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Celery: from silver vases and glass bowls, to tonics, malts and soda

If you've browsed collections of glassware from decades and centuries past, you might scratch your head and wonder, what exactly was the use of this item? This reverse glossary of vintage and antique terms may help, or it might confuse you further. For instance, why were there fine glass celery dishes and celery vases of glass and silver? Take a look back, at home in the nineteenth century with celery at the dining table. Celery was once a status symbol, due to its high cost (Google books preview), and was included in tonics and sold in the 1897 Sears Roebuck & Co. Catalogue in a malt compound (Google books preview). Kalamazoo even boasted of being the Celery City in the late 1800s and for a few decades to follow. But the craze faded as celery cultivation became easier. One of the few remaining products from the celery craze is Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda, an acquired taste.
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 24, 2014 - 64 comments

new life from leftovers

Don't toss that celery base! Did you know you can use it to re-grow a new bunch of celery? The same thing works for romaine lettuce and bok choy. You can regrow scallions or leeks or any cooking onion. You can grow garlic. What about lemongrass or ginger? Try planting pepper seeds or key lime seeds; a leftover pineapple top or the classic avocado pit. You can eat the leaves from carrot tops or sweet potato vines or just keep them as houseplants. Seeds Straight From Your Fridge (NYT link)
posted by flex on Apr 25, 2012 - 108 comments

Why buy a cow when milk is cheap?

Here's a story about a nice lady who goes to the farmer's market and buys some fresh produce. [more inside]
posted by item on May 2, 2011 - 81 comments

Did you notice this bar is like a total sausage fest?

Celery -- Just some bros hanging out. Probably a bit NSFW.
posted by empath on Mar 9, 2011 - 46 comments

98 year old refrigerator

"Nobody wants your pumpernickel bread." Kool Keith dispenses some kitchen wisdom.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing on Nov 9, 2010 - 66 comments

"Get off my lawn" is thankfully under 140 characters.

Celery is a fax-to-email gateway to let you communicate electronically with someone who doesn't have a computer on their end. So, now your grandparents won't miss out on your mass joke emails and baby pictures. Best of all, there's now a fax-to-Twitter interface. (via)
posted by mkultra on Dec 17, 2009 - 26 comments

"They won’t have signs in the future that say Many Years Later!” "Wow. Technology."

In the Future, our drinking straws will be made out of celery! Well, it turns out that they aren’t actually genetically engineered after all, and they look nothing like this much-posted picture, but could these eventually replace the Twizzler as the preferred edible drinking straw technology? It only makes sense to use celery as a structural material, as it is, of course, not actually a vegetable, but a member of the plywood family.
posted by kyrademon on Jan 17, 2007 - 51 comments

A study of the effects of celery on loose elastic.

A study of the effects of celery on loose elastic. This is the reason I love the web. A site dedicated to the peculiar stylings of Art Frahm.
posted by amanda on Nov 23, 2000 - 9 comments

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