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August 12, 2015
★~ Today’s Quote : Queen’s College, Oxford, has an old tradition of presenting scholars with a needle and thread, telling them to “Take these and be thrifty” The ceremony is called a “Needle and Thread Gaudy” and takes place early in the new year
★~ Middle Child Day:
The Middle child is normally placed in the middle of photographs and the fireplace mantle. Overlooked and neglected? More like front, center, and distinguished.
52% of presidents are middle-borns.
Famous Middle Children include: John f. Kennedy, Princess Diane, David Letterman, Glenn Close, Lisa Simpson, Bill Gates, Julia Roberts,
★~ Julienne Fries Day:
Julienne refers to the cut of most vegetables, but usually potatoes, into a fry-like shape.The term was brought to the forefront of American pop culture by Ron Popeil’s commercials for the Veg-O-Matic, “It slices! It dices! It makes Julienne fries!” Urban legend indicates the word is derived from Julia Child.
~ French fries were introduced to the U.S. when Thomas Jefferson served them in the White House during his Presidency of 1801-1809.
~ Americans eat more than 16 pounds of french fries every year, which comes to over 2 million tons!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1851 – Isaac Singer of New York City patented the double-treadle sewing machine. However, Singer didn’t invent the sewing machine. In 1846, Elias Howe patented the first sewing machine. However, Singer made Howe’s machine sing with a more practical and efficient design. And he was the first to use an up-and-down needle movement that was powered by a foot treadle. But the Singer machine used a lockstitch pattern that Howe had patented, and Howe sued him for patent infringement. Singer lost, and had to pay royalties to Howe. Singer went on to mass-produce the sewing machine, making Howe a rich man off of the royalty payments alone. His next idea dramatically changed American consumer practices. He marketed a sewing machine that could be used at home and made it affordable by offering to let families buy it on credit and spread the installment payments over time. A stitch on time, makes it mine.
♥~ 1865 – Joseph Lister became the first doctor to use disinfectant during surgery. Hmm. Joseph Lister. That name rings a bell. Yep. Same Joseph Lister as the one whose name is on those bottles of Listerine mouthwash.
♥~ 1877 – Thomas A. Edison finished figuring out his first phonograph. Edison handed the model of his invention to John Kreusi with instructions on how to build it. Kreusi, a confident man, bet the inventor $2 and said that there was no way that the machine would ever work. He lost the bet.
♥~ 1964 – For the 10th time in his major-league baseball career,Mickey Mantle hit home runs from both the left and ride sides of the plate in the same game — setting a new baseball record. Would this be called ‘am-bat-extrous’?
♥~ 1966 – The last tour for The Beatles began at the International Amphitheater in Chicago; and John Lennon apologized for boasting that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. London’s Catholic Herald said Lennon’s comment was “arrogant … but probably true.”
♥~ 2007 – A 35-year-old Canadian woman gave birth to rare identical quadruplets. Karen Jepp of Calgary, Alberta, delivered Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia by Caesarian section at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls, Montana.
♥~ 2010 – 10,276 people in Inner Mongolia (China) set a new world record for the longest chain of human dominoes. The previous human domino record was set by 9,234 students in Singapore in 2000.
♥~ 1949 – Mark Knopfler musician: guitar, songwriter, singer: group: Dire Straits: Money for Nothing
★~Gallimaufry: Step back from the Armadillo.
A Texas man shot himself in the jaw after attempting to gun down an armadillo. The bullet bounced off the armadillo’s plating and back at the gunslinger.
Cat house update – The home is in the process of being boarded up after the final cats (we hope) are pulled out. The current total count is 113. I have so much to say about this experience and will after I can digest it a bit more and gather some more information. One question I have is why the foreclosure has taken so long and why the lending agent has not taken responsibility for checking on and maintaining the property. It seems to me they owe Treehouse and Paws monetary compensation for taking care of their neglect property. I would like to see them held accountable.
If you live in the Chicago area and are interested in donation – Tree House Animal Shelter needs: monetary donations, cat food, litter, tarps, crates, towels, toys, cat beds, transport to and from their clinic and foster homes.
Community Cats Program Manager
Tree House Humane Society
773.784.5488 ext. 234 (office)
Reg. Office Hours: Tue – Sat, 10 – 6
Wishing everyone a wonderful Wednesday! And if you are a Middle Child – Happy Day!
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