Maude the Marine?

When you hear the name Bea Arthur, you likely think of the characters Maude and Dorothy Zbornak. Maybe you even recall her decidedly NSFW appearances in recent years on celebrity roasts. Whatever the case may be, you almost assuredly don’t hear her name and think of the United States Marine Corp.

But, according to this article from The Smoking Gun, there is every reason to believe you should. The website recently published a series of documents suggesting that the beloved screen star did indeed shout Semper Fi – serving 30-months after enlisting in 1943 at the age of 21. According to the article, Arthur – then known by her birth name, Bernice Frankel – spent her time as a typist and a truck driver. Among the evidence the site provides are an official Marine enlistment photo, a handwritten letter from her military personnel file, a marine qualification card, and one highly-personal misconduct report.

Maybe more fascinating than her service as “one of the first members of the Women’s Reserve” is the fact that Arthur maintained until her death in April 2009 that it never occurred. Included at the end of the article is video of an interview where she casually dismisses the entire notion.

Check out all of the evidence and let us know what you think: Did Sofia Petrillo’s daughter lead a secret life among the few, the proud?

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TASCHEN
Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book
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If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese
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An infographic about cakes
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An infographic about fruits in season
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