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antedeluvian
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antedeluvian   8/8/2014 9:14:17 AM
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I wonder if Sir Francis ever had to cut cake for a bunch of kids. Mine would always complain that their sibling's piece was bigger than their own. His technique provides a continuously diminishing length of the cake slice- guaranteed to promote sibling friction. 

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antedeluvian   8/8/2014 9:17:53 AM
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Max

... we are informed that Alex has just published a new book, The Grapes of Math: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life. I've added this to my Wish List on Amazon.com, along with his Here's Looking at Euclid: From Counting Ants to Games of Chance.


I have had "Here's Looking at Euclid" on my list for several years now. I need to get a move on.

The "Grapes of Math" will now get added. Cute titles.

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zeeglen   8/8/2014 9:39:11 AM
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Not to mention that the final slices would result in "She's got more icing than me!"

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Who needs math when you have fingers?
MeasurementBlues   8/8/2014 9:44:18 AM
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Cake, like many breads, tastes better when torn and eaten with your fingers. Challah bread should never be sliced, only torn.

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antedeluvian   8/8/2014 9:57:39 AM
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Martin

Cake,  tastes better when torn and eaten with your fingers.

That may be, but there is a whole tradition (to say nothing of industry) around eating it with special cake forks to accompany your tea, drunk with your pinkie in the air.

And on the subject of cutlery what about the cutlery used exclusively for eating fish, that is completely unknown to Americans.

 

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mhrackin   8/8/2014 10:10:59 AM
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My wife, now retired, ran the kitchen at our synagogue for many years and catered hundreds of bar/bat mitzvah kiddush luncheons and dinners along with a few weddings.  I can assure you that the Health Inspectors would frown upon your practice in that environment! What you do in the privacy of your own home is of course beyond the reach of those noisome bureaucrats.....  personally, as empty nesters, we use individual challah rolls Friday night, warmed in a convection toaster oven.

I have forwarded a link of this article to my grandsons' parents.  We just returned from visiting our youngest one for his first birthday.  He didn't care how the cake was sliced as long as he got PLENTY!  He is already an omnivorous chowhound (a family trait except for the oldest grandson), albeit with only 6 teeth....quite adequate for cake!

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MeasurementBlues   8/8/2014 10:24:57 AM
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Antedeluvian,

A friend once claimed that you need 9 sets of dishes to have a truly kosher home.
  • Meat and Dairy for everyday
  • Meat and Dairy for serving guests
  • Meat and Dairy for Passover everyday
  • Meat and Dairy for serving guests on Passover

That's eight, why nine?

One set that's not kosher

 

 

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mhrackin   8/8/2014 10:59:27 AM
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We use paper....

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MeasurementBlues   8/8/2014 11:01:43 AM
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Same here.

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Wnderer   8/8/2014 1:39:10 PM
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@MeasurementBlues: Cake, like many breads, tastes better when torn and eaten with your fingers.



Definitely.


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