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July 19, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.”— A.J. Cronin
★~ Flitch Day:
The tradition of the Dunmow Flitch began in Great Dunmow, Essex in 1104 when a local couple so impressed the Prior of Little Dunmow with their marital devotion that he awarded them a flitch (a side) of bacon. The custom continued and the monks offered a “flitch” of bacon as prize for any married couple who could prove to a jury of bachelors and maidens that they had lived together in harmony and fidelity for the past year. The Flitch custom is mentioned in Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” and mock flitch trials are still held every four years in Great Dunmow, England..
“The ancient oath of the flitch was expressed in rhyme:
We do swear by custom of confession
That we ne’re made nuptial transgression
Nor since we were married man and wife
By household brawl or contentious strife,
Or otherwise at bed or board,
Offended each other in deed or word;
Or since the parish clerk said amen,
Wished ourselves unmarried again;
Or in a twelvemonth and a day
Repented in thought in any way,
But continue true and in desire
As when we joined in holy quire.”
When this oath was taken by each couple, it was the duty of the officer who administered it to reply:
“Since to these conditions, without any fear,
Of your own accord you do freely swear,
A whole flitch of bacon you shall receive,
And bear it hence with love and good leave;
For this is our custom at Dunmow well known
Though the pleasure be ours, the bacon’s your own.”
It should be noted that very couples brought home the bacon.
★~ Stick Out Your Tongue Day:
El Morno friend Debbie, was amazed at this bit of trivia last year: Did you know that you cannot stick your tongue straight out and look up at the ceiling at the same time? But, today, you can stick it out at anyone and everyone because it’s Stick Out Your Tongue Day! If someone annoys you, go ahead and stick your tongue out at them. It’s especially fun to do this to crying children in the grocery store or to make this gesture behind someone’s back … and if someone call’s you immature, you know what to do!
★~ Raspberry Cake Day:
History suggests that the people of Troy were the first to appreciate the fruit of the raspberry bush dating as far back as the time of Christ. The Romans are credited with the spread of this delicious fruit throughout Europe, as archaeologists have discovered raspberry seeds in old Roman forts located in Britain. In the last 15 years, raspberries have become increasingly popular in American cuisine, showing up in everything from vinaigrettes to iced tea. Here is a Raspberry Coffee Cake recipe you might enjoy:
★~ Daiquiri Day:
It’s National Daiquiri Day! The drink many people associate with author Ernest Hemingway was, in fact, invented in 1898 by an engineer named Jennings Stockton Cox in the small iron mining town of Daiquiri near Santiago, Cuba. Ernest Hemingway did inspire the creation of the frozen Daiquiri at El Floridita, a restaurant in Havana. In Islands in the Stream, he wrote: “This frozen daiquiri, so well beaten as it is, looks like the sea where the wave falls away from the bow of a ship when she is doing thirty knots.”
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1946 – Marilyn Monroe acted in her first screen test. She passed it with flying colors and was signed to her first contract with Twentieth Century Fox Studios. The first of her 29 films was Scudda-Hoo! Scudda-Hay!
♥~ 1954 – The Lord of the Rings: First part published anniversary. The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic The Lord of the Rings, was published. The publishers chose to publish the book in three parts because it was so long. The Two Towers was published on Nov 11, 1954, and The Return of the King was published on Oct 20, 1955.
♥~ 1969 – Senator Edward Kennedy reported to police in Edgartown, Massachusetts, that he had been in a car accident the night before on Chappaquiddick Island. He admitted to driving a car into a pond, and said he and others had failed to rescue passenger Mary Jo Kopechne from the car. Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the accident scene.
♥~ 1986 – Caroline Kennedy married Edwin Schlossberg.
♥~ 1994 – Susan Montgomery blew a record bubble-gum bubble in Fresno, California. It measured 23 inches in diameter.
♥~ 1999 – Thirty years after Chappaquiddick, police and the military were searching the waters off Martha’s Vineyard for a plane piloted by Senator Kennedy’s nephew, John F. Kennedy, Jr. Kennedy, his wife Carolyn, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette disappeared on July 15th in bad weather during a night flight to Martha’s Vineyard.
♥~ 2003 – A 42-year-old Austrian man received the world’s first transplanted tongue at Vienna’s General Hospital.
♥~ 2009 – Without warning, a mystery object struck Jupiter. An amateur astronomer in Australia detected the new scar that covered some 73 million square miles, an larger area than the Pacific ocean.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1865 – Charles Mayo surgeon: founded Mayo Clinic & Mayo Foundation with his brother
♥~ 1922 – George McGovern: (read up for Kennedy connection) John and Caroline’s Kennedy’s uncle, Sargent Shriver, was the running mate of Democratic nominee George McGovern in the November, 1972 presidential election. McGovern was born July 19th, 1922.
♥~ 1978 – R.J. (Robert Jackson) Williams actor: Full House, The Big Five, The Price of Life, The Night They Saved Christmas, American Anthem, The Other Woman, Passions, General Hospital
★~ Good to know about You:
If the statement applies to your life (or you have a great story related to it), chime in and tell us all about it! And as always, feel free to make up your own question and answer.
♥~ You were on a game show as a kid.
♥~ You have an action figure somewhere on your desk.
♥~ You met your hero—and it was a total bummer.
♥~ You made a major life decision based on advice given to you in a dream.
♥~ You own a pet that’s not a dog, cat, bird, fish, hamster or bunny.
♥~ In your group of friends, you’re considered “the good one” at karaoke.
♥~ You’ve read an entire book in one day at least once this summer.
♥~ You skipped a grade.
♥~ You did something this morning you really regret.
♥~ You’re reading this in an embassy.
♥~ You’re reading this in summer school.
♥~ You’re reading this in a town with fewer than 100 residents.
♥~ You’re only able to read this because you’re stealing your neighbor’s WiFi.
♥~ You’re currently on vacation somewhere awesome.
♥~ You had a fantastic celebrity sighting this week.
♥~ You’re eating something RIGHT THIS MINUTE that you’ve never tried before.
♥~ Someone is looking over your shoulder and it’s really starting to bug you.
♥~ Your library books are way overdue!
♥~ You’ve painted something, hated the color, and painted it again.
Well, we are on day 3 of building, painting, staining, scraping, dumping, dusting, and vacuuming. God willing, and if the creek don’t rise we’ll post pictures today.
Conversations between Builder Son and Mom.
Cole: Mom, you moved your hand. Don’t move your hand
Me: Cole the saw was coming towards my finger.
Cole: Mom you can’t move, or it won’t be straight. Trust me.
Me: Fine, But you should know I’m attached to all my fingers. If you cut one of you’re in big trouble.
Cole: Mom, I’ll be careful, your the only one who is available to help me today.
Me: And don’t you forget that!
Me: Cole, why didn’t you cut the board before you painted it?
Cole: I was saving time, I wanted to let the board dry while I did other things and then come back and cut it.
Me: But won’t all the sawdust…never mind.
Wishing you a fabulous Friday!
Odd Loves Company!