If it's Wednesday, it must be time for "Ask Mr. Knowitall"...But be careful, he's still on a food roll!
A Mr. Billy Birdseye from Apopka Fla. asks.."Dear Mr. Knowitall, Who invented Frozen Orange Juice?"
Dear Billy...During WWII, the U.S. Govt. wanted an easy to carry powdered orange juice for soldiers in the field. They commissioned the Minute Maid Co. to develope it, the the effort only succeeded a few weeks before the war ended. The powder was never produced, but an interesting by-product of the research resulted! They discovered that the O.J. could be concentrated and frozen. When the war was finally over, they took advantage of the discovery, and marketed it.
A Mr. Burr Gerking of Cincinnati Ohio asks..."Dear Mr. Knowitall, Has religion ever played a part in what people eat at a fast food restaurant?"
Dear Burr...In the early 60's, the McDonalds in your home town lost sales every Friday because of the large population of Catholics that refused to eat meat on that day. The local franchise owner appealed to Chairman Ray Kroc to expand his menu. Krok eventually gave in and started research into a suitable non-meat addition to it's menu. Krok researchers decided to use Cod, but did not call it that for 2 reasons. 1) They COULD legally call it North Atlantic Whitefish, and 2) Krok's childhood memories of cod-liver oil were too unpleasant. After test marketing the fish sandwich, the first successful Non-Burger entree, was put on the menu permanately in 1963..
A Hooker by the name of "Action Jackson" from Columbus Ohio asks..."Hi Baby, (licks lips) are you MY lifesaver"?
Ms. Jackson...No I'm NOT!!! But in 1912, a Cleveland candymaker named Clarence Crane decided to make a mint to sell in the Summer. Until then, most mints were imported from Europe. Crane figured he could cut the price by making them in the U.S. He had the candy manufactured by a pill-maker. But the machinery would only work if it punched a hole in the middle of each candy. So Crane cleverly called the mints...LifeSavers!!
Mr. Knowitall grows hungry...er weary!!!