Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, Kazoo Day, Blueberry Pancake Day

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January 28, 2013


 ★~ Today’s Quote:

“I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great”
― Robert Frost

★~ Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day:


(Street artistSAG Awards: ‘Argo,’ ‘Lincoln’ stand tall installed an ingenious antistress station in a Milan bus shelter consisting of bubble wrap sheets in three stress relief dosages: 3 minutes, 5 minutes, and 10 minutes.)

Bubble Appreciation Day is always the last Monday in January. In the late 1950s, an American engineer named Al Fielding and a Swiss inventor named Marc Chavannes created Bubble Wrap. They were actually trying to come up with a textured, plastic wallpaper, but soon realized that their product had huge potential as a packaging material.

Fielding and Chavannes formed the Sealed Air Corporation and introduced Bubble Wrap to the public in January of 1960. Today, Sealed Air is a global Fortune 500 company and produces enough Bubble Wrap to stretch from the Earth to the Moon each year.

Sealed Air sponsors an annual Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors? Kids compete to create the most innovative product using Bubble Wrap as the primary material. Past winners include a floating garden, a cell phone cover, a swing for children with movement disorders, and a transformable kite kit.

To celebrate Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, enjoy popping an entire roll of Bubble Wrap bubbles; put Bubble Wrap on the soles of your shoes and annoy people with each step you take; have a Bubble Wrap contest—hand out sheets of Bubble Wrap and set the timer, and the person who pops the most bubbles within the allotted amount of time wins a Kazoo!  Click For more fascinating facts about Bubble Wrap

★~  Kazoo Day:

Alabama Vest and Thaddeus Von Clegg invented the kazoo in the 1840s. They presented the new instrument at the 1852 Georgia State Fair, and it soon became a staple in the popular music of the era. The kazoo, the banjo, and the glass harmonica are the only instruments invented in America.

My sweet mother plays the Kazoo. Really! She keeps her silver Kazoo in her purse for when she feels the urge to Kazoo out a few happy tunes. She has the gift.  Do you suppose we could talk her into playing a little ditty for Odd? Maybe with a little encouragement from our Odd El Morno Friends. It would be such FUN. Mom, you could be bigger than fly art….just sayin’.

★~ Blueberry Pancake Day:


Whip up a delicious batch of Blueberry pancakes, top them with a little maple syrup, and celebrate Blueberry Pancake Day! If you missed Blueberry pancakes for breakfast…enjoy them for dinner. YUM.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1887 – 125 Anniversary of the largest recorded snowflake — a stone-cold behemoth said to be 15 inches in diameter. The freakishly massive flake reportedly drifted — or perhaps plummeted — to earth at Montana’s Fort Keogh in 1887.(The snowflakes in that Jan. 28 storm, according to a New York Times piece a few years back, were described by a rancher as “larger than milk pans.”)

♥~ 1934 – Robert Royce’s famous invention was used for the first time in Woodstock, Vermont. Previously, snow skiers had no way to get to the top of the mountain conveniently. Remember the inventor the next time you schuss the slopes and have to make it back to the top.

♥~1959 – Vince Lombardi was hired to coach the Green Bay Packers.  Under Lombardi, the Packers won five NFL championships, including the first two Super Bowls.  The championship trophy for the Super Bowl eventually was named after him.

♥~ 1978 – “De plane, de plane.” The adding machines and practical calculators Aaron Spelling production of died Sep 14, 1898 began on ABC-TV.

♥~ 1995 –TLC’s Creep hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The smash held down the top spot for four weeks : “So I creep yeah; Just keep it on the down low; Said nobody is supposed 2 know; So I creep yeah; ’Cause he doesn’t know; What I do and no attention; Goes to show oh so I creep.

♥~ 1996 – Super Bowl XXX,  the Dallas Cowboys became the first team to win three Lombardi Trophies in four years.  Dallas defeated Pittsburgh, 27-17.

★~ Trending Now:


♥~ SAG Awards: ‘Argo,’ ‘Lincoln’ stand tall

♥~ WWE Royal Rumble 2013 Results: Where Does CM Punk Go from Here?

♥~ Celtics’ Rajon Rondo has torn ACL

★~Born Today:

Jackson Pollock

♥~ 1855 – William Burroughs inventor of adding machines and practical calculators; died Sep 14, 1898

♥~1887 –Artur Rubinstein American pianist: played solo for the Berlin Symphony at the age of 12; died Dec 20, 1982

♥~ 1912 –Jackson Pollock abstract expressionist artist: Male and Female, The She-Wolf, The Tea Cup, Painting, Easter and the Totem, Ocean Greyness, Full Fathom Five; killed in car crash Aug 11, 1956

♥~ 1936 –Alan Alda (Alphonso D’Abruzzo) Emmy Award-winning actor: M*A*S*H. During his years as Hawkeye, Alan Alda also starred in a TV movie about Death Row prisoner Caryl Chessman.  Other people associated with prison stories share a January 28th birthday with Alda.  They include the real-life “Birdman of Alcatraz,” prisoner Robert Stroud (born 1890); actor John Banner, who played Sgt. Schultz on “Hogan’s Heroes” (1910); and director Frank Darabont (1959), who made the prison movies “The Green Mile” and “The Shawshank Redemption.”

