Yesterday I said… I'm always a little amazed that when we eat coney dogs, no one ever suggests we're eating a hot dog made from rabbits. Which is mostly from a conversation we’d had earlier that day. Holly always says that I should try and remember to right down the more interesting conversations because she thinks everyone should enjoy the benefits of known me like she does. I try, but as we know some days I just don't feel like typing it after saying it, or I don't feel talkative after that, but I try.
Now for the explanation.
When the Irish settled in New York, there was an island covered with rabbits. The word the Irish used for rabbits was coney, so the island became known as Coney Island.
The place became an amusement destination with a board walk and rides and everything. Someone got the idea of putting chili, cheese and onions on a hot dog one day. These sold well and several imitators came up and suddenly that was known as the Coney Island Hot Dog. After a few years the idea spread out, the name got shortened and it became the Coney Dog.
Incidentally, this is also how buffalo wings got started. A bar in Buffalo New York served very spicy chicken wings in order to get people to buy more beer. Other bars picked up on the idea and the wings became known for the town of Buffalo. They could give the wings out almost for free because chicken wings are possibly the most useless part of a butchered bird, used only for stocks and the like.
I just like food name etymology, I find it an interesting study.
Is it just me, or is Generation X the generation of the Top 10 list? I noticed this when I looked at Cracked's web site after being pointed there to see a badly written article that used the word "fuck" in place of actual humor*.
I've been noticing this lately, a lot of our magazines, web sites and TV shows seem to be dedicated mainly to the production of Top 10 lists. There are sometimes Top 5 lists when they're feeling rushed and Top 100 lists when they've got some time to spare.
Why is this I wonder? Are we going into some sort of creative black hole where we can't make anything new? Are we beyond the place where we can make anything of our own, anything original?
Well, never mind that and get to reading Liberty's Child so you can spot all the references.
*I like the word fuck and I use it a lot, but I don't think it can be used to get a laugh. Seriously, you've got to have more than some dirty words to make me giggle
Charlie Haden with Kenny Barron - For Heaven's Sake
I also remembered to get Brick and The Protector* this weekend, which I had no excuse for ignoring as long as I have. Each of them was only like $15, I just kept forgetting. I haven't watched Brick yet, but The Protector was... okay. Not as good as Ong-Bak but droewyn didn't mind because Tony Jaa is (and I quote) "A pretty, pretty man who kicks butt."
*I'm using the American name because I got that copy of the disc.