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Post Updated; February 6, 2013
★~ Today’s Quote: Life begins at forty. Walter B. Pitkin
★~ Lame Duck Day:
The phrase lame duck was coined in the 18th century at the London Stock Exchange, to refer to a broker who defaulted on his debts. In the 19th century the term was use to describe an elected official who is approaching the end of his or her tenure, and especially an official whose successor has already been elected.
In U.S. politics, the period between (presidential and congressional) elections in November and the inauguration of officials early in the following year is commonly called the lame duck period. In regard to the presidency, a president is a lame-duck after a successor has been elected, and during this time the outgoing president and president-elect usually embark on a transition of power.s. Since they may no longer feel beholden to voters, these officials may take advantage of their position against the wishes of their constituents. The 20th Amendment to the Constitution, known as the Lame Duck Amendment, was passed to reduce this risk, by shortening the terms of elected officials who are voted out of office.
Celebrate Lame Duck Day by Quacking on the hour. Here is an example of one the finest not from a duck quacks that I have heard….Kristy Quacks.
★~ It’s Waitangi Day:
If you’re not from New Zealand, chances are you’ve never heard of Waitangi Day but we are going to change that right now. Waitangi Day commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. This document tofficially made New Zealand part of the British Empire, guaranteeing the indigenous people of New Zealand the rights to their land and the same personal rights as British citizens.
The indigenous people (called the Maori) viewed the treaty as a sacred pact. There are many customs associated with Waitangi Day including family gatherings, ceremonies, and parades to celebrate Maori culture. It is also the day that the Order of New Zealand is bestowed upon individuals who have given outstanding service to their country.
To celebrate Waitangi Day, book a trip to New Zealand, learn more about the history of this island nation, or watch a movie filmed amidst its beautiful landscapes!
Happy Waitangi Day!
★~Frozen Yogurt Day:
Frozen yogurt has been around since the 1970s but was slow to catch and did not gain gain popularity until the 1990s when it claimed “10 percent of the frozen dessert market,” according to Coldstone Creamery.
While the initial attraction of frozen yogurt was that it was “healthier” than ice cream, you can still dress it up with candy, fruit and oreo’s crumbs if you are so inclined.
Rumor has it that free frozen yogurt will be available today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at all participating U.S. Yogurtland locations.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1933 – The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect. It moved the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January.
♥~ 1971 – NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard took a six-iron that he had stashed away inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon. Shepard whiffed the first swing, so, he got a ‘Mulligan’ on that one. The others were good, crisp shots that went, oh, a few hundred yards in the vacuum of space.
♥~ 1878 – Walter B. Pitkin, one of the earliest self-help writers. despite dropping out of college, he was offered a position as a professor at Columbia University, where he taught psychology, philosophy, and journalism for 40 years. His books include The Psychology of Happiness (1929), Life Begins at Forty (1932), A Short Introduction to the History of Human Stupidity (1932), Take it Easy: The Art of Relaxation (1935), and Road to a Richer Life (1949).
♥~ 1895 – Babe (George Herman) Ruth‘The Sultan of Swat’, ‘The Bambino’: Baseball Hall of Famer: Boston Red Sox pitcher [won 89 games over six seasons/World Series: 1915, 1916, 1918], NY Yankees outfielder [World Series: 1921-1923, 1926-1928, 1932/60 home runs in 1927/all-star: 1933, 1934], Boston Braves; 714 home runs in 22 seasons; died Aug, 16, 1948
♥~ 1939 – Mike Farrell actor: M*A*S*H, The Interns, The Man and the City
♥~ 1940 – Tom Brokaw news anchor: NBC Nightly News, Today; author: The Greatest Generation
♥~ 1950 – Natalie Cole Grammy Award-winning singer: Best New Artist ; This Will Be, I’ve Got Love on My Mind; daughter of Nat ‘King’ Cole.
♥~ 2001 – Louie Ortegon. The youngest of three, and El Morno friend, Christa Sorenson’s “baby.” Louie is a charmer and a sweetie. His sweet, sensitive, writer’s soul is wrapped up in a sports-loving, rough and tumble body. Happy Birthday Louie!
★~ Did You Know:
♥~ Frozen yogurt was introduced in New England in the 1970s as a soft serve dessert by H. P. Hood under the name Frogurt.
♥~ In 1978, Brigham’s, a Boston-based ice cream, candy and sandwich chain, developed and introduced the first packaged frozen yogurt under the name Humphreez Yogart.
♥~ Frozen yogurt, as the name implies, is a blend of yogurt ingredients that have been frozen to a solid consistency.
♥~ Commercially manufactured frozen yogurt follows a similar process to how ice cream is made. Both ice cream and frozen yogurt require a combination of air and water and the added steps of pasteurization and homogenization.
♥~ Frozen yogurt is one of the most popular desserts for those looking to cut calories and fat from their diets.
Sheesh, this day in history did not give me much. It’s hard to be enthusiastic about lame ducks, a holiday in New Zealand that does not even include a special food, and the diet treat frozen yogurt.
What did you think of the Super Bowl last night? What was your favorite commercial? I loved the polar bears! What did you think of Madonna? Do share! Odd Loves Company and could use your opinions and thoughts on this rather lame day.
Wishing you a marvelous Monday. Go forth and do great things!
Odd Loves Company!