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Spread the News: Mustard Is King

July 30, 2006

Saturday is National Mustard Day. It is quite a condiment. Pope John XII of Avignon was such a fan that he created the office of Mustard Maker to the Pope and appointed his nephew from Dijon. The rest is history. Gloria Pink says that at the family hot dog stand Pink's on La Brea, customers down 58 gallons of tangy yellow mustard every month. We're not sure the Beatles, at right, were buffs, but one of our favorite tunes is on Abbey Road: "Mean Mister Mustard sleeps in the park / Shaves in the dark trying to save paper / Sleeps in a hole in the road / Saving up to buy some clothes / Keeps a ten-bob note up his nose / Such a mean old man / Such a mean old man."

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday August 06, 2006 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 34 words Type of Material: Correction
Mustard Day: A Sunday Punches item in July 30's West magazine misidentified the pope who created the office of Mustard Maker to the Pope. It was Pope John XXII of Avignon, not John XII.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday August 13, 2006 Home Edition West Magazine Part I Page 5 Lat Magazine Desk 1 inches; 43 words Type of Material: Correction
The Sunday Punches item on National Mustard Day ("Spread the News: Mustard Is King," July 30) misidentified the pope who created the office of Mustard Maker to the Pope in the 14th century. It was Pope John XXII of Avignon, not John XII.

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