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April 4th, 2012
★~ Today’s Quote: “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” Ernest Hemingway
★~ Tell a Lie Day:
My sweet mother believes the truth is overrated. Cole would certainly agree with his Grandmother when I insist he tells me if he really likes something I have cooked. I overheard him telling someone that our diner conversations went like this:
Kb: Cole, do you like the ham, spam and spider ghoulie?
Cole: It’s good
Kb:: You don’t really like it do you?
Cole: No, it’s alright. It might just need a little more salt.
Kb: Cole, I don’t really want to put the effort into making something you don’t like. I want you to be honest with me.
Cole: Ok, this is not my favorite dish.
Kb: I knew, I knew. I worked so hard on this meal,and you hate it. Everything I cook is just ok. It’s never good.
Cole: Mom, it’s good, really. Just not as good as some of the other things you make.
Just for today…feel free to lie like a rug. I think I will make cordon bleu tonight for dinner and believe Cole when he says, “It’s good,” as he picks up the salt shaker.
★~ Cordon Bleu Day:
Cordon bleu means blue ribbon in French. In the 1500s, the Order of the Knights of the Holy Spirit became known as “Les Cordon Bleus.” The knights used a blue ribbon to hang their talisman, and eventually, the term became associated with distinction and honor. Today, we still award blue ribbons for excellence!
In the culinary world, cordon bleu is a savory roulade dish made with chicken (or veal), ham, and Swiss cheese. Contrary to popular belief, chicken cordon bleu did not originate at Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts school. As with most dishes, it evolved over time and first appeared in America during the 1960s.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1964 – The Beatles set an all-time record on the Top 100 chart of Billboard magazine this day. All five of the top songs were by the British rock group. The top five singles by The Beatles this day were: 1) Can’t Buy Me Love 2) Twist and Shout 3) She Loves You 4) I Want to Hold Your Hand 5) Please Please Me
♥~ 1968 – Civil rights crusader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was gunned down on the balcony of the Motel Lorraine in Memphis, Tennessee. King had gone to Memphis to support a strike by sanitation workers.
♥~ 1973 – The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the World Trade Center, New York City. At 1,368 and 1,362 feet and 110 stories each, the twin towers were the world’s tallest, and largest, buildings until the Sears Tower (Chicago) surpassed them both in 1974.
♥~ 1984 – Bob Bell retired as Bozo the Clown on WGN-TV in Chicago, IL. Bell was an institution in the Windy City since making his first appearance in 1960. Pinto Colvig was the original Bozo.
♥~ 1928 – Maya Angelou, Poet, turns 84
♥~ 1932 – Anthony Perkins actor, turns 80
♥~ 1938 – Angelo (Bartlett) Giamatti president: Yale University;commissioner: major-league baseball
♥~ 1946 – Craig T. Nelson Emmy Award-winning actor: Coach [1991-1992] turns 62
♥~ 1960- Actor Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Lord of the Rings) turns 52
♥~ 1965 – Robert Downey Jr. actor turns 47
♥~ 1966 – Nancy McKeon actress (The Facts of Life) turns 46
★~Did you know:
♥~ Baron Munchhausen: An 18th-century German nobleman, Freiherr von Munchhausen served in the German military and returned home with tall tales about his adventures—including a trip to the moon and a ride on a cannonball. Some of his more fantastic stories were immortalized in books as well as on the big screen, in the 1988 movie, “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen,” whose star, actor John Neville, is pictured here. Psychiatrists use Munchhausen’s name to describe a psychological condition—Munchhausen syndrome—in which patients tell fanciful stories about feigned illness to get attention.
♥~ Victor Lustig: Known as “The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower,” Victor Lustig was a 1920s conman and counterfeiter whose biggest scam was selling off the Paris landmark for a suitcase of money. Posing as a city official, he convinced a scrap metal dealer that the city had decided its upkeep was too difficult to maintain.
♥~ Frank Abagnale: Successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor, and a pediatrician, in addition to cashing $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in every state and 26 foreign countries. Considered one of the greatest con men of the 20th century (and the subject of the 2002 movie “Catch Me If You Can” starring Leonardo DiCaprio) Abagnale was apprehended by French police in 1969, at the age of 21, and served five years in prison. He was released on the condition that he would help the U.S. federal government without remuneration.
♥~ Rosie Ruiz: In 1980, 23-year-old New Yorker Rosie Ruiz became the first woman to win the Boston Marathon, with the third-fastest time ever recorded for a female runner. Problem was, she looked remarkably sweat-free as she climbed the winner’s podium, pictured here, to accept her wreath—and no one could remember seeing her during the race. It didn’t take long for crowd members to come forward, saying they’d seen her jump into the race during its final half-mile. Race officials soon discovered Ruiz had also cheated during the New York marathon, too, apparently by riding the subway. She was stripped of her title.
♥~ Big Tobacco: In 1994, seven top executives from leading tobacco companies testified before the House Subcommittee on Health and the Environment. The “Seven Dwarves,” as they were later dubbed, were called on as part of the committee’s ongoing efforts to bring attention to the dangers of cigarettes. All seven of the men were asked if they believed nicotine to be addictive—and each answered in turn, under oath, that he did not. Later, it was revealed that research done by the tobacco industry itself had shown otherwise. The men’s testimony became symbolic of the tobacco industry’s denial about the health effects of smoking.
I will be back later with a fun Easter recipe for you. You’ll like it and if you don’t please tell me….really! In the meantime, have a wonderful Wednesday!