February 25: Cuddle Up Day, Sword Swallower Day, Chocolate Covered Nut Day,

by on February 25, 2012

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February 25, 2012

Posted Updated; February 25, 2013

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★~ Today’s Quote:  “Come, cuddle your head on my shoulder, dear, Your head like the golden-rod, And we will go sailing away from here To the beautiful land of Nod” Ella Wheeler Wilcox

★~ Open Your Special Bottle Day: 

Most of us have at least one “special bottle” that we are saving for just the right occasion. Open Your Special Bottle Day was created to encourage people to stop saving and open those bottles of wine and consume them before the wine is over the hill and fails to deliver the promise of its youth. While the day is primarily about wine, it could also be a call to use that special bottle of perfume you have been saving or to savor the cooking oils you may have put away for just the right occasion.

★~ Cuddle Up Day:

Time to get cozy with your loved ones—wrap them in your arms, and give them tight squeezes.

However, be careful if you cuddle up to a sword swallower!

★~ World Sword Swallower Day:

Today is the day for those of you who like to live on the cutting edge of life.

According to Dan Meyer, president of the Sword Swallowers Association International (SSAI), “Most people don’t realize the contributions sword swallowers have made in the fields of science and medicine over the past 150 years,” Meyer told HuffPost Weird News, “In 1868, a sword swallower was used by Dr. Adolf Kussmaul in Freiburg, Germany, to develop the first rigid endoscopy. It was a long, thin tube with a mirror and a candle at the end, and the sword swallower — whose name has been lost to history — was the guinea pig.” In addition, a sword swallower underwent the first esophageal electrocardiogram in Wales in 1906, but again, his name has been lost to history. Meyer just doesn’t think that’s right. “Sword swallowers go unrecognized, but their physical and mental abilities to shut off bodily reflexes is very helpful to scientists studying the inner workings of the body,” he said.

Today, sword-swallowing men and women will show up at various Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditoriums around the world to swallow their swords for 12 seconds at exactly 2:25 p.m. local time to raise awareness of how sword swallowers have contributed to science and medicine.

★~ National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day!

Nuts have been a staple of the human diet for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans were fond of the walnut, Native Americans enjoyed the pecan, and the Chinese believed that the hazelnut was one of the five sacred nourishments. People also believed that chocolate had divine properties.

The Aztecs and Mayans prepared drinking chocolate for all their sacred rituals. In the seventeenth century, chocolate became a very fashionable drink throughout Europe, and people soon learned that everything tastes better when it’s covered in chocolate. By the middle of the nineteenth century, it was a common practice to dip items like pretzels, nuts, and fruits into melted chocolate.

Celebrate National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day with your favorite chocolate and nut combination! Or your favorite chocolate and nut! Or if you cannot, do not, or will not eat nuts (ND Domer Mom directed), have a chocolate covered piece of fruit.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1836 – Sure as shootin’, Samuel Colt received a patent for a pistol that used a revolving cylinder containing powder and bullets in six individual tubes. (Pre-assembled loads [cartridges] came later.) Up to that time, the single-shot flintlock pistol had been the fastest firearm around. Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Company was incorporated in 1855 and some 30 million Colt pistols and rifles have been sold since.

♥~ 1924 – Ty Cobb, one of the legends of baseball, issued an edict to his team, the Detroit Tigers, outlawing the playing of golf during training camp. A report in the Detroit Free Press said that Cobb went so far as to confiscate players’ golf clubs! Guess he was a little ‘teed off’.

♥~ 1957 – Buddy Holly and The Crickets traveled to Clovis, NM, to record That’ll Be the Day. I have been to Clovis, New Mexico. Bet the town is still talking about “that day.”

♥~ 2001 – The Chinese-language film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon became the most lucrative foreign movie in U.S. history. This was the first movie Cole ever saw-he loved it.  I know most parents start with Disney…we were Odd.

