May 7, 2011: Kentucky Derby, Leg of Lamb, Astronomy

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May 7th, 2011

Post updated May 7, 2012

★~Today’s Quote: When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something.” Robert Browning

★~ Kentucky Derby Day!

The Kentucky Derby has been called “the most exciting two minutes in sport.” and has become America’s original, extravagant springtime sports party. So place your Derby bet on Odd, put on your big ol ‘Derby hat on-the more feathers and bows the better and enjoy a day of mint juleps or sweet tea, and bluegrass bands–See you after the roses for a dinner of roasted leg of lamb!

★~ Roasted Leg of Lamb Day!

I think you know how to celebrate! Don’t forget the mint jelly! Dessert? Pecan Pie!

After dinner…. when your julep has wilted, and your tummy is bursting, stretch out on the grass and gaze up into to the beyond beyond.

 ★~ Astronomy day!

Oh no!  What is that? Sheesh its coming right at you! Is it a comet. NO? A falling star? No, it’s an asteroid! Now what? Your to stuffed on lamb and pecan pie to run!  If you knew more about astronomy, you might know what to do in this situation. (And you’d know that what frightened you was just the moon.) That’s why Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California, founded National Astronomy Day in 1973. His plan was to set up telescopes in busy urban environments so that people on the street could take a moment to gaze into the heavens. Wonder how many people gazed into the nearby apartments instead?

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1966 – The Mamas & The Papas made the climb to the top of the Billboard pop music chart with Monday, Monday. For three weeks Monday, Monday stayed at the top of the pop music world.

♥~ 1972, The Rolling Stones released the second album on their own label, ‘Exile on Main Street’ featuring two hit singles, ‘Tumbling Dice’ and ‘Happy’.

♥~ 1977Seattle Slew won the Kentucky Derby. It was the first win on the way to his Triple Crown victory. Seattle Slew was the tenth Triple Crown winner — and the first unbeaten Triple Crown winner.

♥~ 1987 Shelly Long made her last appearance as a regular on the popular TV show, Cheers. Long, who played cocktail server Diane Chambers, to often hilarious results, left the hit comedy to pursue a movie career.

★~Born Today:

♥~1812 Robert Browning poet: Pauline, Men and Women, The Ring and the Book, Pippa Passes: God’s in His Heaven – All’s Right with the World; married to poet, Elizabeth Barrett; died Dec 12, 1889

♥~ 1901Gary (Frank James) Cooper Academy Award-winning actor: Sergeant York [1941], High Noon [1952]; Beau Geste, The Virginian, The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell, The Wreck of the Mary Deare; died May 13, 1961,

★~ Did You Know:

♥~ Churchill Downs opened on May 17, 1875 and the very first race was won by a horse named Bonaventure. The featured race’s winner was a 3 year-old chestnut colt named Aristides.

♥~ The Kentucky Derby trophy is made of 56 ounces of 14 and 18 carat gold, and is two feet tall.

♥~ The horseshoe atop the Kentucky Derby was originally pointing down, and was turned 180 degrees to point upward in 1924.

♥~ Early Times is the official Kentucky whiskey used to make Mint Juleps at the Kentucky Derby.

♥~ There has never been a winner to come out of post position #15.

♥~ The fastest Derby run was by Secretariat in 1973, at 1:59.40. The slowest run was by Stone Street in 1908, at 2:15.20

♥~ In 1969, Diane Crump became the first woman to ride in the Kentucky Derby and the first to ride in a pari-mutuel race in North America.

♥~Rosie Napravnik, a 23 year old Jockey from Jersey will be the only women rider in this years Kentucky Derby and will be atop Pants on Fire.

Todays Silly:

Paddy and his two friends are talking at work. His first friend says:”I think my wife is having an affair with the electrician.The other day I came home and found wire cutters under our bed and they weren’t mine.”

His second friend says:”I think my wife is having an affair with the plummer the other day I found a wrench under the bed and it wasn’t mine.”

Paddy says:”I think my wife is having an affair with a horse.” Both his friends look at him with utter disbelief. “No I’m serious.The other day I came home and found a jockey under our bed.”


Happy Kentucky Derby Day! Don’t forget to place your Derby bet on Odd. We will draw at around 1pm. The cash pot is getting fuller by the minute.


7 thoughts on “May 7, 2011: Kentucky Derby, Leg of Lamb, Astronomy

  1. Well this is exciting! Usually I have to wait for our Spring Carnival in November to cheer on the horses and wear my favourite hats. First spring racing meet is called Derby day and it’s a favourite with the young ones. But the biggest race and one that we get a public holiday on the first Tuesday of November is the prestigious Melbourne Cup. Fondly known as “The race that stops a nation”. Who else gets a day off to attend a race!

    • Nobody that I know of! Its so nice to know these things. I am sure your hats look very purty in both the Winter and the spring (I think I got those aussie seasons right!)

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