Monday, January 18, 2010

Taco Bell Founder Dies at Age 86

His last name was Bell.

Really.

I never knew that.

(I wonder how Jack Box is doing?)

8 comments:

Haitian child said...

I wish I had tacos.

confused in de nort' countree said...

Next you're gonna tell me that Wendy's really is hot 'n' juicy. And she looks so innocent in the pictures...

Confused in the north countree too said...

What about Harvey's? Is it a beautiful thing? If you know what I mean.

ralph said...

I'm SO hungry I could even eat at Arby's.

Cake said...

There are no taco places around here for lunch and now all I want is tacos.

I'm going to get you, IANO, and your little dog too!

curious in de nort' countree said...

Ralph, does Arby's macht fries?
Are they any good?

well-fed in de nort' countree said...

...and Haitian child, you have tacos. They're just a bit flat and muddy. Stop being so picky

Tom (A Third Moment) said...

And now we learn today that Toyota was (sort of) named for its founders. This, from Wikipedia:

"Vehicles were originally sold under the name "Toyoda" (トヨダ), from the family name of the company's founder, Kiichiro Toyoda. In September 1936, the company ran a public competition to design a new logo. Out of 27,000 entries the winning entry was the three Japanese katakana letters for "Toyoda" in a circle. But Risaburo Toyoda, who had married into the family and was not born with that name, preferred "Toyota" (トヨタ) because it took eight brush strokes (a fortuitous number) to write in Japanese, was visually simpler (leaving off two ticks at the end) and with a voiceless consonant instead of a voiced one (voiced consonants are considered to have a "murky" or "muddy" sound compared to voiceless consonants, which are "clear"). Since "Toyoda" l"iterally means "fertile rice paddies", changing the name also helped to distance the company from associations with old-fashioned farming. The newly formed word was trademarked and the company was registered in August 1937 as the "Toyota Motor Company".[