♥~ 2010 – A 1939 comic book, Detective Comics No. 27, in which the Batman makes his debut, sold at a Dallas auction for $1,075,500. The price was about $75,000 more than the record set just three days earlier by a Superman comic book.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1904 – Adelle Davis nutritionist: author: Let’s Get Well, Let’s Cook it Right, Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit, Let’s Have Healthy Children; died May 31, 1974

♥~ 1913 – Jim Backus, actor, Mr Magoo.  Thurston Howell III in CBS-TV’s Gilligan’s Island series  died July 3, 1989;

♥~ 1935 – Sally Jessy Raphael (Sally Lowenthal) TV talk-show host: Sally Jessy Raphaël

♥~ 1943  George Harrison –  He was the youngest of Harold and Louise Harrison’s four children, and the youngest of the four Beatles as well. He joined the band when he was only 14, and there was a tendency ever after for his bandmates to treat him like a tag-along kid brother. He was often crowded out of the limelight by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and he was only granted two tracks on every album. When the band split in 1970, he finally recorded and released several of the songs from this backlog; he had enough material for a triple album, 1970’s All Things Must Pass.

His memoir, I Me Mine (also the title of a Beatles’ song he wrote), was published in 1980, and is dedicated “to gardeners everywhere.” He died of cancer in 2001

♥~ 1971 – Sean Astin actor: The Goonies, The B.R.A.T. Patrol, The War of the Roses, Encino Man, Bulworth, Icebreaker, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

★~ Did You Know:

♥~  The oldest bottle of wine 816 years old , it is a Ode’Licious (Greek mythologist term for Rose wines).

♥~ The world’s oldest Champagne, which spent about 170 years at the bottom of the ocean, sold for $78,400 at an auction in Finland

♥~ Wrestled from the icy depths of the Baltic Sea, the Finns recovered a prize nearly  salvage 5 bottles of beer from a 170-year-old shipwreck in the Aland Islands. Now, nearly two centuries later, it was time for a taste test. Unfortunately, the bottles of beer had been infiltrated by seawater

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My Odd family is hosting an Oscar’s pool and would like to invite you to participate. You know what we always say — the more money in the pot the merrier! It’s fun! To find out more click: Place Your Bets! It’s time for the Academy Awards!

Cole made it home from New Mexico. He not only made it home despite iffy weather, he flew first class again. He has a wonderful time with his grandparents, and his grandmother told me an amusing story: They went out to dinner and had a short wait at the bar. While they were waiting, a group of girls struck up a conversation with Cole. Before they left to be seated, they asked Cole how old he was. His answer: “Well if you’re dyslexic, I am 51.” Hard to believe he will be 61 (if you are dyslexic) in just a few short weeks. It’s true that kids grow up very fast, but it is also true, at least in my case, that they just get better and more amusing every day. Let’s keep Sword Swallowing Day between us, ok?

Wishing you a super Saturday!

 

{ 6 comments }

Lisa Curran

Hey, KB, are we sending the PayPal to Katybeth@myoddfamily.com?

Katybeth Jensen

Lisa,
The Paypal button (hope the link works) takes you to my aol account. If you would like to pay through Paypal directly just let me know and I will give you my aol e-mail if you do not have it.
Thanks!

Mike

Great Day. Great Weekend. Heading out to breakfast. Don’t think I wil swallow any swords.
Glad Cole made it home. First Class. Way to fly!
Off to make my academy picks!

Katybeth Jensen

I know the kid flys right!

Sounds like you are off to have a good day! Good Luck with your picks!

Debbie

How about if I just eat lots of chocolate, the plain kind?!! Glad Cole had a safe trip home. First-class, huh? Awesome! I know you’re glad to have him back. Sorry to be a wet blanket, but I’ll pass on the Oscar’s pool — I never bet on things over which I have no control (and I’ve never yet picked an Oscar winner!) I didn’t realize George was the youngest Beatle — the others probably made life miserable for him at times.
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Katybeth Jensen

Plain chocolate works just fine. LOL. I haven’t even seen most of the movies. The Oscar pool started last year and I was elected to be the bookie because it was a dream of mine but as far as the movies go I am at a loss. I did not know that about George either but then my music knowledge is about as good as my movie knowledge.
Wishing you a super Saturday!

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