Celebrating: Root Beer Floats, Wiggle Your Toes, Mustard Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Noon-o! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
August 6th

★~ Today’s Quote:  Ricky Ricardo: Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!

★~ Wiggle Your Toes Day:

Others have their theories about why this day was created. I have mine. If you are in a coma right this minute and have become attached to living a life in your head, it’s a good idea to wiggle your toes every day to remind those on the outside taking care of you not to pull the plug. A hand squeeze is a nice touch too.

★~ Root Beer Float Day:

What’s better than an ice-cold root beer? Nothing. Ice-cold root beer AND ice cream! Ever since Frank Wisner of Colorado decided to toss a scoop of vanilla into his root beer way back in 1893, we’ve been enjoying this tasty combo made with smooth vanilla ice cream, coppery root beer and frothy foam. Celebrate the root beer float, an all-American classic, by mixing up a root beer float at home or heading to the nearest A&W.

★~ Mustard Day:

Today we celebrate the “King of the Condiments,” mustard. When it comes to condiments, mustard is among the most popular. When it comes to longevity, mustard is unrivaled. It has been in use to spice up meals for literally thousands of years. Today’s mustard is it not your ancient Romans’ mustard, which was used as a pickling spice, but a mustard that has diversified to include honey mustard, bold and spicy, sharp and creamy, and of course Dijon mustard. If you are keen on mustard, use it to spice up your hamburger, hot dog or roast beef today—or cut the mustard with the Beatles song “Mean Mr. Mustard.”

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1926 – Nineteen-year-old Gertrude Ederle from New York became the first woman to swim the English Channel and she picked this day to do it. She accomplished the feat in 14 hours and 31 minutes, breaking the men’s record by 2 hours.

♥~ 1980 –  On General Hospital Luke and Laura spent a romantic evening locked inside Wyndham’s department store.

♥~ 1992 –  Harold Russell, going against the wishes of the Motion Picture Academy, sold his Oscar statuette for $60,500 to pay for his wife’s eye surgery. He had won the award in 1947 for The Best Years of Our Lives. It was the first Oscar to be sold.

♥~ 2002 – A young English couple, both 19, who thought they had planned a 3-week vacation in Sydney, Australia, with an online travel agent, landed instead in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The couple quickly decided to vacation in Canada and try the Australian trip another time.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1809 – Alfred Tennyson England’s Poet Laureate [1850]: The Charge of the Light Brigade, In Memoriam, The Lady of Shalott, The Lotuseaters, The Idylls of the King, Maud, Enoch Arden, Locksley Hall Sixty Years After; died Oct 6, 1892

♥~ 1881 – Leo Carrillo actor: The Cisco Kid, Pancho Villa Returns, One Night in the Tropics, Phantom of the Opera [1943]; died Sep 10, 1961

♥~ 1911 – Lucille Ball Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress: I Love Lucy [1952, 1953], The Lucy Show [1966-67, 1967-68], 12th Annual Atlas Governor’s Award [1988-89]; The Lucille Ball Comedy Hour, Yours, Mine and Ours, Mame; died April 26, 1989

♥~ 1917 – Robert Mitchum actor: The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, Cape Fear, A Family for Joe, African Skies, Night of the Hunter, The Story of G.I. Joe; commercials: “Beef. It’s what’s for dinner.”; died July 1, 1997

♥~ 1928 – Andy Warhol (Warhola) filmmaker, pop artist: Campbell Soup; “In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.”; died Feb 22, 1987

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ Mustard is made from the ground seeds of a mustard plant.

♥~ The name, mustard, comes from the Latin words “mustum ardens”, which means “burning wine” and refers to the flavor created by the spicy heat of the crushed mustard seeds mixed with the juice of unfermented wine grapes.

♥~ Yellow mustard (a.k.a. regular mustard) is the most commonly used mustard in the US. The rest of the world calls it American mustard. It is a very mild mustard colored bright yellow due to the use of turmeric. It was introduced over 100 years ago in 1904 by George T. French who bet that Americans would prefer milder tasting mustard than what was available at the time.

♥~ Pope John Paul XXII loved mustard so much that in the early 1300’s he created a new Vatican position of mustard-maker to the pope – grand moutardier du pape.

♥~ In Denmark and India it is thought that one can ward off evil spirits by spreading mustard seed around the exterior of the home.

♥~ Americans use more mustard than any other country in the world. French’s is the top brand

♥~ The Mustard Museum of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin features a collection of over 5,000 jars of mustard from all 50 states and 60 countries.

★~ Thought for the Day: 

Mustard Sayings:

If someone is “as keen as mustard” it means they are very enthusiastic.

“Put some mustard on it” – refers to a hard slap shot in ice hockey.

To “cut the mustard” is to prove that one is equal to a challenge.


El Morno is written and posted by a real person each day. If you called me I would answer the phone, but I would not answer it “El Morno.” I would just say hello and you would more than likely hear dogs barking in the background. I’m telling you this because someone asked if I was a real person. I’m very real, and today I proved it. Last night I was too tired to write El Morno, and this morno I slept in until about 7…and then my campers and Facebook friends needed me, so today’s El Morno was delayed by laziness. If that does not make me a real person, I don’t know what will.

Hope you have a scrumptious Saturday and send me lots of root beer float pictures. For a more adult root beer float, mix some vanilla ice cream with a Guinness beer. The root beer float purist will grimace, but it’s really pretty tasty.

I will be back with a video showing how we murdered Ollie, Peal, Ernest, Slimey and Toby on Oyster Day…a little later today.


10 thoughts on “Celebrating: Root Beer Floats, Wiggle Your Toes, Mustard Day

  1. I Love Lucy. So many great episodes. Google has a cute logo to celebrate her 100 birthday.
    Root beers floats rock. Since I don’t have kids I haven’t had when in ages so today I will.

    Thanks for showing up even if it’s noon-o. Love your daily updates.

  2. Maybe you should plan breaks and let us know…like a vacation schedule or message board or Gone Fishing sign. Just so we know when you will be back. You started this El Morno habit now you must keep the natives happy and well feed with tidbits and root beer floats. Am I a little over the top here?
    I think I need a root beer float and to watch a few I Love Lucy Episodes. 😀

    • Uhm..interesting idea. Let me think about it. I am rather flattered that you miss me.
      Yes do have a float and pair it with Lucy! You will laugh and the foam will come right out your nose!

  3. Finally, my FAVORITE day is here. I will have to wait until tomorrow to have my floaty because I am all out of “nilla” ice cream. (tears are flowing). But I will have 2 glasses to make up for today tomorrow. *burp burp*. 🙄

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