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Re: Flapdragons
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1558  Tuesday, 25 June 2002

[1]     From:   Bill Gulstad <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Jun 2002 09:28:07 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 13.1546 Re: Flapdragons

[2]     From:   H David Friedberg <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Jun 2002 14:15:54 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1546 Re: Flapdragons

[3]     From:   Richard Sherrington <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Jun 2002 16:47:41 -0300
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1546 Re: Flapdragons

[4]     From:   Jacob Goldberg <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Jun 2002 19:13:05 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1534 Flapdragons


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From:           Bill Gulstad <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Jun 2002 09:28:07 -0400
Subject: 13.1546 Re: Flapdragons
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.1546 Re: Flapdragons

Alcohol burns at a significantly lower temperature than, say, gasoline.
I have heard of people holding burning alcohol in their palms as a party
trick.  (Needless to say, I am not recommending this as a pastime.)
Thus, it is quite likely that one could tolerate the heat of an alcohol
flame for the second or two necessary to pluck a small object from it.

Bill Gulstad

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From:           H David Friedberg
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Date:           Monday, 24 Jun 2002 14:15:54 -0400
Subject: 13.1546 Re: Flapdragons
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1546 Re: Flapdragons

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>I understand that one can drink flaming beverages
>if one swigs quickly, but catching a raisin at the bottom of a flaming
>liquid is quite different - and mustache threatening.

So that's where my beard went

On a serious note I didn't think distillation of spirits was known to
Elizabethans

Shakespeare did not use the word "brandy"

Anyone with definite knowledge?

H David Friedberg

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From:           Richard Sherrington <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Jun 2002 16:47:41 -0300
Subject: 13.1546 Re: Flapdragons
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1546 Re: Flapdragons

You put raisins in the tray with just enough brandy in it to wet them
well.  They aren't floating in it. That would be a waste of brandy!
Turn the lights down so people can see, warm the brandy, pour it over,
light it and the whole thing lights up.  Pick them out with your fingers
and pop them in your mouth. The raisins are still wet, and although they
are burning as you pop them in your mouth, they won't hurt.  Children
love to do it. Put something under the tray though or you'll damage the
table.  The Annotated Alice has a long footnote on snapdragons in
Victorian England.

Richard

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From:           Jacob Goldberg <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Jun 2002 19:13:05 EDT
Subject: 13.1534 Flapdragons
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1534 Flapdragons

COSTARD O, they have lived long on the alms-basket of words.
        I marvel thy master hath not eaten thee for a word;
        for thou art not so long by the head as
        honorificabilitudinitatibus: thou art easier
        swallowed than a flap-dragon.


     honorificabilitudinitatibus

Is there such a word?  Was there ever such a word?  What is its meaning?
If it has no meaning, can one be deduced from the syllables?

Jacob Goldberg

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