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August 3, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: “When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what the angels eat.” Mark Twain
★~ National Watermelon Day:
Watermelon goes back as far as the 12th Egyptian Dynasty, with seeds found in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen. Pioneer David Livingstone was also impressed by the abundance of watermelons he encountered throughout his missionary travels through Africa in the mid-19th century. It is believed that the watermelon originated somewhere in Africa.
You can celebrate “National Watermelon Day” by eating watermelon as a snack, or enjoying it as a side dish, a dessert, or adult beverage (when fortified with alcohol or made into wine).
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1933 – The world-famous Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced. The timepiece sold for $2.75. A Mickey Mouse Clock sold for $1.50. New models now sell for $25 or more and the original watches and clocks are worth hundreds of dollars.
♥~ 1958 – James Robert Sordelet of Fort Wayne, IN, became the first person to reenlist in the U.S. Navy while under the North Pole! He did so while serving on the submarine Nautilus as it crossed under the Arctic ice.
♥~ 1963 – Comedian Allan Sherman’s summer camp parody, Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter from Camp) was released on Warner Brothers Records. It went to number two on the pop charts (8/24/63).
♥~ 1963- the Beatles had to enter the Blackpool, England, concert hall where they were performing via a trap door on the roof. To get to that trap door, they had to climb up the scaffolding of the neighboring building. Fans had blocked all the other entrances to the concert hall.
♥~ 1996 – “Give your body happiness, Macarena…” Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix), by Los Del Rio, hit #1 on Billboard. It stayed and stayed at the top — for 14 smash weeks — as dancers swayed and swayed. “Ehhhhhh, Macarena!”
♥~ 1926 – Tony Bennett (Benedetto) Grammy Award-winning singer: I Left My Heart in San Francisco , MTV Unplugged ; I Wanna Be Around, Who Can I Turn To, The Shadow of Your Smile, Because of You, Rags to Riches, Stranger in Paradise, In the Middle of an Island, The Good Life; appeared in film: The Oscar
♥~ 1951 – Jay North, Actor, “Dennis the Menace”
★~ Good to Know: Odd News
♥~ Take out? You often hear of bears taking things from dumpsters, but this one just took the whole thing! The Edelweiss Restaurant in Colorado Springs had a security camera trained on the back alley, and Tuesday night they caught the bear in action. Reaching to the top of the dumpster, the bear backs up and takes the entire unit away. There is no information on where the dumpster was found, but the restaurant posted an update on Facebook in which you see the bear returning for more German food on Wednesday night.
♥~ Road Steal? Such is the case in Russia, where a resident in the city of Syktyvkar confessed to doing just that and now faces two years in prison, reports RIA Novosti. He probably didn’t have much of a choice considering police had some pretty tangible evidence: They pulled over three trucks filled with 82 concrete slabs that used to be a road outside his city. They estimate the concrete was worth somewhere around $6,000.
♥~ RARE SIX-LEGGED OCTOPUS FOUND, EATEN: Labros Hydras of Washington, D.C. was vacationing in Greece when he caught an octopus. It only had six legs -not because of injury, but because it was a “hexapus,” which only grew six legs. Such an octopus is so rare that only one other specimen has ever been documented. Hydras did not know that when he killed the octopus and took it to a taverna to have it cooked.
The chef refused to cook it for him because it was so rare and told Labros he should have let the octopus live.
But the hungry father-of-two went and fried it for his supper anyway and served it up with a slice of tomato, lemon and a solitary salad leaf.
After finishing it off he decided to check out what the chef had said – and felt sick when he realised what he had done.
No-one had ever heard of a six-legged hexapus until five years ago when one nicknamed Henry was found off the North Wales coast.
Hydras then took photographs to Greek scientists to help document the hexapus. Scientists say it is not a new species, but is very rare.
GEORGIA FAMILY FINDS GIANT KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN BUCKET IN YARD: Aleena Headrick of Waynesboro, Georgia, arrived home a week ago Thursday to find a seven-foot-tall Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket in her front yard! Having no clue where it came from, she took a picture and posted it on Facebook, where it went viral. The mystery was cleared up later when Headrick’s landlord admitted he bought the bucket and left it on the property. He plans to permanently display the bucket, which is at least forty years old. The bucket spells the company name out instead of using the acronym KFC. The local KFC, glad for the publicity, has offered to cater a picnic for Headrick’s family and friends.
♥~TURTLE-BURGER: A Chinese man going through airport security in Ghuangzhou was stopped because officials noticed something unusual in the fast food bag going through an x-ray machine. When they asked Mr. Li to show them his KFC hamburger (which actually exists in China), he finally relented and opened the bun. Inside was a live turtle! Mr Li said he just wanted his beloved pet to travel with him. After airport staff explained flight policies, he made arrangements for a friend to take care of his turtle while he was gone.
♥~ FALLING DENTURES REVEALED DRUG SMUGGLER AT JAILHOUSE WEDDING: Brita Lee West was going to marry Willard Tinch at the Scott County Jail in Tennessee, where Tinch was incarcerated. Instead, she ended up in jail herself!
According to a report filed by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, West inquired about being able to kiss her groom during the marital ceremony as she was being searched prior to entering the facility. Corrections Sgt. Tiffany Byrge reportedly noticed that West’s “false teeth kept falling down while she was talking and noticed a package in her mouth,” according to the report. The package turned out to be a gum wrapper containing two strips of suboxone — an addictive pain relief narcotic — and an amount of crystal methamphetamine.
More drugs were found in West’s vehicle, and she was charged with several drug violations. The wedding was cancelled.
♥~ STOWAWAY SURVIVED 3 WEEKS WITHOUT FOOD OR WATER: An illegal immigrant from the Philippines who stowed away on a container ship will be allowed to stay in the United States. A female cat, later named Pinay, apparently wandered into a shipping container in Manila, which was loaded and crossed 6,400 miles to Los Angeles. The cat was found when the shipping container was opened, over three weeks later. Pinay was weak and dehydrated, and was taken to the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center. Pinay is now available to be adopted into a good home, preferably one that won’t let her roam.
I’m dealing with a rat issue in the alley and back in the car port area (home of the VW Bug). I’m not amused and have called the city, and Orkin. Orkin promised to come today, the city is coming out next week. This whole ordeal reminds me about a garden run by Cole’s school. The garden was about 6 blocks from Lake Michigan and a mecca of fresh veggies so obviously it drew a far amount of “wildlife.” Each week, one the teachers would take the younger children out to the garden, and after school one day, Cole jumped in the car bursting with a story about going to the school garden, and seeing a rat as big as a pig, with teeth like bore. I was appropriately horrified, and then he told me his teacher hit it on the head with a shovel and KILLED IT DEAD. Impressive and true. Although, it was never confirmed if she killed the rat or simple stunned it. The lesson learned: Never interrupt a Waldorf teachers gardening lesson.
I’m off to kill a few rats, what are your plans for the day?
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