Blog: Dave Leggett'Lazy Susan'

Dave Leggett | 13 September 2004

Lazy Susan? You know, the raised circular tray that spins around the table in a restaurant enabling everyone to get access to multiple offerings without having to get up out of their seat. It would be chaotic otherwise, so it suits a big group arranged on a large circular table, probably eating Asian cuisine that comes with lots of dishes. Where did that 'Lazy Susan' term originate? Was the inventor a woman called Susan who was, well, lazy? What prompted these thoughts was the news that Honda's 2005 Odyssey has an underfloor Lazy Susan storage compartment.

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