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August 30, 2011
★~ Today’s Quote: Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold ~ Helen Keller
★~ National Toasted Marshmallow Day:
Some of us like our marshmallows charred to a crisp and others of us prefer them golden brown. Others won’t even bother unless there’s chocolate and graham crackers nearby for a little s’mores action. While still others like to shove as many marshmallows as they can into their mouth all at once.
Gooey and sugary, marshmallows are great ways to end the summer. On this day, grab a stick and a bag of marshmallows and head outside to toast some marshmallows. Or grab a a long fork and roast them over a burner inside your air-conditioned house it doesn’t matter just raise your stick or fork and toast the toast marshmallow!
★~ Frankenstein Day:
What would we do without the legendary monster created by Dr. Frankenstein! Thanks to author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, born on this day in 1797, we have been frighteningly entertained for almost two centuries. In 1818, Ms. Shelley wrote the Gothic horror novel about Dr. Henry Frankenstein, the scientist who created the terrifying, yet lovable, monster. (Mary Shelley was the wife of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.)
Hollywood took over in 1931 with an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel directed by Great Britain’s James Whale. Boris Karloff was the monster, a role that led to a monster career for Karloff. From then on, Frankenstein lived in sequel after sequel and adaptation after adaptation. Karloff reprised his role in two such films — The Bride of Frankenstein in 1935 and Son of Frankenstein in 1939.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1974 – The Brady Bunch, a typical 1970s scrubbed-face American family sitcom which first aired on TV Sept. 26, 1969, came to an end on this day. This original series starred Robert Reed as the architect-widower with three sons (played by Barry Williams as Greg, Christopher Knight as Peter and Mike Lookinland as Bobby), who married a widow (Florence Henderson). The new Mrs. Brady had three daughters (played by Maureen McCormick as Marcia, Eve Plumb as Jan and Susan Olsen as Cindy). Add a nutsy housekeeper, Alice (Ann B. Davis), a family dog and cat and ABC-TV ended up with one giant TV success viewed weekly by millions of youngsters … and their loving parents. Don’t you miss those Friday night family gatherings in front of the TV?
♥~ 1984 – Prince was pictured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (issue 429). He was shown with his left armpit exposed.
♥~ 1997 – Mo Money Mo Problems, by The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy & Mase, hit #1 (for two weeks) on U.S. singles charts. An entire generation fell in love to: “You tell me who flopped who copped the blue drop; Who jewels got robbed who’s mostly Goldie down to the tube sock…” and so much more.
♥~ 2007 – A diamond-encrusted skull by 41-year-old British artist Damien Hirst sold for 100 million dollars (75 million euros) in London. It was a record price for a work sold by a living artist.
♥~ 1927 – Geoffrey Beene fashion designer; died Sep 28, 2004
♥~ 1927 – Bill Daily, Actor: “I Dream of Jeannie,” “The Bob Newhart Show”
♥~ 1939 – Elizabeth Ashley (Cole) actress: The Carpetbaggers, Ship of Fools, Stagecoach, Paperback Hero, Dangerous Curves, Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday, Evening Shade
♥~ 1947 – Peggy Lipton actress: Twin Peaks, The Mod Squad; ex-wife of composer Quincy Jones; mother of actress Rashida Jones
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ The young Mary Godwin, later wed to poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, wrote Frankenstein at the age of eighteen and was published when she was 21 (the research conflicts on this dates)
♥~ As a houseguest of Lord Byron, Mary Shelley was invited to participate in a challenge. Byron, Shelley, and the other guests set about writing the most frightening story they could. Shelley won; she claimed that her inspiration came from a vision she’d had, wherein a pale student of science knelt over a body which he had just imbued with artificial life.
♥~ Doctor Victor Frankenstein is the name of the mad scientist character who created the monster and gave it life.
♥~ Frankenstein is a German name meaning, “stone of the Franks”.
♥~ Victor Frankenstein was based on a real person: Johann Konrad Dippel, who was a physician and mad scientist obsessed with creating life through scientific means. His birthplace? Castle Frankenstein, near Darmstadt, Germany.
♥~ The name Frankenstein is commonly, but incorrectly, used to describe the monster itself. Throughout the novel, Dr. Frankenstein refers to his creation as “devil”, “fiend”, and other venomous epithets – but the creature is never given a proper name
♥~ In 2006, horror writer Dean Kootz penned a series of novels that reimagine the Frankenstein story in present-day New Orleans.
For those of you playing “food of the day” with us, here are the foods we will celebrate for the rest of the week.
The winner of the August food of the day contest will be announced on September 1. The prize is a jar of Emily’s WORLD FAMOUS HOMEMADE PEAR BUTTER!! I had some it was so good!! There are still a few days left to enter!
Tue: Aug 39: Toasted Marshmallows
Wed: Aug 31: Eat Outside-Trail Mix
Thu: Sept 1: Drink a glass of your favorite wine Day
Fri: Sept 2: Blueberry Popsicle Day
Sat: Sept 3: Welsh Rarebit Day
Sun: Sept 4: Macadamia Nut Day
Mon: Sept 5: Cheese Pizza Day
♥~ Send a picture celebrating the food of the day and we will enter you in our August Odd Food-For-A-Day contest.
♥~ Send the picture on the same day as we celebrated the food. If you can’t send it on the same day just get as close as possible,
♥~ At the end of the month we will randomly pick one picture and the lucky winner will win EMILY’S WORLD FAMOUS HOMEMADE PEAR BUTTER. Emily is a proud sponsor and participant of Odd’s Food-Of-The-Day For-Year.
♥~ The winning picture will be picked by an Odd off-spring.
♥~ Pictures can be e-mailed to Katybeth@myoddfamily.com
Have a Terrific Tuesday! If you have a Morno moment leave a comment…Odd Loves Company.
5 thoughts on “August 30: Frankenstein and Toasted Marshmallow Day”
Marshmallows! I like mine just slightly charred. Warm center. Frankenstein what a classic monster.
Have a great day!
Marshmallows in Hot Chocolate. So yummy. Loved the Frankenstein book!
Hope today is terrific for you!
Have you seen the flat marshmallows? I always thought the cool part about making s’mores was pushing the tops together…and how do you roast a flat marshmallow. I might have to do a little investigative work!
I believe the author was 18 and it was published when she was 21.
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