September 16, 2012: Play Doh Day, Collect Rocks Day, Guacamole Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
September 16,2012

Stonehenge riser

★~ Todays Quote: Call on God, but row away from the rocks. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

★~ Step Family Day:

One out of three Americans is now a stepparent, stepchild, stepsibling, or some other member of a stepfamily. Stepfamily Day acknowledges the parents that step up to being a trusted guardians in a child’s life. Hug a stepparent or step-sib today or just stop referring to yours as wicked…because let’s face it, you are probably no Cinderella or Prince Charming.

★~ Working Parents Day:

Working parents have a full plate and, apparently, a lot of patience. At the end of a long work day and a congested commute, they walk through the door and are welcomed by the ones they love most, needing there undivided attention. Someone get these folks a grown-up beverage and their slippers!  Kind of ironic that Working Parents Day falls on a Sunday this year.

★~ Play Doh Day:

Back before it was Play-Doh, everyone’s favorite squishy clay was actually a wallpaper cleaner used to clean soot off of walls. But when people switched from using coal burning furnaces to oil fueled ones in the ‘40s and ‘50s, demand for the product evaporated. Kutol, a manufacturing company in Cincinnati, was watching their sales dwindle when the son of the company’s founder, Joe McVicker, started looking for ways to turn the business round.

His sister-in-law Kay Zufall suggested using the wallpaper cleaner as a child’s craft item, and McVicker was willing to try anything. He formed a new division, Rainbow Crafts, and began selling the re-branded product as Play-Doh. Sales were okay, but then McVicker came up with a way to sell a whole lot more. He contacted Captain Kangaroo (A.K.A. Bob Keeshan) and offered him 2% of sales if the good Captain would feature Play-Doh on his show. He did. Ding Dong School and Romper Room soon followed suit, hawking the crafty compound to kiddies everywhere and Kutol made plenty of Doh (er, Dough) in the process.While the company has changed hands a few times since (Rainbow Crafts was purchased by Kenner Toys and Kenner was purchased by Hasbro), that’s hardly impeded sales. More than two billion cans of Play-Doh have been sold since 1955.

Celebrate today by grabbing a can of Play-Doh, greeting your old Friend Play Doh Pete on the box and create away! Click for more Play Doh facts

★~ Collect Rocks Day:

My Heart Shaped Rock Collection

Happy Collect Rocks Day!  In honor of this hardfelt occasion, ‘Did You Know’ will present some rock and roll spots around the world.

★~Stay Away From Seattle Day:

Pacific Northwest residents are well regarded as some of the friendliest folks in the nation.  But that doesn’t necessarily mean they want visiting guests to stay forever. To that end, some of the city’s 3.4 million residents will be celebrating “Stay Away From Seattle Day”  Residents suggest going to San Francisco.  this day was championed by Seattle residents tired of sharing their space with tourists.” Well, all right then….just be that way.

★~ National Guacamole Day: 


Today we are celebrating Mexico’s final victory over Guatemala in the Great Avocado War of 1819. Guacamole and Chips are all you need to celebrate.  Guacamole Central has some fun recipes.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1810 – Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla began an uprising meant to free Mexico from Spanish colonial rule — on what is now considered Mexican Independence Day.

♥~ 1840 – The term “O.K.” was popularized by the O.K. Club, a Democratic political group. The initials stood for the birthplace of president Martin Van Buren: Old Kinderhook, New York. Now, if that explanation does not satisfy your curiosity, please do read on

♥~ 1968 – The Andy Griffith Show was seen for the final time on CBS-TV. Sheriff Andy Taylor (Griffith), Opie (Ron Howard), Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), Barney Fife (Don Knotts), Goober Pyle (George Lindsey), Floyd Lawson (Howard McNear), and the rest of the gang from Mayberry, NC, are still seen regularly on TV through syndication.

♥~ 1993 – Frasier debuted on NBC-TV. The sitcom was spin-off of Cheers, which had ended its long run the previous season. Frasier stars Kelsey Grammer as a psychologist who returns to Seattle to host a radio talk-show.

