May 20, 2012: Millionaire Day, Strawberry Day, Quiche Lorraine Day!

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
May 20, 2012


★~ Today’s Quote: “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” ~ Julia Child

★~ Solar Eclipse:

Solar Eclipse at sunrise (Knockie in the foreground)

★~ Millionaire Day:

POOF! You are a millionaire  . . . now what?  Sure a million dollars is not what it used to be, but wouldn’t it be nice to have that kind of money, even if just for a day?

★~ Strawberry Day:

Strawberry season is just getting started, so it’s time to stock up on your favorite shortcake topper and smoothie ingredient. Slather on some sunblock, gather the kids, and head to the strawberry fields to pick a few baskets and enjoy the fruits of your labor all summer long. Plan B: Go to your nearest Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or Farmers’ Market, and buy some juicy red strawberries.

★~ Quiche Lorraine Day:

Quiche Lorraine! Named after the Lorraine region of France, and borrowing from “kuchen,” the German word for cake, which was eventually altered to “kische,” the quiche Lorraine is a hallmark French dish that dates back to the 16th century and is still served in France as a light lunch, available at boulangeries, or a first course, or hors d’oeuvre, at dinnertime.

Julia Child, in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, described the original quiche Lorraine as an open pie with a filling consisting of an egg and cream custard with smoked bacon or lardons. What the heck is a lardon? El Morno friend and fellow blogger Debbie google it for us last year:  “Lardon (according to Wikipedia, which I know isn’t the best source!) is a strip or cube of pork fat. I suppose that’s where the idea that “anything tastes better with bacon” came from!”

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1873: Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a patent for work pants reinforced with metal rivets, the pants that came to be known as “blue jeans.”

♥~ 1916 ’s : Norman Rockwell first cover on The Saturday Evening Post appeared. The illustration was of a young boy having to care for his baby sibling while his little buddies left him and went off to play ball. The forlorn child pushing a baby carriage tugged at the heart strings of all who saw it.

♥~ 1927 : ‘Lucky’ Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in New York aboard the small airplane Spirit of St. Louis, en route to Paris, France. Thirty-three and one-half hours later, Charles A. Lindbergh arrived at his destination — and flew into history.

♥~ 1978Mavis Hutchinson, 53, made it to New York City to become the first woman to run across America. The 3,000-mile trek took her 69 days. She ran an average of 45 miles each day. Now that’s what we call a daily workout

♥~ 1988: Champ bull rider Lane Frost became the first cowboy to ride Red Rock to the 8-second bell. In the previous eight years, 312 cowboys had tried unsuccessfully to ride the rodeo circuit’s toughest bull.

♥~ 1999: Robbie Knievel jumped a 200-foot-wide chasm of the Grand Canyon with his motorcycle. The 37-year-old’s previous world record was 223 feet.

♥~ 2003: The Argentine women’s magazine “Claudia” apologized for a tip that led to more than 100 microwave explosions. The magazine had said women could restore old bottles of nail polish by microwaving them for three minutes. But many of the women who tried reported chemical reaction made their microwaves explode.

♥~ 2007: A wheelchair-bound German stunned police when they pulled him over in the city of Schwerin for using the road and found he was 10 times over the legal alcohol limit for drivers. Police decided they couldn’t legally impound the 31-year-old man’s wheelchair, but they insisted  he would face some type of punishment.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1908 : (Jimmy) James (Maitland) Stewart Academy Award-winning actor: Philadelphia Story [1940]; The Glenn Miller Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Harvey, Rear Window, Anatomy of a Murder, Bell, Book and Candle, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Vertigo, The Man from Laramie.

♥~1944: Joe (John Robert) Cocker singer, songwriter: With a Little Help from My Friends, She Came in through the Bathroom Window, The Letter, Up Where We Belong [w/Jennifer Warnes], You are So Beautiful, When the Night Comes, Cry Me a River

♥~ 1946: Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre) singer: group: Sonny [Bono] & Cher: I Got You Babe, The Beat Goes On, All I Really Want to Do; solo: Bang Bang, Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves, The Way of Love, Dark Lady; Academy Award-winning actress: Moonstruck [1987]; The Witches of Eastwick, Silkwood, Mask

♥~1977 : Matt Czuchry, actor,  perhaps best known for his role as Logan in “Gilmore Girls.” His additional television credits include “Friday Night Lights,” “Veronica Mars,” “7th Heaven,” “The Practice”, “Young Americans and “The Good Wife”

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ Most millionaires worry about the cost of gas, healthcare, and inflation just like the rest of us. Forty percent of millionaires fear that their standard of living will decline in retirement and that their money will run out before they die.

♥~ 23M  is quoted by Fidelity as the “magic number” a person today needs to feel “really rich”

♥~ 3% of todays Millionaires inherited wealth. Over half of them  started their own business while a third had a professional practice (doctor, lawyer) or worked in the corporate world.

♥~ Millionaires are often not good  students; the median college GPA of millionaires is 2.9, and the average SAT score is 1190. .
♥~ 59% percent of millionaires attended a state college or university.

♥~ The No. 1 make of car owned by millionaires in 1996 was Ford. Today, it’s Toyota, according to  the book The Millionaire Next Door.

♥~ 2011:Five Richest people in the word: Carlos Slim Helu: 73.5 billion, Mexico;
Bill Gates: 53 billion, US; Warren Buffett: 47 billion, US; Bernard Arnault, 41 billion, France; Amancio Ortega, 37.5 billion, Spain.


In case you are curious Mark Zuckerberg is list as #35 on the World’s Billionaires list. I understand that he is very generous and gives out full size candy bars to all the neighborhood kids at Halloween.

May I leave you with these final words of wisdom: Don’t try to win over the haters . You’re not the Jackass Whisperer! Not sure who said it first….but I said it here!

7 thoughts on “May 20, 2012: Millionaire Day, Strawberry Day, Quiche Lorraine Day!

  1. Off to golf. Not a fan of Quiche. Being a millionaire would be fun. I could think of a lot of ways to spend the money….

  2. We will head out to pick strawberries in a few weeks. Love fresh strawberries.
    Laughed out loud at the “wisdom” So true! 😀

  3. I have such a good recipe for Quiche! I will send it to you. Quiche with strawberries on the side is such a great summer meal.
    A millionaire for the day…I think I could help the economy!

  4. A million may not go far but it has to go a lot further than the $20.00 in my wallet right now! I always think of Quiche as something ladies eat when they “do lunch.” I have never made it but I think I might give it a try.
    What a thankless job being a Jackass Whisperer is…I know on good authority!

  5. I think I’d like being a millionaire, even for just a day! I went to a state university (though I don’t drive a Toyota, and I was a better student than most of them appear to be, haha!)

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