Fig Newton Day, Do Nothing Day, Dragon Appreciation Day, Hot and Spicy Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
January 16,2013

Quiet Sunrise

★~ Today’s Quote:  “Meddle not in the affairs of dragons,for you art crunchy and good with ketchup.” ― Anon

★~ Fig Newton Day:

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Much to my sweet Mother’s horror, I divulge a family secret last year that she had kept hidden behind the Bisquick in the pantry for years. My dear dad loves Fig Newtons. The man that seldom snacks insists on Fig Newtons for all road trips and there they ride in all their awfulness, next to the Oreos and Chocolate Chip cookies…terrifying the Lay’s potato chips. My mother wonders where she went wrong and has tried to inhibit and redirect his appetite for Newtons, but she had to admit defeat to this cookie defect in my dad’s personality. Terror struck my heart when Cole, after spending time with his grandfather, told me the fruit Fig Newtons were not too bad. Early intervention on my part saved him from the evil of Fig Newtons and now he walks the righteous Oreo and Keebler chocolate chip cookie path.

I could not in good conscience encourage eating Fig Newtons; however, since my dear dad already indulges in the dastardly Newton habit there is one thing you could do to celebrate Fig Newton Day….Send Charlie a text or an e-mail wishing him a Happy Fig Newton day. He is always a little sad when he does not receive any Wishing you a Happy Fig Newton Day Cards; he feels his holiday may be overshadowed by the more popular Christmas and Martin Luther King Day. You can help brighten his day and let him know, while his family does not care, YOU care about his day. Uhm, no need to mention me when you e-mail or text…I think it’s best if he believes the gesture came directly from you.

Contact information will be shared at the bottom of the this post.

★~ Do Nothing Day:


Newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin invented Do Nothing Day on Jan. 16, 1973, as a day to celebrate nothing and “to protest the proliferation of special days and weeks by providing Americans with one 24-hour period when they can just sit–without celebrating or honoring anything.” Harold Coffin is Chairman of NNF “Because nothing is something he does better than anybody else.” “The only regret of the negative thinkers in the Nothing Foundation is that in order to combat the proliferation of special days they were forced to create an additional special day.” An expression of interest in the foundation’s purposes qualifies one for membership. Total number of members is unknown. The group does not publish anything, and does not hold meetings or conventions.

★~Dragon Appreciation Day!

The dragon is a creature of myth and legend. A symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power, the Oriental Dragon is regarded as a divine beast–the reverse of the malicious monster that Westerners felt necessary to find and slay. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority. If you were born in 1904 * 1916 * 1928 * 1940 * 1952 * 1964 * 1976 * 1988 * 2000 *2012, you are a dragon!

★~Hot and Spicy Food Day:

Spicy giardiniera

Spice up your life today with your favorite Hot and Spicy Food! Archaeological evidence suggests that people have been using hot spices in their recipes for over 6000 years. The hottest chili pepper in the world is the Naga Jolokia. On average, one of these peppers is over 170 times spicier than a jalapeno pepper! All Spicy Recipes is a hot web site that can help you find the perfect hot and spicy dinner combination. My sweet Mother and dear Dad  always have a jar of homemade Giardinera in the fridge.  I forgot to ask my mom what was in “the recipe” they make but if is significantly different than the one I just posted, I will let you know.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1866 – Mr. Everett Barney patented the all-metal screw clamp skate. Remember those? They would clamp on to the edges of the soles of shoes and you tightened them with a key. With the advent of athletic shoes, there was no place to clamp the skates so the clamp skate disappeared. In its place? Roller blades!

♥~ 1961 – Mickey Mantle signed a contract which made him the highest paid baseball player in the American League. ‘The Commerce Comet’ stepped up to the plate for $75,000 for the 1961 season.

♥~ 1976 – The album, Frampton Comes Alive, was released by Herb Alpert’s A&M Records. The double LP soon reached the top spot of the album charts and stayed perched there for 17 weeks. It sold 19 million copies in its first year in the record racks.

♥~ 1990 – Massachusetts farmer Frank Montague reported that a moose had fallen in love with his cows, and there really wasn’t much anybody could do about it.

♥~ 2004 – Starbucks opened its first coffee shop in France. The store is located in the heart of the city at 26 Avenue de l’Opera, one of Paris’ popular tourist and shopping districts.

★~ Trending Today:


♥~  Thirty-one years after Natalie Wood the circumstances around her death are being reviewed based on new information. L.A. County coroner changes Natalie Wood’s cause of death

♥~ NRA- Under fire again for exceptionally poor timing. NRA Brandied Video Game, Secret Service for President’s Children

♥~ Lance Armstrong-  For those of  you who still care: Lance Armstrong May Not Be Done Confessing

♥~ Maternity Hotels- ‘Maternity Hotel’ In California Suspected Of Housing Chinese Women Hoping To Give Birth In U.S.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1901- Frank Zamboni, the inventor of the world’s first self-propelled ice-resurfacing machine, which the Italian-American trademarked in his own name and is now commonly known as a “Zamboni”. Google has a very cool doodle commemorating his 112 birthday.

