~★~♥~♥~★~ Good Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
September, 12, 2016
The Columbus Zoo’s ten-week-old Cheetah cub, Emmett, recently met his new companion puppy, seven-week-old Cullen. Emmett was born at the Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio. Due to a bout of pneumonia, he was hand-reared, for several weeks, while receiving treatments.
Cullen will help Emmett be more confident and calm around others and the two fast friends will grow up with each other being only three weeks apart in age.
★~ MilkShake Day:
Milkshakes started out as an adult beverage when the eggnog-like drink was made with whiskey. The story goes that milkshakes got their name from being served in bars. If the customer enjoyed the milkshake, he shook hands with the bartender. If not, the bartender didn’t get a tip.
By 1900 they were enjoyed purely for refreshment, and without the alcohol, but it wasn’t until 1922 that they made their giant leap into widespread popularity. That’s when Ivar “Pop” Coulson — a Walgreens employee — added two scoops of ice cream to a regular malted milk drink. The idea spread like wildfire. The invention of the electric blender (1922 ) gave milkshakes their now-typical frothy texture. In Massachusetts, milkshakes are often called frappes. In Rhode Island, they are cabinets.
And to clear up any confusion: A milkshake is a blend of ice cream, milk, flavoring, and syrup. A malt is is a variation of the milkshake but malted milk powder is added after the shake has been blended. The only difference between the two is the presence or absence of the malted milk.
★~ Programmer’s Day:
The 256th day of each year is celebrated as “Programmer’s Day.” The number 256 is two to the eighth power, and represents the number of distinct values that can be represented with an eight-bit byte. If that confuses you as much as it confuses me, you’re not alone. But to programmers, that’s a very significant number!
The first major computer language — FORTRAN — appeared in 1957. It was short for “Formula Translating System.” Although it is a very limited language by today’s standards, it set the stage for many more complicated languages and served as the skeleton for more complex mathematical coding functions.
Programming Day found it hard to gain its rightful place in the pantheon of made-up holidays and has more or less disappeared but Odd would like to acknowledge all Programmers!
Happy 1111 1111 Programmers!Thank you
The official cheer for Programmer’s Day is “Shift to the left, shift to the right! Pop up, push down, byte, byte, byte!”
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1954 –Lassie was seen on CBS-TV for the first time. Despite being called “girl” by Tommy Rettig, who starred as Jeff Miller, and Jan Clayton, who starred as Jeff’s mom, Ellen, Lassie was, in reality, a male dog. In fact, there were more than a half-dozen Lassie dogs doing stunts.
♥~ 1959 – NBC-TV launched Bonanza, the first color western on TV. In all, 428 episodes were produced as the show ran through Jan 16, 1973. Michael Landon played Little Joe, Lorne Greene was Ben Cartwright, and Dan Blocker played Hoss.
♥~ 1966 – The Beatles received a gold record this day for Yellow Submarine.
♥~ 1880 –H.L. (Henry Louis) Mencken newspaper journalist, critic: Baltimore Sun; author: The Smart Set, American Mercury, The American Language; son of cigarmaker, August Mencken; died January 29, 1956
♥~ 1940 –Linda Gray actress: Dallas, Models, Inc., Melrose Place
★~ Gallimaufry: Words coined by the American wit, H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)
BOOBOISIE: In 1922, Mencken coined the word ‘booboisie’ for uncultured and uneducated members of the general public, i.e. ‘boobs’, modelling the word after the more famous ‘bourgeoisie’.
SMUTHOUND: Mencken coined the word ‘smuthound’ for one who is given to censoring bad language or smut, especially when found in works of literature. In a letter of December 1927, he listed ‘smuthound’ as one of his favourite linguistic coinages.
MONKEY TRIAL: Mencken coined the term ‘monkey trial’ to refer to the Scopes trial in 1925, when US schoolteacher John Scopes was put on trial for teaching evolution at a Tennessee high school. (At the time, Tennessee state law declared it illegal to teach human evolution in a state-funded school.) Which leads us to our next word…
BIBLE BELT: H. L. Mencken also came up with the phrase ‘Bible belt’ in the wake of the aforementioned Scopes ‘monkey’ trial, with the term making its debut in print in the phrase ‘Bible and Lynching Belt’ in the American Mercury in 1926 (where it is specifically linked with Jackson, Mississippi). The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term as ‘a designation of those parts of the United States reputed to be fanatically puritan or fundamentalist’. This was another of Mencken’s personal favourites among his neologisms.
OMBIBULOUS: Mencken coined the word ‘ombibulous’ to refer to someone who will drink anything. He used the word to describe himself. ‘I drink every known alcoholic drink and enjoy them all’ is a line attributed to him.
BIBLIOBIBULI: And sticking with the bibulous, H. L. Mencken came up with a word for people who read too much, and this is it, from the Latin words for ‘book’ and ‘drink’.
GOOSE-STEPPER: Mencken coined the phrase ‘goose-stepper’ in 1923, in his Prejudices. He describes the American people – he was American himself, of course – as ‘the most timorous, sniveling, poltroonish, ignominious mob of serfs and goose-steppers ever gathered under one flag in Christendom since the end of the Middle Ages’. Mencken never particularly cared whether he personally stepped out of line with popular opinion.
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Chicago weather was darn near perfect and the week ahead is suppose to be clear and cool. Mostly. Happy Dance.
I’m hoping this will be the week of the new van. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs. For example, when the salesperson, who sold me the van that does not work, told me on Friday he didn’t like my “tone.” It did not go over well. Not. At. All. The full update once I have a new set of keys in my hand.