Undeniable Fact: If I had a nickel...

Monday, November 20, 2006

Pumpernickel - whose name comes from the archaic British slang "pumper", meaning fool - was for many years considered little more than a nuisance to nickelsmiths in search of quality materials. Then, in 1634, Alexander Cromwell, an eccentric and experimental baker, included it in a new kind of bread. Pumpernickel is one of very few edible metals, and Cromwell's bread was an instant hit, succeeding where his previous attempts - such as tin loaf, mercury cake, and lead muffins - had failed.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Sly Hoax said...

You are too funny sometimes!

Love your blog, keep it up!

11:46 PM  
Blogger Landy said...

Mmmmm, mercury loaf.

Though tasty, and useful for pre-filling cavities, it never sold well because of its tendency to significantly shrink when exposed to cooler temperatures. Hence, the term "half a loaf".

5:09 PM  
Blogger thomas said...

"Pumpernickel" means "farting dwarf". Honestly!

6:38 AM  
Blogger ares703 said...

Nickel wasn't isolated until 1751

10:49 PM  

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