Celebrating: Handshakes, Meteors, Bomb Pop Day

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June 30th, 2011

★~ Today’s Quote: “Ideals are like stars,  you will not succeed in touching them with your hands,  but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters,  you choose them as your guide, and following them, you reach your destiny.” – Carl Schurz

★~ Handshake Day:

Today, we celebrate one of the most common greetings between two people—a warm, friendly, firm, handshake. The handshake originally meant, I come in peace, and offered reassurance to the other person that the hands did not conceal any weapons. Today, a handshake is a simple and polite gesture of goodwill, gratitude, affection, and congratulations. The best way to celebrate today is to step out and greet someone with your best handshake.

★~ Meteor Day:

The word “meteor” refers to the visible streak of light produced by fallen debris from space—”meteoroids.” We also call these beautiful sights “shooting stars” or “falling stars.” Tonight, make sure you look up and, if you see a meteor, don’t forget to make a wish.

★~ Bomb Pop Day:

The Bomb Pop is a favorite American frozen treat that “exploded” onto freezer shelves in 1955. This six-finned, red, white, and blue summertime treat is a patriotic favorite of kids and adults alike, especially around the Fourth of July. Cool down and celebrate today with America’s favorite red, white, and blue Bomb Pop or enjoy a Bomb Pop Cocktail.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s book, Gone with the Wind, was published in New York City.

♥~ 1953 – The first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, MI. That early ’Vette sold for $3,250.

♥~ 1994 – The temperature at Death Valley, California reached 128 degrees (Fahrenheit). The only other time it has been that hot (since 1961 when weather data was first recorded) was on July 14, 1972. In case you are wondering, the coldest day was at Death Valley was January 30, 1988, when it reached zero.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1917 – Susan Hayward (Edythe Marrender)Academy Award-winning actress: I Want to Live [1958], I’ll Cry Tomorrow, Valley of the Dolls; died Mar 14, 1975

♥~ 1917 – Lena Horne singer: Love Me or Leave Me, Stormy Weather; actress: The Wiz; died May 9, 2010

♥~ 1934 – Harry Blackstone Jr. magician, actor: Mandrake, Santa Barbara; his father was magician Harry Blackstone; died May 14, 1997

♥~ 1971 – Monica Potter actress: Boston Legal, The Young and the Restless, Without Limits, Patch Adams, Along Came a Spider

★~ Did You Know:

e-bay meteorite

♥~ Meteoroids are moving fast! Some enter the Earth’s atmosphere at as much as 130,000 miles per hour.

♥~ A 1985 study conducted by the science journal ‘Nature’ calculated the rate of meteorites hitting humans as .0055 per year, or once time every 180 years. Those are worse odds than Lotto.

♥~ Up to 4 billion meteoroids fall to Earth every day. But most of them are too tiny to do any noticeable harm.

♥~ If you happen to find a meteorite, the Nomenclature Committee of the Meteoritical Society demands that you donate 20 percent of it (or 20 grams of it, whichever is less), to a laboratory for future research. The rest is yours to do with as you wish, UNLESS you found it in South Africa. There, all meteorites are protected under the National Heritage Law and you’d have to surrender it to nearest authority

♥~ In 1954, a woman named Annie Hodges was struck by an eight-pound meteorite that crashed though her roof, bounced off a radio, and into her hip while she was napping in Sylacauga, Alabama.

♥~ You can buy meteorites on ebay. A rare meteorite Munonionalusta (627 KG) is currently listed on e-bay with a starting bid of $99,500.00. Cost $500.00 to ship.

★~ Today’s Giggle:

One hot summer day, a man is filling up his black pickup truck at the local gas station. He isn’t very careful, and he gets gasoline all over his jacket’s left sleeve. He ignores it, and leaves the station after paying for the gas. As he’s driving down the highway, the heat of the sun on his truck’s black paint is enough to ignite his jacket sleeve. He drives faster, waving his arm out the window in an attempt to extinguish the flames, but they burn hotter! As he speeds down the highway, a state trooper sees the situation and pulls him over. He jerks the man out of the truck and rolls him on the ground until the fire is extinguished. As the man dusts himself and thanks his rescuer, he sees the officer is writing him a summons! Confused, he asks, “You’re writing me a ticket!? What for?” The officer replies, “Possession of an illegal fire arm.”


I don’t think I have ever had a Bomb Pop–they may also be called space pops but I don’t think I have ever had one of those either. I may try one today if the ice cream man cometh. We are busy at checking pups into Camp Run A Pup for the 4th of July weekend. I will muse later today about the spending the 4th of July with a houseful of campers in a neighborhood that becomes a war zone on the 4th of July–I am surrounded by neighborhood policemen and firefighters who join the fun and help keep our alley kids safe…it is fun…it is life in a Chicago neighborhood but I do take on the persona of General Patton when it comes to managing my campers needs so they can go outside without being terrified. More about all this later…I am sure you need to get along with your terrific Thursday…Leave a comment if you have a El Morno moment…Odd Loves Company.


9 thoughts on “Celebrating: Handshakes, Meteors, Bomb Pop Day

  1. Love El Morno! I am so much more fascinating when I stop by for a visit. It’s been years since I’ve had a bomb pop but I might have one today. That story about Annie Hodges being hit by a meteorite was intense-can you imagine the insurance report?
    Have a great day and thanks for making mine so much more interesting.

  2. So bummed that they didn’t have Bomb Pops at our grocery store when I stopped by this morning. I guess I will just have to make a bomb pop cocktail! Thanks for the recipe link! 😀

  3. Here’s another giggle for today:”A real woman always keeps her house clean and organized. The laundry basket is always empty. She’s always well dressed, hair done, make-up on. She never swears, and behaves gracefully in all situations. She has more than enough patience to take care of her family. Always a smile on her lips, and a kind word for everyone. Post this as your status if you, too, suspect that you might be a man. 😀

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