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January 15, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote: I myself have 12 hats, and each one represents a different personality. Why just be yourself? ~ Margaret Atwood
★~ Hat Day:
Be it cloche or wide-brimmed, knit or straw, today is the day to wear your most chic chapeau.
El Morno Friend, Carol Smith shared that she wears a “Red Hat on the 2nd Wednesday of the month when it is my red hat outing day with the other gals. I have some very stylish ones to say the least and have spent a few bucks on them. I had 25 at one time. Winter walking hat is one with ear flaps that come down when the winter wind is blowing out here. It is a cozy, warm and soft one, made out of those soft throws you see now. Nice and warm.”
Carol, El Morno wishes you and all the red hat gals a happy red hat day.
★~ Strawberry Ice Cream Day:
The ice cream we know and love today evolved from ancient flavored ices. As early as 3000 BC, people in China served their guests sweet juices mixed with ice or snow.The average American eats a whopping 23.2 quarts of ice cream. According to a survey conducted by the International Ice Cream Association, strawberry is the third most popular ice cream flavor, favored by 5.3% of the population; vanilla and chocolate are the favorites. Here’s an interesting tidbit, should you need to defend your strawberry cone choice: Dolley Madison served strawberry ice cream at President Madison’s second Inaugural Ball in 1813.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1919 – Twenty-one people were killed and more than 100 others were injured by a flash flood in Boston — a flood of molasses. A 50-foot-tall holding tank owned by the Purity Distilling Company burst open, and more than two million gallons of molasses poured out in a wave that was said to be as high as 15 feet. The tank had sprung leaks before that day, and experts think the “Great Molasses Flood” might have been caused by unusually warm winter weather.
♥~ 1967 – At the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the first-ever world championship game of American football.
♥~ 1943 – The world’s largest office building was completed, just outside of Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA. The massive structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors, plus, a whole lot of secret places that we’ll never know about. Why? Because it’s the Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States defense effort.
♥~ 1947 – The mutilated remains of 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, known as the ‘Black Dahlia’ (for the dark outfits she wore), were found dumped in a vacant lot in Los Angeles. The Black Dahlia murder case remains unsolved even though some 500 hundred men have confessed to the murder.
♥~ 1967 – Ed Sullivan told The Rolling Stones to change the lyrics AND the title to the song, Let’s Spend the Night Together, or “be off my riiiillly big shew!” So, the Stones gave in… changing the tune to Let’s Spend Some Time Together
♥~ 1981 – Hill Street Blues premiered on NBC-TV. It ran through May 19, 1987.
♥~ 2001 – 13 year anniversary of Wikipedia, web-based encyclopedia.
♥~ 2009 – Another East Coast disaster 90 years later had a much happier ending -the “Miracle on the Hudson,” when U.S. Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger landed Flight 1549 from New York’s La Guardia Airport onto the Hudson River after birds flew into the engines two minutes into the flight. All of the crew members and the 150 passengers survived the water landing.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1939 – Martin Luther King, Jr. . His dream was to bring about social, political and economic equality for blacks. In the quest for his ideals, he became one of the greatest civil rights leaders of the 20th century. A Baptist minister (as were his father and grandfather before him), he preached ‘nonviolent resistance’ to achieve full civil rights for all. Leading the African-American struggle for equality through non violent demonstrations. King was award the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
♥~ 1906 – Aristotle Onassis Greek shipping magnate: 2nd husband of Jaqueline Kennedy
♥~ 1913 – Lloyd Bridges actor: Sea Hunt, Roots, High Noon, Airplane!, Airplane 2, The Grace Kelly Story, The Rainmaker, The Great Wallendas, Joe Versus the Volcano; Jeff & Beau’s dad;
★~ Good to Know:
The custom of removing a hat…
“Taking the hat off is the modern remains of the ancient custom of Knights who removed their helmets in the presence of those they felt their friends and thus, before those they wished to honor by showing that they trusted them. A man removes his hat before a woman to show his respect. Touching the brim is but a perfunctory salute”
“In the days of knight errantry, every one meeting a stranger had to suppose him an enemy; ten to one he was. And the sign and proof of friendly intention was raising the right hand without a weapon in it. The hand was raised high, to be seen as far as they could shoot with a bow, and a further proof was added when they raised the vizor and exposed the face. The danger of the highway continued long after knights ceased to wear armour; so, with the same meaning, the same gesture was used, but with a lifting of the hat. If a man did not tip his hat it, he was either showing contempt or hostility for the other, or proving himself an ignorant brute. So, in all civilized countries, lifting the hat became a sign of mutual confidence and respect.”(Minding Your Hat Manners)
Why were there different rules for knights and ladies? It may have to do with the difference in the styles of men’s and women’s hats. Men’s hats are easily removed, but women’s hats with ribbons, bows, flowers and other decorations can be quite a production to remove, especially if they’re anchored with hatpins. Women might also risk messing up their hairdos if they had to remove their hats. Hat hair, you know.
I’m sure you know that a selfie is taking a picture of yourself, but did you receive the memo that the word “usie.” is a photo in which the subject of the selfie is joined—or crowded, or photobombed—by at least one other person? Currently, the gold standard usie (as in us—you and me—not the verb “to use”) is this photo of Pope Francis with some teen fans. I’m sure a few church ladies are tisking and tasking about his lack of Pope and circumstance, but I think a Pope that can relate to the “usie” generation and makes us smile is FUN. And, in my opinion, anyone that wanted to become outstanding in the field of marketing, public relations, and brand resurrection should skip college and devote their time to studying the Catholic Church. Nobody does it better.
Important announcement. Tomorrow (1/16) is Fig Newton Day. In case you do not know, my dear dad’s absolute favorite cookie is the Fig Newton and because he always feels a little sad that the Fig Newton is often over looked after the holidays I would appreciate it if you would send my dad (Charlie) a text or e-mail wishing him a Happy Fig Newton Day. It will brighten his day. No need to mention me when you e-mail or text…I think it’s best if he believes the gesture came directly from you. Please click the Evernote link below for contact information.
Of-course I will remind you again tomorrow. I just wanted to give you a little advanced notice so maybe you could invite others to send a Happy Fig Newton celebratory message—the more the merrier, I always say.
Have a wonderful Wednesday,
Odd Loves Company!