June 4, 2011: Have You Hugged Your Cat Day, Cheese Day, Cognac Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
June 4th, 2011

Flowers in the garden

★ ~ Today’s Quote: No act of kindness, not matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop

★ ~ Hug Your Cat Day? :

Look at Cheeto sitting there, you may not know it, but he’s just dying for a big old hug. Really! So scoop him up, ruffle his perfectly-groomed fur, and give that sweet kitty cat a big old squeeze.

The perfect Hug!

★ Say ‘Cheese’!

Why? Because it is Cheese Day of course, and everyone loves Cheese Day. Do you know anyone that does not like cheese? Cheese and crackers, grilled cheese, cheese burgers, French onion soup . . . the best way to celebrate today is by being devouring something very cheesy It’s tough work being an odd holiday ninja, but somebody has to do it. Cheese!

★ National Cognac Day:

Why are you putting on that big hat and dark sunglasses? Silly you! It’s not incognito day. It’s Cognac Day. Easy mistake to make. Just put down the hat and sunglasses, and pick up a snifter (a glass, not a Kleenex!) of Cognac instead. Cognac is a sophisticated spirit hailing from the Cognac region of France. Cognac is actually a type of brandy that is double distilled and processed according to strict guidelines. A grade is assigned to Cognac to indicate its quality. Examples include VS for ‘very special’ and XO for ‘extra old.’ Cognac connoisseurs are currently at work on a new grade called OMG!

★~ Today in History:

~ 1896 – Henry Ford took a trial run in his Ford automobile around the streets of Detroit, MI.

~ 1919 – Congress approved the Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the vote.

~ 1937 – The Humpty Dumpty supermarket in Oklahoma City introduced the first shopping carts. Store manager Sylvan Goldman decided to boost trade by putting an extra-large shopping basket on wheels. It doubled the store’s business.

★~ Born Today:

♥ ~ 620 – BC Aesop’s Fables or Aesopica refers to a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and story-teller who lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. His fables are some of the most well known in the world. The fables remain a popular choice for moral education of children today. Many stories included in Aesop’s Fables, such as The Fox and the Grapes (from which the idiom “sour grapes” derives), The Tortoise and the Hare, The North Wind and the Sun, The Boy Who Cried Wolf and The Ant and the Grasshopper are well-known throughout the world. The modern view is that Aesop probably did not solely compose all those fables attributed to him, if he even existed at all, nonetheless today is Aesop’s birthday.

~ 1928 – Dr. Ruth Westheimer (Karola Ruth Siegel)sex therapist; author; TV celebrity

~ 1937- Robert Fulghum was born in Waco, Texas. In 1989 he became the first author in history to have both the #1 and #2 books on the New York Times best-seller list: It Was On Fire When I Lay Down On It and All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

~ 1975 – Angelina Jolie (Voight) Academy Award-winning supporting actress: Girl, Interrupted; Gia, George Wallace, Cyborg 2, Foxfire, Playing by Heart, Tomb Raider, Original Sin; daughter of actor Jon Voight

~ Did You Know:

~ The first cheese was made over 4000 years ago by nomadic peoples. It is believed that someone tried to store or transport fresh milk in a water bag made from an animal stomach. Later, when the milk was needed, the first cheese was discovered (the rennet in the lining of the bag would have caused the milk to separate into curds and whey).

~ A giant wheel of Cheddar cheese was given to Queen Victoria (1837-1901) for a wedding gift. It weighed over 1,000 pounds.  A normal Cheddar wheel weighs 60-75 pounds.

~ The U.S. produces more cheese than any other country – 6,717,000,000 pounds.

~ Over 160 types of cheese are produced from the milk of California cows.

~ Skunks absolutely love cheese. Cheddar is their favorite. They will follow cheddar anywhere.

~ In 1987, a 1400 year old piece of cheese was dug up in Ireland and is still edible! Wonder who tried it first?

★~ Today’s Silly:

Mike went on a trip to Europe. His brother agreed to take care of his beloved cat.

A few days after Mike left for Europe, his brother wired this message to him: “Your cat died!” Mike immediately called his brother and asked what had happened. His brother explained that the cat had climbed onto the roof of the house and fallen off.

Horrified, Mike told his brother that he should have broken the news more gentle, over a few messages. The first message could have been, “Your cat climbed up on the roof today,” and the next day the message could have read, “Your cat fell off the roof.” Finally, two days later: “I am so Mike sorry but your cat died.”

Mike was heartbroken but continued on his trip the best he could. A few days later he returned to his hotel and there was a message waiting for him from his brother. It read, “Mom climbed up on the roof today.”


This is one of my family’s all-time favorite jokes. When we have bad news to share, we often start off the conversation by saying, “The cat is on the roof.” In case you are wondering, however, this is not how I told people Joe died. Although, I suspect he would have been very amused.

Hope you have a sensational Saturday! Grilled cheese sandwiches make the perfect Saturday lunch — Good to know don’t you think?

5 thoughts on “June 4, 2011: Have You Hugged Your Cat Day, Cheese Day, Cognac Day

  1. I sure did hug my cat and gave her a good squeeze! She is not happy with your Odd blog! 8) That video is so awwwwsome. Thanks for sharing.

  2. That cat video is so cute! My cat would probably push her baby off the couch. Robert Fulghum I really enjoy his books.

    Off to enjoy a beautiful Saturday.

  3. My cat started her day lying across daddy on the bed with her paws resting on me. I sat up, reached over the little dog to kiss the cat on her face, brought her to me and gave her a squeeze and she jumped out of my arms onto big dog. I’m a pet person.

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