April 20, 2012: DNA Day, Lima Bean Respect Day, Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day

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April 20,2012

April Showers

★~ Today’s Quote: There will be a rain dance Friday night, weather permitting. George Carlin

★~ National Look-Alike Day (DNA DAY):

Most days, I just want to be me, but maybe not today. Today is our chance to name someone who we feel might do us justice or to decide who we would like to flatter, by doing them justice. Who do you feel resembles you? Who could portray you best if an autobiography were to be made of your life? Who is your evil twin? Today commemorates The day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and the discovery of DNA’s double helix.

★~Lima Bean Respect Day: 

Lima beans. They get no respect. No respect at all. None! But today, we are going to give this vegetable its due and acknowledge these fiber-, magnesium-, and protein-packed legumes. Pass the Lima Beans, please!

★~Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day:

After you eat all your lima beans, let’s have pineapple upside down cake. Pineapple upside down cake is made with the topping placed at the bottom while the cake batter is poured on the top. The topping typically consists of canned or fresh pineapple rings; some people like to put maraschino cherries in the center of the rings. Now doesn’t that sound yummy in your tummy?

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1841- Edgar Allan Poe published “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” the firsr detective story.  In the story, C. August Dupin reads about the murder of a mother and daughter in a Paris street. The police are baffled, and Dupin decides to offer up his services. He finds a hair at the crime scene that he realizes does not belong to a human, and eventually he pieces together enough evidence to solve the case: The murder was committed by an orangutan who had been held in captivity by a sailor, who murdered the first woman with a straight razor and the second by strangling her. Poe wrote two more stories featuring the detective C. August Dupin,: “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt” (1842) and “The Purloined Letter” (1844).

♥~1931 – The great Knute Rockne died in a plane crash on March 31, 1931.Twenty days later, Jesse Harper became the new athletic director and Heartley ‘Hunk’ Anderson took over as coach of Notre Dame. Anderson coached the Fighting Irish from 1931-33. Elmer Layden replaced Anderson from 1934-1940 and Frank Leahy coached Notre Dame twice — from 1941-1943 and from 1946-1953.

♥~1957- Elvis Presley started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘All Shook Up.’ It went on to be the biggest single of 1957 selling over 2 million copies.

♥~1959: Singer George Jones scored his first #1 country hit with “White Lightnin.” He had recorded earlier as Hank Smith and Thumper Jones.

♥~1979 Johnny Carson was said to be leaving The Tonight Show. Newspapers around the country gave details about why the comedian and late-night host was said  to be unhappy after 17 years on the show. Guess what? More moola, more vacation time and a four-day week (not working Mondays) was enough for the ‘Great Carsoni’ to hang around NBC for another 12 years…

♥~1986Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls scored a record 63 points in an NBA playoff loss (including two overtime periods) to the Boston Celtics

♥~1991 –  Kennesaw, Georgia, unveiled the street sign that would mark its new General Norman Schwartzkopf Avenue. They misspelled Schwarzkopf.

♥~1991: The Hastings Reminder in Michigan reported the marriage of Michelle Johnson and David Wax, both of Kentwood. The photo caption was, of course, Johnson-Wax.

★~Born Today:

★~♥~Cynthia Kasper★~♥~

Innovative thinker, Wonderful Mother, Good Friend, and loyal Odd reader.  I could go on and on but I think this video that never fails to send Cynthia into fits of laughter–sums her up pretty well.

♥~1941Ryan O’Neal actor: Love Story, Paper Moon, What’s Up Doc?, Peyton Place

♥~1949Jessica (Phyllis) Lange Academy Award-winning actress: Tootsie [1982], Blue Sky [1994]; Frances, King Kong, All That Jazz, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Sweet Dreams

♥~1964Crispin Glover actor: Dead Man, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Doors, Twister, Back to the Future, Friday the 13th, Part 4: The Final Chapter, My Tutor, Charlie’s Angels [2000]

★~ Did You Know:

♥~ DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid.