♥~ 1910 – Dizzy (Jay Hanna) Dean Baseball Hall of Famer: SL Cardinals [World Series: 1934/all-star: 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937], Chicago Cubs [World Series: 1938], SL Browns; broadcaster: SL Browns, Mutual Radio net, ABC/CBS Game of the Week; died July 17, 1974;

♥~ 1935 – A.J. Foyt, Auto racer

♥~ 1943 – Ronnie Milsap, Country singer

♥~ 1974 –  Kate Moss supermodel

♥~ 1950 – Debbie Allen, Dancer, choreographer (“Fame”)

★~ Did You Know:

FIg Newton

Back in the late 1800s, many prominent physicians believed that the bulk of human illness was related to digestive problems. The easy, homespun remedy? A combination of fiber plus colon cleanser cleverly disguised as a cookie. Fig cakes became a local favorite in many areas, but because they were a labor-intensive confection, they remained basically a homemade treat. That changed in 1891, when an Ohio-born baker named Charles Roser patented a machine that mass-produced fig cookies. The Kennedy Biscuit Company (later Nabisco) bought the machinery and the recipe from Roser and named the new product Fig Newton, after the Boston suburb Newton, Massachusetts. Fig Newtons were one of the first commercially baked products in America and today are the 3rd most popular cookie in the U.S., over 1 billion are consumed each year.


I will leave you with this sage advice: Never Ever Tickle The Tail Of A Sleeping Dragon OR challenge a Fig Newton cookie lovers right to take his cookies on a road trip.

Odd Loves Company!

13 thoughts on “Fig Newton Day, Do Nothing Day, Dragon Appreciation Day, Hot and Spicy Day

  1. Morno,
    Fig Newton Day again so soon. I see you are still a hater. Happy Fig Newton Day Charlie. Fig Newton loves have to stick together.
    Have no desire to mess with Dragons. Those days are long gone and I can’t say I miss them. Doing nothing, is no problem and we will have a salsa party at the office this afternoon. Chips and dip. I have this day handled.
    Enjoy your day.

    • Yep. Still a hater.
      Salsa party sounds FUN. I bet the office was very pleased with your contribution to Wednesday afternoon snack.
      I will pass along your Happy Fig Newton wishes….

  2. fig newtons are good for you as far as cookies go. your dad may be on to something here. i’ll let him know. i liked the blueberry fig newtons……not sure if they’re still around anymore.
    hot & spicy foods are definitely not my thing! i am a wuss.
    the mick has always been my baseball player.
    i was a big peter frampton fan in high school & college.
    i only remember the 1st verse of puff the magic dragon.
    the mass moose was just lonely……

    • Irene you hit the nail on the head…Fig Newtons have that “good for you taste.” Which is what I object too. Years ago I asked a very “old for his age” classmate of Coles if I would like some Odd dish at a Waldorf potluck….one eats carefully at a Waldorf potluck and he looked at me and said, “Well, Katybeth lets just say it has a good for you taste.” Kid will remain near and dear to my heart for ever. They still make blueberry Fig Newtons.
      I bet you’re right…the Mass Moose was just lonely–I hope the cows included him and he wasn’t mosserable or lonesome anymore.

  3. El Good Morno!
    Not a fig fan. Fig Newtons taste like medicine not a wonderful cookie. The rest of the day looks good tho. I love hot and spicy. Some dragons are better than others but best admired from a distance in case they are in the mood to roast a human. I’m not doing much today because I ran around like a crazy women on Monday, Tuesday. I’m hoping to meet a friend for lunch…Mexican food maybe!
    Happy Fig Newton Day Katybeth’s dear dad.

    • Love Mexican food. Hitting up a neighborhood grocery store for really good tacos on the weekends is always a good treat.
      Yes, I agree keeping your distance from a dragon is a good idea after you get a picture for Odd of-course!

  4. My daddy used to love fig newtons, too!! This post made me smile because it made me think of him (he died in 1994) and any chance to think of him makes me smile. Definitely sending that Happy Fig Newton Day email! 🙂

  5. My late grandmother (the Italian one) used to make delicious fig cookies, much better than Newtons (and yes, I sampled both so I could report fairly). Your daddy obviously never tried some of my grandma’s fig cookies, or he might not be so enamored of the store-bought variety. Still, it seems like a harmless enjoyment, and since the rest of his family doesn’t like Newtons, there’s more for him!!

    • Well we might be able to get beyond our embarrassment IF he did not insist on drinking Mr. Pibb with his Newtons? I can hardly bear to share this…. I’m not sure where my mother went wrong….
      I’m sure your Nonna made wonderful cookies with or without figs!

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