September 28: Rosh Hashanah, Ask a stupid question, Drink A Beer Day

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September 28, 2011

★~Todays amazing fall sunrise is brought to us by Lily Burghart

★~ Today’s Quote: Today’s younger generation is no worse than my own. We were just as ignorant and repulsive as they are, but nobody listened to us ~ Al Capp

★~ Rosh Hashanah:

Beginning at sundown, today is the “head of the year,” or the new year’s festival, in the Hebrew calendar. It’s a time of rest and personal introspection that commemorates the creation of the world. Rosh Hashanah dinner tables will be laden with brisket, roast chicken, and copious side dishes — many with a touch of sweetness. Eating sweet foods symbolizes hope for a sweet year ahead. Perhaps today would be a good day for us all to rest a little, review our lives, and add a little something sweet to our dinner table.

★~ Ask a stupid question day:

Is the nose in the center of the face? You won’t know if you don’t ask — or look in the mirror. Teachers created Ask a Stupid Question Day, so go ahead and ask: What rhymes with orange? Do they sterilize needles for lethal injections? Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but people don’t point to their crotch when asking for the bathroom? Where in the nursery rhyme does it say Humpty Dumpty is an egg? Inquiring minds want to know!!

★~ Drink A Beer Day: 

Cheers! Living in the United States has many benefits, but one that should not be overlooked is the fact that we celebrate International Beer Day, which is held on August 5, and then the very next month, celebrate National Beer Day! And if you’re looking for a new hobby, consider learning to brew your own beer. It can be far less intimidating then you might imagine.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1961Hazel premiered on NBC-TV. The sitcom starred Shirley Booth in the title role, with Don DeFore as George Baxter and Whitney Blake as Dorothy Baxter (the family who Hazel adopted). She was their maid and housekeeper. Hazel was based on the Saturday Evening Post cartoon series by Ted Key.

♥~ 1968 The Beatles rode the nearly seven-minute-long Hey Jude to the top of the charts for a nine week-run starting this day

♥~ 1989 – The first two people to go over Niagara Falls in the same barrel and live to tell about it, did so this day. Actually, Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter DeBernardi went over 167-foot high Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the Falls.

♥~ 1991Garth Brooks big ol’ black hat and all, hit number one with his album Ropin’ the Wind. He was the first country artist to debut an albumat #1 on both the Billboard album chart and country album chart.

♥~ 2008 – Hundreds of thousands gathered in San Francisco for the 25th Folsom Street Fair, the world’s biggest celebration of leather, bondage and sexual fetish.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1836 – Thomas Crapper: English plumber:  Thomas Crapper, contary to popular belief, did not invent the flush toilet, which had existed for centuries before his birth.

Crapper apprenticed as a plumber when he was a boy and as an adult started his own business, Thomas Crapper & Co. Ltd. He patented nine different innovative plumbing mechanisms, including the floating ball cock, which itself could have leant the English language a number of mildly offensive expletives, but instead it is his serendipitous or unfortunate last name, depending on how you look at it, for which we remember him best.

♥~ 1856 Kate Douglas (Smith) Wiggin writer: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Timothy’s Quest, The Bird’s Christmas Carol; organized 1st free kindergarten in San Francisco, established California Kindergarten Training School; died Aug 24, 1923

♥~ 1909 – Al Capp (Alfred Gerald Caplin) Capp wrote and drew the cartoon, Li’l Abner, with its cast of wonderful characters, Mammy and Pappy Yokum, their son Abner, the lovely Daisy Mae, Fearless Fosdick and the lovable Schmoos. Al Capp even invented a holiday, Sadie Hawkins Day. Li’l Abner wasn’t just a funny comic strip. It became a Broadway show and a Hollywood movie, too. But above all else, Al Capp used the characters in the Sunday funnies for political satire. It was fairly common to see public figures being lampooned in Li’l Abner. Al Capp would have had a field day with today’s political antics.  died Nov 5, 1979

♥~ 1934Brigitte Bardot (Camille Javal) actress: And God Created Woman, Viva Maria, A Very Private Affair

♥~ 1967Mira Sorvino Academy Award-winning supporting actress: Mighty Aphrodite [1995]; Norma Jean & Marilyn, Tales of Erotica, The Replacement Killers, Joan of Arc: The Virgin Warrior, The Triumph of Love

♥~ 1975Mandy Barnett singer: Maybe, Now That’s All Right With Me, Rainy Days, I’ve Got a Right to Cry

♥~ 1902Ed (Edward Vincent) Sullivan newspaper columnist, TV host: Toast of the Town, The Ed Sullivan Show; died Oct 13, 1974

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ A former boxer, Ed Sullivan began his media work as a newspaper sportswriter

♥~ In 1948, the CBS network hired Sullivan to do a weekly Sunday night TV variety show, Toast of the Town, which later became The Ed Sullivan Show.

♥~  Many critics gave the show poor reviews and alleged that “he got where he is not by having a personality, but by having no personality”  (Harriet Van Horne)

♥~ Time magazine concluded that Sullivan would last because he charmed the whole family.

♥~ In the 1950s and 1960s, Sullivan was a respected starmaker because of the number of performers that became household names after appearing on the show. He had a knack for identifying and promoting top talent and paid a great deal of money to secure that talent for his show.

♥~ Although Sullivan was quoted as saying Elvis Presley was a fine and decent young man and he  made three appearances on the show, for the third and final one he was shot from the waist up to keep from showing his swiveling hips.

♥~ The Rolling Stones were forced to change the lyric of their song “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together” in order to perform it on the show. Mick Jagger can be seen rolling his eyes as he sings the changed lyric.

♥~ Jim Morrison defied the censors’ order and used the lyric “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” while performing “Light My Fire”. The Doors were never invited back to the show.

♥~ 73 million TVs were tuned in for the first appearance by The Beatles on the show, February 9, 1964.

♥~  From 1950 until the end of its run in 1971, the Ed Sullivan show was always telecast in the same time slot, Sunday nights at 8:00 P.M. CBS broadcast it during its entire run. It was voted #15 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.

Wishing all my Jewish friends L’shannah Tovah! Hope the day is filled with sweetness for us all!


4 thoughts on “September 28: Rosh Hashanah, Ask a stupid question, Drink A Beer Day

  1. Thank you Katybeth for the New Year’s wishes…and I wish everyone on El Morno a sweet day with many more to come.

  2. It’s El Noon-o but I made it. Interesting that stupid question day falls on the day two guys took a barrel over Niagara Falls.

    I don’t usually indulge in grown up beverages during the week..but today…why not! 😀

  3. I’m getting to this late today, but it’s just as interesting! What a lovely photo. Pity poor Mrs. Crapper and all the little Crappers! Can you imagine having to hear teachers doing roll call every day with a name like that??

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