Thursday Trivia: Hasty Pudding Theatricals

Justin Timberlake: fond of hats and 2010 Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.

It was announced by the Harvard College Hasty Pudding Theatricals last week that Justin Timberlake and Anne Hathaway are the Man and Woman of the Year for 2010, for “lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment.” With that, Timberlake becomes the first singer to be named Man of the Year. On that note, here’s four more nuggets of trivia about Hasty Pudding and the Man and Woman of the Year awards, after the jump:

  • Just like Timberlake is the first musical artist to be Man of the Year, there has only been one dancer: Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1987.
  • The Woman of the Year award was given out first, in 1951; the Man of the Year award was not to be given out until 1967. That’s not terribly surprising, considering Hasty Pudding Theatricals is an all-male troupe (although women do participate in the writing and production).
  • There have been a good mix of actors and singers for the Woman of the Year award, but only one First Lady – Mamie Eisenhower (who would have thought it?) in 1953.
  • The troupe’s name comes from an edict from the club’s beginning in 1795, stating that “the members in alphabetical order shall provide a pot of hasty pudding for every meeting.”

Join me next week for more Thursday Trivia, in which we unveil five bits of knowledge about a topic to be decided.

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