Celebrating: Ice Cream Soda Day!

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June 20

★~ Quote: Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not. ~Oscar Wilde

★~ National Vanilla Milkshake-Ice Cream Soda Day:

It’s National Vanilla Milkshake Day, but since today is also sometimes called Ice Cream Soda Day, you could also have a Root Beer float—one of my favorite summer treats.

The ice cream soda was invented by Robert M. Green in Philadelphia, PA, in 1874, during the sesquicentennial celebration. Mr. Green owned a soda fountain that was being outperformed by a competitor’s bigger soda fountain. Rather than whine and complain about how bad business was, he got busy and created a new treat to attract customers. After some experimenting, he combined ice cream with soda water and invented the ice cream soda. During the sesquicentennial celebration, he sold vanilla ice cream with soda water and a choice of 16 different flavored syrups. The ice cream sodas were a huge hit, and he melted his competition. Green’s will instructed that “Originator of the Ice Cream Soda” was to be engraved on his tombstone.

Today, enjoy your choice of an ice cream float, milk shake, black cow, coke float, or spider (in some countries). Hey, if you want to add a little ice cream to your wine, go for it—we can also celebrate innovation!

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1947 – Gangster Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel was shot to death at his girlfriend’s mansion in Beverly Hills. The mob was reportedly angry over his high-rolling Las Vegas gambling sprees

♥~ 1950 – Willie Mays graduated from high school and immediately signed with the New York Giants for a $6,000 bonus. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ would play most of his career for the Giants — in both New York and San Francisco — becoming a baseball legend

♥~ 1969 – Guitarist Jimi Hendrix earned the biggest paycheck ever paid (to that time) for a single concert appearance. Hendrix was paid $125,000 to appear for a single set at the Newport Jazz Festival.

♥~ 1970 – The Long and Winding Road, by The Beatles, started a second week in the number one spot on the pop music charts. The tune was the last one to be released by The Beatles.

♥~ 1975 – The movie Jaws was released

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1949 – Lionel Richie musician: tenor sax, songwriter, singer: group: Commodores: ASCAP Nashville Country Songwriter Award: Three Times a Lady [1978]; solo: Truly, All Night Long [All Night], Hello, Say You Say Me

♥~ 1952 – John Goodman actor: Roseanne, The Flintstones, The Babe, King Ralph, Born Yesterday, Matinee, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, Blues Brothers 2000, What Planet Are You From?, O Brother, Where Art Thou?

♥~ 1967 – Nicole (Mary) Kidman Academy Award-winning actress [The Hours (2003)];: Days of Thunder, Far and Away, Malice, Batman Forever, Billy Bathgate, The Portrait of a Lady, Eyes Wide Shut, Practical Magic, Moulin Rouge

♥ ~ 1970 – The Long and Winding Road, by The Beatles, started a second week in the number one spot on the pop music charts. The tune was the last one to be released by The Beatles.

★~ Did You Know:

~ Jaws was originally going to be directed by Alfred Hitchcock (with Charlton Heston as Police Chief Brody).

~ The shark’s final death cry is sampled from ‘The Creature from the Black Lagoon’ and was also used as the death cry of the truck in Spielberg’s earlier movie ‘Duel’.

~ The mechanical sharks were named ‘Bruce’ after Spielberg’s lawyer Bruce Ramer.

~ To make the real sharks look bigger a midget diver was hired for Hooper’s cage sequence.

~ Spielberg’s own dog played the role of Brody’s dog.

~ After Robert Shaw finished filming his scenes as Quint, he had to flee to country to escape the IRS. Ironically, Shaw was the second choice for the role and was given the spot after the first actor selected had to leave the country to escape his IRS problems.

~ Today’s Giggle:

A Swiss man, on holiday in Dublin, needed directions. He was standing outside Davy Byrne’s pub when he saw two teens walking by so he stops them and asks,  ‘Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?’

The two lads look at each other blankly and stare back at him.

‘Excusez-moi, parlez vous Français?’ He tries.

The two continue to stare.

‘Parlare Italiano?’ Still absolutely no response from the two lads.

‘Hablan ustedes Espanol?’ The Dublin lads remain totally silent.

The Swiss guy walks off extremely disappointed and downhearted that he had not been understood.  One of the boys turns to the second and says, ‘Y’know, maybe we should learn a foreign language!’

‘Why?’ says the youth, ‘That guy knew four languages, and it didn’t do him any good!’


Today I will be back in Chicago in time to join my mom and her friend for the cocktail hour..I will be sipping a root beer float. We have enjoyed every moment of our trip to Ireland…but home is where heart is and I am looking for to being picked up at the airport by my mom, greeting my pups, sleeping in my own bed and dining on less interesting food.

So how will you start the week? If you have an El Morno moment leave me a comment…Odd Loves Company!


11 thoughts on “Celebrating: Ice Cream Soda Day!

  1. Jaws great movie. Not big on floats but I really like milkshakes. Potbellies makes a great milkshake. Great Beatles song.

  2. Is that really Nicole Kidman? Amazing. Maybe the kids and I make floats today–feel like we should do our part to celebrate .
    I think you are home today. Welcome back.

  3. Can you believe I have never seen jaws? I love vanilla ice cream in orange soda. So refreshing.

    Off to read about Ireland.

  4. Also the Beach Boys Brian Wilsons birthday. What a band, what a man. Love ice cream floats. If I had some ice cream would have myself one. But since I dont, might have to have a frozen margaretta (sp) instead. Happy Monday everyone. 😀

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