January 15: Hat Day and Strawberry Ice Cream Day

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January 15, 2012

Sunrise on the train tracks

~  Today’s Quote:I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.’” Martin Luther King

★~ Hat Day:

Milliner Philip Treacy has perhaps single-handedly put fascinators and similarly extravagant hats back into mainstream fashion. He designed many of the hats we saw at the Royal Wedding (Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton) last April. Some of the hats were beautiful, others were different, and when you looked at some, the words, “What were you thinking?” came to mind—for instance, Princess Beatrice’s hat. Treacy explained that particular hat this way: “Princess Beatrice is Queen Victoria’s great, great, great, great granddaughter and she looks like Queen Victoria. I thought of her as a beautiful, exotic, Victorian doll. I thought I was making a hat with a bow on it.” When he was asked if he was hurt by the rude things that were said about the Princess’ hat, he said, “I felt hurt for her. She is only 22 and there was a little bit of bullying going on. I didn’t care about 140,000 bloggers. In the future, we’ll look back and think she looked wild.” You know, I would like to offer the benefit of the doubt, but I think we will look back and still wonder, “What was he thinking?” In fact, years from now, I suspect that Princess Beatrice will look back and wonder what she had been thinking.

Today is all about hats, so whether your chapeau is a winter sock hat or your Church hat, put it atop your head and meet and greet the day hatpily.

★~ Strawberry Ice Cream Day:

I’m not a fan of ice cream, but when pushed to enjoy a scoop, I almost always pick Strawberry ice cream. Clearly I am in a minority when it comes to passing on ice cream, since the average American eats a whopping 23.2 quarts of ice cream. According to a survey conducted by the International Ice Cream Association, strawberry is the third most popular ice cream flavor, favored by 5.3% of the population; vanilla and chocolate are the favorites. Here’s an interesting tidbit, should you need to defend your strawberry cone choice: Dolley Madison served strawberry ice cream at President Madison’s second Inaugural Ball in 1813.

~ Today in History:

♥~ 1919: A huge holding tank ruptured in Boston, flooding a large area with over 2-million gallons of molasses. Waves of molasses 10 to 20 feet high killed 21 people. The flood was described at Wired Science . “Odorous molasses formed a sticky tsunami that started at 25 or 30 feet high and coursed through the streets at 35 mph. Victims couldn’t outrun it. It knocked them into buildings and other obstacles, it swept them off their feet, and it pulled them under to drown in a viscous, suffocating, brown death. “

~ 1943 – The world’s largest office building was completed, just outside of Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA. The massive structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors, plus, a whole lot of secret places that we’ll never know about. Why? Because it’s the Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States defense effort.

~ 1947 – The mutilated remains of 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, known as the ‘Black Dahlia’ (for the dark outfits she wore), were found dumped in a vacant lot in Los Angeles. The Black Dahlia murder case remains unsolved even though some 500 hundred men have confessed to the murder.

~ 1967 – Ed Sullivan told The Rolling Stones to change the lyrics AND the title to the song, Let’s Spend the Night Together, or “be off my riiiillly big shew!” So, the Stones gave in… changing the tune to Let’s Spend Some Time Together

~ 1974 – Happy Days began an 11-year run on ABC-TV

♥~ 1981 – Hill Street Blues premiered on NBC-TV. It ran through May 19, 1987.

~ 2001 – 10 year anniversary of Wikipedia, a web-based encyclopedia. More information ‘Did You Know’

~ Born Today:

~  1939Martin Luther King, Jr. . His dream was to bring about social, political and economic equality for blacks. In the quest for his ideals, he became one of the greatest civil rights leaders of the 20th century. A Baptist minister (as were his father and grandfather before him), he preached ‘nonviolent resistance’ to achieve full civil rights for all.

