May 19, 2011: May Ray Day, Circus Day, Devil’s Food Cake!

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May 19, 2011

This post has been updated: May 19, 2013 

★~ Today’s Quote: “Kind hearts are the gardens, Kind thoughts are the roots, Kind words are the flowers, Kind deeds are the fruits, Take care of your garden And keep out the weeds, Fill it with sunshine Kind words and kind deeds” ~  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quotes

★~ May Ray Day:

Celebrating today is easy peesey…just take a moment to celebrate the beginning of warmer outdoor days due to the sun’s longer rays. If it is not warm and the sun is not shining wherever you may be…I prepared a plan B: Just find someone named Ray and say, “Happy May Ray Day, Ray.”

Warning: If you have Coulrophobia (the fear of clowns), please do not celebrate the following day. Odd takes your phobia seriously and would not want to cause you any phobic stress. Please go directly to Devil’s Food Cake Day.

★~Circus Day:

Ringling Brothers Circus performed for the first time on May 19, 1884. I love the circus, especially circus food—like cotton candy!! Pink Cotton Candy. When I was a dumb little kid, the circus came to Roswell, New Mexico and my mom let me ride an elephant in the parking lot. The elephant was advertising that the circus was in town. What was she thinking? She still wonders that, but I loved being on top of that elephant. Celebrate Circus Day by doing a cartwheel, summersault, or pretending to walk a tightrope…or just share a circus memory in the comment section of Odd.

★~Today is Devil’s Food Cake Day:

Its name may be devilish but its taste is heavenly. Devil’s food cake is simply a variety of chocolate cake that uses cocoa, instead of chocolate, and adds a little kick of coffee to shake things up. The best part is, after you stuff yourself with a big piece of Devil’s Food Cake…you can say, “The devil made me eat it!”

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1886 –Eliza Donnithorne died in Sydney, Australia, 30 years after her fiancé left her waiting at the altar. In 30 years she never left her home and was still wearing her wedding dress when she died.

♥~ 1965 –Roger Miller received a gold record for the hit, King of the Road. The song was Miller’s biggest hit record. It got to number four (3/20/65) on the pop charts and stayed on for 12 weeks. It was a number one country music hit (3/27/65) as well.

♥~ 1973 Stevie Wonder moved to the number one position on the Billboard pop music chart with You are the Sunshine of My Life

♥~ 1991 Jill Shields,  a 31-year-old Cleveland skydiver survived a two-mile fall after her parachute failed to open. Jill suffered spine and pelvic injuries when she landed in a swamp.

♥~ 1995Balamurali Ambati was graduated from Mount Sinai Medical School to become the world’s youngest doctor at age 17.

♥~ 1997- In Rostock, Germany, Oskar the Stork took flight just one day after being fitted with an artificial leg. Five weeks earlier Oskar had landed in Rostock with one leg missing. The town adopted him, and the local prosthesis shop constructed a bright orange stork leg.

♥~ 1999 – Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace opened in theaters across the U.S. The film stars Liam Neeson, Ewan Mcgregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian Mcdiarmid, Ahmed Best, Frank Oz, Samuel L. Jackson and Ray Park.

★~Born Today:

♥~1941- Nora Ephron~ screenwriter and director. Nora wrote When Harry Met Sally … (1989), and is the writer and director of Sleepless in Seattle (1993), You’ve Got Mail (1998), and last year’s Julie & Julia (2009).

♥~ 1945 Peter Townshend musician: group: The Who [Rock and Roll Hall of Famers (1990)]

~1966~ Jodi Picoult best-selling author- When she was pregnant with her first daughter, she wrote her first novel Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992). She has published 15 novels since then, averaging almost one a year, including Mercy (1996), My Sister’s Keeper (2004), Nineteen Minutes (2007), and her most recent, Handle with Care (2009). Two of her novels debuted at #1 on the New York Times bet-seller list.

★~ Did You Know:


♥~ The word “circus” comes from the Latin word meaning circle or ring.

♥~ Chaplin, one of the most influential clowns/comedians once entered a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest and came in third!

♥~ Legendary screen star Cary Grant started his performance career working as an acrobat and juggler.

♥~ Human cannonballs travel between 60-70 miles an hour every time they are shot but It’s a short ride.

♥~ The Oscar-winning 1952 circus epic, The Greatest Show on Earth, was the first film Steven Spielberg ever saw in a theater.

♥~ Sword Swallowers practice their craft first with spoons, plastic tubes, knitting needles and wire coat hangers

♥~ There are 3 types of clowns: Whiteface(the oldest), Auguste (zany and dim) & the Character Clown(Happy Hobo or Sad Tramp)

Todays SIlly:

With fire alarms blaring at my mom’s apartment complex, she grabbed her favorite bathing suit and ran out.

“A bathing suit?” I said later. “Of all the priceless things in that apartment, that’s what you chose to save?”

“Material things come and go,” she said. “But a one-piece suit that doesn’t make you look fat is impossible to replace.”


If you were lucky enough to find the perfect one piece bathing; I could imagine sleeping with it under my pillow, couldn’t you?  Just watching the video the You Tube video of the Human cannon ball made my teeth hurt! I hope it’s one of the higher paying circus jobs!  Cole and I laughed out-loud at the “did you know” about Charlie Chaplin; can you imagine coming in third at a your own look alike contest?

Hope you have a super Thursday! Odd loves company so leave a comment if  you have the time!

9 thoughts on “May 19, 2011: May Ray Day, Circus Day, Devil’s Food Cake!

  1. I will indeed celebrate Devil’s Food Cake and May Ray Day, but I cannot under any circumstance celebrate that other day.

    Happy birthday to Nora Ephron…oh, how you make me laugh and I like to laugh.

    And kudos to your mom, she knows what’s important!

    ♥ Diane

    • I love Nora too! I guess as long as you soak up the sun and eat a piece of devil foods cake we can move on past–well you know.

      It is such a revelation to me to find so many people who do not like the Big Top!

  2. I love the circus–the clowns, the big cats. the peanuts and cracker jacks (oh wait that is baseball) THE COTTON CANDY. It is so cute when all those clowns get out of that little clown car!
    I do worry about the animals being treated well and I hope this continues to be monitored. Very cool that you rode and elephant.

    El Morn to YOU!

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  4. My oldest daughter is going to be 25 this weekend, and she still hates clowns…doesn’t like balloons either!

    I’m a big fan of Nora Ephron…


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