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July 5, 2012
Do you think there is a 12-step program for people addicted to watering the grass? I may have a problem. I love setting up the sprinkler, making sure it is in the perfect spot and then watching it go back and forth, back and forth, back and…well, you get the idea. I turn it on when I let my campers out around 6 a.m., and even after the grass is evenly watered I have a hard time turning it off; I rationalize that the birds love to play in the water. Eventually I turn the knob toward off, but each day it takes me a little longer. I may need an intervention if the robins start to show up with webbed feet.
On El Morno’s Fourth of July post I wrote that Americans eat about 155 million hotdogs on July Fourth. Today I would like to share that Joey Chestnut, the 28-year-old San Jose, Calif., man nicknamed “Jaws” has taken the top prize at the annual Nathan’s Famous July 4 International Hot Dog-Eating Contest—chowing down an eye-popping 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes. His efforts were rewarded with ,000 and a mustard-yellow champions belt. (Pictures: 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes.) Last year, Chestnut ate “only” 62 hot dogs and buns to win the competition. According to the Nathan’s website, one of its natural casing hot dogs contains 290 calories (150 from fat), 17 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat and 710 milligrams of sodium. That means the 28-year-old Chestnut took in nearly 20,000 calories, more than 1,150 grams of fat, over 400 grams of saturated fat and a whopping 48,300 milligrams of sodium.
Today is Bikini Day. I don’t even own a bathing suit right now and probably won’t run right out and buy a bikini, but I’m happy to celebrate the right of women to wear a bikini. Nobody has challenged that right yet, at least as far as I know. The skimpy two-piece bathing suit created by Louis Réard was launched on this day in 1946 at a fashion show in Paris. The bikini is named after the islands on which atomic bombs were tested. The new bathing suit went off with a bang, and summer has never been the same. This is a fun link: The bikini history in pictures. Click ‘Did You Know’ for more about bikini’s.
It’s not hard to pack an itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie bikini in your suitcase when you travel, but if you are packing a few more of life’s bare necessities you might want to take a lesson from Louis Vuitton. This interactive guide to packing can teach you a few tips and tricks for maximizing your suitcase space and folding your clothes to reduce wrinkles. It might take you a little bit of time to get the hang of interacting with the video, but it’s worth the short learning curve. Tip: Choose your language in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Art of Packing
Apple turnovers and graham crackers (celebrated on July 5) are a perfect food tribute to The Andy Griffith Show and the sheriff who brought calming, homespun fun into our living rooms on prime time television. I bet Aunt Bee could make swell apple turnovers and whip up a dandy pie with a perfect graham cracker crust. I loved The Andy Griffith Show; the world needs a lot more Mayberry and a lot less Gossip Girl and Jersey Shore. R.I.P., Andy.
Hope you are finding ways to beat the heat. I just heard Chicago is under a weather warning and we can expect hail, lightning, high winds and rain. No locusts, though.
What were your favorite childhood sitcoms?
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