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June 11, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score? Vince Lombardi
★~ Kamehameha Day:
Aloha! In Hawaii, today is a public holiday that celebrates Kamehameha the Great—the monarch who established the unified Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. During this time period, Hawaii was the only nation that remained independent while the rest of the Polynesian islands were taken over by colonial powers. Kamehameha was nicknamed “the Napoleon of the Pacific” for this achievement.
To celebrate Kamehameha Day, Hawaiians attend carnivals, floral parades, and horse races. There is also a large hula competition that attracts hula companies from all over the world.
★~ Corn on The Cob Day:
It’s the All-American food, the very symbol of summer, those butter-dripping ears of sweet corn that define picnics, clambakes, barbecues and suppers as long as the season lasts.
If there is a complaint about corn, it is that the season is never long enough — about two months from mid- or late July to frost. Many Western Pennsylvania farmers, though, start their crops under plastic so they have corn ready to pick by the Fourth of July.
Fresh corn on the cob is a purely American — North, South and Central — passion. When corn was introduced to Europeans, they fed it to the animals, creating a strange prejudice that lasts to this day.. Monique Atkin, a native of France, confesses she lived in Pittsburgh 10 years before she was persuaded to taste fresh corn. “Now I can’t get enough of it,” she says, “but I still can’t talk my sister into tasting it when she comes to visit.” The Italians accepted cornmeal, which they call polenta, and the Hungarians also eat cornmeal as mamaglia. Otherwise, many Europeans still shun corn as animal fodder.
But for Americans, corn on the cob is an eagerly awaited summer treat, described by one writer as “Eating the summer sunlight.”
★~ German Chocolate Cake Day:
True or false: Did German chocolate cake originate in Germany? If you said false, you’re correct! This decadent cake is actually named after Sam German, who developed a baking chocolate in 1852 for Baker’s Chocolate Company and they named the chocolate “German’s Sweet Chocolate” in his honor.
According to baking lore, a chocolate cake recipe using German’s Sweet Chocolate was published in the Dallas Morning News in 1957 after being submitted by a Mrs. George Clay. Sales of German’s Sweet Chocolate rose dramatically after the company published the recipe across the nation, and the apostrophe was eventually dropped.
The cake is traditionally layered between a caramel-coconut-pecan filling.
★~ Back In The Day:
♥~ 1895 – The first U.S. patent (#540648) for a gasoline-driven automobile by a U.S. inventor was issued to Charles E. Duryea. Other firsts for the Duryea Motor Wagon Co. of Springfield MA: First U.S. motor car corp. (Sept. 21, 1895) and first winner of an auto race (in Chicago Nov. 28, 1895).
♥~ 1961 – Roy Orbison was wrapping up a week at number one on the Billboard record chart with Running Scared, his first number one hit. Orbison recorded 23 hits for the pop charts, but only one other song made it to number one: Oh Pretty Woman in 1964. He came close with a number two effort, Crying, number four with Dream Baby and number five with Mean Woman Blues. Orbison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987; but suffered a fatal heart attack just one year later.
♥~ 1972 – The controversial 62-minute XXX-rated film Deep Throat opened at the Mature World Theatre in New York City
♥~ 1982 – The movie E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial opened. Steven Spielberg directed this classic. It dazzled audiences with state-of-the-art special effects and a touching, humorous, story line, grossing over $100 million in its first 31 days of theatrical release.
♥~ 1996 – Garth Brooks signed autographs for 23 hours and 10 minutes at a Fan Fair in Nashville. Some fans waited in line for up to 15 hours.
♥~ 2003 – A record six Houston Astros pitchers combined on the first no-hitter against the New York Yankees in 45 years.
★~ Born Today:
1913 – Vince Lombardi – Pro Football Hall of Famer: coach: Green Bay Packers: Super Bowl I, II; “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”; died Sep 3, 1970
1933 – Gene Wilder (Jerome Silberman) actor: Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Producers, The Woman in Red, Silver Streak, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Murder in a Small Town, The Lady in Question
1956 – Joe Montana
Pro Football Hall of Famer: San Francisco 49ers quarterback: Super Bowl XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV: Super Bowl career records for yards gained, passes completed, touchdowns thrown and highest completion percentage; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback
★~ Good To Know: Random and Odd Facts
♥~ When Twister was introduced in 1966, critics denounced the game as “sex in a box.”
♥~ After racking up $40 in late fees on a VHS copy of Apollo 13, Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix
♥~ In Britain alone Guinness estimates almost 93,000 liters of beer are lost each year in mustaches and beards.
♥~ Chemists describe old book smell as “a combination of grassy notes with tank of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness.”
♥~ In the Arabic version of The Simpsons, Homer’s name was Omar Shamshoon. Instead of Duff beer, he drank Duff juice.
♥~ Above the Supreme Court is a basketball court known as the Highest Court in the Land. Clarence Thomas tore his Achilles in a 1993 game.
♥~ Studies have shown that swearing when in pain can release pain-killing endorphins.
♥~ Only two people remain who are fluent in Ayapaneco – but they refuse to talk to each other.
♥~ M&M’s stands for “Mars and Murrie’s the last names of the candy’s founders.
♥~ In the mid-1960’s Slumber Party Barbie came with a book called ‘How to Lose Weight.” One of the tips was “Don’t Eat.”
yes, it had netting. we were in the putting up process 😀
Summer vacation is in full swing around here. Yesterday, Cole and I retired our trampoline. It was a good trampoline; well used and well loved, we’ll miss it. Later today, I will give it a proper memorial and post a picture of Cole’s final flip later . Our rooftop garden was taken down as well….gutter were cleaned. Cole climbed and scooped while I bagged it all up. Today, we are going to look at a tree for the middle of the backyard, which means we are heading to a huge plant nursery. I’ll need a Venti Starbucks to get me through the experience. . .I always find these types of places so overwhelming.
See you alligators later!
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