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February 11, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote: “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ― Mark Twain
★~ Make a Friend Day:
Make new friends,
but keep the old.
One is silver,
the other is gold.
A circle is round,
it has no end.
That’s how long,
I will be your friend.
★~ White T-Shirt Day;
Some say that today is White Shirt Day, while others say it is White T-Shirt Day. Do I look like I care if you wear a white t-shirt or a white turtleneck? Of course I care! I live for you to celebrate the holidays as they were intended to be celebrated. OK, here is what I found out: This holiday commemorates the General Motors strike of 1937. As a result, General Motors recognized the United Auto Workers Union. As a symbol of their unity, the autoworkers all wore white shirts or blouses. Over time, the type of shirt included a white t-shirt, which means the appropriate dress for today is a white shirt, white blouse, or white t-shirt.
★~ Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day:
Cry over spilled grape juice — because that stain is never coming out — but there is no reason to get yourself all worked up over a glass of milk. The saying “don’t cry over spilled milk” is an age-old proverb that has been around for hundreds of years. The first historical reference to the phrase appears in a document written by British historian James Howell in 1659. The saying most likely comes from European folklore. According to the old tales, fairies were particularly fond of milk and would drink up any spills left behind.
To celebrate Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day, let bygones be bygones. Don’t worry; be Happy! Focus on the wonderful things that are headed your way!
★~ Peppermint Patty Day:
A peppermint patty is a tasty confection made with a rich, creamy peppermint filling covered in semisweet chocolate. The York Cone Company, which was based in Pennsylvania and originally produced ice cream cones, invented the York Peppermint Pattie in 1940. Unlike the existing chocolate-covered peppermint candies, York’s product was firm and crisp. It soon became the premier candy of its kind.
Peppermint patties also gained notoriety after the debut of Peanuts, Charles M. Schultz’s famous comic strip, in 1966. One of the main characters is “Peppermint Patty.”
Peppermint Patties go great with coffee! And this recipe is really good: Peppermint Patty
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1808 – Judge Jesse Fell of Pennsylvania tried a different way of heating his home and became the first American to use anthracite coal in his home fireplace.
♥~ 1861 – President-elect Abraham Lincoln and his wife left Springfield, IL by train for Washington, DC (and their new gigs as president and first lady). About 400 miles into the trip, Mary Lincoln reportedly turned to the new President and said, “Did you lock the back door, Abe?”
♥~ 1905 – James Blackstone of Seattle set a world record by bowling 299½. On the last roll, one pin broke in half and half of it remained standing. Honest.
♥~ 1942 – The Archie comic book debuted, featuring Riverdale High’s Archie Andrews, Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and the rich, conniving Reggie. Archie had debuted two months earlier in Pep comics. Spinoffs included a long-time radio show, two TV cartoon series, and a rock group called The Archies.
♥~ 1950 “Shovel all the coal in, gotta keep it rollin’” is a famous rhyme from the song “Chattanooga Choo Choo.” Glenn Miller received a gold record for “Chattanooga Choo Choo” on a live radio show during the second week of February, 1942. And on this date in 1950, a record with a similar title, “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” by Red Foley, topped the Billboard chart of songs played most often in jukeboxes.
♥~ 1975 – The movie, Shampoo, opened. Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Jack Warden, Lee Grant (who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress), Tony Bill, William Castle and Howard Hesseman starred. And, making her film debut a year before Star Wars made her famous: Carrie Fisher.
♥~ 1977 – History’s fattest lobster was caught off the Nova Scotia coast. It weighed 44 pounds 6 ounces and measured 3½ feet from claw tip to tail fan.
♥~ 1847 – Thomas Alva Edison inventor: The man who gave us the phonograph, the light bulb, and the movie camera, along with 1,097 patents.
♥~ 1909 – Max (Maximillian Adalbert) Baer: ‘The Livermore Larruper’: boxer; father of Beverly Hillbillies’ actor Max Baer Jr.
♥ ~ 1917 – Sidney Sheldon author: Bloodline: The Doomsday Conspiracy, The Other Side of Midnight
♥~ 1934 – Mary Quant designer: renowned for her 1960s creations: ‘rib jumpers’, mini skirts, dresses, tights, ‘hipster’ belts, sleeveless crochet tops
★~ Good to Know: Sochi Olympic Cost break down of some of the larger expenses.
♥~ The 2008 Beijug Olympic game: $132 million per event
♥~ The 2014 Sochi Olympic games: $520 million per event
♥~ Hosting the Olympics in Sochi: $51 billion
♥~ Olympic Stadium: $18o million.
♥~ Ski Jump Complex: $265 million
♥~ Speed Skating Complex: 226.4 million
♥~ Russian Tax payers pick up 96.5% of the tab
♥~ The $8.7 billion spent was spent on Adler-Krasnaya Polyana road/railway. The 30 mile road could have been paved 4.5 times in almost 2 inches of gold medals.
♥~ The Rotenberg brothers, childhood friends of Vladimir Putin, received 21 Olympic contract worth $7 billion (Whoa Chicago, look at that figure!)
I am going to stop looking at the weather on my phone and go back to oblivious bliss. It was 3-below this morning and offered this update: Our seasonal snow tally now stands at a whopping 62.1″—262% of the most recent 30-year average and 38.4″ above normal! Chicago snowfall is running at an eye-catching pace 51.4″ ahead of a year ago. After bugging around with Cole yesterday I’m going to enjoy the warmth of my humble abode along side my precious furs. In other words I’m not leaving home.
Aren’t those Olympic costs astonishing? I wonder how much money will be recouped from tickets, sponsors and tourism?
Have a terrific Tuesday and if it’s not terrific feel free to rant!
Odd Loves Company!