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πŸ”— Scottish CafΓ©

πŸ”— Mathematics πŸ”— Books πŸ”— Food and drink πŸ”— Poland πŸ”— Food and drink/Foodservice πŸ”— Ukraine

The Scottish CafΓ© (Polish: Kawiarnia Szkocka) was a cafΓ© in LwΓ³w, Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine) where, in the 1930s and 1940s, mathematicians from the LwΓ³w School of Mathematics collaboratively discussed research problems, particularly in functional analysis and topology.

Stanislaw Ulam recounts that the tables of the cafΓ© had marble tops, so they could write in pencil, directly on the table, during their discussions. To keep the results from being lost, and after becoming annoyed with their writing directly on the table tops, Stefan Banach's wife provided the mathematicians with a large notebook, which was used for writing the problems and answers and eventually became known as the Scottish Book. The bookβ€”a collection of solved, unsolved, and even probably unsolvable problemsβ€”could be borrowed by any of the guests of the cafΓ©. Solving any of the problems was rewarded with prizes, with the most difficult and challenging problems having expensive prizes (during the Great Depression and on the eve of World War II), such as a bottle of fine brandy.

For problem 153, which was later recognized as being closely related to Stefan Banach's "basis problem", StanisΕ‚aw Mazur offered the prize of a live goose. This problem was solved only in 1972 by Per Enflo, who was presented with the live goose in a ceremony that was broadcast throughout Poland.

The cafΓ© building now houses the Szkocka Restaurant & Bar (named for the original Scottish CafΓ©) and the Atlas Deluxe hotel at the street address of 27 Taras Shevchenko Prospekt.

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πŸ”— Waffle House Index

πŸ”— United States πŸ”— Disaster management πŸ”— Food and drink πŸ”— Food and drink/Foodservice πŸ”— Retailing

The Waffle House Index is an informal metric named after the Waffle House restaurant chain and is used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to determine the effect of a storm and the likely scale of assistance required for disaster recovery.

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πŸ”— Big Mac Index Manipulation

πŸ”— Finance & Investment πŸ”— Economics πŸ”— Food and drink πŸ”— Food and drink/Foodservice πŸ”— Retailing πŸ”— Globalization

The Big Mac Index is a price index published by The Economist as an informal way of measuring the purchasing power parity (PPP) between two currencies and provides a test of the extent to which market exchange rates result in goods costing the same in different countries. It "seeks to make exchange-rate theory a bit more digestible."

The index, created in 1986, takes its name from the Big Mac, a hamburger sold at McDonald's restaurants.

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πŸ”— An Automat is a fast food restaurant where foods and drink are served by vending machines.

πŸ”— Food and drink πŸ”— Food and drink/Foodservice

An automat is a fast food restaurant where simple foods and drink are served by vending machines. The world's first automat was named Quisisana, which opened in Berlin, Germany in 1895.

πŸ”— The Pizza Meter

πŸ”— United States πŸ”— Food and drink πŸ”— Food and drink/Foodservice

The Pizza Meter refers to sudden increases of pizza orders from U.S. government offices, such as the White House and The Pentagon, before large events such as the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the Panama Invasion, and the Grenada invasion.

On the night of August 1, 1990, the night before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, military personnel at The Pentagon came together to discuss issues in the Middle East. According to Frank Meeks, the owner of Washington, D.C.'s Domino's Pizza franchise of 45 restaurants, the CIA ordered a record-breaking 21 pizzas from Domino's that night. Between January 7 to January 16, 1991, the number of pizza deliveries to the Pentagon past 10 p.m reached 101, with another 55 pizzas delivered to the White House on January 16 between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Meeks tied the influx of pizza orders from the Pentagon, White House, and the CIA to oncoming major announcements from the White House, publicizing his observations. Consequently, the public nicknamed the event "The Pizza Meter". Shortly after Meeks' comments were released, government offices no longer ordered from Domino's branches in Washington, opting to buy pizza at separate times or at different pizza joints.

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πŸ”— Indian Coffee House

πŸ”— India πŸ”— Food and drink πŸ”— Food and drink/Foodservice πŸ”— Cooperatives πŸ”— India/company πŸ”— India/food

Indian Coffee House is a restaurant chain in India, run by a series of worker co-operative societies. It has strong presence across India with nearly 400 coffee houses. It has been a hub for Communist, Socialist and liberal movements for generations. Thus it has played a very important role in Geopolitics of India as most successful political movements began from here. Many governments have been formed by the people who regularly visited here.

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