November 16: Button Day, Fast Food Day

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November 16

★~  Todays Quote: You can say this for ready-mixes – the next generation isn’t going to have any trouble making pies exactly like mother used to make.  ~Earl Wilson

★~ Button Day:

Button button, who’s got the button? We do!! In the interest of full disclosure, I hot glue buttons on my clothes when they come off; it works beautifully. Some ideas for celebrating Button Day include reuniting buttons with buttonholes on your clothing, or you could make a holiday button tree or holiday wreath button ornament. Looking for a really simple way to celebrate Button Day? Take all your buttons and toss them into a jar until next October 21, when we will once again celebrate Count Your Buttons Day.

★~ Fast Food Day:

Did you know there are more than 300,000 fast food restaurants in the U.S.? Why is fast food so popular? Because it is convenient, predictable, and fast. In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food. In 2006, the spending rose to nearly $142 billion.

Celebrate today by choosing a fast food item from the wannabe health choices, like a McDonald’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait with granola, or treat yourself to a Whopper or large fries. Or skip the fast food altogether and just enjoy a day of having it your way.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1907 – Oklahoma, the Sooner State, was the 46th state to enter the United States of America. The word, Oklahoma, is a combination of two Choctaw words meaning red people. Then, why Sooner? Many, many Oklahoma homesteaders thought sooner was better than later, better to stake their homesteads first, before it was legal to do so. Oil wells pop up all over the Oklahoma landscape, even in the bustling state capital, Oklahoma City. And, when that wind comes sweeping down the plain, it picks up the state bird, the scissor-tail flycatcher, and spreads the parasitic state flower, the mistletoe.

♥~ 1939 Al Capone was freed from Alcatraz — after having served seven years, six months and fifteen days, and having paid all fines and back taxes. (Who knew? Al Capone had been in prison in Alcatraz?)

♥~ 1957 – Ed Gein butchered his last victim. Gein was a handyman in Plainfield, WI who liked to dig up fresh graves, cut the skin off corpses, wear the skin on his own body and dance in the moonlight. Among his other weirdnesses, Gein had skulls on bedposts, a human heart in a saucepan, and a female corpse in his barn dressed like a deer. The 1974 film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was based on his story. (I am sorry…I know this is not our usual El Morno cuppa conversation…..)

♥~ 1958 – 6.4 inches of snow fell on Tucson, Arizona, catching autumn golfers by surprise, to be sure…

♥~ 1974 – NBC-TV began a two-night showing of the award-winning motion picture, The Godfather, starring Marlon Brando. The film represented the highest price paid for a movie shown on TV. NBC paid Paramount Pictures $10 million for the showing of the picture, a deal Paramount “…just couldn’t refuse.”

♥~ 1975 – Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears rushed for 105 yards in a game against the San Francisco 49ers. It was Payton’s first game of 100 plus yards. He did it 77 times throughout his career and added two 200-yard games, as well.

♥~ 2010 – A rare pink diamond was auctioned in Switzerland for a record $46,158,674 to London jeweler Laurence Graff.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1873 – W.C. (William Christopher) Handy composer: ‘Father of the Blues’: St. Louis Blues; died Mar 28, 1958

♥~ 1916 – Daws Butler cartoon voiceman: Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Elroy Jetson, Beany and Cecil, Captain Crunch; died May 18, 1988

♥~ 1958 – Marg Helgenberger actress: C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation, Ryan’s Hope, China Beach, Through the Eyes of a Killer, Fallen Angels, Fire Down Below, Gold Coast, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town

♥~ 1967 – Lisa Bonet actress: The Cosby Show, A Different World, Angel Heart, Bank Robber

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ Fast food may seem like a modern idea, but in the streets of ancient Rome and Greece, vendors sold ready-to-eat meals to patrons.

♥~ The most popular side item at most fast food restaurants is french fries. French fries, in spite of their name, are actually from Belgium.

♥~  The largest Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant is in Beijing, China.

♥~ Wendy’s serves more than 20 million gallons of their Frosty Shakes in the United States every year.

♥~ You can order a Whopper at Burger King in more than 1,000 different ways.

♥~ Americans eat almost 20 acres of pizza each year.

♥~ There are three McDonald’s restaurants where you can’t buy a hamburger. They are all kosher restaurants located in Israel.

♥~ Every day, Burger King serves more than 11 million customers all over the world.

♥~ The average American eats fast food almost 200 times every year.

♥~ Every year, McDonald’s purchases around 2 billion eggs for their breakfast muffins.

♥~ In 1949, Forrest Raffel and his younger brother Leroy created a restaurant that sold roast beef sandwiches. They spelled out the initials “Raffel Brothers (RB) to create the name “Arby’s.”e

♥~ In 2005, Advertising Age cited Ronald McDonald as the number two top-10 advertising icon of the twentieth century. The Marlboro Man was number one


I will admit it to enjoying a Happy Meal cheeseburger or a yogurt parfait from McDonalds every now and then. I like McDonalds and think they try to provide healthier food choices. I also think there should be a separation of state between government and happy meal toys or the next thing we know someone will be suing McDonalds because the Happy Meal Toys made their kid fat. No is a very sliming word. Not that I can say it very often…but  is that McDonald’s fault? Give me strength.

Do you indulge in the occasional fast food stop?  Odd Loves Company so leave a comment if you have an El Morno Moment.

Keep your eyes on your Fries and have a wonderful Wednesday!

18 thoughts on “November 16: Button Day, Fast Food Day

  1. I have several button jars! Thanks for the project ideas and they are easy enough for me to what to try or at least consider.
    The whole fast food debate is silly. Eat it or don’t…but for heavens sake stop pushing your choices into other people’s lives.

  2. I’m not a fan of fast food places and try to avoid them with my kids. Not only are they not a healthy choice but they are an expensive choice. Having said that my kids have been to Burger King and McDonalds compliments of friends and relatives and I don’t think they have suffered from the experience. My son loves Happy meal toys and buys them with his garage sale money 🙂 or even better takes them from the free bin at garage sales. I agree with Kelly people should mind their own choices and not mind mine!

  3. Thanks for the OK shout out! My home state. It was a great place to grow up even if I lived in a neighborhood and not on a ranch.


  4. All of these years I thought ARBY’s stood for “RB” = Roast Beef…! Ha! Learn something new everyday because of you KB!

  5. I have a plethora of buttons. New clothes = extra buttons. Diligently place the buttons in my sewing box; never use the extra buttons; haven’t needed to replace a missing button in years -I will be crafting button wreaths, button bracelets, button necklaces . . . I think it’s going to be button Christmas!

  6. Hot gluing buttons back on clothes????? Didn’t I show you many, many times how to safety pin them back on!
    Hey, I think I figured out what you could have for dinner,—fast food, like maybe a Whopper!

    • I kept sticking myself with the safety pin! A whopper is always good…Cole mentioned something about salad tonight, tho–Wait a Whopper has lettuce, tomatoes AND pickles right?

  7. I bet I have buttons older that you, KB..Some were my mom’s and I know she had them for years, so they are older than me even. Have a neat box loaded with them and like Julianne, I haven’t sewn a button on for years. Don’t plan to either. I even have a couple of bone buttons.. They are probably worth something!! Fast food? I would eat it every day if it were healthy. I’m a lazy cook, in fact, I HATE to cook, as I have stated before. 😀

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