Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Greed-Fueled Oddities

Beware of Dessert!  It Can Kill You!

Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden ate 14 (14) desserts and died of indigestion.  And well you may ask, "How did they know it was the dessert?  What else did he have to eat?"

Dinner had been lobster, sauerkraut (a combo that would be lethal all by itself, no?) smoked herring and caviar, all sluiced down with champagne aka the Rich Man's Alka-Seltzer.

It is debatable if this combination all by itself could kill the hearty eater, but he followed it up with a special Swedish dessert called "Semlan" which is a cream puff shell, stuffed with marzipan and served basking in a bowl of hot cream.  No idea of the portion size, but if faced with Semlan, restrict yourself to only 13 of them.  For once, 13 might be considered lucky rather than the reverse.

Despite a truly fatal fondness for dessert or any way, Semlan, Adolf was considered an ineffectual leader, but a loving husband and very good to his children.  His many friends were heartbroken at his death.  They sobbed into their memorial portions of Semlan the newspaper said.

When a Martini Kills

Noted author, wit and raconteur Sherwood Anderson was enjoying a Panama cruise in 1941.  Apparently enjoying the gin martinis a little too much, Anderson absent-mindedly (we're being charitable here) swallowed the toothpick after he ate the olives of his umpty-ump martini.  His interior understandably, poked and pierced as it was, became infected.  Penicillin hadn't been invented yet so he died. 

The 27 Club

Not to be confused with the ancient Manhattan restaurant "21," this is not a club you want to join.  The following musicians all died of drug overdoses when they were 27 years old. 

Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, and Amy Winehouse.


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