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May 9, 2012
★~ Today’s Quote: The essence of communication is intention. ~ unknown
★~ Lost Sock Memorial:
Today we must face a hard fact — that our lost socks will not find their way home to their “sock mates.” There’s only one thing to do in this situation. First, grab a Coke to help fortify you and then gather your sad sock singletons and give them a reason to live, a new purpose in life as a dust rag, drink sleeve, change purse, sock monkey, heating or cooking pad, or an eyeglass case. Cut the toes from your single socks, and sew them together in a long tube. Stuff the tube with dryer lint, and use it as a door-stopper. Have I gone too far? Perhaps, but today is the day to re-purpose those single socks and make room for new sock couples.
El Morno friend Sue left this comment on El Morno yesterday before I realized that today (May 9) was Lost Sock Memorial Day and not yesterday. I switched things around, and I did not want her sock wisdom to be lost: “There is a sock company, Little Miss Matched is the name I think, that sells mismatched socks. Yes, on purpose. I have some. The designs and colors coordinate, they do not match, so don’t pitch the matchless socks — get creative and wear them! The sock police will not get you (lol).” Here is the link for Little Miss Matched. They are having a sale through May 13!
★~ Butterscotch Brownie Day:
Some people call them blondies; other people call them butterscotch brownies; but whatever you call them, they are pretty darn good. Not, in my opinion, as good as chocolate brownies, but branching out on occasion is a good thing (for other people). Some say that butterscotch brownies were around for almost a hundred years before chocolate brownies became popular! Of course, the moment chocolate was added to the mix, nobody really paid much attention to butterscotch brownies. In fact, it has been rumored that Elizabeth Browning’s poem “How do I love thee let me count the ways” was really written about a plate of chocolate brownies. Ok . . . ah . . . that’s not true—but it could be!
To celebrate National Butterscotch Brownie Day, make a batch of homemade blondies to share with friends and family! But if you are sharing them with me, could you add some chocolate chips? Please.
★~ Today is also
- National Nightshift Workers Day: Honors those workers who reverse their natural circadian rhythm to keep business running 24 hours a day.
- National Receptionists Day: Recognizes the front-line personnel in business, the directors of first impressions.
- National School Nurse Day: Honors those who take care of our kids when we can’t, and educates children about how to avoid head lice when we can’t say the word without breaking out in hives.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1959 – 16-year-old Wayne Newton made his Las Vegas debut at the Fremont Hotel. That first booking, scheduled to last two weeks, stretched into three years. Newton went on to become king of the Vegas showrooms, earning close to $20-million a year. He has been seen live by over 12 million people, more than have seen either Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley in concer
♥~ 1964 – Hello Dolly! became the top pop record in the U.S. The milestone put Louis Armstrong on the Billboard music chart in the top spot for the first time in his 41-year music career. Later, ‘Satchmo’ was cast in the movie version of Hello Dolly!.
♥~ 1984 – It took the Chicago White Sox 25 innings, eight hours, six minutes — and two days — to finally defeat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6. It was the longest game (in elapsed time) in major-league history. Tom Seaver pitched one inning of relief in the suspended game to notch the win. The game tied the record for the longest game played to a decision.
♥~ 1868 – Reno, Nevada. on this day a little town in Northwestern Nevada was officially named, Reno (after General Jesse Lee Reno, a Union officer of the Civil War). In the mid 1800s, Reno was just another settlement of silver miners. When the Comstock Lode was discovered in the Virginia City area, intrigued fortune hunters throughout the world came to the area to strike it rich. Today, they still come to strike it rich at Reno’s glitzy gambling casinos. Reno, also a haven for quickie divorces (only a six-week residency is required), is known as the biggest little city in the world, the winning slogan from a contest held in 1929.
♥~ 1935 – Charles Roger Hargreaves: British author and illustrator of children’s books, notably the Mr. Men and Little Miss series, intended for very young readers. The books’ simple and silly stories, with bright-coloured, boldly drawn illustrations, have been part of popular culture for over 25 years, with sales over 85 million worldwide in 20 languages
♥~ 1946 – Candice Bergen Emmy Award-winning actress: Murphy Brown [1989, 1990, 1992, 1993]; Starting Over, The Group, Boston Legal; daughter of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen
♥~ 1949 – Billy Joel Grammy Award-winning singer: Just the Way You Are ; My Life, You May be Right, It’s Still Rock ’n’ Roll to Me, Allentown, Goodnight Saigon, Tell Her about It, Uptown Girl, Piano Man; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [3-15-99]
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ China is responsible for approximately 40% of global sock production.
♥~ The word socks is derived from the Latin soccus, a loose-fitting slipper worn by Roman comic actors.
♥~ The human body can lose over half a liter of sweat per day through the feet alone.
♥~ The design on the side or ankle of a sock is known as a clock.
♥~ Some of the first socks – worn in Ancient Greece – were nothing more than animal skins wrapped around the ankles.
♥~ The toe is the most common place for a sock to wear out first.
♥~ Before socks were so affordable, they were considered clothing for the rich and would be given to royalty as gifts.
♥~ More often than not, people who wear mismatching socks are married. This is because people often choose socks in a dark room to avoid waking their sleeping spouse, which leads to them wearing socks of similar but subtly different colours being worn as a pair.
Yesterday (when I thought it was Lost Sock Memorial Day) I was inspired to clean my sock drawer. Would you like to see a picture? Ok.
Nice and tidy! I just showed off my sock drawer two days in a row…I really need to get a life OR clean another drawer!