"The proof of the pudding is
in the eating." &emdash;Don Quixote,
Is Betty Crocker a
real person or not? Not. She was made up by a Minneapolis
baking company in 1921. When customers wrote and asked
for help, they were sent letters signed "Betty Crocker."
She wasn't real. The idea was to make customers
feel they were getting friendly service. A few years
later, she even got her own radio show. Actresses just
pretended to be her. In 1976 the company made the
first picture of Betty Crocker by blending the faces
of lots of women at the company.Since then the
picture's been changed several times. Funny, even though
her name's been on cookbooks and baking products for many
years, she never looks any older. But people believed
she was real.
The portrait of
"Shakespeare" allegedly drawn by Martin Droeshout
prefixed to the Shakespeare Folio in 1623 is the only one
passed down from posterity. Critics point out that
Droeshout was born in 1601, about ten when the man from
Stratford retired and fifteen when Shaksper died in
Stratford (1616). There are numerous problems with this
portrait such as the wearing of a collar that was
unfamiliar to his age, there is no neck, the body is a
tailor's dummy,and there is an unecessary double line
seen on the right side of the face indicating a mask. The
drawing was most likely not done from life making the
portrait a deliberate fake. But people believe it is
real. That the name "William Shakespeare" appears on
the 1623 Folio makes as much sense that he's the author
as "Betty Crocker" is the maker of a box of cake mix.
Shake, Fake and Bake.