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Party Banter Friday | December

Party Banter Friday: 

In Which A Librarian Provides You With An Interesting Fact to Make You More Popular During Weekend SocializingMARIEEDIT

TGIPBF guys! We know the facts. And because we work with the public, we also know that talking to people can be awwwkward. So instead of hanging out by the snacks all night or rehashing that one time you almost met a semi-celebrity, look here Fridays for a compelling and/or amusing fact to wow your bosses’ husband or your Tinder date or your sleeping cat with this weekend.

This week’s fact is from The Book of General Ignorance: Everything You Think You Know is Wrong by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson:

According to the Johns, it was not Marie Antoinette who uttered the famous words “let them eat cake” in 1789 in regards to the rioting poor who had no bread to eat. Antoinette’s biographer claims it was “Queen Marie-Therese, wife of Louis XIC, the Sun King” who said it and even then, she wasn’t talking about cake. Rather, she was referring to brioche, a buttery egg-y pastry.


If you found that fact so engaging that you’d rather stay in and read than socialize with people, we can’t blame you. The book is available here.

If the last three paragraphs were the longest thing you’ve read since your 5th grade book report on Hatchet and you’ve had your fill of the written word, visit our Sight & Sound department for movies and music.

If what you took away from this fact was, “Unh…pastries”, please check out The Art of French Pastry by Jacguy Pfieffer.

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