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October 6th, 2011
★~ Today’s Quote: I want to put a ding in the universe. Steve Jobs
★~ Mad Hatter Day:
“There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter. Which luckily I am.” The Mad Hatter is one of my favorite characters in Lewis Carroll’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The Mad Hatter wears a top hat labeled, “In this style 10/6,” which is why Mad Hatter Day is celebrated today, but the label really means the hat cost ten shillings and sixpence. There, I have solved your first riddle of the day for you. Today, the silliest day of the year, let’s add “muchness” to our lives in the way of nonsense and silliness, and soon everyone around us will be smiling like the Cheshire Cat.
By the way, do you know why a raven is like a writing desk?
★~ National Noodle Day:
Here is another riddle for you: In the world of pasta, what is the main difference between a noodle and, say, macaroni?
If you guessed shape…you would be wrong. All pasta uses a base of water and flour; noodles by definition must also contain eggs or eggs yolks.
Now that we have solved the riddle, noodle lovers everywhere can start slurping up their favorite noodles from the pasta recipes they enjoy most
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1889 – The Moulin Rouge in Paris first opened its doors to the public. It was in the Montmartre district of Paris, a district that had been historically outside the city limits, where the local nuns made wine and Paris taxes did not apply. It evolved into a center of entertainment and drinking, the home of artists, and a popular locale for nightclubs like the Moulin Rouge. Moulin Rouge means “red windmill,” because the building itself had a giant red windmill on top.
♥~ 1863 – The first Turkish bath was opened in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Charles Shepard was the proprietor.
♥~ 1945 – Greek tavern-owner William “Billy Goat” Sianis was ejected from Chicago’s Wrigley Field for attempting to bring a goat to the World Series. The details of the story vary, but the tavern’s version goes something like this read all about it here: Billy Goat Tavern.
♥~ 1956 – Dr. Albert Sabin discovered an oral polio vaccine. It was put into use in 1961 and by 1965 was widely used.
♥~ 2007 – 40-year-old British adventurer Jason Lewis completed a 13-year trip around the world, powered by only his arms and legs. Lewis crossed the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in a wooden pedal boat; roller bladed across North America; kayaked from Australia to Singapore; biked from Singapore to the Himalayas, etc. etc. etc.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1936 – Anna Quayle Tony Award-winning actress: Stop the World, I Want to Get Off ; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mistress Pamela
♥~ 1963 – Elisabeth Shue actress: The Trigger Effect, Leaving Las Vegas, Blind Justice, Heart and Souls, Back to the Future: Part 2 and Part 3, Cocktail, Adventures in Babysitting, The Karate Kid Call to Glory
♥~ 1964 – Matthew Sweet musician: guitar, singer, songwriter: Girlfriend
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ The Chinese, Arab and Italian peoples all claimed to have been the first to create the noodle, though the first written account of noodles is from the East Han Dynasty between 25 and 220 CE.
♥~ Australians consume more than 18 million kilograms of noodles a year. That is almost 1kg of noodle per person (I’m not sure of the conversion to pounds but our Saucey Aussie friends are eating a whole lot of noodles.)
♥~ For Chinese people, thin long noodles are eaten during their birthdays to symbolize longevity
♥~ In Japan, it is polite to slurp loudly while eating noodles or soba (sometimes slurp only if your host slurps.)
♥~ Noodles have been created from flour and water since 1000BC
♥~ The instant noodles, such as Indomie, were invented in Japan by Taiwanese Japanese businessman Momofuku Andō, the founder of Nissin Foods, one of the biggest manufacturers of instant noodles today
My mother is chugging along on Amtrak into Chicago today! Cole and I are so excited! I will be back to muse a little later today.
Have a Tangy Thursday!