★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
July 21, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote: “There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.” ― Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls
★~ Junk Food Day:
Holy clogged arteries! Today we are celebrating trash cuisine! Indulge all your junk food cravings! Do your part to maintain the American average of eating about 25 pounds of candy, and 45 pieces of pizza annually. Grab a bag of buttery popcorn at the movies, order some fries at the drive-through, or make an ice cream sundae for dessert . . .after all yesterday was Ice Cream Day!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1873 – The first train robbery west of the Mississippi happened, near Adair, Iowa. The James-Younger Gang got away with about three thousand dollars from a safe and from the train’s passengers.
♥~ 1925 – Tennessee schoolteacher John T. Scopes didn’t get away with violating state law by teaching evolution in class. A jury in Dayton, Tennessee convicted Scopes at the “monkey trial” which featured defense attorney Clarence Darrow and prosecuting attorney William Jennings Bryan debating evolution and the Bible. The trial was later dramatized in the play “Inherit the Wind.”
♥~ 1968 – Arnold Palmer became the first golfer to make a million dollars in career earnings after he tied for second place at the PGA Championship. Palmer accomplished the feat in just 13 years and 2 months as a professional golfer. He won 52 golf tournaments during that period.
♥~ 1899 – Ernest (Miller) Hemingway Pulitzer Prize  & Nobel Prize-winning writer : The Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls; died July 2, 1961
♥~ 1951 – Robin Williams Academy Award-winning actor: Good Will Hunting ; comedian and/or actor: Mork and Mindy, Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poet’s Society, Popeye, The Fisher King, Hook, Comic Relief, Patch Adams, What Dreams May Come, Jumanji, Jakob the Liar.
★~ Today’s Gallimaufry
Fast food has its staples: hamburgers and cheeseburgers, french fries, soda, chicken nuggets or a grilled sandwich. More “exotic” offerings include onion rings, milkshakes, hash browns, and fried fish items. But rarely— Wienerschnitzel franchises excepted—are hot dogs on the menu. For McDonald’s, there’s a reason. Blame Ray Kroc, the man who bought the tiny company in 1954 and turned it into a multibillion-dollar fast food behemoth. In 1977, Kroc wrote an autobiography titled Grinding It Out: The Making Of McDonald’s, documenting his vision for burgers and fries made quickly, cheaply, and on an immense scale. In the book he notes that McDonald’s is always experimenting with new potential additions to the menu, going so far as to say that “it’s entirely possible that one day we’ll have pizza [on the menu].” (Pizza was indeed tested, and made the menu of roughly 500 stores before being withdrawn. According to Wikipedia, though, McPizza was recently available at three McDonald’s locations in Spencer, West Virginia, Orlando, Florida, and New Haven, Connecticut.) But Kroc singled out hot dogs as the one food beyond the pale of even experimentation: “On the other hand, there’s damned good reason we should never have hot dogs. There’s no telling what’s inside a hot dog’s skin, and our standard of quality just wouldn’t permit that kind of item.”
Nevertheless, Kroc’s edict did not withstand the test of time. McDonald’s has tested hot dogs— the McHotDog, naturally— in a number of markets, most notably at Toronto’s SkyDome (now the Rogers Centre), home of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Big week. Cousin Carla arrives on Thursday and we have miles to go before we sleep. Well, the teen is still sleeping, but when he gets up we have lots of rats to kill and problems to work. We will have to start by making sure that Starbucks still makes Cousin Carla’s drink the way she likes it. I took this camp video yesterday of Susie Cute the hound and Bud Lite. Cracks me up at the point where Bud seems to realize that Susie is BIG. A gentle giant.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Monday with a side of the junk food of your choice.
Odd Loves Company