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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Soft-serve BS and Margaret Thatcher

Did Margaret Thatcher early in her career sublimate desire in the construction of ice cream cones?
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  • Did Margaret Thatcher early in her career sublimate desire in the construction of ice cream cones?

Will Margaret Thatcher be elevated to the same level of sainthood as Ronald Reagan? Will her life be as fictionalized? Will those who criticize her legacy be as reviled as Reagan's detractors? You betcha, as the former queen of the formerly fashionable Tea Party might say.

As you may already know, the story's been going around that Thatcher was part of the team that "invented" soft-serve ice cream. Yep, like half the legends of Ronald Reagan, this story turns out to be bullshit, according to the New Yorker, which thoroughly researched the claim. But here's the good part. It's not right-wingers who have spread the story. It's left-wingers:

"An oft-told anecdote in British left circles associates Thatcher with the invention of soft ice cream, which added air, lowered quality and raised profits." In other words, it wasn't Thatcher's supporters who spread the soft-serve myth; it was the left-wingers, who saw in it a suitable metaphor for her policies.

Oh, those cone-head liberals!

Meanwhile, in other news of soft-serve ice cream, the owners of New York's popular Big Gay Ice Cream shops have improved the flavor and texture of Mrs. Thatcher's original product. The shop, famous for its quirky toppings, is now making their basic vanilla, chocolate and "neutral" ice creams with proprietary mixes they developed with the help of an "ice cream scientist." These will be the background to which the company adds their way gay flavors. First reviews are quite positive.

Other news of soft-serve ice cream will be reported as it develops.

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