Celebrating: Joke Day & Bratwurst

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
August 16, 2011

sunrise over mountain

★~ Today’s Quote: Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.  Steven Wright

★~ Today is Joe Miller’s Joke Day:  

Joe Miller was an English comic actor during the early 18th century. And on his birthday, it is customary to tell a stale or worn out joke in his honor. From Joe Miller’s Jests, London, 1739: “A melting Sermon being preached in a country Church, all fell a weeping but one Man, who being asked, why he did not weep with the rest? O! said he. I belong to another Parish.”  Now it’s your turn.

★~ Food of the Day: Bratwurst: 

If every dog has its day, then it should come as no surprise that there’s a day dedicated to the celebration of the bratwurst. The name of this savory sausage is the compound form of two German words—“brat” which means “fry” and “wurst” which means “sausage.” Bratwursts originated in Germany and have been around since the 14th century. Grab a beer, throw some mustard on your brat, and serve up some sauerkraut and pretzels… or just head to a German restaurant to celebrate.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1829 – The first Siamese twins brought to the United States arrived in Boston, MA. Chang and Eng (Bunker) were 18 years old when they arrived from their homeland of Banesau, Siam. The twins were joined at the waist.

♥~1960 – A world record for a successful free fall was set by Colonel Joseph W. Kittinger Jr. What Kittinger did was quite amazing. He dropped from an altitude of 102,800 feet, more than 19 miles, before opening his parachute — at 17,500 feet — over New Mexico.

♥~ 1977- Elvis Presley, singer died at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42. Elvis had an unprecedented 107 hits on the pop music charts and an unprecedented number of fans. His first hit was Heartbreak Hotel in 1956 and his last, one of two RCA hits released after his death, was Guitar Man in 1981. Presley had 28 gold records, 12 number one songs and 38 top-ten hits.

♥~ 1984 – Janet Harris set a world record in Selsey, England, by eating 7,175 green peas in an hour—one at a time, using chopsticks.

♥~ 1999 – Former town manager Leon Wurl became part of the new Main Street in Erie, Colorado, when his wife poured some of his ashes into the hot asphalt. Wurl had led the push to re-pave 14 of Erie’s streets before his death a year earlier.

♥~ 2002 –  Scientists at the University of Glasgow in Scotland published research validating the so-called “beer goggles” effect. In their study of 120 male and female students, those who had drunk a moderate amount of alcohol found the faces of the opposite sex 25% more attractive than their sober counterparts.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1930 – Frank Gifford College/Pro Football Hall of Famer: USC, New York Giants; broadcaster: Monday Night Football; husband of Kathie Lee Gifford

♥~ 1953 – Kathie Lee Gifford (Kathryn Lee Epstein) talk show host: Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee, Today; singer; married to Frank Gifford

♥~ 1958 – Angela Bassett actress: Waiting to Exhale, FX, What’s Love Got to Do with It?, Malcolm X, Boyz N the Hood

♥~1958 – Madonna (Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone) singer: Material Girl, Like a Virgin; actress: Dick Tracy, Desperately Seeking Susan, Shanghai Surprise, A League of Their Own

♥~ 1968 –  Andy Milder, Actor (“Weeds”)

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~  Elvis received a guitar for his eleventh birthday, he was disappointed; he was hoping for a bike

♥~ In the eighth grade, Elvis received a “C” in music. Elvis never learned to read music.

♥~ Elvis made only one appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, in October of 1954. They never invited him back.

♥~ Frank Sinatra, in a magazine interview, decried the new brand of music (and fans) that Elvis introduced as “brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious. … It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people. It smells phoney and false. It is sung, played and written, for the most part, by cretinous goons. … This rancid-smelling aphrodisiac I deplore.” (He must not have been into pelvic thrusts.)

♥~ “Heartbreak Hotel” was the first Elvis single to sell over a million copies.

♥~ Elvis wore a cross, a star of David, and other religious symbols around his neck, explaining “I don’t want to miss out on heaven due to a technicality.”

♥~ Elvis held a black belt in karate.

★~ Today’s Silly: 

In honor of Old Joke day….my contributions.

Q:  What did one penny say to the other?
A:  Let’s get together and make some sense

Q: What kind of music do chiropractors listen to?

(I just love the next one…)

Q: What did the mother Buffalo say when her boy left for college?

Q:  Why does a Moon-rock taste better than an Earth-rock?
A:  Because it’s a little meteor.

Q:  What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?
A:  Make me one with everything! (This one is killing me!)


Just recently I read this joke for the first time and laughed out loud . . . I’m not sure if that is a good thing or bad thing. The title of the blog post is The Worst Joke Ever and The Culture of Shame. What can I say? I’m easily amused. Try me — leave your favorite joke in the comment section of Odd!

If you are not into joke telling, we could gossip. Do you think that Madonna was ticked off that Elvis died on her birthday? And what about the Giffords both having birthdays on the same day? Did you know that Kathie was born the same year as Frank’s oldest son? What about THAT!



11 thoughts on “Celebrating: Joke Day & Bratwurst

  1. The Bunkers settled here in NC, up in Wilkesboro. Their last name is pretty common in that part of the state now.

    You are just bursting waiting for the chance to say peg leg to someone, arent you?

  2. Never was an Elvis fan but I do really like Joe Miller’s humor! His book of Jest’s is very dry but also very funny.

    I wonder if I can make brats work for dinner…Let me think on it.

    Have a great day.

  3. Why was Tigger looking in the toilet? He was looking for Pooh.

    What did the mayo say to the refrigerator? SHUT THE DOOR. I’M DRESSING.

    Did you know that horses can’t dance? They have 2 left feet.

    Do you know why hummingbirds hum? They forgot the words.

    Thank goodness for grandkids. They are so cute delivering these types of jokes. Have a Happy Joke filled day Katybeth.

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