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September 2, 2011
★~ Beheading Day:
When I learned it was Beheading Day, the first two lines of Rudyard Kipling’s poem If immediately came to mind:
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you
There aren’t any guidelines about how to celebrate this holiday, so you just have to use your head and figure it out for yourself. However, one way might be to appreciate the good head on your shoulders and use it when a crisis erupts instead of losing it.
Another way to celebrate might be by wearing a hat.
★~ Blueberry popsicles Day:
Lucky me! I have two blueberry popsicles left over from Cherry Popsicle Day, so I’m all set to celebrate the blueberry popsicle. Popsicle days are quickly melting away, so take the time to sit on the steps and enjoy a blueberry popsicle and the last few weeks of summer.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1901 – Speaking at a state fair in Minnesota, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, quoting a West African proverb, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
♥~ 1962 – Ken Hubbs of the Chicago Cubs set a major-league baseball fielding record. ‘Hubbs of the Cubs’ played errorless ball for his 74th consecutive game.
♥~ 1973 – J.R.R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien died. The English Christian language scholar and novelist was 81 years old. He was author of the modern classic, The Hobbit, the prelude to his epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.
♥~ 1995 – Dangerous Minds, the soundtrack album from the movie starring Michelle Pfeiffer, hit #1 on Billboard.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1964 – Keanu Reeves actor: Chain Reaction, A Walk in the Clouds, Johnny Mnemonic, Speed, Little Buddha, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, My Own Private Idaho, Parenthood, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Dangerous Liaisons, River’s Edge , Youngblood, Brotherhood of Justice, Babes in Toyland, Act of Vengeance, Dream to Believe
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ Beheading, while gruesome, can be one of the quickest and least painful ways to die – so long as the executioner is skilled, his blade sharp, and the condemned sits still.
♥~ The height of decapitation technology is, of course, the guillotine. Officially adopted by the French government in 1792, it was seen as more humane than other methods of execution. When the guillotine was first used in public, onlookers were reportedly aghast at the speed of death.
♥~ Queen Anne Boleyn wanted to go to her death with some dignity and showed her sense of humor when she talked of her execution and referred to the the comforting fact that she “only had a little neck.”
♥~ French swordsmen/executioners are considered the best because they were known to be able to sever the head with one blow.
If Marie Antoinette had said, “Let them eat cake,” we could have celebrated Beheading Day with cake. But she didn’t so we can’t—unless, of course, you want to. Cake is always good, and let’s face it—even if she didn’t say it, she probably thought it.
Let’s think about it…I will be back in just a little bit to muse about Marshmallow Day, but right now in order to get ahead I must start my day. Let me know what you think if you have a morno moment by leaving a comment. Odd Loves Company!
Have a fabulous Friday—the start to a three-day weekend! Be mindful out there.