Leading the African-American struggle for equality through nonviolent demonstrations was what earned King the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

~ 1906 – Aristotle Onassis Greek shipping magnate: 2nd husband of Jaqueline Kennedy; died Mar 15, 1975

~ 1913 – Lloyd Bridges actor: Sea HuntRootsHigh NoonAirplane!Airplane 2The Grace Kelly StoryThe RainmakerThe Great WallendasJoe Versus the Volcano; Jeff & Beau’s dad; died Mar 10, 1998

~ 1951 – Charo (Maria Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza) ‘The Hootchy Cootchy Girl’: actressChico and the ManAirport ’79singer: LPs: Guitar PassionCuchi-CuchiOle OleCaliente!Gusto

~ Did You Know:

~ Wikipedia was co-founded by Larry Sanger and Jimmy Wales.

~ Wikipedia is an internet encyclopedia constantly updated by an anonymous crowd of users.

~ The name is a combination of the words “wiki” meaning shared website, and “pedi,” which is a shortened form of encyclopedia

~ Wikipedia generates approximately 684 million page view each year

~ In 2007, The New York Times reported that since 2004, more than a hundred judicial rulings in the United States relied on evidence from Wikipedia.

~ The English language Wikipedia has more than 3 million articles compared to the Spanish Wikipedia which has 608,000 articles.

~ Wikipedia contains no ads.

~ Members of the Wikipedia community are referred to as Wikipedians. But anyone can edit articles on Wikipedia.

~ There is no censorship on Wikipedia but there are two fundamental rules for anyone who is going to write for Wikipedia. One is that the author must attempt to be neutral in tone. The other is that the author should choose items that they support, not that they want to criticize. Another less-enforced rule is that people aren’t supposed to edit entries about themselves

~ Wikipedia’ mission is to make all the information in the world available in every language.

~ Sex is one of the most popular articles on Wikipedia in every language except French and Spanish

~ Wikipedia is about 87% accurate compared to the Encyclopedia Britannica, The Dictionary of American History, and American National Biography Online. From Wikipedia: “Keep in mind that an encyclopedia is intended to be a starting point for serious research, not an endpoint. Though many casual inquiries will be satisfied merely by referring to Wikipedia, you will learn more by accessing the print and online resources we reference.”

~ Wikipedia’s mission is to make all the information in the world available in every language.


I had hoped to post some dress-up pictures of my pups yesterday but my computer is on the fritz and I am using Cole’s very large and cumbersome Asus laptop gaming computer. While I really appreciate that he is sharing with me  this computer does have some quirks that are unsettling–for instance making exploding sounds from time to time, it is also windows based and I have been using a Mac for the last few years. I’m not a Mac snob by any means…in fact using his computer has convinced me to chuck “Pages” and go back to ‘Word” but being able to slide around and use a track pad instead of what can only be described as his oversize mouse  is something I have missed after only two days of being without my dear “puter.”  The other thing about sharing a computer is I am not a mom that checks up on computer usage. I prefer to live in denial and call it trust so I am careful where I go on his computer so I am not blindsided by anything. This is a long way of saying, that I will post dress-up pictures of my pups but it may be a few days- right now I am struggling to just post El Morno.

Are you a hat person? Do share. Odd Loves Company!

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

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4 thoughts on “January 15: Hat Day and Strawberry Ice Cream Day

  1. I like hats for all seasons. In the winter I wear a navy blue sock hat. Not flashy but does the job. That Princess hat is certainly strange.

    Sorry about your computer, hope it comes home soon. Have a great day

  2. Those Wikipedia facts are facinating. And it good to know I am in good company–Strawberry icecream is my favorite

    We are off to spend the day with family–celebrating a first birthdday and an 80th birthday. Great photo and cake opportunites.

    Hope you have a super day!

  3. El Morno was very informative this morning. I always wondered about Wikipedia. I would like to help or add an articile or two. Guess I need to get busy and find out how I go about it.

    The weather is beautiful so I guess we will spend a little time outside.

    Have a sunshine day!

  4. I wear a “Red Hat on the 2nd Wednesday of the month when it is my red hat outing day with the other gals. I have some very stylish ones to say the least and have spent a few bucks on them. I had 25 at one time. Winter walking hat is one with ear flaps that come down when the winter wind is blowing out here. It is a cozy, warm and soft one, made out of those soft throws you see now. Nice and warm. I ate my strawberry ice cream bar today as I do every day. It is my dessert and it is a weight watcher bar. 2 points!

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