October 4th: Toot your Flute, Taco Day,Vodka Day,

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October 4, 2011


★~ Today’s Quote: “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” CS Lewis

★~ International Toot Your Flute Day:

Admit it, you’re a an awesome and wonderful person.  And you look fabulous. It’s true! This is the one day out of the year where it really is all about you! So make sure everyone knows it, because frankly, you earned it by being so ridiculously great!

★~Taco Day:

Chicken or beef (please no vegetables or seafood). Fill a soft or hard tortilla (this is one time I must insist you do not use the pre-made cardboard shells sold at the grocery store). Spoon the filling inside your soft or hard tortilla (remember you are frying them yourself or eating out) and smother the meat with your choice of cheese, salsa, or guacamole. In Chicago, some of the best tacos are sold at the Mexican grocery stores.

In 1520, the conquistador Hernando Cortez wrote to King Charles V of Spain to tell him that he had a “muy buena cena” in the New World. The Aztec inhabitants had prepared him a “tlaxcalli” or “tortilla.” This is the first historical reference to tacos!

★~ National Vodka Day: 

I’m sure many of you have a circle around this day on your calendars. I’ve read that” vodka imparts courage to the cocktail, oomph to the liqueur, and backbone to the main squeeze.  It remains eternal, continuing to stand the test of time in classic cocktails, and revitalizing stale bar menus with fun, fresh, contemporary cocktails with youthful appeal.” Celebrate today with cosmopolitans, Moscow mules, lemon drops, white Russians, madrases, bay breezes, bloody Marys, or just your choice of vodka over ice with a lime. Drink and be merry, but let the friends sipping little bottles of Coke drive you home.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1862 – Edward L. Stratemeyer author And you thought Laura Lee Hope wrote The Bobbsey Twins. Well, yes and no. Hope was the pen name of Edward L. Stratemeyer, Stratemeyer used over 60 different names to pen over 800 books.

Including the The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mystery series. Under the name Arthur Winfield, Stratemeyer penned twenty books from 1899-1917 about the adventures of The Rover Boys, plus forty books centered around the young inventor, Tom Swift.

He wrote the first of many Bobbsey Twins stories in 1904. It was titled Merry Days Indoor and Out and featured the adventures of two sets of twins, eight-year-olds, Bert and Nan and four-year-olds, Freddie and Flossie.

♥~ 1881 – The player piano was invented by Edward Leveaux of Sussex, England, who received a U.S. patent for it this day.

♥~ 1957 – Leave It to Beaver premiered on CBS-TV. “…And starring Jerry Mathers as the Beaver,” Hugh Beaumont (Ward Cleaver), Tony Dow (Wally), and Barbara Billingsley as Mrs. June Cleaver. The Cleavers lived a surreal-American life. June even did the housework in three strands of pearls, fashion plate dresses, makeup and high heels. Life was so grand!

♥~ 1966 – It was, indeed, a Sunny day for singer Bobby Hebb, who received a shiny gold record award for his song.

♥~ 1981- History’s oldest gerbil, Sahara, died at age 8 years 4-and-a-half months. Sahara was owned by Aaron Milstone of Lathrup Village, Michigan.

♥~ 1990 – The Fox network launched one of its most successful shows: Beverly Hills 90210. The original cast starred Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley, James Eckhouse, and Carol Potter.

★~Born Today:

♥~ Julianne Pierce Joyce:  How synchronistic is it that the song “Sunny” went gold on the same day you were was born?  Teresa will want to know what you’re wearing, William will want to know what you’re drinking, and Nancy will wonder if you caught the good news about Amanda. Antoinette will say just the right thing, Emily thinks it’s cool that you share the same birthday as her first born, Hawk will tell you you’re just one beautiful, swell kind of gal (but he will do it more poetically) and Cynthia and you share the common trait of always carrying on with seldom a complaint. The El Morno gang’s all here with smiles on our  faces, wishing you the sunniest of birthdays! Me? I’m praying I spelled your name right!

♥~ 1861 – Frederic Remington artist: captured the American West on his canvases; died Dec 26, 1909

♥~ 1924 – Charlton Heston (John Charlton Carter) Academy Award-winning actor: Ben-Hur [1959]; In the Mouth of Madness, A Thousand Heroes, Tombstone, El Cid, Earthquake, The Ten Commandments, Planet of the Apes, Khartoum, Airport ’75, Midway, Omega Man, Antony & Cleopatra, True Lies; president: National Rifle Association [NRA]; died Apr 5, 2008

♥~ 1937 – Jackie Collins author: Hollywood Wives, Hollywood Husbands, Rockstar, Lady Boss, American Star; actress: Barnacle Bill, The Safecracker, Passport to Shame,Jackie’s Back!; sister of actress Joan Collins

♥~ 1941 – Anne Rice (Howard O’Brien Rice) author: Interview with a Vampire

♥~ 1946 – Susan Sarandon (Tomaling) Academy Award-winning actress: Dead Man Walking [1995]; Little Women, Atlantic City, Thelma and Louise, Lorenzo’s Oil, Witches of Eastwick,Bull Durham, The Client, Search for Tomorrow

♥~ 1961 – Jon Secada, US singer, (1992 UK No. 5 single ‘Just Another Day’).

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ Vodka is produced from grain, potatoes, molasses, beets, and a variety of other plants.

♥~ Commercial production of vodka started in Russia as early as the 14th century.

♥~ Although vodka is commonly thought of as being made from potatoes, in Russia most vodka is made from wheat or rye and vodka made from potatoes is considered inferior.

♥~ Because vodka is high in alcohol content, it doesn’t freeze, making it the perfect beverage for chilly, eastern European countries where it is the dominant spirit.

♥~ Flavored vodkas were produced from the beginning and became a showcase for the distiller’s vodka-making skills.

♥~ The first popular vodka-based cocktail in the United States was called the “Moscow Mule” and was a combination of vodka and ginger ale.

♥~ Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.

♥~  Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.


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5 thoughts on “October 4th: Toot your Flute, Taco Day,Vodka Day,

  1. Wow — Edward Stratemeyer thought up more than 60 different pen names and cranked out more than 800 books?? I’m blown away! The poor soul must have lived 300 years (that, or he didn’t have family and job responsibilities).

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