There's always that moment when everything is just about to absolutely crazy. And you have to pull in your breath, and say, "right - not only will I take care of the 7 tables which just were seated, but I will smile, flawlessly serve them all, and get a big tip!"
from Backwards in High Heels - a really great book by Tania Kindersley and Sarah Vine -
"Hedy Lamarr is famous for being described as the most beautiful woman in Europe and notoriously running naked through the woods in the film Ecstasy in 1933. (Naked. In the woods. In 1933. Just ponder that for a moment.) Astoundingly, she also invented a system for guiding torpedoes using a technique called frequency hopping. She was desperate to help the war effort, but the US military ignored her miraculous invention and usggested that she would be better employed entertaining the troops and selling kisses at $50,000 a pop for war bonds. What is even more extraordinary is that when her frequency hopping idea was dusted down in the fifties, it went on to form the basis of spread spectrum technology, which is now what makes mobile telephones and the internet possible. So it is worth remembering that every time you send a text message or receive an email, you owe it in part to a naked firl who once ran through a forest in 1933."