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October 12, 2012
★~ Today’s Quote: “I gathered all my eggs in one basket, because I believe in collectivism, and I wanted a tyrannical omelet.” ― Jarod Kintz, 99 Cents For Some Nonsense
★~ International Moment of Frustration Scream Day:
Today, all citizens of the world are invited to go outdoors and have a moment of loudness for 30 seconds. That little skin thing that hangs in the back of your throat should be vibrating, and your eyes should be bulging while you let out your frustrations and give the world your finest scream. Now, doesn’t that feel better?
★~ Farmer’s Day:
Eee-ey-ee-eye-oh — yay! Old MacDonald is finally getting his due. The men and women who sow the seeds are finally getting their just rewards: a day dedicated only to them! Know any farmers? Shake their hands and thank them for their skill and hard work.
A little farm humor:
An old farmer and his wife were leaning against the edge of their pig-pen when the old woman wistfully recalled that the next week would mark their golden wedding anniversary.
“Let’s have a party, Homer,” she suggested. “Let’s kill a pig.”
The old farmer scratched his grizzled head. “Gee, Ethel,” he finally answered, “I don’t see why the pig should take the blame for something that happened fifty years ago.”
★~ World Egg Day:
I’m not really in the mood to celebrate egg day after yesterday’s eggplosion, but I’m trying to be a good egg and wish everyone a happy World Egg Day and share a few links. Click for some egg recipes, and for those of you who need to know more about World Egg Day, click (you guessed it) World Egg Day.
Omelette smarter then I look!
★~ National Gumbo Day:
Gumbo is a tasty, stew-like dish that originated in Louisiana. The name comes from an African word for okra. Similar to Louisiana itself, gumbo reflects an amalgamation of many cultures. Elements in the recipe can be linked to West African, Choctaw, and French cuisine. As a result, there are many variations of gumbo, and to this day chefs argue over the true recipe. The first historical reference to gumbo appears in an 1803 document, which describes the menu at a gubernatorial reception in New Orleans. Shrimp Gumbo Recipe
Enjoy Louisiana’s most famous dish served over brown or white rice, and celebrate National Gumbo Day!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1944 – A huge crowd of swooning bobbysoxers stopped traffic in New York’s Times Square as Frank Sinatra made his triumphant return to the famed Paramount Theatre. In what was called the ‘Columbus Day Riot’, 25,000 teenagers, mostly young women, blocked the streets, screaming and swooning for Frankie. Sinatra later explained, “It was the war years, and there was a great loneliness. And I was the boy in every corner drug store … who’d gone off, drafted to the war. That was all.”
♥~1976 – Chart Topper: If You Leave Me Now, Chicago
♥~ 1999 – According to estimates by the United Nations, the world’s population had reached 6 billion. The new benchmark came 12 years after the previous billion.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1921 – Gumby Birthday – Art Clokey and his wife Ruth invented the lovable, bendable Gumby and his horse poky. Gumby and Pokey show biz career started with the Howdy Doody Show and later they had their own show called, The Adventures of Gumby.
♥~ 1935 – Luciano Pavarotti Emmy Award-winning opera star
♥~ 1970 – Kirk Cameron actor: Growing Pains, Listen to Me, The Best of Times, Like Father, like Son, Two Marriages
★~ Did You Know: Screaming Geronimo…….!!!
In the early 1940s, the United States Army was testing the idea of parachuting from planes as a way of deploying troops. The first group of paratrooper to be trained for these jumps was a unit of 50 men known the Parachute Test Platoon.
The guys were based in Fort Benning, Georgia, and training sessions which were held hot weather. After training was over for the day, most of the guys went to the air-conditioned Main Post Theatre in the evenings to see whatever movie was playing.
One night in August 1940, that movie happened to be the Paramount western, Geronimo, about the Apache chief.
After the movie and a few beers, the group got to talking about the jump they were doing the next day, their first as a group, and many of them were admittedly nervous. One of the guys, Private Aubrey Eberhardt, a brawny, six-foot-three native son of Georgia, claimed that he wasn’t worried.The mass jump would be nothing!
The other soldiers gave him a hard time. They were all scared. Of course he was scared, too. He should just admit it.
“All right, dammit!” Eberhardt finally shouted. “I’ll tell you jokers what I’m gonna do! To prove to you that I’m not scared out of my wits when I jump, I’m gonna yell ‘Geronimo’ loud as hell when I go out that door tomorrow!”
The next day, he made good on his promise. Out the plane he went and everyone heard “Geronimooooooo!” The rest of the platoon wasn’t about to let Eberhardt show them up, so on subsequent jumps the rest of the soldiers took up his battle cry and a tradition was born. The next year, the Army’s first official parachute unit, the 501st Parachute Infantry Battalion, made “Geronimo” the motto on their unit insignia after their commander tracked down descendants of the real Geronimo to ask for their permission to use his name.
After World War II, the army brass put an end to the mid-air yelling, worried that a screaming paratrooper would inevitably give away some unlucky unit’s position during operations. The heavy media coverage of the novel paratroopers during the war put the “Geronimo” cry in the public’s imagination, though, and Aubrey Eberhardt’s boozy brag lives on among civilians.
This was shared by El Morno friend Julianne and I thought it was very cool…Australians have designed a gorgeous train that goes 250 miles per hour. That means NYC to Chicago in 3 hours.
TGIF!! Hope everyone has a fantastic Friday!