Slugburger History

Patricia Bradley Mystery Question 24 Comments

Slugburger-though most people forgo the tomato and cheese

As I promised last week, here’s a little history on the slugburger. But first, the answer to last week’s mystery question is #2. Quite a few of you got the correct answer.  Now onto the slugburger.

John Weeks grew up in Chicago and moved to Corinth, Mississippi, in 1917 with his four brothers, bringing with him a hamburger recipe that he probably got from German immigrants. It contained a little beef and a lot of filler because meat was scarce. The original filler was potato flakes or corn meal but changed to soy grits in the early fifties.

The burger cost a nickel, and the name originated from the slang word for five cents which is a “slug”. (and has nothing to do with snails.) A local butcher ground Weeks’ meat which he made into patties and deep fried on a contraption he created out of lumber and two bicycle wheels that he could move from place to place. He sold the burgers on the streets and to passengers on the trains passing through Corinth.

Fate Weeks, one of the other brothers bought an old trolley car and started selling the burgers. When I came to Corinth back in the 60s there was still one trolley car selling slugburgers. Aptly named The White Trolley. It’s still in business, although it’s now a white building.

At the festival held in Corinth every July, you can watch cooks deep fry the patties, and you know they’re done when they float to the top. Then slap them on a bun, add mustard, pickle, and onion and you have a burger to die for. Mmm. I’m thinking I need to make a slugburger run!

Now for this week’s Super Sleuth Question. Every day there are advances in technology that help to catch criminals. Are you up-to-date on your terminology? Let’s see. Below are four technologies. Three are actually used, but one is not. Which one is it? And don’t google them! lol. Parts of this first aired on Thoughts on Plot.
  1. Brain Fingerprinting: criminals wearing a headband that measures cognitive brain responses to stimuli are shown pictures on a computer screen related to a crime, and an EEG picks up specific responses. Their responses revealed that their brains responded to crime-related details shown on the computer.
  2. Drone fingerprinting: This technology allows a drone to take pictures at a crime scene and identify finger prints to send directly to the lab for analysis.
  3.  Body Odor Bio-metric Identifier: This technology stores the specific body odor of registered criminals that can be used later for canines to identify the culprit by the body odor at a new crime scene.
  4. Vomit Inducing Flashlight: This hi-tech flashlight emits LEDs that disorients the criminal and makes him deathly nauseated.

Okay, Mystery Sleuths, which is the fake new technology? Leave your answer in the comments section to be entered in a drawing for Sandra Orchard’s new book, Over Maya Dead Body.

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  1. Edward Arrington

    Wow! Is the one technology that is incorrect one that you dreamed up? If so, you have quite an imagination. I have not seen anything in the news about any of these nor have any authors I typically read had their hero and heroine use any of them. I will guess #4 simply because I cannot determine what it would accomplish other than making the suspect “spill his guts”. Ugh!

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  2. Dana Michael

    Wow!! I don’t have a clue. But I’m gonna pick #2. It is astonishing what technology can do these days? Whodathunk?

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  3. Trixi

    I’m going for #3 this week, although I bet any of these could be correct. There’s so much advancement in crime detection these days 🙂

    I’m not so sure about a slugbuger, lol! But the history behind it is fasinating, thanks for sharing that Patricia!

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