Monday, May 30, 2016

Jacks Part 2

This article is the second half about jack(s). Read about jacked food, music (beyond the previous article's mention of "From a Jack to a King"), video media, and other scattered jacks. ("Jacks Part 1" centered around the name, children-item associations, and games.)

Jack Food and Related
Monterey jack cheese seems to be second to only cheddar as a popular cheese. (I hesitate to consider American and Velveeta to be in the same class.)
Around the 1700s, these monasteries around the Monterey region were making a semi-firm, creamy, mild flavoured cheese from cow’s milk which they aged for a little period. An American entrepreneur named David Jack realized its commercial value and started selling it all over California. The cheese came to be known as “Monterey Jack's” or “Jack's Monterey,” eventually acquiring the name Monterey Jack.
Anyone ever not eaten Cracker Jack snacks, otherwise called Crackerjacks? This product, and variations of spelling, are a food, an attribute (complimentary term), and movie. The food was immortalized in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in 1908.

A jack in the box is a toy, eatery, and movie. Although a jack in the box would be a "Kid Stuff" item that seems to belong in Jacks Part 1, I decided to write about it in Part 2 because of food.
A jack in the box toy is a spring-loaded toy with popup figure. Phrase Finder provides information about some unsavory associations.
Jack-in-the-box was variously a religious insult, a swindler, the Devil and an incendiary device - clearly a character not to be meddled with.
I'm guessing all American fast food diners know what a Jack in the Box (eatery) is. Not to sound like I'm plugging their offerings, but JITB has been serving breakfast during all their open hours long before McDonald's. As most with most fast food eateries, their offerings are deadly loaded with fat, sodium, or both. (Sigh.)
In 1951, a businessman named Robert O. Peterson opened the first Jack in the Box® restaurant in San Diego on the main east-west thoroughfare leading into city. Equipped with an intercom system and drive-thru window, the tiny restaurant served up hamburgers to passing motorists for just 18 cents, while a large jack-in-the-box clown kept watch from the roof.
Jack Animals
Three animals—one fictitious—have "jack" in their names.
Jack in Music and Video Entertainment
Jack is prominent in songs and video media.

 Mostly Music
This section is mostly about music oldies that have Jack in song titles, lyrics, or both. Although "From a Jack to a King" fits this section, it also fits well into Jacks Part 1 WRT to references to a playing card, in a romantic sense.
 Mostly Movies
This section is mostly about movies with Jack in titles, characters, or both.
Miscellaneous Jacks
"Jack" shows up in unusual contexts, sometimes in related, compound word forms.
  • Hijack, skyjack, carjack indicate stealing a vehicle by force, although some speculate the origin of hijack pertains to sneaking out of zinc ore, known as "jack", by miners. "Skyjack" does not seem to have retained popular use, and far fewer planes seem to be hijacked—maybe because of much tighter airplane boarding restrictions. For that matter, hijack seems more popular a term pertaining to changing of subjects in discussions among people.
  • A LoJack is recovery system for motor vehicles, laptops and similar devices.
  • "Jack of all trades" is an expression often accompanied by "and master of none")
  • "What is the difference between a connector, jack, plug, and port?" explains jack connector and other related items.
  • Read about the origin of the Union Jack name for the British flag.
  • Neatorama explains the origin of "you don't know jack". The article includes additional jack expressions, including reinforcement of some items I've previously mentioned.
Find more jack references at "The Phrase Finder" for "jack". Also visit Jacks Part 1. (Numerous well-known people are named Jack, and a few for Jackie, easily googlable for interested readers.)

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