LIFE magazine ads from the 1960s testify to the proliferation of dry mix gravies. Pillsbury offered a “Daring Offer,” a free sample of any of its gravy mixes to make good on its promise to beat the taste of all competitors. Meanwhile, Durkee’s proclaimed, “All sauce and gravy mixes are made for convenience, butDurkee’s is for dining!”
Even now, one can go into any store and find a plethora of little pouches packed with powder. Add water, heat, stir, and it’s ready. Indeed, the texture, smell, and taste of these mixes is certainly gravy-like.
But homecooking is to industrial food processing what walking is to flying an airplane. The gravy mix isn’t just huge vats of drippings mixed with flour and water. More than a century’s worth of food engineering have gone into making a powder you mix with water and microwave in three minutes to manufacture a smooth gravy.
“I would say he was a down-to-earth, cool, hard-working person," a neighbor told NY1. "I couldn’t see this coming at all.”—Neighbors are always stunned when a fellow resident becomes a murderer. The latest? A maybe-actor who killed his mother with a sword.
But for all scientists and statisticians now know of freezing and its physiology, no one can yet predict exactly how quickly and in whom hypothermia will strike—and whether it will kill when it does. The cold remains a mystery, more prone to fell men than women, more lethal to the thin and well muscled than to those with avoirdupois, and least forgiving to the arrogant and the unaware.
People are constantly crashing into Dunkin' Donuts
My grandmother did it about eight years ago. And around New Year’s, a couple of weeks later, we saw on the news that someone in New Jersey had done the same thing.
A common cause as I hear about more of these appears to be accidental acceleration while trying to park. Perhaps Dunkin’ doesn’t put appropriate barriers in its parking spaces? Not trying to blame the victim, but still.
Who knew it was so common? Or maybe it’s not so common, but just breathlessly reported? In a quick search, I found 13 incidents just this year (dates indicate news story, potentially off a day or two from when the incident happened):