“FRYING-PAN, n. One part of the penal apparatus employed in that punitive institution, a woman's kitchen. The frying-pan was invented by Calvin, and by him used in cooking span-long infants that had died without baptism; and observing one day the horrible torment of a tramp who had incautiously pulled a fried babe from the waste-dump and devoured it, it occurred to the great divine to rob death of its terrors by introducing the frying-pan into every household in Geneva. Thence it spread to all corners of the world, and has been of invaluable assistance in the propagation of his sombre faith. The following lines (said to be from the pen of his Grace Bishop Potter) seem to imply that the usefulness of this utensil is not limited to this world; but as the consequences of its employment in this life reach over into the life to come, so also itself may be found on the other side, rewarding its devotees:
Old Nick was summoned to the skies. Said Peter: "Your intentions Are good, but you lack enterprise Concerning new inventions.
"Now, broiling in an ancient plan Of torment, but I hear it Reported that the frying-pan Sears best the wicked spirit.
"Go get one --fill it up with fat -- Fry sinners brown and good in't."
"I know a trick worth two o' that," Said Nick --"I'll cook their food in't."”
“Opinions are to the vast apparatus of social existence what oil is to machines: one does not go up to a turbine and pour machine oil over it; one applies a little to hidden spindles and joints that one has to know.”
“Vicente Fox has a truly titanic task upon his shoulders because dismantling an authoritarian apparatus that has had a grip on power for 71 years means reforming the state practically from head to foot.”
“In my opinion, the trampoline is the most important training apparatus in any acrobatic sport. You learn air sense and you can master a skill long before you ever try it on that apparatus. It saves on injury and time. It isolates a skill quicker.”