May 25, 2011: Tap Dance Day, Geek Pride Day, Wine Day

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May 25, 2011

Posted Updated: May 25, 2012

Today’s Quote: Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. Ralph Waldo Emerson,

★~ National Tap Dance Day:

Hurry, grab your tap shoes or glue some quarters to the bottom of your sneakers and try to keep up.

5’6’5, 6, 7, 8!

Let’s all tap, in honor of the birthday of legendary tap dancer Bill Robinson, more recognized by his nickname, Mr. Bojangles, than by his birth name, and known to many as the Mayor of Harlem, was personified in music. First Duke Ellington recorded Bojangles, a musical portrait of the man, in 1940. Then The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded Mr. Bojangles, a top-ten hit record in 1971.

Hop L, flap R, pick-up step L, shuffle ball change stamp R.

★~ National Geek Pride: 

May 25th is a magical confluence of three utterly relevant and utterly geeky observed holidays.

  • Towel Day, the day two weeks after Douglas Adams passed in 2001, when hoopy froods keep their towel handy;
  • The anniversary of the first Star Wars film, Episode IV: A New Hope, released on May 25, 1977;
  • Glorious 25 May, the day in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld when wearing lilac and hard-boiled eggs (and raising awareness around Alzheimer’s research) is appropriate; and
  • 5 + 25 + 12 = 42. Enough said.

Big finish: Heel beat L, tap step R to side, heel beat L, ball change right, swing R, 2 finger clicks, swing L, 2 finger clicks and a shuffle ball change.

Now into the chair for a big glass of wine; you earned it! Whew!

★~National Wine Day:


★~ Today in History

♥~ 1935 – This was “the greatest day in the history of track,” according to The New York Times. Jesse Owens of Ohio State University broke two world sprint records, tied a third, and broke a long-jump world record in a meet at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

♥~ 1950 –  The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel in New York City was opened to traffic. At 9,117 feet (2,778.87 meters), it was — and still is — the longest continuous underwater vehicular tunnel in North America.

♥~ 1968 – The Rolling Stones released “Jumping Jack Flash.”

♥~ 1977 –  The original Star Wars film opened in 32 theaters on this date in 1977.  May the force be with you. Did you know: Star Wars Facts .

♥~ 1981 – Twenty-five year old Dan Goodwin was looking to have some fun. So, with nothing but three suction cups and a Spiderman cartoon costume, Goodwin began to scale the world’s tallest building — the Sears Tower in Chicago, IL. Goodwin climbed for six hours, with Chicago’s boys in blue doing their best to safely stop him from the perilous climb. When Goodwin reached the 50th floor of the skyscraper, he stopped for a few minutes, talked with the police and, assuring them of his safety, made the rest of the climb in about an hour. The police had agreed not to bother him until he got to the top where he was arrested for trespassing. Goodwin was released after paying a fine.

♥~ 1990: Gary Stewart of Los Angeles set a Guinness world record by jumping 177,737 times on his pogo stick.

♥~ 1993: The U.S. issued a patent (#5,213,234) to Ioannis Stefanopoulos of Arlington, Virginia, for his Moo Cream Pitcher, a cow-shaped pitcher that moos when it pours cream or milk.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1803 – Ralph Waldo Emerson writer: Essays, Representative Men, Nature; poet: Days; editor: The Dial; died Apr 27, 1882

♥ ~ 1926 – Miles (Dewey) Davis III jazz trumpet/flugelhorn musician: combined be-bop, modal chord progressions and rock rhythms to create ‘cool jazz’; died: Sep 28, 1991

♥~ 1938 – Raymond Carver poet: A New Path to the Waterfall; died Aug 2, 1988

♥~ 1947 – Karen Valentine actress: Room 222, Karen, The Love Boat, Children in the Crossfire

♥~ 1975 – Lauryn Hill Grammy Award-winning singer [The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1999)]; Ex-factor, Doo Wop [That Thing], When It Hurts; Grammy Award-winning group: The Fugees: The Score (1996): Killing Me Softly

♥~ 1978 – Brian Urlacher football: [middle linebacker]: Univ of New Mexico; NFL: Chicago Bears

★~  Did you know: A few geeky facts:

♥~ The first personal computer was the Berkeley Enterprises “Simon” which sold for $300 in 1950.

♥~ It would take 7,000 years for all the photos on Flickr to be developed at a one-hour photo

♥~ Google indexed its 1 trillionth unique URL on July 25, 2008.  That is thought to be about 20% of all the pages on the Internet

♥~ The most books typed backwards and in their original languages using a computer with four blank keyboards and without looking at the screen is 68. This was achieved by Michele Santelia

♥~ The first email was sent out by Ray Tomlinson in 1971

♥~ Apple’s first slogan was ‘Byte into an Apple’

♥~ There is no such thing as a PDF format, because PDF stands for Portable Document Format. The correct word is PD Format and not PD format format.

♥~ Ink jet ink costs $5000 per gallon.

Today’s Silly:

Tech Support: “I need you to right-click on the Desktop.”

Customer: “Ok.”

Tech Support: “Did you get a pop-up menu?”

Customer: “No.”

Tech Support: “Ok. Right click again. Do you see a pop-up menu?”

Customer: “No.”

Tech Support: “Ok, sir. Can you tell me what you have done up until this point?”

Customer: “Sure, you told me to write ‘click’ and I wrote click’.”

Quick recap. Put on your tap shoes, grab your towel, hug a geek (watch out for the pencil)  be a positive force in the world, and at the end of your day wine down.


Wishing everyone a wonderful Wednesday and if weather has turned your life upside down- My Odd family sends you love and prayers for sunnier days real soon.

5 thoughts on “May 25, 2011: Tap Dance Day, Geek Pride Day, Wine Day

  1. We’re hunkering down, praying the bad weather and tornadoes pass us by again! So sad for the little kids and their teachers who are trying to get field trips in before the end of school.

  2. (breath breath, breath,) I would (breath)leave (breath) a comment (breath) but I am out-of-breath….

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