Friday Facts: Taupe, Bertram Cates, Waspgrass

fridayfacts_icn:: As temperatures start to warm up, we would like to offer a reminder that a city ordinance passed last year makes public male toplessness illegal in the area bordered by 4th St, Gordon Ave, 57th St, and Burton Blvd.

:: Several street name re-dedications are scheduled for summer 2007 including: Rue de la Meuse becoming Jim Henson Blvd, Megan Road’s addition to the city grid scheme as 223rd Street, and Folcher Street becoming the first convertee in the Mayor’s scheme to “contemporize” city street names (Folcher will become “The Internet Blvd”).

:: Mustard, scarlet, clay and taupe (or a combination thereof) are the most popular colors for newly constructed bank branches, according to the Financial Business Journal.

:: As of this weekend, the number of years LaRue’s has been open in the Polynesiantown neighborhood: 25

:: Estimated number of Lapu-Rama-Rum-Bowls served there over those 25 years: 65,000

:: The city’s bike lanes are 8 inches narrower than the national average. The League of American Bicyclists claims this has led to three bike-car fatalities in the past 14 years.

:: The Council of Concerned Christian Parents will be sponsoring a potluck at Pennington Park on May 25th, in celebration of the 1925 indictment of Tennessee schoolteacher John T. Scopes.

:: An early, regional variant of Peanut Butter popular during colonial days was “Waspgrass Butter.” It is no longer allowed to be manufactured in the continental United States, according to an FDA regulation which will acknowledge its fiftieth anniversary this week.

:: The quarterly report from the Textile Row Chamber of Commerce, an advocacy group for the businesses comprising Textile Row, notes a peculiar 56 percent increase in demand for terry cloth from the city’s clothing manufacturers.
– C. Gaines, R. Ingraham, J. Morris, R. White

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