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.
- jackrabbit, long-legged rabbits, also referred to as hares
- jackalope, legendary antlered jackrabbit
- jackass (male donkey). (Also is a movie and TV reality show.)
Jack is prominent in songs and video media.
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.
- "Hit the Road, Jack" (Ray Charles)
- "Jackie Blue" (Ozark Mountain Daredevils)
- "Jack and Diane" (John Mellencamp). Visit the Weird Al parody using Homer and Marge Simpson.
- "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (Paul Simon)
"You just slip out the back, Jack"
- "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (Rolling Stones)
Related—jumping jacks (the exercise) named for General "Black Jack" Perishing
Some white officers nicknamed him “Black Jack” in reference to his defense of his black troops. … While he was a senior cadet at West Point, he invented an exercise used by people around the world to this day: the jumping jack.
This section is mostly about movies with Jack in titles, characters, or both.
- Billy Jack, “a half-Indian/half-white ex-Green Beret”
- Jack the Ripper, based on the notorious criminal of the late 1880s.
"On 27 September 1888, the Central News Agency received a letter written in red ink … It was signed 'Jack the Ripper'."
- Jack Ryan, character in Tom Clancy books, some made into movies
- Jack and Rose, main characters in Titanic
- Jack Sparrow, character in Pirates of the Caribbean
- Jack Skellington, main character in Nightmare Before Christmas
- Jack Donaghy, a main character in 30 Rock
"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.