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Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Posted by on March 21 at 13:29 PM

Frizzelle thinks he’s so sneaky, posting his BASFOTDs after I have already left the office and am unable to respond with a mayo fact. But I’m back, baby! And here’s another little tidbit about mayonnaise you might not know…

Mayonnaise is a muse! Many artists have mentioned mayonnaise in their songs. The Smashing Pumpkins have a song called “Mayonaise,” (sic) and everyone from Nerf Herder, to Beck, to Lou Reed to the Cramps have said the word mayonnaise in a song.

Here are a few favorite lyrics…

“Tried to find a raisin/Brownies in the basin/Monza by the streetlight/Aunt Jemima all night/Holiday & salad days/and days of moldy mayonnaise.” “Electric Aunt Jemima,” Frank Zappa

“All packed to go, baloney and mayonnaise sandwiches for the road/lay them out across the dash in the August sun/and if they turn green don’t be afraid/nothing can hurt you but yourself.” “Sandwiches for the Road,” Drive By Truckers

“Well, I was sittin’ at home cookin’ up a steak/Satan came down dressed like a snake/Well, he called my name as I turned up the flames/And then I realized I was out of mayonnaise.” “No Money, No Honey,” Beck

Go mayonnaise, go mayonnaise, GO!

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Here's a fun mayonnaise fact: Everyone's afraid of food poisoning from the potato salad at the picnic, and they always blame the mayonnaise, but it's far more likely to be the potatoes that get you. Mayonnaise is too acidic to harbor much bacteria.

It's nice to know that, even though Lou Reed and Frank Zappa hated each other, they could agree that 'mayonnaise' was a lyric-worthy word.

Here's a fun Seattle mayo fact: Seattleites are more likely to put mayo on sandwiches that New Yorkers would put mustard on. For example, roast beef, corned beef and quite possibly pastrami. Also, Seattleites are more likely to put mayo on an Italian style hero, whereas most New Yorkers would opt for an oil 'n vinegar/salt 'n pepper combo.

Mayo on pastrami? That's, that's, that's.... I'm speechless. I'd rather put Vegemite on the Baby Jesus.

Did Belle and Sebastian sing about Mayo? Or at least mention it in a song

And my baby cooks her Eggplant,

'Bout 19 different ways.

Sometimes I just have it raw with


--Michael Franks, "Eggplant"

These are actually so much more entertaining than hearing about Belle and Sebastian.

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