♥~ DNA was isolated in 1869 by Friedrich Miescher and its structure was figured out by James Watson and Francis Crick. It’s a double helix.

♥~ All cells in our body, but the red blood cells, have DNA.

♥~ Humans have 46 chromosomes. Each chromosome can have 50 to 250 million base pairs.

♥~ Our entire DNA sequence is called a genome. Our genome has around 3 billion DNA bases. That would need 3 GB of storage space if we wanted to store each base in a computer.

♥~ If you unwrap all the DNA you have in all your cells, you could reach the moon 6000 times.

♥~It would take a person typing 60 words per minute, eight hours a day, around 50 years to type the human genome.

♥~ Identical twins share 100% of their genes. Siblings share 50% of their genes. A parent and child share 50% of their genes.

♥~ Over 99% of our DNA sequence is the same as other humans

♥~ If you are more interested in Lima bean or pineapple facts click here.


Butter Beans have got their place
Northerns have a certain grace
Black and Pinto, oh they too
Will get you where you’re going to.
Limas though…my love is true
The flavor sweet, the perfect hue
Aroma knocks me off my can
I’m proud to be a Lima man!
~ HD, 4/20/11 (our own Odd Poet Laureate)

El Morno friend Emily’s car was stolen last night, and she posted the news on Facebook around 1am. She was in a bind – one car gone, five kids going various and sundry places, a part-time job to get to, and two kids who needed to ride in car seats.  Well, I wasn’t doing anything and Cole was just sleeping, so I woke him up with the promise of an adventure. Cole followed me in his car. We delivered our van to Emily’s front door and left the keys under her door mat. Being a two-car family is handy. I could not help with the car seats, but held good thoughts that someone else would. Sure enough, by the time we reached home, another Facebook friend said she would drop off two car seats on her way to work. Emily woke up this morning with her immediate transportation problems solved. This my friends is one of the reasons I love our virtual world. Many people are willing to help but first they have to know you need help. And let’s face it, calling a friend at 1 in the morning to ask if you can borrow their car is not something most of us are willing to do except in a real life or death emergency, and even then an ambulance or the police is probably a better option. Cole has another crazy mom story to share with his friends but I trust he gets the bigger picture: Emily provided us with the opportunity to help via her Facebook shout out, we were in a position to help, and our mission was accomplished in under 45 minutes. I think that is pretty darn cool… don’t you?

I like lima beans with lots of butter and salt! What about you? Odd Loves Company! 

7 thoughts on “April 20, 2012: DNA Day, Lima Bean Respect Day, Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day

  1. Pineapple Upside Down Cake is one of my favorite cakes! I can take Lima beans or leave them. I am been told I am one of a kind so I don’t think there is another one of me out there.

    TGIF!! Guess what I am doing this weekend? Have a good one.

  2. I like most Lima beans–there was a great line in Silence of the Lambs: Hannibal Lecter: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
    I know gross, right? But it stuck in my head…

    Hope Emily gets her car back. Cool story. I love how you and your friends use Facebook!

    Have a great day!

  3. Favorite childhood memory was of my Mom’s pineapple upside down cake. I think I will make one for Sunday dinner. Today is also my brother, Terry “later” Pierce’s bday. I think Cynthia would like Terry. Happy birthday to 2 of my faves!

  4. I love Pineapple upside down cake and Lima beans. Been to long since I’ve had either.
    Your a good friend!

  5. Katybeth, you are one in a million friend. Anyone that has you as a friend is truly blessed. You will reap your rewards one day, you can count on that. I don’t think I really care for lima beans, but I love pineapple upside down cake. Now I am hungry for a piece. Guess I will put pineapple down on my grocery list and make myself one.

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  7. Great story about your friend’s car — hope it’s returned soon. I like pineapple upside down cake, but won’t touch Lima beans! I still tear up when I’m watching the story of Knute Rockne and reach the part where his plane goes down — what a sad day for football!

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