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March 10, 2012
★~ Today’s Quote: “There is only one thing stronger than all the armies of the world: and that is an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo
★~International Day of Awesomeness:
The tag line for this holiday is “No one’s perfect, but everyone can be awesome.” Does this even make sense?
I remember a very long time ago meeting the mother of a friend who was making her first visit to America from India. She was astonished at how easily the word awesome rolled off Americans’ tongues. Her vocabulary reserved the word awesome for things like the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal, and walking on the moon, but it was never used to describe a pair of shoes. I don’t think she would approve of Awesomeness Day that links itself with the birthday of Chuck Norris. I, of course, think Chuck Norris is pretty darn awesome…but I digress.
The oldest meaning of awesome is “something which inspires awe.” So why not reserve the word for awful and awe-some events and people? (Especially if you are past of age of 30 and have expanded your life experiences.) There are alternative words, after all, to describe those shoes that might include amazing, breathtaking, dazzling, groovy…and what about striking or stunning?
On the other hand, you are really awesome. Everyone knows that, and that is what this day is really about: celebrating awesome people and perhaps celebrating feats of awesomeness. So by all means, go forth and let the world be celebrate and be dazzled by the brilliance of your awesomeness!
If you are still calling them fanny packs, you are behind the times. They are now called “belt bags.”
When they were first introduced, they were made out of nylon material and used primarily for travel. Fanny packs safely kept your passport and money away from potential pickpockets. They were a matter of convenience. Humans LOVE convenience, and before we knew it fanny packs were taking the place of handbags because they were EASY!
However, they were also ugly, adding bulk where bulk really does not belong, so they took a hiatus and we went back to toting arm-breaking, overstuffed totes.
What do you think—is the belt bag (fanny pack) a fashion faux pas? Or a convenient traveling companion?
If you are a “gamer” from way back you will know that March 10 is Mario Day. Because “Mar 10” spells out Mario the plumber, of Nintendo games fame.
So pull out your Mario Brothers t-shirt, grab a game controller, and play a Mario Brothers video game all day! Or just share the Mario Brothers name trivia with an eye-rolling teen, strap on your belt bag, and go for a walk.
I have the ingredients, I have the popover pan, and I have perfected the plain popover—so I cannot wait to try to make blueberry popovers. If you would like to join me, these are the popover tips and recipe I use to make mine. Today I will add blueberries to my recipe.
★~ Today In History:
♥~ 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell sent the first clear telephone message — into a nearby room — to his assistant, Mr. Watson. “Mr. Watson, come here, I want you,” were the first words spoken into the invention that Bell had created.
♥~1922 – Variety magazine greeted readers with the front-page headline that read, “Radio Sweeping Country – 1,000,000 Sets in Use.”
♥~ 1941 –The Brooklyn Dodgers announced that their players would wear batting helmets during the 1941 baseball season. General Manager Larry MacPhail (he started the Dodger dynasty in the thirties) predicted that all baseball players would soon be wearing the new devices. He was right
♥~ 1991 – A Vincent van Gogh painting, “Still Life with Flowers,” sold for $1.43-million in Chicago. It had hung for 36 years in the living room of a suburban Milwaukee couple who thought it was a copy.
♥~1997 –“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” debuted on the WB network.
♥~ 1916 James Herriot, author and veterinarian. In 1966 at the age of 50 he began a series of much-beloved books loosely based on the people and animals he had known through his veterinarian practice. He took the title of the first book, All Creatures Great and Small, from a 19th-century Anglican hymn, and used the rest of the lines of the refrain for the next three books: All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful, and The Lord God Made Them All.
♥~1940 – Chuck Norris (Carlos Ray Norris ) karate champion, actor: Code of Silence, Delta Force, Forced Vengeance, Lone Wolf McQuade, Missing in Action, Walker, Texas Ranger
♥~ 1945 – Katharine Houghton (Grant)actress: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Billy Bathgate, The Night We Never Met; niece of actress Katharine Hepburn
♥~ 1958 – Sharon Stone actress: Last Dance, Casino, The Specialist, Basic Instinct, Total Recall, War & Remembrance series, Above the Law, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol, Allan Quartermain and the Lost City of Gold, King Solomon’s Mines, Calendar Girl Murders, Deadly Blessing, The Bay City Blues
★~ Did You Know: What’s Awesome….
♥~ The first bite of a piece of gum
♥~ Waking up in the morning the day after you finally accomplished a goal. Driver’s License, obedience title on a dog, passed an important test….
♥~ Having something fix itself.
♥~ Your It! Tell us what you think is awesome!….
What is on your awesome list? Do share! Inquiring minds want to know! Odd Loves Company!