Celebrating: Raspberry Tarts & Presidential Joke Day

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August 11, 2011

★~ Today’s Quote: We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Ronald Reagan

★~ National Raspberry Tart Day:

Ah, the tart—Today we are celebrating the perfect combination of crispy crust, creamy filling, and Raspberries. Tarts were first introduced during the Middle Ages. Though fruit-topped tarts are sweet and decadent, many salty varieties also exist. For example, in France, many of these open-faced pies are made with eggs, cheeses, meats and vegetables. These savory tarts are similar to quiches. Whether filled with Raspberry, chocolate or goat cheese—tarts are delicious! To celebrate National Raspberry Tart Day, head to your local bakery to pick up one or if you are in the mood…make your own raspberry tart! But what every you do don’t steal one of the Queens!

★~ Presidential Joke Day:

On August 11, 1984, just before his regular Saturday radio address, President Ronald Reagan was doing a voice test with the microphone.  He joked into the microphone: “My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.” To his surprise, he was speaking to a live feed and the statement was picked by live TV cameras and carried worldwide.

This incident led to the creation of “Presidential Joke Day.”

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1856 – Anthony Haas patented the accordion.

♥~ 1874 – Harry S. Parmelee of New Haven, CT gave us reason to relax and cool off on this hot summer day. Mr. Parmelee received a patent for the sprinkler head.

♥~ 1896 – Harvey Hubbell of Bridgeport, CT received a patent for the pull-chain, electric-light socket! Pull the chain, the light goes on. Pull it again, the light goes off. Pull it again and the chain comes off…

♥~ 1979 – Get The Knack, the debut album by The Knack, reached number one on the Billboard chart. And the group’s first single, My Sharona, topped the Hot 100. The Knack were an overnight sensation, but their fall from grace was almost as rapid. Attacked by critics as cynical fakes, the Knack was history by 1982.

♥~ 1994 – The Iowa State Fair, opening in Des Moines, unveiled a life-size statue of singer Garth Brooks, sculpted from 250 pounds of butter.

♥~ 2006 – Jamie Gold, 36-year-old former Hollywood talent agent, won the $12-million grand prize in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, NV.

♥~ 2011 – Last Day Of The Dog Days Of Summer- The “dog days of summer” fall between July 3 through August 11. Those days are the 20 days before and 20 days after the “Dog” star Sirius rises and falls in conjunction with the sun. Sirius is the brightest star in the constellations Canis Major (Great Dog) The ancient Romans believed heat from the star Sirius added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather and coined the term-Dog Days of Summer.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1921 – Alex Haley Pulitzer Prize-winning author: Roots [1977]; The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Queen; died Feb 10, 1992

♥~ 1925 – Mike Douglas (Dowd) TV host: The Mike Douglas Show; singer: The Men in My Little Girl’s Life; The Music Show, Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge; died Aug 11, 2006

♥~ 1949 – Eric Carmen musician: bass, keyboards, songwriter, singer: group: The Raspberries: Go All the Way; solo: All By Myself, Never Gonna Fall in Love, Almost Paradise, Again, Hungry Eyes,Make Me Lose Control.

♥~ 1953 – Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea) wrestler, actor: Mr. Nanny, Suburban Commando, Thunder in Paradise

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ The word accordion comes from the German word “akkord,” which means “agreement, harmony.”

♥~Weird Al” Yankovic got his first accordion at age 7 from his parents, who promptly enrolled him in the Famous Zamour Academy of Music. His grandmother would subsequently pay him a dollar every time he came over to visit and play his accordion.

♥~ In 1990, there were an estimated 75,000 accordionists in the United States.

♥~ The cities of Detroit, Skokie, Illinois, and St. Paul, Minnesota have designated the accordion as their official instrument.

♥~ The largest playable accordion in the world is 99.6-in tall, 74.8-wide, and weighs approximately 440lb. The instrument, built by Giancarlo Francenella (Italy), bears the name “Castelfidardo” after the town in Ancona, Italy, in which it was constructed.

★~ Odd to Know: Famous Last Words:

♥~ Pardon me, sir. I did not do it on purpose. Said by: Queen Marie Antoinette after she accidentally stepped on the foot of her executioner as she went to the guillotine.

♥~ I am about to — or I am going to — die: either expression is correct. Said by: Dominique Bouhours, famous French grammarian

♥~ Hurry up, you Hoosier bastard, I could kill ten men while you’re fooling around!

Said by: Carl Panzram, serial killer, shortly before he was executed by hanging.

♥~ I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis. Said by: Humphrey Bogart

♥~ No, you certainly can’t. Said by: John F. Kennedy in reply to Nellie Connally, wife of Governor John Connelly, commenting “You certainly can’t say that the people of Dallas haven’t given you a nice welcome, Mr. President.


I’m going heading downtown to take two campers for grooming, and then off to have coffee with a friend. I bought a Groupon for a Aqua massage-which is a massage where water jets pound out your stiff and sore body parts while you stay dressed, dry and comfortable so perhaps I will make an appointment to use my Groupon. I love Grouponing!

What are you up to today? If you have a morno moment leave a comment. Odd Loves Company!

Hope you have a tremendous Thursday! See you later to muse about S’mores!


13 thoughts on “Celebrating: Raspberry Tarts & Presidential Joke Day

  1. I have a great recipe for a raspberry tart-I will have to pull it out!

    Those famous last words are both funny and sad.

    Have a great Thursday!

  2. That tart look yummy.

    I remember when Reagan had that little “oopsy.” If I remember right he recovered from it without missing a beat and then suggested the President be allowed to joke one day a year.

    Haircut today, and I some shopping for the weekend. Have a great day.


  3. Jim wants to go to the Iowa straw polls to people watch but I know better and I will avoid being cuffed and dragged into the Ames city jail. The preparation of a tart is much safer.

  4. Well, I certainly live in the right state as I am an accordian player if I do say so myself. You can ask Cindy about that and she will confirm. And by the way, those water massages are to die for. You don’t want to get out once you get in and you can ask Cindy about that too. I wish I had one in my home. I would live in it and probably lose every once of my fat by doing so. If wishes were horses all beggers would ride….right? 😀

    • You play the accordion?? Really? You must have your son video tape you playing and send it to me for Odd. You will be famous!! Kind of. The aqua massage was great. I started pricing them the moment I got home…and when my ship comes in a an aqua massager is at the tip top of my list.
      Love that saying—one of my mom’s favorites along with–“once you practice to deceive ohhhh what an ugly web you weave!”

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