June 28, 2012: Dance Walk Day,Tapioca Day

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June 28, 2012

summer dew

★~ Today’s Quote:  Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to be over, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” unknown

★~ Dance Walk Day:

While some people may be celebrating Paul Bunyan Day we took the bull by the horns and celebrated the big guy yesterday. It seems there are two June dates connected with Paul Bunyan Day (June 27 and June 28) . In any case, El Morno friend, Cynthia shared this FUN Dance Walk video  and I made an executive El Morno decision  to celebrate Dance Walk Day. Watch the video, and put a little two step in your walk today.

★~ Tapioca Day:

Tapioca, that mysterious ingredient in the pudding you loved (or were force-fed) growing up, is a derivative from the cassava plant, a root vegetable. The starch makes a fine thickener or sweetener, as well as in the traditional pudding or as pearls in the bottom of cold bubble teas.

Tapioca pudding was the star food in the movie “New in Town,” where outsider Renée Zellweger helps the towns folk of New Ulm, Minnesota, turn their ailing factory into a profitable protein-powered tapioca pudding distributor.  A bit like turning swords into plowshares, isn’t it?

Celebrate today by grabbing a spoon and dig into a bowl of tapioca pudding or watching the movie “New in Town,” where Tapioca pudding was the star food. Outsider Renée Zellweger helps the towns folk of New Ulm, Minnesota, turn their ailing factory into a profitable protein-powered tapioca pudding distributor.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1968 – The Uniform Holiday Bill was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The law moved the celebration of Washington’s Birthday to the third Monday in February; Memorial Day to the last Monday in May; and Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. Johnson said, “The bill that we sign today will help Americans to enjoy more fully the country that is their magnificent heritage. It will also aid the work of Government and bring new efficiency to our economy.”

♥~ 1979 – Billie Jean King defeated Linda Siegel with a first at the 102-year-old Wimbledon tennis championships. Perhaps the most memorable moment in the match was when Siegel’s, plunging neckline tennis top plunged a little too far.

♥~ 1985 – Route 66- the 59-year-old highway of 2,200 miles of blacktop was decertified as a U.S. highway. Click here for a few facts about the Route 66, the primary path for those who migrated west, especially during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Click here to read ‘Did You Know’ facts about Route 66.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1926 – Mel Brooks (Kaminsky) director, actor: Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, The Producers; comedy writer: Your Show of Shows, Get Smart; Broadway producer: The Producers

♥~ 1946 – Gilda Radner Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress: Saturday Night Live [1977-78]; Haunted Honeymoon [w/husband Gene Wilder]; died May 20, 1989

♥~ 1948 – Kathy Bates Academy Award-winning actress: Misery [1990]; Fried Green Tomatoes, Home of Our Own, Prelude to a Kiss

♥~ 1965 – Jessica Hecht actress: Friends, At Last, The Forgotten, Sideways, Seven Girlfriends, Harvey, Intimate Betrayal, The Heidi Chronicles, The Single Guy, Dan in Real Life

♥~ 1966 – John Cusack actor: Money for Nothing, The Player, True Colors, Bullets over Broadway, The Grifters, Say Anything

★~ Did You Know: The Wales Tapioca Freighter Time Bomb of 1972

Tapioca might sound like an innocent treat but the right conditions can turn it into a bulky ship destroyer. The crew of the Swiss freighter Cassarate were hauling 1,500 tons of the stuff when a fire started in some timber in the upper holds. The freighter docked in Cardiff, Wales, so firefighters could extinguish the blaze the crew had kept under control for more than 25 days. But the fire wasn’t the ship’s biggest problem. The water from the firefighter’s hoses seeped into the cargo hold, and the fire started cooking the tapioca. The food swelled to massive size and raised concerns that 500 truckloads of the dessert treat could buckle the ship’s supports and sink it. Fortunately, crews were able to stamp out the fire and cool down the pudding before it could do any real damage to the ship’s supports, the town’s docks or the crews blood sugar levels.


More Dance Walking Fun…

I’m not much a dancer but I might do a little twisting and twirling on my morning walk with Rascal. Will you dance walk with me today? Send me a video I will post it on Odd! Or link to it…..

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6 thoughts on “June 28, 2012: Dance Walk Day,Tapioca Day

  1. My mom use to make the best tapioca pudding. It has little bits of oranges in it and it was soooo good. What I wouldn’t give to have a dish of that right now. Never knew how she made it, but being a swede she had some really good recipes I’m sure came from my grandma. Speaking of who could make Thanksgiving dressing to out do any other. I sure wish I had THAT recipe also.

    • We should check some old cook books to see if a recipe for the pudding might turn up. I’m afraid the Thanksgiving dressing would be a lot harder to replicate since dressing always seems to made from a little of that, a little of this…and a lot of love.

  2. Ok. I’m pretty sure you switched days on us and I missed out on yesterdays Orange Blossom Cocktail but I like vanilla tapioca. My mom made it and it was very tasty.
    I might dance walk into work today and start rumors that I have started drinking earlier in the day.
    Keep cool its suppose to be a scorcher everywhere today.

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