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★~ Today’s Quote: Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. Henry David Thoreau
★~ Apple Fritter Day:
“Flat as a fritter” is a Southernism that means something is flatter than a Northerner ever believed it could be. Don’t you love Southernisms? I once told Joe that something was finer than frog hair, and he looked at me and said, “I didn’t know frogs had hair.” I just said, “Precious, they don’t,” and we moved on.
If you eat lots of fritters today, you will be as full as a tick and as happy as if you had good sense but about as useful as a screen door on a submarine. Well, let ‘er rip, tater chip, and treat yourself to some delicious apple fritters today. (Starbucks makes a wonderful Apple Fritter–have them warm it for you)
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1901 – American King Camp Gillette designed the first razor with disposable blades. Up until this time, men shaved with a straight-edge razor that they sharpened on a leather strap.
♥~ 1952 – George Jorgensen, a former G.I. who had gone to Denmark in 1950, prepared to return to the U.S. this day — as actress. She, er, he, had undergone 2,000 hormone injections and six operations performed by sex change surgeons.
♥~ 1959 – Behind the Great Wall, a truly stinking motion picture, was seen at the Mayfair Theatre in New York City. A somewhat noxious scentwas piped through the ceiling vents during certain portions of the show. The effect was called AromaRama. It didn’t catch on…
♥~ 1964 – Student activist TV performer made a speech on behalf of the Free Speech Movement that inspired hundreds of students to take over Sproul Hall at U.C.-Berkeley. Savio said, “There comes a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies on the gears, and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve go to make it stop.” (Police moved in the next day and arrested 780 people, which in turn, prompted a general student strike.
♥~ 1978 – Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond’s You Don’t Bring Me Flowers hit #1 in the U.S.
♥~ 2007- A 3.3-pound truffle discovered by a dog in Italy brought a record-breaking $330,000 at auction. Luciano Savini said his truffle dog, Rocco, discovered the highly prized fungus near Pisa. Billionaire Stanley Ho, a Chinese casino tycoon from Macau, outbid British artist Damien Hirst and Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi to win the fungal delicacy, the BBC reported. Savini who donated the proceeds to charity.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1925 – Julie Harris, Emmy Award-winning actress: Hallmark Hall of Fame: Little Moon of Alban [1958-1959], Victoria Regina [1961-1962]; Knots Landing, The Family Hovak, Backstairs at the White House, Carried Away, Scarlett, The Dark Half, Gorillas in the Mist, The Bell Jar, Voyage of the Damned,Harper, A Doll’s House, I Am a Camera, East of Eden, Member of the Wedding
♥~ 1963 – Ann Patchett, novelist published her first short story in The Paris Review when she was still an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence College. Critics raved, and the story appeared in lots of anthologies. After college you faced her first rejection notices and writer’s block. During this time she moved back in with her mom and waited tables at T.G.I. Friday’s in Nashville. To keep herself awake while rolling silverware at two in the morning, she made up a story in her head that became her first published novel, The Patron Saint of Liars (1992).
♥~ 1981 – Britney Spears dance-pop singer: albums: Baby… One More Time, Oops!… I Did It Again; TV performer: The Mickey Mouse Club, Time Out with Britney Spears, Britney in Hawaii (how can Britney be only 29?? It feels like she has been around FOREVER.)
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ Fritter is such a FUN word to say. Saying the word fritter will always put you in a better mood.
♥~ The verb fritter means to be wasteful as in, “Mary Lou fritters away her money like she is made of it.”
♥~ The noun fritter is a food term that describes leftover pieces of fruit, vegetables or meat battered and deep-fried such as, “ Sally Sue makes the best turkey fritters from I’ve ever tasted.”
♥~ The first historical record of the fritter dates back to 1665. Samuel Pepys, an Englishman who served as a Member of Parliament during the English Restoration period, noted in his diary that he would be enjoying some fritters before Lent!
♥~ Fritters can be sweet or savory.
♥~ The most unusual fritter recipe I found was for spaghetti fritter.
TGIF! Fritters and Friday it just dosen’t get much better, does it? Do you have a saying to share–Northern or Southern it doesn’t matter… Odd Loves Company!