★~Born Today:

♥~ 1919 – Marvin Middlemark inventor: rabbit ears TV antenna; died in 1989

♥~ 1924 – Lauren Bacall (Betty Perske) actress: Key Largo, Applause, Woman of the Year, How to Marry a Millionaire, To Have and Have Not; married actor Humphrey Bogart

♥~ 1925 – B.B. (Riley B.) King musician, singer: The Thrill Is Gone, I Like to Live the Love, Rock Me Baby; appeared in films: Into the Night, Amazon Women of the Moon; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

♥~ 1927 – Peter Falk Emmy Award-winning actor: The Price of Tomatoes: The Dick Powell Show [1961-62]; Columbo; Murder by Death, Pocketful of Miracles , The Great Race, The In-Laws, The Princess Bride; died Jun 23, 2011

♥~ 1943 – Joe Butler musician: drums; singer: founding member of The Lovin’ Spoonful: Do You Belive in Magic?, You Didn’t Have to be So Nice, Daydream, You Baby, Wild About My Lovin’, On the Road Again

♥~ 1952 – Mickey Rourke actor: Body Heat, Diner, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Year of the Dragon, Nine Weeks, Barfly, Angel Heart, Johnny Handsome, Wild Orchid, Harley Davidson & The Marlboro Man

♥~ 1956 – David Copperfield (Kotkin) magician, illusionist

♥~ 1964 – Molly Shannon actress: Saturday Night Live, Evan Almighty, Gray Matters, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Scary Movie 4

♥~ 1971- Amy Poehler comedienne, actress: Saturday Night Live [2001-2008]; Wild Girls Gone, Envy, Mean Girls, The Devil and Daniel Webster, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Parks and Recreation

★~ Did You Know: Rocks That Rock

♥~ The Old Man of Hoy: One of the largest sea stacks in the world (almost four hundred and fifty feet) A stack is formed through geomorphology – erosion which is totally natural. Image Credit Flickr User ant2ant41

 ♥~ The Devils Marbles: The Devils Marbles are found 393 kilometers north of Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern territory, or as the description reads, “in the middle of nowhere”.  Image by Wikpedia user Iain Whyte.

Busteni Trekking 20

♥~  The Sphinx: In the Bucegi Mountains, a part of the southern Carpathian range in Romania, there’s a cliff that resembles a human face, which earned it the name of The Sphinx.

♥~ Cappadocia: Göreme is a town in the Cappadocia region of Turkey that is the center of many amazing rock formations. Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia together make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Two volcanoes, Erciyes and Hasan left a layer of rock millions of years ago that were later transformed by erosion into several kinds of monoliths. Fairy chimneys are columns with rock caps balanced on top. Natural caves formed in the cliff walls and underneath the ground. Image by Wikipedia user Mediacrat.

♥~ Taikhar Chuluul: A large rock stands out in the middle of a plain in Mongolia. The Taikhar chuluu is covered with inscriptions dating back as far as Turkic rule in Mongolia. Image from mongγol bičig & manju bithe.


Have a Super Sunday.

8 thoughts on “September 16, 2012: Play Doh Day, Collect Rocks Day, Guacamole Day

  1. Morno,

    Guacamole works for me along side a football game. All I remember about Play Doh is the dog poop was colorful after the kids played with it.

    Have a good one!

  2. Love the info about the rocks. I hope to see some of those formations.
    I loved my step mother she was the best and she liked my mom and my mom liked her. Of-course at the time I didn’t realize how lucky I was that we all got along even if my parents marriage went south. My mom was my mom and nobody could replace her but I loved my stepmother and thought of her as one of my best friends. I always said growing up I was surrounded by sensible adults and it was such a gift.

  3. Play Doh one of my kids favorites. It will keep them happy and busy for long time so I never mind the mess. I have a couple of ripe avocados so maybe Guacamole is in the grown-ups future. Hope your Sunday is as nice as ours! I’m hoping to garden a little.

    • Our Sunday was very nice. It’s suppose to get cold this week. Cold blast from Alaska. I’m ready for fall clothes and to complain about the cold :-D.
      Hope you enjoyed a little Guacamole.

  4. Love your facts about rocks. My late Daddy was a geologist, but sadly he failed to pass that aptitude or passion to us kids!
    I loved Play Doh as a kid — Domer did, too. It was especially neat to see how their sales and marketing departments changed by offering Domer and his generation so many more “cool” things to create with. I’m thinking of those things that made spaghetti strings from the Play Doh, you know what I mean?

    • Interesting! My dad was a geologist too. I love showing him rocks growing up and he would identify them for me even if we never got much beyond “limestone” Cole loved to rock hunt when he was younger but the interest didn’t really stick.
      Play Doh was great and the attachments soooo cool. Makes me want to go out and buy a set today. I bet if I did and set it up on the table Cole would be there is quick as a blink “just to keep me company.” :-D.

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