★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
February 24, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: You Don’t Have To Attend Every Argument You’re Invited To ~ author unknown
★~ Mercury In Retrograde: February 23/24 – March 17, 2013
Run for cover! Stop! Don’t run! This is not a good time to travel!! Lets just stay calm and use the power of Mercury retrograde in Pisces for deep thinking, meditation and questioning our own self imposed barriers. Saturn is also retrograde during this period (through July 7), which will encourage us to pay more attention our goals and boundaries during this Mercury retrograde. For more tips on making the most of Mercury In Retrograde click Is Mercury In Retrograde or Have I Lost My Mind?
★~ Academy Awards:
Tonight is the biggest night of the year for the film industry—the Academy Awards! The first Academy Awards ceremony took place on May 16, 1929. It was a private dinner party with less than 250 guests in attendance and tickets cost $5. The ceremony only lasted fifteen minutes! Today, an average of 40 million people watch the ceremony on television. The trophy for the Academy Awards is a knight gripping a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film. The reel has five spokes representing the original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians, and writers. The statuette is officially known as the Academy Award of Merit, but was nicknamed “Oscar” in the 1930s. Each of the Oscars costs $500 to produce and weigh about 8.5 pounds.
★~ National Tortilla Chip Day:
Rebecca Webb Carranza invented tortilla chips in the 1950s. Carranza and her husband owned the El Zarape Tortilla Factory in Los Angeles and were among the first to automate the production of tortillas. The machine often produced misshapen tortillas, and Carranza decided to try and use them instead of throwing them away. She cut the rejected tortillas into triangles, fried them, and sold them for a dime a bag. Tortilla chips soon became a nationwide sensation, served alongside salsa, chili, guacamole, and a variety of other appetizers. In 2003, the state of Texas made the tortilla chip the official state snack! To celebrate Tortilla Chip Day, dip a chip in your favorite salsa while you tune into the Academy Awards.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1905 – The National Ski Association was formed in Ishpeming, MI. The organization has been going, um, downhill ever since…
♥~ 1938 – The first nylon bristle toothbrush was made in Arlington, NJ. It was the first time that nylon yarn had been used commercially. Two years later, nylon hosiery was introduced
♥~ 1973 – Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly with His Song hit #1 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1921 – Abe Vigoda, Actor (“Fish,” “Barney Miller”)
♥~ 1922 – Steven Hill, Actor (“Law and Order”)
♥~ 1931 – Dominic Chianese, Actor, singer (“The Sopranos”)
♥~ 1947 – Barry Bostwick, Actor (“Spin City”)
♥~ 1951 – Debra Jo Rupp, Actress (“That ’70s Show”)
♥~ 1954 – Steve Jobs , American businessman and inventor (Apple Co-founder)
♥~ 1966 – Billy Zane, Actor, (Bloodrayne)
★~ Did You Know: If you can’t bs your friends with your knowledge of this years Oscar Nominated Films, here are a few Oscar trivia odds and ends to toss out at work or with friends.
♥~ Curious as to what it would cost to see every Oscar Nominated Film? There are a total of 38 feature-length films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards, including foreign pictures, documentaries and animated films. Using an average ticket price of $13.00 the total for one ticket would be $495.00. If you had a large soft drink and popcorn at all 38 movies the cost for refreshments would be around $522.50. If there is a promotional deal going on you might only pay $456.00. Curious as to the cost in calories? If you just had a popcorn, you would ingest around 39, 773 calories. Tack on another 19,000 calories if you enjoyed a non-diet soft drink with your popcorn. Candy? Nachos? Forget it. Your time is worth something right? Based solely on the length of the 38 feature films nominated for an Oscar, a moviegoer would spend 74 hours and 7 minutes, in front of the screen. That doesn’t factor in the twenty-or-so minutes of previews shown before most theatrical releases.
♥~ The shortest acceptance speech award belongs to both Alfred Hitchcock and William Holden who greeted their awards with a simple, “Thank you”.
♥~ The most successful films in Oscar history are Ben-Hur, Titanic and Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King. Each took home 11 awards – although Return Of The King was the only one of those to take home every award for which it was nominated.
♥~ Midnight Cowboy is the only X-rated film to win Best Picture, although A Clockwork Orange also received a nomination.
♥~ According to a 2001 study by the Annals of Internal Medicine, multiple Academy Award winners live up to six years longer than multiple losers. Thankfully no-one has told Peter O’Toole this.
♥~ The ‘unwinningest’ actor in Oscar history is Peter O’Toole. He’s been nominated eight times but has never won.
♥~ Of the 55 Oscars that were stolen by truck driver Lawrence Ladent in March 2000, 52 were returned by his accomplice’s brother, one was recovered in a Miama drugs raid three years later and two are still missing.
♥~Liza Minnelli, meanwhile, is the only Oscar winner whose parents (Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli) also both won Academy Awards. Although some say Judy Garland didn’t win a “real award.” I have no idea what that means, I just don’t want you to get in a fist fight defending my trivia. Let it go.
♥~ According to legend, the name ‘Oscar’ was given to the statuettes by Margaret Herrick, the Academy’s librarian. Reportedly, the statuette looked like her uncle Oscar, who, we assume, was a tiny tanned man with a sword.
♥~ The list of weirdest thank you recipients in an Oscar speech includes: hairdressers (Cher for Moonstruck), the maharishi (Rod Steiger for In The Heat Of The Night), childhood poverty (Roberto Benigni for Life Is Beautiful), lawyers (Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball), “grandpa Buster” (Gwyneth Paltrow), and “everyone I’ve ever met in my entire life” (Maureen Stapleton, Reds).
SORRY SORRY SORRY SORRY IM SO SORRY: This was posted on the internet under “baby raccoon cuddling with cat.” I have doubts about the cuddling part. (the clip below should be animated, if it’s not I”M SORRY. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not.sigh)
I thought this picture was so cute….Rescued pets sticking together….
Hope everyone has a marvelous Sunday. Will you be watching the academy awards?
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