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October 18, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote: When you look at a cupcake, you just have to smile. ~ Anonymous.
★~ Chocolate Cupcake Day:
Cupcakes! Chocolate Cupcakes! The perfect treat for Sweetest Day!
Cupcakes first emerged during the 19th century in the United States. There are two theories about how they got their name. One claims that the miniature cakes were originally baked in cups. The other suggests that the name comes from the recipe, which was measured out by the cup—one cup butter, two cups sugar, three cups flour, four eggs, one cup milk, one spoonful baking soda. Here are a few cupcake recipes followed by a few cupcake baking tips.
★~ No Beard Day:
Today men are encouraged to grab their razors and liberate their long-suffering physiognomies from their tonsorial oppressors (in a word, shave). Strike that stubble, butcher that beard, hack off those handlebars and say “so long” to that soul patch. Sorry, ZZ Top, but today is a day for smooth, kissable faces.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1851 – The tale of a big whale was introduced on this date in 1851, when Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick” was published in England.
♥~ 1867 – The U.S. made a big purchase from Russia . The Alaska territory was more than half a million acres, about twice as large as Texas. The acquisition arranged by Secretary of State William Seward was derided with nicknames like “Seward’s Folly” and “Seward’s Icebox.”
♥~ 1904 – A.J. Liebling. American journalist and author who said, “Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one.”
♥~ 1924 – The term ‘The Four Horsemen’ was used in a New York Herald Tribune article by columnist Grantland Rice. The referenced Four Horsemen were the backfield of the University of Notre Dame which had beaten Army, 13-7.
♥~ 1929 – Today is ‘Persons Day’ in Canada. The On this day the Judicial Committee of England’s Privy Council ruled that women were to be considered as persons in Canada. Previously, under English common law, women were persons in matters of pains and penalties, but were not persons in matters of rights and privileges.
♥~1954 – The comic strip Hi and Lois appeared in newspapers for the first time. Created by Beetle Bailey cartoonist Mort Walker (and Dik Browne). The strip appears in more than 1,100 newspapers around the world in 37 countries and is translated into ten languages.
♥~ 1961 – Le Bateau, by French painter Henri Matisse, went on display in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The painting attracted large numbers (over 100,000) of viewers. For 47 days, nobody realized that Le Bateau was hanging upside down.
♥~ 1985 – Nicknamed after something big and cold, Chicago Bears rookie William “The Refrigerator” Perry became an overnight star during a Monday Night Football game against Green Bay in October 1985. The two head coaches in that contest both celebrated their birthdays that game week, on October 18th: Mike Ditka of the Bears (1939), and Forrest Gregg of the Packers (1933).
♥~ 1928 – Keith Jackson, American former sportscaster, was the distinctive voice, for the play-by play of “Monday Night Football” during it’s first season, in 1970. He shares a birthday with Forrest Gregg (Packers Coach) and Ditka (Chicago Bears Head Coach) who were still active players in the NFL during the 1970 season.
♥~ 1927 – George C. (Campbell) Scott Academy Award-winning actor: Patton
♥~ 1935 – Peter Boyle Emmy Award-winning actor: The X-Files
♥~ 1938 – Dawn Wells Miss Nevada ; actress: Gilligan’s Island [and reunion movies: Rescue from Gilligan’s Island, The Castaways on Gilligan’s Island, The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island], 77 Sunset Strip, The Cheyenne Show, Maverick, Bonanza
♥~ 1939 – Mike Ditka Pro & College Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears Rookie of the Year ; Philadelphia Eagles; Dallas Cowboys tight end: Super Bowl V, VI; Chicago Bears head coach: Super Bowl XX; TV sports analyst: NBC Sports
♥~ 1989 – Joy Lauren, actress: Desperate Housewives
★~Baby Pygmy Hippo Gallimaufry:
In September, a Swedish zoo published pictures of its latest addition – a rare baby pygmy hippo that staff dubbed “Michelin Man” because of her appearance.
Olivia only weighed 6kg (13lb) when she was born in Parken Zoo, Eskilstuna, to female Krakunia and male Anton, and . “She is the cutest little fatty you can imagine,” according to Jennie Westander, a zoologist at Parken zoo. Olivia was born under an international breeding program, and after spending two years with her mother, will be sent off to another zoo in Europe.
Pygmy hippos – an endangered species native to West Africa – look like the more well-known hippopotamus amphibius, but common hippos are about twice the size and weigh four times as much as most of their pygmy relatives. There are fewer than 3,000 of the mammals thought to be remaining in the wild.
I think I want one of those Pigmy hippos. Perfect size for the bathtub and the kiddie pool!
Hope everyone has a super Saturday and a chocolate cupcake!