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January 20, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote: “In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way. It probably won’t make you money at first, but do it anyway. Work nights. Work weekends. Sleep less. Whatever you have to do. If you’re lucky enough to know what brings you bliss, then do that thing at once. If you do it well, and for long enough, the world will find ways to repay you.” – Jonathan Harris – Navigating Stuckness,
★~ Penguin Day:
Penguin Watch: You can appreciate and watch penguins swim, flirt and nest on the California Academy of Sciences three live webcams and learn more about these flightless birds native to the coasts of South Africa and Namibia.
★~ National Disc Jokey Day:
Disc Jockey Day is all about celebrating the hard working entertainers that bring energy to dance floors across the globe and music to radios.
★~ National Cheese Lover’s Day:
Say Cheese! Americans Love Cheese, consuming about 31 pounds of cheese each year but not as much as the French who consumes 50 pounds of cheese each year. I did not find figures for the Italians, I’m sure they are off the chart.
There are more than 900 known cheeses in the world, and they can all be classified by texture. Here are the primary classifications and some examples: fresh cheese (ricotta); soft cheese (feta); semi-soft cheese (Fontina); semi-hard cheese (Gouda); hard cheese (Cheddar); double or triple crème cheese (Brillat-Savarin); blue cheese (Gorgonzola); washed rind cheese (Limburger); and bloomy rind cheese (Brie).
People have been making cheese for at least 8,000 years, so the cheeses we enjoy today are all relatively young by comparison. Take Emmental (also known as Swiss cheese), for example. It’s only been around since the first century BC!
Let’s toast Gooey Grilled cheese for lunch or dinner!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1801 – John Marshall was appointed Chief Justice. He led the Supreme Court for 34 years, serving under six presidents.
♥~ 1885 – The first Coney Island roller coaster was patented by La Marcus Thompson.It was called the Gravity Switchback Railway, it cost a nickel to ride, and it was an immediate success, drawing huge crowds and bringing in $600 a day. It’s considered the first commercially successful roller coaster, and it was the first roller coaster specifically built as an amusement park ride
♥~ 1937 – January 20th became Inauguration Day in the U.S., the traditional day for the Chief Justice to swear in the newly-elected president. Before that year, presidents had to wait until March 4th to begin their terms. Roosevelt was the first president sworn in on the new date.
♥~ 1896 – George Burns (Nathan Birnbaum , Actor: With cigar in hand, and young and beautiful woman on his arm, George Burns, made millions of us laugh with his quick wit and easy style. Burns’ show biz career got started with his straight man act for zany Gracie Allen back in 1922. On January 7, 1926 the two were wed and the Burns and Allen team made history from vaudeville to radio (1932) to films and then, TV beginning in 1950. Remember Burns’ trademark close, “Say goodnight, Gracie?
♥~ 1930 – Buzz (Edwin) Aldrin Jr. astronaut: Gemini 12 [Nov 11, 1966]: made a 5.5 hour space walk; Apollo 11: one of first trio of American men to land on the moon [July 16, 1969]
♥~ 1963 – James Denton actor: Desperate Housewives, The Pretender, Jumbo Girl, Primary Colors, Face/Off, That Old Feeling, Hunter’s Moon, Theives Quartet, Ally McBeal,The West Wing, Threat Matrix
♥~ 1966 – Rainn Wilson, Actor (“The Office”).
★~ Good to Know:
♥~ There are 18 species of penguin in the world. While some species are thriving, 13 of them have declining populations.
♥~ Penguins lost the ability to fly millions of years ago, but their powerful flipper-like wings and streamlined bodies make them very accomplished swimmers. They are the fastest swimming and deepest diving species of any birds.
♥~ While swimming, penguins will leap above the surface of the water, a practice called porpoising. This coats their plumage with tiny bubbles that reduce friction, allowing them to swim as fast as 20 miles per hour (32 kph).
♥~ The emperor penguin is the largest of the penguin species and can weigh up to 90 pounds. The fairy penguin is the smallest and weighs only 2 pounds.
♥~ Penguins are social birds that form breeding colonies numbering in the tens of thousands. They may use the same nesting grounds for thousands of years, and colonies can number in the millions.
♥~ Emperor penguins and king penguins do not make nests. Instead, a single egg for each mated pair is incubated on a parent’s feet and kept warm by a flap of skin called a brood pouch.
♥~ Penguins are not natural tap dancers.
I’m off to pick up my teen from the airport. He informed me that he ate 24 oysters for brunch yesterday. I gasp and then he told me their smallish group ate a total of 20 dozen oysters. I told him I was expecting a bag of pearls that I could have made into a necklace.
And while I did not get a picture of the bride, or the wedding cake, he did send me this picture of a NOLO cemetery cat because he knew “I would love it.” Ok, I did. What can I say, we are Odd.
Have a Merry Monday,