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May 14th, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: You can’t do it unless you can imagine it. ~ George Lucas
★~ Dance Like a Chicken Day:
Dancing like a chicken, jumping like a frog . . . What next- Hopping like a kangaroo? El Morno has more moves than Richard Simmons these days.
A Swiss accordion player named Werner Thomas wrote the melody for the Chicken Dance song in the late 1950s. In 1963, he began performing it at his restaurant. The people who bravely stood up and danced along to the tune often used sporadic movements that reminded Thomas of ducks and chickens. By the time the Chicken Dance arrived in America in the 1970s, it had acquired set choreography with repetitive beak, wing, and tail motions.
Fact about Katybeth: I have never once in my whole and entire life danced liked a chicken on purpose. And up until I learned about Dance Like a Chicken Day, I had never even heard that upbeat oom-pah song that gets everyone out on the dance floor to dance like a chicken.
When I shared this with a friend, she gasped and clucked, telling me this is not possible and rattled off some of the other names I might have heard the chicken dance called. “The Birdie Dance,” “Tchip-Tchip,” or “The Song of the Chicken.” Nope. My friend then informed me I must be the only person left on the face of the earth who has not heard of—or done—the chicken dance. Is that true? Should I ask for the gifts that I have taken to all the weddings and bar mitzvahs back? After all, I have been denied my right to look like a dressed-up fool having fun dancing like a chicken. . .Or shall I give the chicken dance a try….. or tell a chicken joke…..
A waiter approached the man studying the menu carefully at the fancy restaurant. “May I take your order, sir?” he asked.
“Well, I was wondering how you prepare your chickens.” The man replied.
“Oh, it’s nothing too special, sir,” the waiter confided. “We just tell them straight out that they’re going to die.”
★~ Buttermilk Biscuit Day:
Whether you use a recipe passed down through the generations, crack open a Pillsbury dough can, or follow the directions on the Bisquick box, enjoy your biscuits with butter straight from the oven. Cover them with your favorite jam, whipped cream, or berries and get a yummy start to your day. If you missed haveing biscuits this morning, take a do-over during the week or have biscuits and gravy with dinner.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1804 – Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark set out from St. Louis, Missouri, set out on their journey.
♥~ 1878 – The trademarked name Vaseline (for a brand of petroleum jelly) was registered by Robert A. Chesebrough. You have probably heard of his Chesebrough-Pond’s company
♥~ 1969 – The last Chevrolet Corvair rolled off the Willow Run assembly line in Ypsilanti, Mich. The last Corvair (the 6000th produced) was an ‘Olympic Gold’ Monza coupe with a black interior. It was also the last car Ralph Nader condemned as “unsafe at any speed.”
♥~ 1988- Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Anything For You’, a No.10 hit in the UK.
♥~ 1998 – The last episode of the sitcom Seinfeld was shown after nine years on NBC-TV. Commercials in the final show cost sponsors for $2M for 30 seconds.
♥~ 1686- Gabriel Fahrenheit, The Fahrenheit temperature scale is named after him.
♥~ 1952 – Robert Zemeckis Academy Award-winning director: Forrest Gump ; Death Becomes Her, Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Romancing the Stone, Used Cars, I Wanna Hold Your Hand; script writer [w/Bob Gale]: 1941; executive producer: Tales from the Crypt. (Is it a coincidence that Gump Worsley , Hockey Hall of Famer: goaltender: is also celebrating his birthday today?)
★~ Good to Know:
When we visited Ireland, I drove and Cole navigated, each time we approached a roundabout, I would say, “Oh God why does there have to be another round-about, I hate roundabouts and Cole would say “Mom, follow that red car, no I mean the blue car, not that blue car…..” The fact that we didn’t crash was because of Irish hospitality – they moved out of the way of crazy tourists.
I can’t even imagine (Too awful to even attempt to imagine) what driving the Magic Roundabout would be like….Two roundabouts in one – the first the conventional, clockwise variety and the second, which revolved inside the first, sending traffic counter- clockwise. Keep in mind that you meet the Magic Roundabout by driving on the left side if the road.
” The Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England, constructed in 1972, is the most brilliant and at the same time, the most confusing roundabout ever built. The roundabout, named after the popular children’s television series by the same name, is located near the County Ground and consists of five mini-roundabouts arranged in a circle. At first sight, it might appear to confuse or amuse new visitors and certainly baffle tourists but once you understand how the roundabout works you will realize how revolutionary the idea is.” Swindon Tourism
If you make it through the roundabout, there are t-shirts for sale, “I survived the Magic Roundabout T-shirt.” (Good to know, right?)
My sweet mother drove a Corvair. We traveled many a mile between El Paso,Texas and Roswell New Mexico in that car (whose given name eludes me at typing) and she never let us down. “Unsafe at any speed,” seems a little harsh.
Tuesday is errand day, so I better get high behind and get to it…or something like that . . .
Hope every one has a terrific Tuesday. Don’t forget to shake your tail feathers a time or two.
Odd Loves Company!