July 17, 2011: Yellow Pigs and Ice Cream Day

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July 17th,2011

Updated July 17, 2012

★~ Today’s Quote: Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own.  You may both be wrong.  ~Dandemis

★~ Yellow Pig Day!

What the heck is Yellow Pig Day?  This day was started by two math students who began to go a bit bonkers from an extensive study of the number 17. Somewhere in the midst of their work, and allegedly while taking a break to go to the bar, they came up with a whole story about yellow pigs with 17 toes and 17 eyelashes. Over the years, their crazy story has taken on a life of its own with Yellow Pig Day, a celebration of mathematics and a day to sing yellow pig songs. Now mathematicians in colleges and universities everywhere celebrate Yellow Pig Day by eating Yellow Pig cake and singing Yellow Pig carols (seriously — we couldn’t make this stuff up). We could make up our own songs! The Yellow Pig of Texas? How about The Yellow Pigmarine?  Feel free to join in!

★~ Ice Cream Day:

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. He also declared that the third Sunday in July would be National Ice Cream Day. President Reagan’s favorite flavor of ice cream was coffee.  Today’s suggested ice cream flavor is peach, which is President Clinton’s favorite flavor of ice cream. President Obama does not really care for ice cream or sweets but occasionally enjoys a butter-pecan cone.  The best way to celebrate ice cream day is to scoop up your favorite flavor and savor every lick

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1866 – Authorization was given to build a tunnel beneath the Chicago River. The project was completed three years later at a cost of $512,709. The Washington Street traffic tunnel was in use until 1953.

♥~ 1938 – ‘Wrong Way’ Corrigan. Douglas Corrigan, unemployed airplane mechanic. It was on this, a foggy day in 1938, that Doug left Floyd Bennett Field in New York, supposedly headed for Los Angeles. He landed his 1929 Curtiss Robin monoplane about 28 hours later – not in California but in Ireland at Dublin’s Baldonnel Field.

Corrigan made the 3,150-mile flight without benefit of a radio or navigational equipment other than a compass. His explanation for the monumental mistake was that he was following the wrong end of the compass needle. (Folks were never sure whether his feat was a mistake or moxie.) He was, however, welcomed home as a hero (ticker tape parade and all) and known forever more as ‘Wrong Way’ Corrigan.

♥~ 1955 – Disneyland opened the gates to “The Happiest Place on Earth” in Anaheim, California. In the famous theme park’s first year of operation, some four million people visited Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Tomorrowland. On its opening day, Disneyland held a gala TV broadcast featuring Walt Disney, Bob Cummings, Art Linkletter and Ronald Reagan.

♥~ 1959 Mary Leakey, half of the husband and wife team of Dr. and Mrs. Louis Leakey, discovered the oldest known human skull — in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanganyika (now Tanzania). Zinjanthropus boisei, as the skull was named, was later determined to be 1.75 million years old.

♥~ 1993 – Barbra Streisand’s Back to Broadway was the #1 album in the U.S. for one week. The album is among only a handful of recordings ever to become number one on the sales charts in their initial week of release and to go platinum through their first shipping orders.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1899 – James Cagney  (James Francis Cagney, Jr.) Academy Award-winning actor: Yankee Doodle Dandy [1942]; Mr. Roberts, The Seven Little Foys, Man of a Thousand Faces; died Mar 30, 1986

♥~ 1917 – Phyllis Diller (Driver) comedienne: The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, actress: Boy Did I Get the Wrong Number

♥~ 1935 – Donald Sutherland actor: Dirty Sexy Money, JFK, Klute, Backdraft, M*A*S*H, The Dirty Dozen, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Outbreak, Commander in Chief

♥~ 1960 – Mark Burnett Emmy Award-winning producer: Survivor [2000]; On the Lot, Rock Star: INXS, The Apprentice, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ Ice cream and related frozen desserts are consumed by more than 90 percent of households in the United States.

♥~  The Northern Central states have the highest per capita consumption of ice cream at 41.7 quarts.

♥~  More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.

♥~  Ice cream consumption is highest during July and August.

♥~  George Washington is reported to have spent $200 (a small fortune)  on ice cream in the summer of 1790.

♥~ The most popular flavor of ice cream in the United States is vanilla , followed by chocolate, strawberry, chocolate chip  and butter pecan.

♥~ The average number of licks to polish off a single scoop ice cream cone is approximately 50.

♥~ The first ice cream cone was produced in 1896 by Italo Marchiony. Marchinoy.

♥~ The ice cream cone holding the Guinness World Record for being the argest cone was created on January, 2011 from Mirco della Vecchia. It  measured 9 ft 2.63 and weighted 154 pound.

★~ Today’s Giggle:

As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife’s voice urgently warning him, “Herman, I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on 280. Please be careful!”

“Hell,” said Herman, “It’s not just one car. It’s hundreds of them!”


Busy morning checking campers in and out of camp but I will be back to muse over ice cream later today. Hope you have a super Sunday. If you have a morno moment leave a comment. Odd Loves Company!


16 thoughts on “July 17, 2011: Yellow Pigs and Ice Cream Day

  1. Facebook Friends:
    Teresa: Comments WTH / and then wonders if Julianne owns a pig skin skirt. Nancy: It doesn’t matter what color a pig is — they all stink! William: Yawns and mentions he knew a yellow pig once. Aussie Antoniette: Just went to google yellow pigs. Hawk: Creates an ode to yellow pigs. Cynthia: Oinks or moos, depending on her mood. Julianne: Insists she has never owned a pig skin skirt, but shares that she once had a yellow pig cocktail. Emily: Knows a hip band called The Yellows Pigs. Stevie: Promises bacon to anyone who buys a car from her tomorrow. Erica: mentions a minor league baseball team called the Yellow Pigs. Adelaide: Wanders over dreamy eyed, and comments that she just loves yellow pigs.

  2. Yellow pig with 17 toes and eyelashes…I wonder what those college kids were smoking
    I love peach ice cream in the summer so today is a good day for me!

    Stay Cool!

  3. It’ ICE CREAM DAY! REALLY!!! It’s also going to be very hot and humid today. And I’ll be weeding all day. So there’s no excuse not to have ICE CREAM sometime during the day. Maybe twice. Just to celebrate the day and all.

  4. We went to Disneyland the year it opened. We took a car trip from Oklahoma to California, I think my parents were as excited as my brother and I were. . .stayed at a hotel near the beach. It was a great trip
    Never heard of a yellow pig before but I love peach ice cream.

    Have fun today.

  5. Chocolate ice cream cones are my favorite — always have been! I still remember the Mr. Softee man swinging through our neighborhood and all us kids grabbing some money and trying to catch him so we could get milk shakes and cones — mmmmmm, what a treat on a hot day!

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