July 16, 2011: Woodie Wagon, Tossing Away Regrets, Corn Fritters!

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July 16,2011

Updated: July 16, 2012

★~ Today’s Quote: The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.  ~David Russell

★~ National Woodie Wagon Day :

Woodie is a 1942 Ford Woodie Wagon. The “Woodie Wagon” was made famous in the 1940s and 1950s, romanticizing the American outing. From Route 66 to the surfer lifestyle, the Woodie Wagon was there! My grandfather owned a Woodie Wagon, but until now, I had no idea that it was called a Woodie Wagon. Perhaps just a walk down memory lane is the best way to celebrate the Woodie Wagon as we zoom around in our SUVs.

★~ Toss Away : Could Have-Should Have-Would Have Day:

The lotto numbers came up, and they matched yours. The only problem is you didn’t play them. Two years ago, you had a brilliant project idea that you didn’t work on right away; today, the idea belongs to someone else. The career change you did not go for and the move you have not made are all past roads not taken.

The way to succeed today is to disengage from the past and move forward. The only timeline that you can affect is the one ahead of you.  A million ideas are born every second; new opportunities are around every corner. Put those could have, should have, and would have statements in a big balloon and let them float off while you grab a pen and jot down five “what now” ideas!

★~ Corn Fritter Day: 

Yea! I love Corn Fritters. Fritter is such a fine word! Go ahead! Use it in a sentence today!  Traditional corn fritters are a mixture of corn kernels, egg, flour, milk, and melted butter, deep-fried or pan-fried. They can be eaten alone, served as a side, or enjoyed with syrup, powdered sugar, or jam. Corn fritters originated in the South, but many fritter varieties exist worldwide. My odd friend Sendie will be delighted to learn that Asian-style fritters are often prepared with vegetables, a spicy sauce and served on RICE.  I am going to grab my cast iron skillet and fritter today.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1935 – The first automatic parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City, OK. You could drive up and park for only a nickel, in places where parking used to be free.

♥~ 1950 – The largest crowd in sporting history — 199,854 — watched the World Cup soccer finals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Uruguay defeated Brazil. “Scccoooorrrreeeeee!”

♥~ 1973 – Roger English stopped dancing the Twist in La Jolla, California, after a record 102 hours 29 minutes.

♥~ 2003 – A drink sold at the Ritz Hotel in Paris was recognized as the most expensive commercially available cocktail in the world. Guinness World Records said “The Sidecar” cost $440.88 a glass. It contained Champagne Cognac that survived the 1870 siege of Paris and two World Wars and had been inside the hotel for over a hundred years. In the 1920s, the Sidecar sold for $1.73.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1907 – Orville Redenbacher popcorn gourmet & tycoon; died Sep 19, 1995

♥~ 1907 – Barbara Stanwyck (Ruby Stevens): Nominated for Best Actress by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences four times out of her 82 films. Her Oscar nominations were for her roles as Stella Dallas in Stella Dallas (1937), Sugarpuss O’Shea in Ball of Fire (1941), Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity (1944), and Leona Stevenson in Sorry Wrong Number (1948). Her first Emmy was in 1960-61 for her lead role in The Barbara Stanwyck Show. She received another Emmy for her Big Valley performances in 1965-66 and one for The Thorn Birds in 1983. Her popularity increased over the years as did her pay check. In 1944, Ms. Stanwyck was listed by the government as the highest paid woman in the U.S., at $400,000 per year.

♥~ 1911 – Ginger Rogers (Virginia Katherine McMath) Academy Award-winning actress: Kitty Foyle [1940]; dancer with Fred Astaire in many musicals; appeared in over 70 films in 60 years; died Apr 25, 1995

♥~ 1968 – Will Ferrell comedian, actor: Saturday Night Live, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Suburbans, The Ladies Man, The Andy Dick Show, The Ladies Man, Zoolander, Elf, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ If you made a trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles, you would need more than 352,028,160 popped kernels!

♥~ The world’s largest popcorn ball was created by volunteers in Sac City, Iowa in February, 2009.  It weighed 2,000 lbs., stood over 8 ft. tall, and measured 28.8 ft. in circumference.

♥~ Most popcorn comes in two basic shapes when it’s popped: snowflake and mushroom. Snowflake is used in movie theaters and ballparks because it looks and pops bigger. Mushroom is used for candy confections because it doesn’t crumble.

♥~ Americans today consume 17 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year. The average American eats about 58 quarts of Popcorn.

♥~ There are 1600 popcorn kernels in one cup of popcorn

♥~ Anthropologists found popcorn ears in the bat caves of New Mexico that were 5,600 years old.

★~ Today’s Giggle:

A family was visiting an Indian reservation when they happened upon an old tribesman lying face down in the middle of the road with his ear pressed firmly against the blacktop.

The father of the family asked the old tribeman what he was doing. The tribesman began to speak…”woman, late thirties, three kids, one barking dog in late model, white, four-door station wagon, traveling at 65 m.p.h.

“That’s amazing!” exclaimed the father. “You can tell all that just by listening to the ground?”

“No,” said the old tribesman, weakly. “They just ran over me five minutes ago!”


I’m going to run right in and make some corn fritters. When I cleaned my pantry I found four large cans of corn and the rest of the ingredients are pretty straight forward so the good news is, I won’t have to go to the grocery store before I make corn fritters.

Hope you have a super Saturday. Let’s muse later about yesterday’s Tapioca pudding and today’s corn fritters. I’ll leave you to  guess which one I liked best 🙂

Leave a comment if you have a morno moment. Odd loves company!


15 thoughts on “July 16, 2011: Woodie Wagon, Tossing Away Regrets, Corn Fritters!

  1. Popcorn my favorite snack! Did you count those kernels in the cup?

    Love El Morno. Thanks for showing up every day and sharing. Your tidbits and humor make my day.

  2. Yum Corn Fritters! Could of, would of, should of…today is a new start…What next! and Why Not!

    Have a great day!

  3. Well I don’t plan to fritter this day away—I am going to have a mani and a pedi while reading my people magazine!

    Have a Merry Morno!

  4. Love your blog. I always look forward to your posts. Today I got to it early enough that I think I may get up and try and make some corn fritters also! 😀

    • Thanks Lynn! Let know how your corn fritters work out. My lazy boy is still sleeping so I have to wait until he rises and shines because he was to fry them. Sheesh–he is frittering the day away!!

  5. I absolutely hate tapioca pudding! I hope you didn’t make a lot of it. Why would anyone want to have their nails square so they look like they belong on a man? A pretty bright color on toes is nice in the smuuer.
    Remind me to tell you about our day in the mountains.

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  7. I can’t wait until tomorrow……I love what that days dish is…. Yummy for my tummy..mmmmmm

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