July 20, 2011: Ugly Trucks and Lolly Pops

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July 20, 2011

Updated: June 20, 2012

★~ Today’s Quote: If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting (Marc and Angel Hack Life)

★~ Ugly Truck Day:

Your truck is so ugly…I want to shake its bumper! Ugly trucks aren’t just unsightly vehicles plowing down the road, barely passing emissions; they are the companions of hard-working American people. Sure, a new shiny truck has room for the whole family, offers options never dreamed of 20 years ago, and is, by far, the most comfortable to ride in. But an old ugly truck has character; it’s been on adventures. When you talk to ugly truck owners, they all have a story to tell about hauling Christmas trees, driving the fields, and working the farm; these trucks suffer kids learning to drive a stick and handle a clutch and they are useful long after most cars have been buried in a landfill. Instead of writing “Wash Me” on the side of a dusty dirty old truck–write “Good Job!”

★~ Lolly Pop Day:

Lollipop lollipop

Oh lolli lolli lolli

Lollipop lollipop…

Everyone loves a Lollipop!

During the Civil War, it is believed that little pieces of hard candy were put on the ends of pencils for children to nibble. In 1908, George Smith claimed to be the first to invent the modern lollipop. Smith applied an idea of putting hard candies on a stick to make them easier to eat. He decided to name the treat after his favorite racing horse, Lolly Pop, and later trademarked the name. Lollipops were successful until the Depression. Smith stopped production on lollipops and the name fell into the public domain.

Celebrate Lollipop Day by enjoying the lollipop of your choice. But remember–when you are done with it, put it on a plate in the kitchen and wash those sticky fingers!

★~ Today in History:

~ 1801 – A 1,235 pound cheese ball was pressed at the farm of Elisha Brown, Jr. The huge ball of cheese was later loaded on a horse-driven wagon and presented to President Thomas Jefferson at the White House.

~ 1875 –  that the largest recorded swarm of locusts in American history descended upon the Great Plains. An estimated 3.5 trillion locusts made up the swarm. It was about 1,800 miles long and 110 miles wide, ranging from Canada down to Texas.

~ 1965 – Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone was released. It was his first big hit.

~ 1969 – With “…one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” astronaut, Neil Armstrong, pilot of the lunar spacecraft, the Eagle, made the first footsteps on the surface of the moon at 10:56 p.m. EDT on this day in 1969. Which foot did Armstrong use to step on the grainy, grayish, lunar soil? His left

~ 1985 – Treasure hunters began hauling off $400 million in coins and silver ingots from the sea floor in the biggest underwater jackpot in history. The bounty came from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha. The Spanish galleon sank 40 miles off the coast of Key West, Florida in 1622. It was located by treasure hunter Mel Fisher. The 40 tons of gold and silver and was the richest treasure find since the opening of King Tut’s tomb in the 1930s

★~ Born Today:

~ 1919 – Sir Edmund Hillary explorer: first to climb Mt. Everest; died Jan 11, 2008

~ 1938 – Natalie Wood (Natasha Nikolaevna Gurdin) actress: From Here to Eternity, West Side Story, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause, Marjorie Morningstar, Gypsy, Love with the Proper Stranger; died Nov 29, 1981

~ 1958 – Billy Mays ‘King of Infomercials’: TV pitchman: OxiClean, Orange Glo, Mighty Putty; died Jun 28, 2009

~ 1967 – Reed Diamond actor: Spider-Man 2, Scared Silent, The Breed, Madison, Her Hidden Truth, Memphis Belle, The Summer of the Swans

~ 1971 – Sandra Oh actress: Grey’s Anatomy, Ramona and Beezus, Falling, 3 Needles, Big Fat Liar, Bean, The Journey Home

★~ Did You Know: 

~ The world’s largest lollipop was certified on June 25, 2002. It weighed 4,031 lbs (with stick), measured 18.9 inches thick and was more than 15 feet tall with stick (about as tall a a giraffe). It was a cherry lollipop.

~ The original lollipop machine produced 40 Lollipops per minute, today 5,900 lollipops are made in one minute.

~ Lollipops are high in sugar, but are generally fat free. Each lollipop contains 25 calories each.

~ In the midwest Lollypops are usually called suckers.

~ Spangler Candy Company produces over one billion Dum Dum suckers a year, and the world’s largest lollipop maker, Tootsie Roll Industries, turns out 16 million lollipops per day

★~ Today’s Giggle:

Dodge mechanic

When my wife and I arrived at the Dodge dealership to pick up our truck, we were told that the keys had been accidentally locked in it.

We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver’s side door. As I watched from the passenger’s side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered it was open.

“Hey,” I announced to the technician, “It’s open!”

“I know,” answered the young man. “I already got that side.”


A few years ago I was picking Cole up from school. When I went to unlock the car door with the remote, I discovered it had fallen off my key ring. As luck would have it, our Ford Taurus wagon had a keyless entry touch pad, but I seldom used it and could not remember the code. I frantically called Joe, who had set the code, and when he answered the phone I explained the problem.

He was quiet for a minute and then asked, “You lost the remote, but you have your keys?”

With a fair amount of frustration I answered yes.

Joe paused again and then said, “Katybeth, why don’t you just open the car door with the keys?”

“OK. Bye.”

Have a most wonderful day! If you have the time, leave a comment. Odd loves company


15 thoughts on “July 20, 2011: Ugly Trucks and Lolly Pops

  1. My old truck appreciates the shout-out KB. Old Red is old and worn but he has been a fine and loyal truck for 25 years. I will never part with Old Red. Can you be buried in a truck?

  2. I’m going to buy some ‘lecca lecca’s today in the supermarket. Btw, your story about the car and your keys, that’s something I would do….absolutely!

  3. Your story is just too funny! I can see myself doing the same though. 🙂
    Kalia just discover the new wonder of lollipop, thanks to big sister. Now mommy has to chase her around with wet towels and wipes every drips on her and on the floor while she’s eating one!

    • Cole and I were just talking about–Sticky is the number one reason he refuses to baby-sit…he says all little kids are sticky. lollipops are truly the sticky or the most sticky..because even their hair gets sticky.

      Your a saint!

  4. I once knew someone who made quite a bit of money selling Tootsie Pops in high school. She was ready to branch out when the principle told her to stop,—-so she went undercover!

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