February 24: Kissing Friday, Tortilla Chip Day

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February 24,2012

Updated: February 24, 2013

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★~ Today’s Quote: Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.  ~Author Unknown

★~ Kissing Friday or Nippy Hug Day:

In Britain, the Friday after Ash Wednesday was known as Kissing Friday until the late 1940s. School boys celebrated by kissing any girl they encountered without fear of retribution. In some cases, the boys strung a rope across the road and demanded a kiss as a toll. If the girl refused to pay it, the boy pinched her bum. In Leicestershire, Kissing Friday was called Nippy Hug Day, and adult men joined the fun. If a woman refused to give up a kiss, the fellow “loused” or pinched her.

I’m not suggesting we celebrate Kissing Day today, Odd was just a little short on holidays, so I thought I would share. If you do want to celebrate, go ahead and grab someone and kiss them, but I would ask first—there may have been a real good reason this holiday is no longer celebrated!

★~ National Tortilla Chip Day:

Rebecca Webb Carranza invented tortilla chips in the 1950s. Carranza and her husband owned the El Zarape Tortilla Factory in Los Angeles and were among the first to automate the production of tortillas. The machine often produced misshapen tortillas, and Carranza decided to try and use them instead of throwing them away. She cut the rejected tortillas into triangles, fried them, and sold them for a dime a bag.

Tortilla chips soon became a nationwide sensation, served alongside salsa, chili, guacamole, and a variety of other appetizers. In 2003, the state of Texas made the tortilla chip the official state snack!

To celebrate Tortilla Chip Day, dip a chip in your favorite salsa! The perfect TGIF appetizer.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1905 – The National Ski Association was formed in Ishpeming, MI. The organization has been going, um, downhill ever since…

♥~ 1938 – The first nylon bristle toothbrush was made in Arlington, NJ. It was the first time that nylon yarn had been used commercially. Two years later, nylon hosiery was introduced

♥~ 1940 – Frances Langford recorded Walt Disney trademark song  When You Wish Upon a Star

♥~ 1973 – Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly with His Song hit #1 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1921 – Abe Vigoda, Actor (“Fish,” “Barney Miller”)

♥~ 1922 –  Steven Hill,  Actor (“Law and Order”)

♥~ 1931 – Dominic Chianese, Actor, singer (“The Sopranos”)

♥~ 1947 – Barry Bostwick, Actor (“Spin City”)

♥~ 1951 – Debra Jo Rupp, Actress (“That ’70s Show”)

♥~ 1954 – Steve Jobs ,  American businessman and inventor (Apple Co-founder)

♥~ 1966 – Billy Zane, Actor, (Bloodrayne)

★~ Did You Know: Uses for a used toothbrush:

♥~ All purpose cleaner: Use a toothbrush to clean artificial flowers and plants, costume jewelry, combs, shower tracks, crevices between tiles, and around faucets.  Clean computer keyboards, can-opener blades, and around stove burners.

~ Clean your Cheese Grater: Give the teeth of a cheese grater a good brushing with an old toothbrush before you wash the grater or put it in the dishwasher.

♥~ Clean ears of corn: Before cooking shucked corn, take an old toothbrush and gently rub down the ear to brush away the remaining clingy strands of silk.

♥~Exfoliate your lips: To keep your lips kissable, run an old toothbrush under warm water and gently brush your lips with it.

♥~ Shape your eyebrows: A small child’s toothbrush works best to tame unruly eyebrows.

♥~ Make a toothbrush bracelet.


Cole is due home from visiting his grandparents this morno, but at the time of writing, six or seven inches of snow is due to hit the Chicago area. I know his grandparents wouldn’t mind keeping him a couple of extra days, but I’m kind of ready for him to come home. Funny, how you get used to having them around . . . but I’ve started preparing for when he goes away to college in a couple of years by teaching my Jack Rascal to find my phone and my keys. Some left over steak has been her motivator, and Rascal has quickly learned to find my phone after just a couple days of “find it.”  Next we move on to my keys. Cole wondered if I could teach her to cook and do laundry. Don’t you just hate kids sometimes?

Catherine’s Darlings (you can read about them here) have received a number of treats and several letters this past week. I want to share with you what states people have committed to sending letters from and invite you to send a letter too. It would be FUN if they had a letter from every state, and a few countries. Two letters from one state or country is extra special. Just write a little bit about who you are, the city you live in, your family, and pets. Tell a story or send a picture. Don’t worry about spelling or handwriting. Catherine isn’t grading your letters for goodness sakes. I misspelled her name for years, and she never said a word!

New Mexico

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6 thoughts on “February 24: Kissing Friday, Tortilla Chip Day

  1. TGIF! EL Morno is right on time. It is going to be a good day. I will try to send a post card or something to those kids.

    Have a good one El Morno girl!

  2. My letter and parcel is being sent on Monday, though it will take another two weeks before it will arrive. Maybe they could follow up with a geography lesson or pin the locations of where the letters are arriving from on a map. (sorry, that’s the teacher in me always trying to think of activities for my students)

  3. You’ve already taught Rascal to find your phone? Impressive! I’ve often wished my Sheltie could answer the phone while I’m in the shower — he wouldn’t have to say anything, but maybe he could at least whimper?!

    • Rascal is very motivated by food so she learns most things pretty quickly. It is pretty easy to teach a dog to answer a phone–especially if it is older phone (not sure about the buttons on a cell phone). Start by teaching him to bark (speak) when some one says Hello. It is all done is a series of steps. Shelties are very smart and unlike a terrier like to please! Rascal could care less about making me happy it is all about the steak.

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