Tue 26 Sep 2006
The Athanasius Kircher Society has a nice piece this morning on the Dinner Table Railroad of Gaston Menier. In 1887, the apparently eccentric French chocolate magnate devised a system for his dining room whereby meals could be bought to the table by a small electric train, evidently in an effort to obviate the need for servants to present the food. Personally I can see all kinds of possibilities for disaster here – I’m thinking that at this dinner party there’s much more than just the conversation that could get derailed.
Anyway, it seems to me that this meals-on-wheels situation is so choc-full of pun potential that I thought I’d open it up to the floor.