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June 26, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” Albert Einstein
Today we celebrate the beauticians, barbers, and color techs who understand and appreciate our endless whining about our hair and try so hard to bring us closer to the illusive, perfect hair style.
★~Chocolate Pudding Day:
Vanilla pudding and butterscotch pudding also have their own holidays, but if chocolate’s your favorite flavor (and really, isn’t it everyone’s?) then today is your lucky day. In addition to being a popular dessert, at the turn of the century chocolate pudding was also served to the sick because it was a good source of calories for people with no appetite. In Australia pudding is baked and is has a similar texture to cake. It is typically made from flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs and cocoa powder.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1819 – The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr. of New York City.
♥~ 1964 – A Hard Day’s Night was released by United Artists Records. The album featured all original material by The Beatles and became the top album in the country by July 25, 1964.
♥~ 1965 – Mr. Tambourine Man, by The Byrds, reached the number one spot on the pop music charts. The song was considered by many to be the first folk-rock hit. The tune was written by Bob Dylan, as were two other hits for the group: All I Really Want to Do and My Back Pages.
♥ ~ 1985 – You’ve heard of players, managers and owners being ejected from baseball games, right? But have you ever heard of an organist being given the heave-ho? It happened at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida (the home of the Philadelphia Phillies during spring training; a Class A League team uses the stadium the rest of the season). Wilbur Snapp played Three Blind Mice following a call by umpire Keith O’Connor. The umpire was not amused and saw to it that Mr. Snapp was sent to the showers.
♥~ 1974 – The first Universal Product Code (UPC) was scanned at a Marsh’s Supermarket in Troy Ohio. The first item scanned was a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit Gum. The pack of gum is on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
♥~ 1999 – A 2-year-old rooster named Henry crowed 42 times in 30 minutes to win 46th annual Rooster Crow in Rogue River, Oregon.
♥~ 1819 – Abner Doubleday Civil War Union Major General: known for the myth that he invented modern baseball; died Jan 26, 1893
♥ ~ 1956 – Chris Isaak actor: Little Buddha, Silence of the Lambs, Married to the Mob, Twin Peaks; singer, songwriter: Wicked Game, Blue Hotel, LP: Silvertone
♥~ 1970 – Sean Hayes Emmy Award-winning actor: Will & Grace ; Martin and Lewis, Pieces of April, The Cat in the Hat, The Bucket List; Broadway: Damn Yankees ; TV M.C./host of 2010 Tony Awards
★~ Good to Know:
♥~ Although Leonardo da Vinci drew some rough sketches of a contraption that looked like a bicycle, the Frenchman De Sivrac built the first bicycle-type vehicle in 1690. It was referred to as a hobbyhorse. However, it did not have pedals. Those were added in 1840 by a Scottish blacksmith, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, who is credited with inventing the real bicycle. On June 26, 1819, W. K. Clarkson Jr., of New York, was granted a US patent, possibly the first for a velocipede
♥~ There are about a billion bicycles in the world, twice as many as motorcars. Almost 400 million bicycles are in China. Every year some 50 million bicycles – and 20 million cars – are produced.
♥~ The bicycle as we know it today – with two wheels of the same size – looks almost exactly the same as one from 1900.
♥~ 15 bicycles can be parked in the same space that one car takes.
♥~ Cycling three hours or 18 miles per week halves your risk of heart disease and strokes.
♥~ On average, Americans use their bikes for every one trip out of a hundred trips – the Dutch use their bikes 30 times out of a hundred.
♥~ The bicycle is the most efficient vehicle ever devised; a human on a bicycle is more efficient (in calories expended per pound and per mile) than a train, truck, airplane, boat, car, motorcycle or jet pack. Ducks, however, are still more efficient.
♥~ The fastest man on a bicycle is an American, John Howard who rode his bicycle nearly 155 per hour in the slipstream of a specially designed car. He survived to tell the tale.
♥~ A bicycle can stay upright without a rider as long as it’s moving at about 8 mph or faster. You just need a few ingredients. First, a bicycle needs a freely steerable front wheel. Second, the more relaxed the angle of the fork, the more stable the bike. Third, the distribution of the handlebar and fork mass has an additional effect on how the steering reacts to a change in verticality (wobble). For example, a bike with a handlebar basket full of bricks will be less stable than one whose low-rider front panniers carry the same heavy load.Put these three properties together in the right proportion and the result will be self-stabilizing dynamics.
It has been thundering and raining cats and dogs since about 4am. Its a good steady storm. I love a storm but coaxing my pups outside is a problem in this type of weather. They all seem certain their dog suits will shrink in the rain. I might invest in a few of these umbrellas.
My phone just started screaming a warning about flash floods in the area which did nothing to calm my pups nerves. I’ve been warned to avoid all flood areas. I’m a little insulted my phone doesn’t think I can figure out that on my own. Of-course, I do have an app that reminds me to take my umbrella on rainy days….now if I just had an app that told me where I left my umbrella the last time I used it…that would be helpful.
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