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November 4, 2015
★~ Today’s Quote: Why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest race of people on Earth. Will Rogers
★~ Candy Day:
I have no idea why this celebration follows Halloween. But as Lord Tennyson loosely said, it is not up to us to reason why but to do or die. So go ahead and suck up those last chocolate mini’s in the candy bowl.
Humans have been eating candies and sweet confections for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians preserved nuts and fruits in honey, and the Aztecs and Mayans consumed chocolate during religious rituals as early as 300 AD. A few candy fact to read while you nibble on a leftover piece of candy. (yes, I use this picture every year…because it sums up perfectly how much we LOVE candy)
Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween.
An incredible 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Halloween week, taking a strong lead compared to other holidays. Almost 65 million pounds is sold during the week leading up to Easter and only 48 million pounds during Valentine’s week.
Chocolate is clearly the preferred choice of sweets for many. Of the $1.9 billion sold in Halloween candy each year, $1.2 billion was on chocolate candy and only $680 million on sugar candy.
Candy Corn is the most searched-for candy term in Google — more popular than candy apples, gummy worms and candy pumpkins. Out of all 50 states, Alabama searched for candy corn the most!
Which state searched the most for organic candy? Colorado. Oregon searched most for gluten-free candy and Kentucky took the lead in sugar-free.
The day of the year with the most candy sales? October 28th.
The average American household spends $44 a year on Halloween candy!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1880 – Dr. John B. Beers of San Francisco, CA patented a gold crown for teeth.
♥~ 1922 – King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in Egypt — in the Valley of the Kings. The tomb was hidden under a house that had been erected for workers excavating the tomb of Ramesses IV. King Tut came into power at the tender age of nine when most of us are just focused on improving our dodgeball skills. He was pharaoh of ancient Egypt until his death at the ripe old age of 18 or 19 (in 1352 BC).
♥~ 1995 – Using an air-pressure cannon, Harry Lackhove shot a pumpkin 2,655 feet in Lewes, Delaware, to win the state’s Punkin’ Chuckin’ Contest. His friends called Harry “Captain Speed.”
♥~ 1879 – Will (William Penn Adair) Rogers entertainer: The Wall Street Girl, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; humorist: “I never met a man I didn’t like.”; mayor: Beverly Hills; cowboy; subject of Broadway show: Will Rogers Follies; killed in plane crash Aug 15, 1935
♥~ 1916 – Walter Cronkite: Emmy Award-winning news anchor & news correspondent: CBS Evening News; narrator, host: The 20th Century, The 21st Century, The Facts We Face, Open Hearing, Man of the Week, It’s News to Me, Air Power; received Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Governor’s Award ; died Jul 17, 2009
♥~ 1918 – Art (William Matthew) Carney: Academy Award-winning actor: Harry and Tonto ; Last Action Hero, Izzy and Moe, House Calls, Roadie, Take this Job and Shove It,Terrible Joe Moran; Emmy Award-winner: The Jackie Gleason Show: The Honeymooners
♥~ 1930 – Doris Roberts : Emmy Award-winning actress: St. Elsewhere , Everybody Loves Raymond [2001, 2002, 2003, 2005]; Remington Steele, Maggie, Angie,National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Ordinary Heroes, Used People
♥~ 1937 – Loretta Swit: Emmy Award-winning actress: M*A*S*H
♥~ 1962 – Jeff Probst famous for saying “The tribe has spoken” in declaring who was voted off the island on the reality show “Survivor.”
♥~ They are finally listening to us! There are fewer big retailers planning to open their stores on Thanksgiving this year. It turns out that most people aren’t all that interested in holiday shopping after a holiday meal. Gobsmacking Gluttony 1 – Wanton Consumerism 0. FYI– Our Facebook page Thanksgiving the Real Deal continues to grow. Take a look.
♥~ Does it know I am rolling my eyes? “Inside the ad, a camera captured their facial expressions and fed them through an algorithm, reading emotional reactions like happiness, surprise, anger, disgust, fear and sadness.” The NYT on the science of Neuropolitics: When you look at a billboard, it’s looking back at you to measure your response.
♥~ We never read that long iTunes user agreement. But maybe we will now that someone decided to turn it into a graphic novel.
♥~ Don’t be so sensitive – Yes, one of the most popular phrases chanted in some circles in Iran is “Death to America.” But as Ayatollah Ali Khamenei explains,you’re taking it all wrong.
♥~ Google’s new email bot will attempt to write your replies to emails. But will it sign them with x’s and o’s
I’m not sure what possessed me but I decided to have a Halloween costume photo party for our campers. My teen and Vickie (our friend and camp helper) aren’t sure what happened to me either, but before they could protest they were thick of it with me. The costume photo party lasted 2 weeks and we all agreed the results were worth it. In fact, we have ideas spinning for next year. Here are a couple of examples, but click over to our Facebook page (you don’t have to join Facebook) and view the whole regal. I photoshopped the scenes where appropriate, but each pup is wearing and showing off their own costume. The theme centered on creating costumes our campers might choose for themselves.
In other breaking news my teen is now a pick-up man. Thank You God because as he told me, “Mom, it’s hard to think of anything else when buy this truck is talking up so much real estate in my mind.” Give me strength. I dubbed the truck Little Red, tucked a Saint Christopher medal under the visor and told my teen to Hold On To It (country song reference, doncha know) He’s already searching for his version of cowboy boots….Did I already write Give Me Strength?
I miss you all, and hope to shift my priorities to be here more often! How in the world are you?
Odd Loves Company!