May 15, 2012: Peace Officers Memorial Day, Straw Hat Day, Chocolate Chip Day

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May 15, 2012

★~ Today’s Quote: Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.~ L. Frank Baum

★~ Peace Officers Memorial Day:


Today we honor federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. We take time, to think of those who lost their lives or have been injured while protecting our communities. Hat tip  to Police Officer Jim Mullen who makes KICK ASS APPLE SAUCE.

★~ Straw Hat Day:

Everyone knows the major rules of fashion: no white after Labor Day, no sandals with socks, wear a sweater when your mother is cold, and no straw hats before May 15th. For those of you take these fashion rules lightly, let me remind you that according to Neil Steinberg’s book Hatless Jack, men have been murdered in the United States for the crime of wearing a hat out of season. Now put away your felt hat until September 1, grab your straw hat, leave your worry on the doorstep, and just direct your feet to the sunny side of the street!

★~ Chocolate Chip Day:

Chocolate Chip Day celebrates chocolate chips.  After all, where would chocolate chip cookies, cakes and muffins be without the chocolate chip!? Chipless that is where! Go forth and eat any number of chocolate chip delights or bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies, or brownies, or  a chocolate chip pie!

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1817~ Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason was founded in Philadelphia. It was it was the first private psychiatric hospital in the U.S. It is still in existence but is now called the Friends Hospital.

♥~ 1930 – Ellen Church became the first stewardess for an airline. Flying between San Francisco, California and Cheyenne, Wyoming on Boeing Air Transport (later known as United Air Lines).

♥~ 1940 – Nylon hose went on sale at stores throughout the country.

♥~ 1970 – Close to You, the Carpenter’s second album and the one that launched them to meteoric fame, was released by A&M Records. The title song, (They Long to Be) Close to You, became a pop music standard and the first of six million-sellers in a row for Karen and Richard. In all, The Carpenters would have 10 gold records for singles and a dozen top ten hits to their credit. The duo won Best New Artist honors at the Grammy Awards in 1970.

♥~ 1988 – Carrie, the musical adaption of Stephen King’s novel about a troubled teenager with telekinetic powers, closed in New York after a brief run. It was one of the most expensive flops in Broadway history, losing $8 million.

♥~ 2010 – 16-year-old Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail around the globe solo, nonstop and unassisted. Watson cruised into Sydney Harbor, Australia in her pink, 34-foot (10m) yacht to a rock-star welcome of thousands.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1856 – Lyman Frank Baum, The house began to pitch / The kitchen took a slich / It landed on the Wicked Witch in the middle of a ditch / Which was not a happy situation for the Wicked Witch! Who can remember where they were the first time they watched the Wizard of Oz?  Baum published Oz in 1900 and dedicated it, “To my good friend and comrade, My Wife.”  He adapted the book into a musical that became the basis the bases for the MGM musical, starring Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, and Billy Burke among others. Looking for Wizard of Oz interesting fact click  El Morno May 15, 2011

♥~ 1935 –Utah Phillips, folk singer and activist once said: “I have a good friend in the East, who comes to my shows and says, you sing a lot about the past, you can’t live in the past, you know. I say to him, I can go outside and pick up a rock that’s older than the oldest song you know, and bring it back in here and drop it on your foot. Now the past didn’t go anywhere, did it? It’s right here, right now. I always thought that anybody who told me I couldn’t live in the past was trying to get me to forget something that if I remembered it it would get them serious trouble.”

★~ Did You Know:

♥~  Stockings first started appearing after the invention of the knitting machine in 1589 by Rev William Lee. In the early days they were known as hose and worn mainly by men.

♥~ By the 20th Century fashion allowed women to show their legs and in 1939 a new synthetic fiber, nylon, was unveiled at the World Trade Fair in New York.

♥~ During 1940s stage productions, before the days of widely available pantyhose, dancers and actresses had their stockings sewn to their underwear.

♥~ By the 20th Century fashion allowed women to show their legs and in 1939 a new synthetic fiber, nylon, was unveiled at the World Trade Fair in New York.

♥~ During times of wartime shortage, women would sometimes draw a black line up the back of their bare legs to simulate the seam effect of a stocking.

♥~ Mother Earth isn’t a fan of pantyhose as they’re not biodegradable or recyclable and can release toxic chemicals if burned.

♥~ Since 1995 women’s pantyhose sales have dipped 70 percent, but men’s pantyhose sales have increased.

♥~ Some fisherman sport pantyhose to help protect against jelly fish stings.

♥~ Two billion pairs of pantyhose are produced each year.


The ultimate chocolate chip cookie  short-cut. Buy a tub of chocolate chip cookie dough.

Put it in the fridge, and watch it disappear spoonful by spoonful out of the tub.

Hint: The more you say, “I BOUGHT THAT DOUGH TO MAKE COOKIES WITH..” The quicker it will disappear.

I did make a ‘no standing in front of the fridge door, with one hand dipping a  spoon in the chocolate chip cookie dough tub, and the other hand holding a carton of milk’ rule.  I felt this was reasonable.

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12 thoughts on “May 15, 2012: Peace Officers Memorial Day, Straw Hat Day, Chocolate Chip Day

  1. Bright and early this morno! Darn I just looked and can not find my straw hat. I was so looking forward to wearing it.
    Cookie dough is good. Could never figure out why mom’s and ex insisted on cooking it.

    Have a good one!

  2. I have been wondering when I can pull my straw hat out and wear it! Thanks!
    Have not worn panty hose in years. Thank God.

    Love El Morno!

    • You can! Toll house cookie dough and it is makes very good chocolate chips cookies–you can even add nuts. Much better than slice and bake.

  3. oh no, no no, all those silly “fashion rules” are no more..the fashion police will not get you if you break those ugh, panty hose are pure wonder the ph biz is not doing well…

    • Are you positive? Have you shared this with my mother? The pantyhose biz should have failed immediately. So hot and comfortable. I have not worn them in years.

  4. Those flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz STILL freak me out!! Domer, too. Must run in the family. Don’t know whether it’s the fact that they’re monkeys or the fact that they fly. Doesn’t matter — they’re still creepy!
    Chocolate chips are the best! Now you’ve got me hungry for some!
    Thank Heaven I work for myself — There will be NO nylons in this office! My office. My say-so!

    • Can’t do the the flying monkeys. TOO SCARY. In fact I was just plain terrified of the Wizard of Oz. Cole loved it. Go figure.
      Hey, you have to stand for something or you will fall for anything! No nylons!

  5. Thanks for reminding everyone of my fallen brothers and sisters this week,KB. Things like that mean more than most folks realize.

    On a less serious note, look up the song Pillsbury Cookie Dough by Paul and Storm. It is part of a series of failed commercial jingles they wrote, funny stuff.

    • The officier I posted about is quite an inspiration and his apple sauce is SO Good!
      I will take a look at the song…thanks for the suggestion! A midday laugh is always a good thing.

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