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October 13, 2011
★~ Today’s Quote: Lord I disbelieve — help thou my unbelief. – Edward M. Forster
★~ Yorkshire Pudding Day:
Oh no…get ready. Here’s another day devoted to the popovers (a different version of the popover but still a popover). I love making popovers. Yorkshire pudding is made by combining flour, eggs, salt, milk, and pan drippings from prime rib or roast beef. It’s most often served with roast beef or chicken, and, of course, lots of gravy. The first Yorkshire pudding recipe showed up around the 1700s and today, it’s considered the national dish of England.
★~ Skeptics Day:
I’ve become more skeptical than I used to be. For example, I now doubt that you can kill yourself by tripping over untied shoelaces, or that anyone’s eye is going to be poked out with a stick, I don’t think you can work your butt off, and I am very skeptical of clicking the blinking message on my computer that says I’ve won a free trip to Disney. What about you? What raises your eyebrows a little higher these days?
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1792 – The cornerstone of what was termed the President’s House was laid by George Washington in Washington, DC. The name,White House, was not officially adopted until 1902. The house, designed by James Hoban, would be three stories tall with more than 100 rooms
♥~ 1951 – A football with a rubber covering was used for the first time, as Georgia Tech whipped Louisiana State 25-7. The game was played in Atlanta, GA.
♥~ 1963 – Beatlemania hit the London Palladium. The Beatles made their first appearance on a major TV show — for the BBC. Thousands of delirious fans jammed the streets outside the theatre to voice their support of the Fab Four. A few months later, Beatlemania would sweep the U.S. as well. Yeah, yeah, yeah!
♥~ 1971 – ‘Little’ Donny Osmond received a shiny gold record for his rendition of the Steve Lawrence hit, Go Away Little Girl. He went on to garner million-seller success with Hey Girl and Puppy Love. Donny was only 13 years old.
♥~ 1983 – The first cellular telephones in the U.S. were introduced in Chicago, Illinois by Motorola.
♥~ 2010 – The 33 miners in Chile who had been trapped for 69 days after their mine caved in climbed into a rescue capsule and made a smooth ascent to the surface. All the miners were pulled up through a narrow escape chute from nearly a half-mile down in just under 23 hours.
♥~ 1754- Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley, was nicknamed Molly, by her husband, William Hays. During the American Revolution, and specifically at the Battle of Monmouth, Molly helped out as a water carrier and was given a new nickname, Molly Pitcher. Her husband, William, was wounded during the battle. and so Molly dropped the water pitcher and picked up her husband’s job of loading and firing a cannon. General George Washington appointed her a noncommissioned officer; and Mary Ludwig Hays garnered a new nickname, Sergeant Molly.The name, Molly Pitcher, became a synonym for a heroine. Her nickname was given to another famous woman, Harriet Tubman, rescuer and heroine of abolitionist times.
♥~ 1925 – Lenny Bruce comedian He said: “All my humor is based upon destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I’d be standing on the breadline right in back of J. Edgar Hoover.” And, “I won’t say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: ‘What I’m Going to Be if I Grow Up.'”
♥~ 1941- Paul Simon, singer and songwriter. Paul and his friend Art Garfunkel recorded a hit record, Hey School girl but the duo rose to fame in 1965, largely on the strength of the hit single “The Sound Of Silence.” Their music was featured in the film The Graduate (1967) propelling their careers forward.
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ At various times in history, the White House has been known as the “President’s Palace,” the “President’s House,” and the “Executive Mansion.” President Theodore Roosevelt officially gave the White House its current name in 1901.
♥~ There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the White House. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators.
♥~ Five full-time chefs, in the White House kitchen make is possible to serve dinner to as many as 140 guests and hors d’oeuvres to more than 1,000.
♥~ The White House requires 570 gallons of paint to cover its outside surface.
♥~ For recreation, the White House has a variety of facilities available to its residents, including a tennis court, jogging track, swimming pool, movie theater, and bowling lane.
♥~ President Gerald R. Ford said it was “the best public housing I’ve ever seen.”
♥~ The White House receives approximately 6,000 visitors a day.
♥~ The President and First Lady are charged for all meals and incidentals during their stay in the White House, but the President gets an expense account for those costs. Guests of the First Family stay free, but are billed for outside services.
I have no doubt, and I’m the least bit skeptical, that today will be a terrific day! Let’s go forth and make it so…