August 12, 2011: Julienne Fries, Middle Children, Vinyl Records

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August 12, 2011

★~ Today’s Quote: To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.”  ~Robert Brault,

★~ Food Of the Day: Julienne Fries:

Julienne refers to the cut of most vegetables, but usually potatoes, into a fry-like shape.The term was brought to the forefront of American pop culture by Ron Popeil’s commercials for the Veg-O-Matic, “It slices! It dices! It makes Julienne fries!” Urban legend indicates the word is derived from Julia Child.

★~ Happy Middle Child Day:

The oldest kid gets to do everything first, the youngest gets to be babied. But the middle child just gets lost somewhere in between, or at least that’s the thinking of “middle child syndrome.” So for all the middle children out there, lost in a sea of hand-me-downs, shared bedrooms, and babysitting duties, today you get to be the star. Because, come on, you know you were always Mom’s favorite.

★~ Happy Vinyl Record Day:

The day is fast approaching when we’ll have to explain to younger generations that before music existed solely within cyber space and mp3 players half the size of a saltine, it lived on big vinyl records. And no you couldn’t make copies for your friends or take them with you on a jog, but they did the trick. So we honor this old school music format on the day Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. Dig out your old vinyl records and give them a spin.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1851 – Isaac Singer of New York City patented the double-treadle sewing machine on this day. Although a sewing machine had already been patented, Singer’s sewing machine was revolutionary, having a double treadle.

♥~ 1865 – Joseph Lister became the first doctor to use disinfectant during surgery. Hmm. Joseph Lister. That name rings a bell. Yep. Same Joseph Lister as the one whose name is on those bottles of Listerine mouthwash.

♥~ 1877 – Thomas A. Edison finished figuring out his first phonograph. Edison handed the model of his invention to John Kreusi with instructions on how to build it. Kreusi, a confident man, bet the inventor $2 and said that there was no way that the machine would ever work. He lost the bet.

♥~ 1964 – For the 10th time in his major-league baseball career, Mickey Mantle hit home runs from both the left and ride sides of the plate in the same game — setting a new baseball record. Would this be called  ‘am-bat-extrous’?

♥~ 1966 – The last tour for The Beatles began at the International Amphitheater in Chicago; and John Lennon apologized for boasting that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. London’s Catholic Herald said Lennon’s comment was “arrogant … but probably true.”

♥~ 1981 – IBM (International Business Machines) introduced the Model 5150 PC (personal computer). The IBM PC ran on the Intel 8088 microprocessor at 4.77 mHz with one or two 160K floppy disk drives. It had 16 kilobytes of memory, expandable to 256k, five 8-bit ISA slots, a 65-watt power supply, no built-in clock, no built-in serial or parallel ports, and no built-in video capability — it was available with an optional color monitor. MS-DOS 1.0/1.1 was issued with the PC (IBM later released its own operating system: PC-DOS). Prices started at $1,565. The IBM PC was a smashing success and IBM quickly became the #1 microcomputer company, with Apple dropping to #2.

♥~ 2007 – A 35-year-old Canadian woman gave birth to rare identical quadruplets. Karen Jepp of Calgary, Alberta, delivered Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia by Caesarian section at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls, Montana.

♥~ 2010 – 10,276 people in Inner Mongolia (China) set a new world record for the longest chain of human dominoes. The previous human domino record was set by 9,234 students in Singapore in 2000.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1910 – Jane Wyatt Emmy Award-winning actress: Father Knows Best [1957, 1958-59, 1959-60]; Gentleman’s Agreement, Lost Horizon, Amityville 4; died Oct 20, 2006)

♥~ 1939 – George Hamilton actor: Love at First Bite, Act One, The Survivors, Zorro, the Gay Blade, Where the Boys Are, Evel Knievel, The Dead Don’t Die, Doc Hollywood

♥~ 1949 – Mark Knopfler musician: guitar, songwriter, singer: group: Dire Straits: Money for Nothing

♥~ 1963 – Anthony Ray aka Sir Mix-a-Lot Grammy Award-winning rapper: Baby Got Back [1993]; Let’s G, I’m a Trip, Square Dance Rap, Rippin’, Posse on Broadway, Ironman, My Hooptie

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~  Historians state that potatoes were being fried by at least 1680 in the Meuse Valley of Belgium. Locals would eat small fried fish with their meals, but when the river was frozen over, they cut potatoes lengthwise and fried them in oil to use as a substitute.

♥~ French fries were introduced to the U.S. when Thomas Jefferson served them in the White House during his Presidency of 1801-1809.

♥~ Americans eat more than 16 pounds of french fries every year, which comes to over 2 million tons!

♥~ In 1997, Burger King – the nation’s second-biggest hamburger chain – invested $70 million in marketing might behind its new and improved French fries, claiming they were tastier than those from McDonald’s. The public disagreed, and McDonald’s fries remain number 1 in the french fry polls.

♥~ Simon Holland found the 6.75-inch fry during a meal at a Wisconsin Rapids Culver’s on June 24. Instead of eating the spud, he immediately froze it and put it up for auction on eBay. The winning bid was fir $202.50 from a bidder known only as “Culver’s Fan”

★~ Odd To Know: This is a list of the ten best selling albums of all time. From most sold to fewest sold:

♥~ Thriller (42,537,000): Michael Jackson- December 1, 1982.According to the Guinness World Records, Thriller is the world’s best-selling album of all time.

♥~ The Eagles (31,934,000) Their Greatest Hits  (1971-1975) – This album was the first ever to be certified platinum for shipping one million copies, and was later certified diamond.

♥~ The Bodyguard (31,698,000) Whitney Houston- The Bodyguard is the soundtrack from the movie of the same name, released on November 8, 1992 on Arista Records and features six songs by Whitney Houston, as well as songs from various other noted artists of the time

♥~ Come on Over ( 30,460,000) Shania Twain-  The album is one of the biggest-selling albums of all time by a female artist, and one of the biggest selling albums in music history. Come on Over is also the best-selling album of the 1990s.

♥~ Led Zeppelin IV– Led Zeppelin ( 28,627,000) – The untitled fourth album of English rock band Led Zeppelin was released on November 8, 1971. It has no official title mentioned on the cover and is commonly referred to as Led Zeppelin IV, in the style of the band’s previous three albums.

♥~ Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morisette (27,664,000) Released on June 13, 1995 (see 1995 in music), the album broke into the mainstream with Morissette’s confessional and emotional lyrics and vocals.

♥~ The Dark Side of the Moon– Pink Floyd ( 27,629,000) The Dark Side of the Moon (titled in the 1993 CD release as Dark Side of the Moon, and often abbreviated as DSotM) is a concept album by the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in 1973 and engineered by Alan Parsons.

♥~ Rumours Fleetwood Mac (27,008,000)- Rumours is a worldwide best selling rock and roll album released by Fleetwood Mac in 1977.

♥~ Back in Black AC/DC (25,215,000) – Back in Black is the seventh studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on 25 July 1980. Back in Black was the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott, who had died at the age of 33 on February 19, 1980.

♥~ The Beatles – 1 (23,769,000) is a compilation album by The Beatles, released on November 13, 2000. The album features every #1 British and American hit single by the band released from 1962 to 1970.


Hope you have a FUN Friday! I will be back later to muse about yesterday’s Raspberry Tart Day. If you have a morno moment leave a comment…ODD Loves Company.

9 thoughts on “August 12, 2011: Julienne Fries, Middle Children, Vinyl Records

  1. Have most of those albums and now I have no idea what to do with them but I can’t part with them.

    Love fries. Stopping at McD. to celebrate.

    Have a great day.

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