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August 20, 2012
★~ Todays Quote: I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party ~ Ron White
★~ National Radio Day:
Crank it UP! On Radio day we celebrate the invention of the radio, our favorite radio station and your favorite radio announcers Celebrate, sing a song, dance to the music, get down and shake it all out with your favorite radio station.
There are more than 12,000 radio stations in the U.S., and more than two billion radios in use.
★~ National Lemonade Day:
On Aug. 20, 1630, lemonade debuted in Paris. It was made from sparkling water, lemon juice and honey. That original version has morphed into dozens of variations and flavors, and is enjoyed by people of all ages. It also a great way for young entrepreneurs to go into business for themselves and earn a little cash.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1741 – Alaska was discovered by Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering. That’s how the Bering Sea got its name.
♥~ 1945 – Tommy Brown became the youngest player to hit a home run in a major-league ball game. Brown, who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, was 17 years, 8 months and 14 days old.
♥~ 1955 – Col. Horace A. Hanes, a U.S. Air Force pilot, flew to an altitude of 40,000 feet. Hanes reached a speed of 822.135 miles per hour in a Super Sabrejet.
♥~ 1985 – The machine that revolutionized the world’s offices, the original Xerox 914 copier, took its place among the honored machines of other eras at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. The document copier had been formally introduced to the world in March of 1960. In just twenty-five years, the machine, invented by Chester Carlson, a patent lawyer, had become obsolete enough to make it into the museum.
♥~ 1992 – An 88-year-old man had to be rescued twice from a burning hotel in Mattawa, Ontario. He went back in to get his teeth.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1918 – Jacqueline Susann author: The Valley of the Dolls, The Love Machine; Susann he was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 44, and she made a bargain with God: If she could have 10 more years, she would produce something really big. She published her most famous novel, Valley of the Dolls (1966), four years later. She drew on her experiences as an aspiring actress to tell a tale of backstabbing, sex, and glamour, and it was a huge hit. At one point she had three books on The New York Times best-seller list: Valley of the Dolls, The Love Machine (1969), and Once is Not Enough (1973). She died in 1974, 12 years after her cancer diagnosis
♥~ 1923 – Jim Reeves. No steel guitar, no fiddle for Jim Reeves. This is the man who turned country into pop-country, becoming the first big country-crossover artist. Jim Reeves played minor-league baseball hoping to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals (that career was ended by an injury), was a radio announcer and an entertainer (Louisiana Hayride), and had more than forty top-ten country hits and over two dozen in the pop Hot 100.
★~ Did You Know: Why Pink Lemonade is Pink?
The pink drink first appeared in the United States around the mid-1800s, primarily at circuses and carnivals and then at street stands in New York City. The drink’s origins and inventor are heavily disputed though, and a handful of men have been credited with its creation.:
♥~ Henry E. “Bunk Allen” Allott ran away from home to join the circus at the age of 15 and worked a concession stand. He claims his creation was a total accident and that, while he was preparing a batch of regular lemonade, he bumped a table and knocked several pounds of red cinnamon candies into the mix. He had customers waiting and didn’t want to take the time to make a new batch, so he gave out the pink stuff, and it became a hit. Allot died at the age of 40 and reportedly refused a visit from a priest on his deathbed and declaring that, “When I’m planted I want everybody to have a drink on me.”
♥~ W.H.A. Tobey also claims to have made the first batch of pink lemonade by accident. In the 1860s, he was working with Forepaugh’s circus. When they toured in the Southwest one summer, water was so scarce they couldn’t even sell lemonade. One afternoon, Tobey went to check on the horses and found that a red blanket had fallen into their drinking water barrel. The colors ran and the water turned a dark pink color. The horses refused to drink it, so Tobey brought it to the lemonade man and suggested they sell a colored beverage. That night they started selling it and people loved it so much they made it at every stop from then on.
♥~ William Henry Griffith makes a very similar claim, though it happened a decade later: He had a batch of lemonade ready for sale, when a performer’s red tights blew off a clothesline and gave the drink a tint.
♥~ Pete Conklin’s accident with red clothing also figures into his lemonade story. Conklin was running a concession stand at Jere Mabie’s Big Show in the late 1850s when his lemonade ran out in the middle of a rush of customers. He didn’t have any more water on hand, so he ran to the performers’ dressing tent. He grabbed a tub that someone was wringing out a pair of red tights in and rushed back to the stand. He didn’t notice until he started on another batch that the water was pink. There wasn’t much else he could do, so he poured it into cups and started selling it as “strawberry lemonade,” making double his usual sales that day.
♥~ Another Answer: Red #40.
Happy Monday! Start your week off with a smile and giggle…here is another silly from El Morno friend Carol.
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