: the London Beer Flood of 1814. (And if Super Bowl commercials don’t make you think of beer tidal waves, you and I don’t watch the same sport). On October 17, 1814 George Crick, a storehouse clerk at Meux and Co. brewery (sometimes […]

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It’s Groundhog Day! It’s Groundhog Day! It’s Groundhog Day!

So today is that American holiday where we all gather around the TV set and watch Bill Murray repeat the same day over and over until he learns to play the piano and build Ice sculptures to win the woman of his dreams. Just kidding. Sorta. When I was a kid, I learned that Groundhog […]

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