Friday, May 30, 2008

Trivial History May 30

Good morning all you sweet little chocolate Freddo Frogs - especially if you're the kind with peppermint cream inside. Come over here and let me nom nom nom on your chocolatey goodness for, forget it, now you're just being plain feeeelthyrazz

1870 The Perth Town Hall was officially opposed to the public servants sneakily opening up for business and working over-time without the council being aware....

An Aussie serviceman who complained of a persistent sore throat for more than a month was told by his doctor that he'd swallowed his false teeth.
He'd lost his dentures after he'd fainted at camp and his mates had searched, obviously unsuccessfully, for them while he was in hospital being treated for "tonsilitis"!

1925 Millicent Preston -Stanley showed the lads how it was done when she became the first female of the species in the NSW Legislative Assembly.

Oz Slanguage -
Possum guts = coward.

1928 Acclaimed Aussie artist Pro Hart was pupped in Broken Hill.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
To give a happy send-off to cockroaches in the kitchen, leave a bowl of cheap wine under the sink; the little nasties will quickly throw themselves into the job of drinking the bowl dry, fall in when inebriated and drown.

1990 Midnight Oil were popular when they closed down busy Sixth Avenue in New York as they played a freebie lunchtime concert in front of the Exxon offices after a little mishap known as the Exxon Valdez disaster. They sported a banner reading "Midnight Oil makes you dance, Exxon Oil makes us sick". Anyone hearing Peter Garrett warble of late might confuse the two statements....but then that might be difficult as he's had little to say since the ALP got into office....(meow).

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Cheap Stew.
Chop cheap cut of meat into very small cubes, removing any fat, coat in flour and toss into a saucepan with finely chopped onion. Add finely chopped vegies of choice.
Saute till slightly brown then throw in enough water and stock to just cover, let simmer on gentle heat for 45 mins.
Add seasoning and herbs of choice, stir thoroughly.
If out of stock, substitute with Vegemite/Marmite - this will give the same beefy flavour with yummy goodness (use Mighty Might for gluten-free alternative).
Make savoury dumplings (cheese, pepper, seasoning) and place on top of the stew.
Put lid on and leave till cooked, approx. 20-30 mins.
Serve with hot crusty bread dripping with lashings of butter.

1999 The Bolte Bridge, that spans, strangely, a spot of H2O named the Yarra River, was opened by Jeff Kennett. It was named in honour of Sir Henry Bolte, a former Vic premier, who was, also strangely, dead.


  1. "...was told by his doctor that he'd swallowed his false teeth."

    I didn't know that was possible. A severe case of biting off more than you can chew.

  2. I want a green freddo now ... damn you in almost midnight and i can't have one.

    Yes the teeth thing is incred 'edible.

    Thanks for roach tip I hope it works we have them again - unseen but they wrecked our dishwasher.

  3. Getting your teeth into a knotty problem, Brian ?:P

    Green Freddo's are almost always craved around midnight,Trish ;)
    Sorry to hear about the dishwasher, damn those creepy critters!

  4. Jayne help me, I don't see the irony in naming the Bolte Bridge after the deceased former premier? What have I missed?

  5. Damn the cheap plonk for cockroaches, that's mine so let them drink metho.

    Thank you for the peppermint thought. I'm drawing a frog on my hand and knawing my fingers to the bone. I'm not allowed frogs until Sunday, stupid diet.