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The Austrian-born Bernays was the nephew of Sigmund Freud, and was quite good at using psychology to get people to buy a product or an idea. He was the guy who was hired by the Aluminum Company of America to use the American Dental Association to convince people that water flouridation was safe and healthy to the public. His campaign for Dixie Cups scared people into thinking the glasses they were drinking out of were unsanitary, and could be replaced by disposable cups. Bernays was hired by President Coolidge to help run his re-election campaign in 1924, and encouraged Coolidge to invite the country’s leading vaudevillians to the White House for a meet-and-greet over pancakes. This was one of the first known political pancake breakfasts that are now so popular among presidents and council members alike.
In the 1920s, Bernays was approached by the Beech-Nut Packing Company – producers of everything from pork products to the nostalgic Beech-Nut bubble gum. Beech-Nut wanted to increase consumer demand for bacon. Bernays turned to his agency’s internal doctor and asked him whether a heavier breakfast might be more beneficial for the American public. Knowing which way his bread was buttered, the doctor confirmed Bernays suspicion and wrote to five thousand of his doctors friends asking them to confirm it as well. This ‘study’ of doctors encouraging the American public to eat a heavier breakfast – namely ‘Bacon and Eggs’ – was published in major newspapers and magazines of the time to great success. Beech-Nut’s profits rose sharply thanks to Bernays and his team of medical professionals.
According to some paintings, one of the earliest turkey-leg wielders was Henry VIII, the corpulent 16th-century British king, who is sometimes depicted holding or chomping on a turkey leg. Some observers believe this is an anachronism and that the bird, which was native to the New World (and some sources disagree about that), didn’t make it to England till after Henry’s death in 1547.
But Bill Teel, an instructor in a class called History of Customs and Manners at Scarborough Renaissance Festival — where turkey legs have been sold since it began in 1980 — says that the turkey leg is appropriate to the Renaissance and to Henry’s time.(dfw.com)
Menlo Park’s Connoisseurs’ Marketplace – Menlo Park
Up to you but about $12 or less.. Better have cash..
Super huge sausage links, smoked turkey legs, or whatever fits your fancy..
It’s summer time and no better place to be in the sun than a festival with music and delicious food.
Here in the Bay Area there is usually a festival celebration of many kinds every weekend in the summer.
Whatever the celebration, there is usually good music and great food.
Today we celebrate at Menlo Park’s Connoisseurs’ Marketplace!
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