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July 17th, 2006


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12:51 am - It's 1 AM, so here are 3 more pictures
Tonight you'll get a history lesson, too!

VERY WRONG SODA OLD STOREFRONT WE MAIL THE FRESH


The abandoned Fanny Farmer storefront pictures were taken in Medford, about a mile from the actual homestead of Fannie Farmer herself. She was the director of a Boston cooking school and published, in 1896, the first American cookbook with specific and exact measurements (you know, "heaping teaspoonful", "level teaspoonful", all of that.) For this, she became known as "The Mother of Level Measurements."

However, this wouldn't have been the first Fanny Farmer candy shop. Miss Farmer had nothing to do with that. That candy biz was started in Rochester, New York by Frank O'Connor four years after Fannie's death, and named in her honor (her heirs also approved.) One presumes he changed the spelling from "Fannie" to "Fanny" originally in the hopes of avoiding hassles.

Strangely enough, the Fanny Farmer brand was acquired many years down the line by the Fannie May candy company which has absolutely no relation to the Fannie Mae financial service.

(Now here comes the part that'll make all the Brits giggle) What is it with our American love affair of Fanny?

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From:tylerpistol
Date:July 17th, 2006 05:33 am (UTC)
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Methinks Fanny Farmer needs to go grab some Sausage Party.
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From:ron_newman
Date:July 17th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
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Where is that store in Medford? Fanny May's store locator doesn't find it, and neither does Switchboard.com .
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From:modpixie
Date:July 17th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
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it was in the strip mall at wellington circle, near the outback steak house. judging by spatch's pictures, it most likely no longer exists.
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From:ron_newman
Date:July 17th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. I didn't realize I could click on the photo and see more info.
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From:markm
Date:July 17th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)
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> (Now here comes the part that'll make all the Brits giggle)

Right. As if "Fanny Farmer" by itself wasn't enough.

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From:sanspoof
Date:July 17th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
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When the company I used to work for sent the art dept to see that awful Robots movie, I sat next to the lead animator, who was british and insane in several ways. So when the large-assed robot called Aunt Fanny showed up, and did a couple of fart jokes, she leaned over to me and stage whispered FANNY MEANS VAGINA! I stage whispered back I KNOW!
It was probably the best thing about her, in retrospect.
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From:hemlock_martini
Date:July 17th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
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Dr. Bob, the only soft drink recommended by a quack who's gone to the dogs.
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From:subbes
Date:July 17th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
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WHAT ABOUT THE PARDON FROM FANNY FARMER


HIS ONLY CRIME WAS BEING BORN DELICIOUS
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From:tyopsqueene
Date:July 18th, 2006 09:23 am (UTC)
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*is ded*

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