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May 6, 2011
★~ Today’s Quote: “If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” Orson Welles
★~No Pants Day (first Friday in May):
I see London, I see France, I see someone’s underpants!
Today we take casual Friday to a new level with No Pants Day, the day when we say, “forget the pants.” No Pants Day started out as a prank, based on the idea of having people attend an event not wearing pants and acting as though there was nothing strange about walking around in just your undies. Breaking a social taboo was liberating and seeing the reaction of people not aware of the event was FUN and so the first Friday in May was dedicated to No Pants Day
★~ Tuba Appreciation Day (first Friday in May):
Tubas get no respect, or least that’s what Joel Day believed when he created International Tuba Day in 1979. At the time, Joel was a tuba player in a band at Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today we take a moment to honor the tuba, patented in 1835 by Wiebrecht and Moritz in Germany. Where would we be without the “oompa” in concert music? More than likely snoozing and snoring. And, let’s face it a marching band without a tuba wouldn’t even be a band. Let’s give tuba players everywhere a great big OOMPA!
★~ Beverage Day and No Diet Day:
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1626 – Such a deal! Governor Peter Minuit sort of pulled the wool over someone’s eyes and bought a 20,000-acre island, all of what is now Manhattan Island. The price? $24 worth of cloth and brass buttons.
♥~ 1950 – Liz Taylor was married for the first time — to Conrad Hilton Jr. The marriage (the first of eight for Taylor) would last until Jan 29, 1951.
♥~ 1959 – The Pablo Picasso painting of a Dutch Girl (La Belle Hollandaise) was sold for $154,000 in London. It was the highest price paid to that time for a painting by a living artist.
♥~ 1960 – Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, married Anthony Armstrong-Jones in Westminster Abbey.
♥~ 1997 – Singer Joni Mitchell refused to attend her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The story goes that she wanted to avoid the media attention after her reunion with a daughter she gave up for adoption years earlier.
♥~ 1998 – Astronomers announced the detection of a gamma ray burst in a galaxy 12 billion light years away that was equal to the energy expended by the sun in one trillion years
♥~ 1915 – (George) Orson Welles actor: War of the Worlds, Citizen Kane, The Mercury Radio Theatre of the Air, The Long Hot Summer, A Man for All Seasons, MacBeth, Moby Dick, Casino Royale, Catch-22; died Oct 10, 1985
♥~ 1961 – George (Timothy) Clooney Academy Award-winning actor: Syriana ; The Facts of Life, Return of the Killer Tomatoes!, Roseanne, Sunset Beat, Red Surf, Sisters, Baby Talk, Bodies of Evidence, ER, From Dusk Till Dawn, Batman & Robin, The Peacemaker, The Thin Red Line, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Perfect Storm, Solaris, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Good Night, and Good Luck; son of broadcast journalist Nick Clooney; nephew of singer Rosemary Clooney.
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ In the 1660s New York City’s “skyline” was dominated by a two-story-high windmill.
♥~ Manhattan means “island of the hills” in the language of the Algonquin Indians.
♥ ~ As of the last reported Census, 8,008,278 people live in New York City.
♥~ The Statue of Liberty is located in New Jersey waters but due to maritime law technicalities dating back to 1664, Liberty Island maintains its NYC address.
♥~ New York’s Central Park is larger than the principality of Monaco.
♥~ The New York City subway system runs 26 routes with 6,200 subway cars that stop at 468 different subway stations. An average of 4.9 million people ride the New York City subway each weekday.
♥~ The Federal Reserve Bank on New York’s Wall Street contains vaults that are located 80 feet beneath the bank and hold about 25 percent of the world’s gold bullion.
♥~ Although many legends exist about the origin of New York City’s nickname, the Big Apple, most historians agree that it can be traced back to a writer who covered horse racing in the 1920s. In The Morning Telegraph, he wrote that stable hands often referred to New York as the Big Apple, meaning that any thoroughbred that raced in New York had reached the pinnacle of racing.
♥~ Yankees great Lou Gerhig was the first athlete to appear on a box of Wheaties.
★~ Todays Silly:
So today Dear Odd Readers: Take your pants off, pop open your favorite high calorie beverage and Cue the Tuba…We made it to Friday! If you have time to visit drop me a comment...ODD Loves Company!