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August 8, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: “Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called. ~A.A. Milne
★~ Happiness Happens Day:
The Secret Society of Happy People was founded by Pamela Gail Johnson in August of 1998. The Society has a simple purpose with few basic ways to enact them:
- Recognize your happy moments with the same enthusiasm as you recognize your unhappy moments.
- Encourage others to talk about their happy moments too.
- Don’t unnecessarily rain on other people’s parades.
- Celebrate Happiness Happens Day by spreading happiness far and wide.
To celebrate Happiness Day, Odd will give away 1 Secret Society of Happy People Playful Membership. Entry by telling us what makes you happy in the comment section of Odd, and we will draw a winner on Friday.
★~ Zucchini Day (sneak Zucchini onto your neighbor’s porch Day):
If you’ve planted a garden, and if in that garden you’ve planted and harvested an overabundance of zucchini that your family is refusing to eat, and your neighbors, postman, and babysitter are saying “No thank you” too, then acknowledge that today there is only one thing left to do . . . Sneak them onto your neighbor’s porch. Just think of it as Tough Zucchini love. On the other hand, if you can never have enough Zucchini do share your favorite Zucchini recipe with the rest of us!
El Morno Friend Isabel shared this zucchini recipe: Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Ricotta. (pictured above). Click If you want to see what a Zucchini blossom looks likes after being stuffed but not cooked.
El Morno Friend Stan shared this recipe: Zucchini Chips
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1964 – Joan Baez and Bob Dylan shared the stage for the first time when the singers performed in a concert at the Forest Hills Music Festival in the Forest Hills Tennis Stadiumin Forest Hills, NY.
♥~ 1969 – The photo session for the cover of The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road took six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman held up the traffic. The band then returned to the studio and recorded overdubs on ‘The End’, ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ and ‘Oh! Darling’.
♥~ 1974 – Roberta Flack received a gold record for the single, Feel Like Makin’ Love. Flack, born in Asheville, NC and raised in Arlington, VA, was awarded a music scholarship to Howard University in Washington, DC — at the age of 15. One of her classmates became a singing partner on several hit songs. Donny Hathaway joined Flack on You’ve Got a Friend, Where is the Love and The Closer I Get to You. She had 10 hits on the pop charts in the 1970s and 1980s.
♥~ 1988 – 39,012 fans attended the first night baseball game at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
♥~ 1991- Students at Stanly Community College in Albermarle, North Carolina, set a world record by filling a container with 5,438 cubic feet of popped popcorn.
♥~ 1999 – Tish, the world’s oldest captive goldfish, died in Yorkshire, England, at the age of 43. At least. Seven-year-old Peter Hand had won Tish at a fair in 1956. The fish swam with the family until his death.
♥~ 1937 – Dustin Hoffman Academy Award-winning actor: Rain Man , Kramer vs. Kramer ; The Graduate, Tootsie, Midnight Cowboy, Little Big Man, Dick Tracy, Hook, Search for Tomorrow, Outbreak, Sphere
♥~ 1938 – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Author best known for her book The Yearling (1938), which was the best-selling novel in America in 1938 and which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1939.
♥~ 1953 – Donny Most actor: Happy Days, Stewardess School, Dead Man’s Island
♥~ 1978 – Garfield’s sidekick, Odie who first appeared in the “Garfield” comic strip Aug 8, 1978.
★~ Good to Know:
♥~ One zucchini is a “zucchina.”
♥~ Zucchinis were first brought to the United States in the 1920s by the Italians.
♥~ The word zucchini comes from ‘zucca’ the Italian word for squash.
♥~ The flower of the zucchini plant is edible. Fried squash blossoms are considered a delicacy.
♥~ Mild bitterness in zucchini, like that in related species like cucumbers, may be result from environmental factors such as high temperature, low moisture, low soil nutrients, etc. The bitterness is caused by compounds called cucurbitacins.
♥~ The world’s largest zucchini on record was 69 1/2 inches long, and weighed 65 lbs. Bernard Lavery of Plymouth Devon, UK, grew the humongous veggie.
♥~ A zucchini has more potassium than a banana.
♥~Biggest is NOT best. The most flavorful zucchinis are small- to medium-sized and the darker the skin, the richer the nutrients.
♥~ There are 20 calories in 1 cup of chopped Zucchini. Calorie count changes if you fried it in wesson oil and lather it in butter.
I found this story amusing: Man saves dog first, then wife from capsized yacht. Wouldn’t this be what they both wanted?
Don’t forget to share what makes you happy for a chance to be really happy by winning a “Secret Society of Happy People Playful Membership.”
Happy Thursday to you!