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April 6, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote: In the end, everything will be okay. If it’s not okay, it’s not yet the end. ~Fernando Sabino
★~ National Tartan Day:
National Tartan Day honors and celebrates Scottish culture and the role it has played in the development of the United States. Canada has been celebrating Tartan Day since 1993 and the U.S. Senate officially recognized it in 1998.
There are three groups of people that came from Scotland to America – the Lowland Scotts, the Highland Scotts, and the Scotch-Irish. Each of these groups has influenced American culture. They’ve passed on Scottish last names, introduced the sport of golf, shared the sounds of the bagpipes, and made tartan a fashion staple!
Tartan is a crisscrossed pattern of horizontal and vertical bands woven into cloth. It is made by weaving colored threads at right angles to each other. The Dress Act of 1746 attempted to ban tartan and other aspects of Gaelic culture in order to bring people under tighter government control. The law was repealed in 1782 and tartan became symbolic as the national dress of Scotland.
★~ Sorry Charlie Day:
I have always felt sorry for Charlie! All he ever wanted was to be a Starkist tuna, but even with his snazzy specs and comedic outlook, he just wasn’t bait worthy. Let’s all honor Charlie the Tuna, who has been rejected for decades and still keeps his spunk and positive attitude.
★~ Caramel Popcorn Day:
Caramel popcorn has been enjoyed since the 1890s when brothers Frederick and Louis Rueckheim introduced their molasses-covered popcorn at the World’s Columbian Exposition. But their concoction was too sticky so back to the drawing board they went. After a bit of tweaking, the perfect combination was created and Cracker Jacks were invented!
Good to know: Cracker Jacks uses the same recipe today that they started with in the 1890s.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1916 – Charlie Chaplin was 26 years old this day when he signed a movie contract with the Mutual Film Corporation. He made a fair piece of change, too — $675,000 a year — and became the highest-paid film star in the world.
♥~ 1968 – The soundrack album from the movie The Graduate hit number one in the U.S. The album made superstars of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. The alubm also showcased the music of jazz pianist Dave Grusin, who wrote and perfomed six of the tracks.
♥~ 1971 – Rolling Stones Records was formed to promote the hits of The Rolling Stones. The famous Stones trademark, the lips logo, became widely used. Brown Sugar was the first hit by the Rolling Stones on the new label, followed by Wild Horses, Tumbling Dice and Bill Gates’ favorite song, Start Me Up.
♥~ 1980 – Another accidental invention? Post-it® Notes were introduced. It seems a 3M scientist used an adhesive that didn’t stick to create what were called “temporarily permanent” book markers
♥~ 1931 – Ivan Dixon actor: Hogan’s Heroes, Porgy and Bess, Where’s Jack?, Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?; director: McCloud, The Waltons, The Rockford Files, Starsky and Hutch, Magnum, P.I., The A-Team, Airwolf; died Mar 16, 2008
♥~ 1937 – Merle Haggard CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year: ; songwriter: Okie from Muskogee, If We Make It Through December, Hungry Eyes, Workin’ Man Blues, Mama Tried
♥~ 1947- John Ratzenberger, Actor (“Cheers”), turns 64
★~ Good to Know: Odds and Ends
♥~ What a World We Live In:
– A Woman Befriended This Homeless Man In Brazil.
– Honey Maid: Love
– The Art of Japanese gift wrapping.
– Image is Everything: The Secrets of Body Language
– Chef Peels Apples with Power Drill
– Opening a Wine Bottle with your shoe (Thanks Beth Ann)
Cole will be trying both of these tips very soon. We will report back.
♥~ A Picture is Worth a 1000 words:
– Who am I really?
– Jump. Jump. Jump.
Hot Spot (Wi-fi): Pregnant women.
Wishing everyone a Super Sunday. It was a beautiful day yesterday. Click to see a few pictures of my campers enjoying the sunshine Camp Facebook Page. I also bought an egg cooker. You can read about it here.
On another note. I saw these Valais Blacknose sheep, from Switzerland on Facebook and immediately wanted one. A few other people said, “Me too.” I think we have 3 orders right now….If you want one, let me know, I’ll I will try to negotiate for herd pricing. They are not available in the US at this time, so I see a real opportunity. Really! I am not trying to pull the wool over your eyes!
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