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A Lazy Susan is a rotating tray placed on top of a table to aid in moving food on a large table or counter tops. They come in many sizes and shapes, but are usually circular. They may be made of glass, wood, steel, plastic, or various other hard substances such as stone etc. They are often found in Chinese restaurants with a large table. A wooden dining table and chairs. ... A typical restaurant in uptown Manhattan A restaurant is an establishment that serves prepared food and beverages to be consumed on the premises. ...


A corner cabinet on which the shelves are mounted on a vertical axle such that items may be retrieved by pushing on the shelves to turn them may also be called a lazy Susan. This type is usually found in kitchens. Closed, this type of lazy Susan appears to be two normal cabinets at right angles to each other. When pushed on, the cabinet "doors" reveal the shelves, which are circular except for the ninety degree cutout where the doors are mounted.


The term "Lazy Susan" made its first written appearance in a Vanity Fair advertisement for a "Revolving Server or Lazy Susan" in 1917. Prior to that time they were called dumbwaiters. 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar (see: 1917 Julian calendar). ... Dumbwaiter can refer to: a small elevator used to transport food or other items between floors of a building, see Dumbwaiter an American independent rock band, see Dumbwaiters (band) See also: The Dumb Waiter, a one-act play by Harold Pinter, written in 1957. ...


Origin

Thomas Jefferson is reputed to have invented the Lazy Susan, which has been in popular use since the 18th century. Lazy Susans were originally known as dumbwaiters, although the name Lazy Susan replaced this term in the 20th century, though no earlier than 1917. In many parts of the world including Britain, the term "dumb waiter" nowadays means something completely different: a lift or elevator for transporting items such as food and plates between floors of a house, usually from a kitchen to a dining room. Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 N.S.–4 July 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801–09), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of Republicanism in the United States. ... Dumbwaiter can refer to: a small elevator used to transport food or other items between floors of a building, see Dumbwaiter an American independent rock band, see Dumbwaiters (band) See also: The Dumb Waiter, a one-act play by Harold Pinter, written in 1957. ...


The name Lazy Susan is sometimes thought to have originated from a lazy house servant named Susan. This theory however, has little standing as house servants were uncommon by the time the term was used. A more rational explanation is that the term Lazy Susan has a more rhythmic appeal, and so made marketing the product easier.[original research?] It is also speculated that the house servant story was concocted by the same marketeers.


Another theory of the origin of the name Lazy Susan is that the device was named after Jefferson's daughter Susan, for whom he designed the Lazy Susan. Jefferson had designed it after Susan had complained that she was usually served last and left the table hungry.


Notes

A Lazy Susan is now being used in some automobiles. It is used as a hidden mini-storage place (under the floor of the cab) with several compartments.


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Lazy Susan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (544 words)
A lazy Susan is a rotating tray placed on top of a table to aid in moving food on a large table or counter tops.
Thomas Jefferson is often attributed as the inventor of the lazy Susan in the 1700s.
Lazy Susans were originally known as dumbwaiters, although the name 'Lazy Susan' replaced this term in the 20th Century, though no earlier than 1917
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