★~ Did You Know:  A few icy tips and ice cube tricks 

♥~ How to walk on the ice…like a penguin.  Put the center of gravity on front leg. Do not stroll.

walk on ice
♥~ Water Hanging Plants: If you’re constantly reaching for the step stool to water hard-to-reach hanging plants, ice cubes can help. Just toss several cubes into the pots. The ice melts and waters the plants and does it without causing a sudden downpour from the drain hole. This is also a good way to water your Christmas tree, whose base may be hard to reach with a watering can.

♥~ Heavy pieces of furniture can leave ugly indents in your carpet. Use ice cubes to remove them. Put an ice cube, on the dent mark, let it melt, then brush up the dent. Rub rehab complete

♥~ Uh Oh…your ready-to-wear shirt is full of wrinkles and there’s no time to wash it again. Turn on the iron and wrap an ice cube in a soft cloth. Rub over the wrinkle just before you iron and the shirt will smooth out.

♥~ It’s Sunday brunch featuring eggs Benedict. But when you mixed butter and egg yolks to make hollandaise sauce for the dish, it curdled. What do you do? Place an ice cube in the saucepan, stir, and watch the sauce turn back into a silky masterpiece.

♥~ Gum removal. Rub the ice on the gum to harden it, then scrape it off with a spoon.

♥~ Ice Determination: I watched all 4 minutes….and so must you if you want to know if she conquers the ice or not…..



When I started typing El Morno, it was 31 degrees with freezing rain, lightening and thunder.  By about 11pm the temp was around 37 with rain and I’m told it will hit 43  degrees at 4am.  The weather services are predicting 61 on Tuesday and then a dive back down to 3 degrees overnight Thursday to Friday. I have no idea what I will wake up too. Of-course Cole has his fingers and toes crossed that school will be closed due to ice. I will call an ice day if the streets are not substantially better at least for his rush hour drive to school.

Hope your Monday is Merry!

Odd Loves Company!

17 thoughts on “Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, Kazoo Day, Blueberry Pancake Day

  1. Pingback: January 28: Kazoo Day, Blueberry Pancake Day!

  2. Good Morno!!
    Ha. I am first today. I am assuming the ice was thawed and school went forward as usual. What a shift in temperatures. Wow.
    That polar bear video is so cute. I do not play the Kazoo but have been known to rack up some heavy duty bubble wrap points on the app on my I-phone. Nothing beats popping the real thing tho.
    Blueberry pancakes for dinner is a great idea if I can find some decent blueberries.
    Enjoy your day!

    • YES! FIRST! First at last. Yep the ice thawed…school was open…no joy in slushville.
      Hope you found your blueberries!

  3. Morno,

    No Mike? Sheesh he is almost an El Morno fixture—I mean that in a nice way.
    Blueberry pancakes for dinner. Oh my! My kids would do backflips. I think it can be arranged since I have not been to the store yet.
    I would love to hear your sweet mother play the Kazoo. I bet she is wonderful but we can’t applaud unless she plays!
    Bubble wrap..I have been known to give it to a toddler in line at the post office. The people in line had a choice–Pop Pop or screaming–35 minutes in line at the post office at 10am with one postal employee.
    Hope your ice, snow, sleet, slush are all gone by 12n after a snow day was called for Cole.
    Happy Monday.

    • I know…a day without Mike isn’t quiet right. Hope you enjoy blueberry pancakes last night. Everyone should be handed bubble wrap at the post office…I had a melt down last week—It took them 45 minutes to find a piece of registered mail.

  4. bubble wrap is a great multi-use invention. i like fra.biancoshock’s sense of humor!
    it am impressed by your kazoo playing mother!
    blueberry anything especially pancakes. i’m glad it has its own very deserving day.
    what wacky weather we’re having this winter. i’m tired of mine, too.

    • Today is 7am and almost 60 degrees out…The weather is wearing everyone ou, I think. The bubble wrap stress stations were such a good idea….I would love to find a long line of waiting people and hand them all bubble wrap and then stand back with a video camera.
      Yay blueberry pancakes!

  5. What a cute polar bear! I found myself watching the entire video — and wanting to reach inside that tub and yank that hunk of ice out for her!
    Good graphic on how not to slip on ice. Having fallen before on ice, I know how much it hurts, but for the elderly population, it’s a pretty terrifying aspect to winter.
    Blueberry pancakes — mmmm!

    • I finally broke down and bought spiked sole covers a few years ago…with my campers I was on the ground more than on my feet..our yard often turns into an ice skating ring.
      It was hard to watch the video without helping, wasn’t it. Too funny!

  6. Perhaps when my darling daughter visits I will do a brief tune on the Kazoo. I’ll have to be sure to have the makings for a Lemondrop tho.
    Mike is in FL. golfing. Lucky guy!

  7. I also play the Kazoo and I own 2 of them…They are such fun. Think there should be a Kazoo band made up of seniors for something for them to look forward too. I just might get that going at the Keenage center….Loved that little polar bear. Talk about determination. Love popping bubble wrap.

    • Well then we need to have a video of you playing your Kazoo too!!
      I watched all four minutes of the polar bear video and found myself sharing his frustration. He was not a quitter.

  8. It would be so nice to enjoy a performance by Marcie and her Kazoo…It has been years since I had the pleasure..Marcie would crack everyone up when she would pull her Kazoo out of her handbag and entertain us all..Ah, the good old days !! 😀 😀

    • We are working on an encore performance! I need to put a Kazoo performance on Odd so Cole can show his children and talk about the musical talent that runs deep in our family.

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