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Tuesday, 13 January 2004

Topic: Oddities

As Seattle goes, so goes the world. On the Reuters wire today...

Yesterday I covered the opening of the first Starbucks in Paris. See The end of the world? No. It's just time to teach those foolish French a thing or two about the good life for that.

My concluding comment was this: "Well, what about the dubious charm of all that? We Americans want Paris to be, well, Paris, when we arrive. We don't want it to be Seattle. It seems the French don't care for such silly nostalgia."

Well, what comes next? Try this:

Coffee-Flavored Steak?
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
SEATTLE (Reuters) - The city that spawned America's obsession with strong, dark coffee is giving locals a popular new coffee-flavored steak, even while the mad cow scare that started in Washington state is putting some people off beef.

Rippe's, a local waterfront steak and seafood restaurant, began serving filet mignon steaks dusted with Starbucks Corp.'s dark espresso blend a few weeks ago and now has a runaway hit on its hands.

"The first night we tried it, about a third of the menu sold was the steak," said Chad MacKay, whose family runs several steak joints in the Seattle area.

MacKay said that the $29 steak, now dubbed the Seattle Signature Steak, was the brainchild of a waiter and a chef.

Despite being rubbed with coffee grinds before grilling, the 12-ounce steak, although a bit crunchy, carries only a subtle whiff of coffee flavoring. ...
Coming soon to Paris and everywhere else?

Well, there are lots of things on the Reuters wire.

There's this:

White Socks Declared Indecent
AMSTERDAM (Reuters 2004-01-13) - White socks have been declared indecent by the Dutch Finance Ministry.

A ministry official on Tuesday confirmed a recent internal publication that proclaimed white sports socks "transgress the limits of decent dress behavior" for ministry employees.

The officials were also expected to wear dark blue or gray suits in order to convey "reliability and professionalism."

"People are expected to dress in accordance with their function," said a spokeswoman, stressing there were no strict controls.
Okay then.

And for those of you who have wandered off to the left and looked at my profile, there's this:

Mustache Means Money, Authority for Police
NEW DELHI (Reuters 2004-01-13) - Police in northern India are being paid an extra 65 cents a month to grow a mustache to give them more authority, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Mayank Jain, a superintendent with the Madhya Pradesh state police, told The Asian Age that research showed that police with mustaches were taken more seriously.

However, he added, the shape and style of police mustaches would be monitored to ensure they did not take on a mean look.
An extra sixty-five cents a month? Wow.

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