Thursday, September 15, 2005

Random trivia

In Florida, in days of yore, people often fried fish outdoors in large pans. The frying and whatnot would attract groups of dogs, who are known for begging. They would show up and start barking and yelping and whining, so the people would take cornmeal cakes, deep fry them, and throw them to the dogs to get them to be quiet. Hence the term Hush Puppies.

As far as the shoes go, the rumour is that the original shoes were very comfortable and one could wear them all day without suffering any pain; so the shoes would "hush" the "puppies" - bearing in mind the euphemism of dogs for feet.

3 comments:

mlwhitt said...

Dude, if you wrote a book, I would buy it. Anyone with that much knowledge would certainly write something cool. I have learnt so much just by a daily read of your blog.

Tee said...

Found you through mlwhitt. Really interesting stuff. (And these are the types of things I retain. LOL... Algrebra? Nah. Now I know why they're called hush puppies. ;)

I'll be back :D

Steve said...

Welcome to the Ditch, Tee. I'm glad you enjoyed your first visit, and I look forward to hearing from you again.

I'm still waiting for the Jeopardy people to call me back, Mike... put in a good word for me, eh?