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December 16th, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.~ Eleanor Roosevelt
★~ Chocolate Covered Anything Day:
Chocoholics, rejoice! Chocolate Covered Anything Day is your day to top whatever your heart desires with chocolate.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1773 – Boston Tea Party Day: The people of Boston made the biggest ever batch of iced tea by boarding a British vessel and dumping its cargo — 342 chests of tea – – into the harbor. The British responded by sending ships with lemons and drinking straws, but by the time they arrived, all the iced tea had floated to Long Island, creating a whole other reason to celebrate.
♥~ 1901 – Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter, was printed for the first time, complete with Potter’s watercolor illustrations. Ms. Potter had come up with the Peter Rabbit concept eight years earlier when she sent a story, told in pen and ink drawings, to a five-year-old who was sick in bed. The first story about the ill-behaved rabbit was meant to cheer up the little boy. Children throughout the world enjoy the first and 22 more tales about the cotton-tailed bunny and his friends.
♥~ 1951 – NBC-TV debuted “Dum-de-dum-dum. Dum-de-dum-dum-daa.” Dragnet made it to TV, in a special preview, on Chesterfield Sound Off Time. The Jack Webb (Sgt. Joe Friday) police drama opened its official TV run on January 3, 1952. Trivia factoid: Sgt. Friday’s boss in this preview was played by Raymond Burr (later of Perry Mason and Ironside fame).
♥~ 1971 – Melanie (Safka) received a gold record for the single, Brand New Key, about roller skates and love and stuff like that. This one made it to #1 on Christmas Day, 1971.
♥~ 1971 – Don McLean’s eight-minute-plus (8:32) version of American Pie was released. It became one of the longest songs with some of the most confusing (pick your favorite interpretation) lyrics to ever hit the pop charts. It was a disc jockey favorite since there were few songs long enough for potty breaks at the time. American Pie hit #1 on January 15, 1972.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1770 – Ludwig van Beethoven composer: Regarded by many as the greatest orchestral composer of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven was born at Bonn, Germany. Impairment of his hearing began before he was 30, but even total deafness did not halt his composing and conducting. His last appearance on the concert stage was to conduct the premiere of his Ninth Symphony, at Vienna, May 7, 1824. He was unable to hear either the orchestra or the applause. Often in love, he never married. Of a stormy temperament, he is said to have died during a violent thunderstorm Mar 26, 1827, at Vienna.
♥~ 1943 – Steven Bochco Emmy Award-winning executive producer: Hill Street Blues N.Y.P.D. Blue, Cop Rock, Capitol Critters, A Fade to Black; writer: Ironside; story editor: Columbo
★~ Good to Know: Odds and Ends
When travelers at Chicago Union Station walk past one seemingly lonely piano, magic happens.
The piano comes to life! And in the video above, its powers add a little extra flair to a child’s rendition of “Chopsticks,” some drama to an angry businessman’s phone call, a dance soundtrack for one extremely happy man, and much, much more.
Rob Bliss Creative and Amtrak set up the project to bring some holiday cheer to the station.
Of course, the piano didn’t work alone — pianist Andrew Blendermann played the tunes from a control room. But we still believe in magic.
♥~ The Most Important Question You Can Ask Yourself Today
♥~ Folding a piece of paper into an origami elephant isn’t really newsworthy…unless you’re trying to make it life size.
♥~ The King of Jordan helps push cars during a snow storm.
♥~ Which professions have the most psychopaths? (we added a few on Facebook—feel free to make your suggestions in the comments)
♥~ You Shall Not Pass Dog:
♥~ Road Bike Party
♥~ Just Silly
♥~ “Rarely, if ever, does an empathic response begins with, ‘At least…”
♥~ When diving headfirst into the snow to catch mice, foxes are hardly ever successful unless they’re facing north in which case they catch prey 75% of the time. Because science.
♥~ I want to swim more!
♥~ I had a little puppy/his name was Tiny Tim
♥~ Looking for that perfect gift for the hard-to-buy-for person on your holiday wishlist? How about a magical unicorn sculpture that pees lemonade and shoots fire from its horn?
Of-course, I loved the Chicago Union Station video, but the You Shall Not Pass video ^ made me laugh out loud. Cats are just so unapologetically evil. I like that about them.
Onward into a week that includes campers checking in, holiday concerts, and putting the final bows on Christmas. The Christmas card photo shoot went really well and I hope to be able to share the fruits of our frostbite in a few days.
A warm front is heading our way and by Wednesday the temp is suppose to hit 30F. Oh joy, a houseful of tail waggers and a yard filled with slush. Well, at least my groomer (Cole) will be happy, he’ll have a long list of pups signed up for a camp clean up!
Odd Loves Company!