Always good to start the year by learning something new.  Here’s what I learned:

Forrest B. Raffel was to roast beef what Col. Harlan Sanders was to chicken.  With his younger brother, Leroy, he founded Arby’s — which, contrary to many myths, stands for Raffel Brothers (RB). The origin of the chain’s name has been a question on television’s Jeopardy! and a crossword puzzle clue in The New York Times.

Nicknamed Fuzzy as an infant, Raffel died Sept. 19 at his home in North Miami Beach. — Miami Hurled

All these years I thought the “RB” that became “Arby’s” derived from “Roast Beef.”  Save your jeering.  You probably think the “US” in US-1 and other highways stands for “United States.”  You do, don’t you?  Well, you’re wrong.  It’s “Unified System.”  FGI.  Maybe.

Damn.  That’s two things.  And it’s still the first week.

grammyThe other night I wander past the teevee in time to see the end of a commercial advertising the upcoming Grammy awards.  The graphic includes a rendition of an early phonograph.  And then, for the first time ever, it hits me:  “Grammy.”  “Gramophone.”   Too busy all this time sneering at the plastic, tinsel, and self-serving ceremonial hype surrounding the awards, the connection eludes me until this very moment.

Ridiculously proud of myself, I mention this to Guido, who does that thing with the narrowing eye and pursing (not quite curling) lip.

“Didja hear about the Lindbergh baby?” she finally asks.

Well excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me.

Besides, that’s three things.  Three!  I’m so ahead of schedule, I’m done for the whole damn year.

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7 Responses to Eureka

  1. Fearless Frank says:

    Welcome to Earth. Have you picked up your Users’ Manual yet?

  2. Kent Standit says:

    I never knew that about Arby’s either. I might have guessed “Regurgitated Barf.” Which is redundant, like “ATM Machine,” unless “ATM” stands for “Ass to Mouth,” in which case you got yourself a hot one.

  3. The Lindbergh Baby says:

    Don’t feel bad. I never heard of you, either.

  4. Ted End says:

    So what’s ‘FGI’? Fuh Geddabout It?

  5. cara says:

    Unified System? Good to know. Might come in handy tomorrow.

  6. Ms Calabaza says:

    So you decided to spend 2009 playing trivial pursuit?

  7. Lois Terms says:

    Ms Calabaza: Squathole’s whole life sounds like a game of Trivial Pursuit. He’s losing, too.

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