September 4: Newspaper Carrier Day and Macadamia Nut Day

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September 4, 2011

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★~ Today’s Quote: A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.  H. L. Mencken

★~National Newspaper Carrier Day:

Newspaper Carrier Day commemorates the hiring of the very first newspaper carrier,  ten-year old Barney Flaherty. Benjamin Day, who was the publisher of The New York Sun, hired young Barney Flaherty to sell his papers for a penny apiece in 1833 The only job requirement asked of young Barney was that he had to prove to Mr. Day that he was capable of throwing a newspaper into the bushes with consistency.

Newspaper Carrier Day is meant to honor everyone who is now, or once was, a newspaper carrier. Ever have a paper route? You can join in on the fun.

★~Macadamia Nut Day:

I had know idea the Macadamia Nut was originally from Australia,  I always associated the macadamia nut with Hawaii. More facts about this hard to crack nut in ‘Did you know.’ Celebrate Macadamia Nut Day by enjoying them in a rice pilaf, using  them to encrust some mahi mahi, try a chocolate covered macadamia nut or simply eat them by the handful on their own.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1885 –  The Exchange Buffet opened in New York City. It was the first self-service restaurant in the U.S.

♥~ 1950 – Mort Walker’s comic strip Beetle Bailey first appeared in a just a few newspapers. The feature was soon bought and syndicated by King Features and is noted as the last strip personally approved by William Randolph Hearst.

♥~ 1982 – After six weeks, Eye of the Tiger, by Survivor, dropped out of the top spot on the music charts. The song, from the movie, Rocky III, dropped all the way to number 2 (for two weeks), then to number 3 for one week and to number 4 for two weeks before starting to fade.  It was the group’s biggest, earning them a platinum record.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1846 – Daniel Burnham architect: Railway Exchange Building [Chicago, one of the 1st skyscrapers in U.S.], Chicago’s Monadnock Building [1891] and Reliance Building [1894]; long-range city plan for Chicago [1909], Cleveland, Detroit, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.; died Jun 1, 1912

♥~ 1918 – Paul Harvey news commentator: “Hello Americans. Stand by for news!”: The Rest of the Story; died Feb 28, 2009

♥~ 1928 – Dick (Richard Allen) York actor: Bewitched, That Brewster Boy, Going My Way, Inherit the Wind, They Came to Cordura, My Sister Eileen, Tea and Sympathy, Bus Stop; died Feb 20, 1992

♥~ 1933 – Richard S. Castellano actor: The Godfather, Lovers and Other Strangers, Honor Thy Father, Night of the Juggler, The Gangster Chronicles, Joe and Sons, The Super; died Dec 10, 1988

♥~ 1950 – Ronald LaPread musician: bass; singer: group: Commodores: Still, Three Times a Lady, Nightshift

♥~ 1951 – Judith Ivey Tony Award-winning actress: Steaming [1983], Hurly Burly [1985]; Designing Women, The Critic, Down Home, The 5 Mrs. Buchanans

♥~ 1981- Beyoncé Knowles- singer: group: Destiny’s Child: Jumpin’ Jumpin’, Bills, Bills, Bills, Say My Name, Survivor; actress: The Fighting Temptations, Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Pink Panther

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~  The macadamia nut is the only Australian plant ever developed into a commercial crop.   The tree is evergreen. It is found in coasted subtropical rain forests.  The leaves are deep green and glossy. They resemble holly.    Macadamia leaves make handsome Christmas wreaths.

♥~ The tree takes seven years to bear fruit. Macadamia nut trees live for over 60 years.  A mature tree will produce 60 to 150 pounds of nuts a year.

♥~ The first commercial macadamia orchard was established in Australia about 1888. In 1858  Walter Hill,  who was Brisbane Botanical Garden’s administrator, was given a few nuts to plant and cultivate.   Hill assumed the nuts would not germinate unless removed from their hard shells.  That proved to be true.

♥~ The earlier aboriginal tribes had a suspicion that the nut was poisonous. So Hill was horrified to see his assistant eating the kernels and proclaiming them delicious!   A few days later when the boy didn’t get sick, Hill himself tasted the kernels. He was so favorably impressed by their flavor that he immediately became an enthusiastic promoter of the macadamia nut.

♥~ In 1858 Hill planted the nuts on the banks of the Brisbane River in Queensland.  That tree is still alive today. After 142 years this tree measures eight feet at the base around the tree and the tree continues to bear nuts.

♥~ The nut became famous as the “Australian nut”, the “Queensland nut”, the “bauple nut” the “Bush nut”, and the “Australian hazelnut”. It was named because the nut was used as a bartering item by the aborigines.

♥~ In 1882 the seeds of macadamia nuts were traded to Herbert Purvis. He began planting macadamia nut trees in Hawaii.

♥~ In 1980 about 25 million pounds of in-shell nuts were produced in Hawai., This compares to 3 million pounds grown commercially 45 years ago in 1960.

♥~ The second largest producer of macadamia nuts is Australia. They raise around 3 million pounds a year.

♥~ Wherever you see coffee trees there is a good chance macadamia trees will also thrive.

♥~ Macadamia nuts are not picked. They are harvested after they ripen and fall from the tree.

♥~ The macadamia nut has the hardest of all nut shells. It takes 300 pounds of pressure to crack this nut.

♥~ Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs


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8 thoughts on “September 4: Newspaper Carrier Day and Macadamia Nut Day

  1. Happy Paperboy day Mike. I hope your family takes you out for ice-cream or something. Love Macadamia nuts and had no idea they originally came from Australia–I thought they were as Hawaiian as the ferret.

    Hope you enjoy a beautiful day.

  2. My brother was a paperboy; the early mornings were a killer especially in the winter and I made more baby-sitting except at the holidays when the neighbors tipped him really well.
    I am also surprised about the Macadamia nut–I learn so much from El Morno and always have something to talk about. Thanks.

    Off to enjoy my day-hope you do too!

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