June 5, 2012: Venus, World Environment Day, Gingerbread Day, Rant Day

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June 5, 2012


★~Today’s Quote: Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous. Bill Moyers

★~ Transit of Venus (June 5–6):

Venus occultation

The passage of Venus across the face of the sun is a very rare phenomena occurring in pairs roughly every 105 or 123 years—This happened the last times in 1874 and 1882. The current pair is 2004 and 2012. The full 2012 event is visible from Alaska, Hawaii, the western Pacific, northern Asia, Japan, Korea, eastern China, Philippines, eastern Australia and New Zealand. Only the beginning of the transit is visible in the US on the western horizon in the late afternoon/evening of June 5, 2012. The transit will be completely invisible to the western half of Africa and the southeastern two-thirds of South America. The next transit of Venus occurs in December 2117.

★~ World Environment Day:

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know about the environmental crisis we all face. And actually, if you have been living under a rock, then good for you. You have reduce your carbon footprint, and we applaud you. But for the rest of us above ground, gas guzzling, energy wasting earth dwellers, it’s time to step it up. That’s why the United Nations started World Environment Day to increase awareness and bring political and public action to solving environmental problems. So today we look for way’s to do our part so we aren’t all  living under rocks some day.

★~ Gingerbread Day:

Gingerbread Man

You might not be ready to think about gingerbread with the holiday season so far in the future, but maybe today we could consider making it a year round treat. The gingerbread recipe has been kicking around since 992, when an Armenian monk brought the recipe to Europe and spent years teaching it to other monks and clergymen. Gingerbread can be served up as soft cake or a snappy cookie’ or in the form of a house or little man. Or as a really big man, as was the case of the largest gingerbread man ever made, at 1308 pounds and 20 feet tall. Got milk? A few gingerbread ideas: gingerbread pancakes, ginger bread cookies, gingerbread cake , gingerbread martini

★~ Rant Day:

Every Tuesday is Rant day on El Morno. So feel free to leave comment sharing your rant. We all solemnly swear to support your right to rant and be incensed at whatever incenses you.

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1959 – Bob Zimmerman graduated from high school in Hibbing, MN. Zimmerman was known as a greaser to classmates in the remote rural community, because of his long sideburns and leather jacket. Soon, Zimmerman would be performing at coffee houses at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and later, in Greenwich Village in New York City. He would also change his name to Bob Dylan (after poet Dylan Thomas, so the story goes).

♥~ 1960 – The Hollywood Argyles, a fake group created by singer Gary Paxton, entered the Billboard Hot 100 with “Alley Oop.” Paxton had acquired the song from Burbank service station attendant Dallas Frazier. The Argyles included Frazier and fellow gas station worker Buddy Mize. Singer Sandy Nelson played the garbage can and did the screaming. When the song hit, Paxton sent a dozen groups on the road, all called The Hollywood Argyles.

♥~ 1993 – A New Jersey court ruled that a father had to pay for the legal defense of his two teenage sons, who were charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill him.

♥~ 1977 – Singer Alice Cooper’s boa constrictor was bitten by a live rat it was being fed for breakfast. The snake died.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1919 – Richard Scarry author & illustrator: children’s books: Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever, Richard Scarry’s Please & Thank You; died Apr 30, 1994

♥~ 1934 Bill Moyers Emmy Award-winning journalist: CBS News, PBS: Bill Moyers Journal; author: Healing and the Mind

★~ Did You Know:

♥~ The diameter of Venus is 12,100 km (7,522 miles)

♥~ The interior of Venus is composed of a central iron core and a molten rocky mantle, similar to the composition of Earth.

♥~ The surface of Venus is very dry with flat plains, highland regions, and depressions.

♥~ Venus is the sixth largest planet in the Solar System

♥~ Venus is the second closest planet to the Sun.

♥~ Planet Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty.

♥~ Similar in size, density, and mass, Venus and Earth often referred to as sister planets.

♥~ Minimum distance of Venus from the Earth is 40 million km (25 million miles)

♥~ Venus is the hottest planet in the Solar System.

♥~ Venus is one of the brightest objects in the sky, next to the Sun and Moon.

♥~ It takes 243 days for Venus to rotate on its axis.

♥~ If you weigh 100 lbs, your weight on Venus would be 88 lbs. (multiply your actual weight by 0.88

My sweet Mom arrives soon so I need to get high behind and head out to accomplish the various and sundry.

 Remember today is rant day so rant away….I am sure I will be back to join you.

Odd Loves Company!

6 thoughts on “June 5, 2012: Venus, World Environment Day, Gingerbread Day, Rant Day

  1. Why is today Gingerbread Day?? Seems like that ought to fall in December. Or November, if you’re one of those planning types. But June? No, it’s too hot to eat “heavy” foods in June. Isn’t it?

    • Is that a rant Debbie? :-D. I have no idea why we have gingerbread in June–I think it is because they would like to encourage Gingerbread as a year around treat. I’m not a fan at any time of the year and I agree heavy sweets in June is not ideal. Kind of like Hot Chocolate day in July!

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