Rubber Ducky Day, Golden Globe Awards, Peach Melba Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
January 13, 2013


★~ Today’s Quote: “If not enough people doubt you, you’re not making a difference.” ~ Seth Godin

★~Rubber Ducky Day:


Oh, every day when I, make my way to the tubby
I find a little fellow who’s cute and yellow and chubby!

You make bathtime lots of fun,
Rubber Duckie I’m awfully fond of you

Jim Henson performed the song “Rubber Duckie” as Ernie on Sesame Street, and the rubber duck bath toy has been an iconic American symbol ever since. Rubber ducks have been around since the rise of the rubber industry in the late 1800s, but no one knows their exact origin. Though rubber duckies are typically a domesticated species, they can often be found in the wild owing to a Pacific storm in 1992 that set over 29,000 duckies free from a cargo ship. For months after the storm, the rubber duckies made their way to the shores of Indonesia, Australia, and South America. Some even entered into the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia and became trapped in the Arctic ice. Indeed, to the rubber ducky, the world’s just one big bath tub.

★~ Golden Globe Awards:


Tonight is a big night for the entertainment industry—the Golden Globes! The first Golden Globes ceremony took place in December of 1947. It was a modest luncheon hosted by the newly formed Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association (HFCA) to honor Harry M. Warner, the president of Warner Brothers. Today, an average of 250 million viewers tune in to watch this star-studded Hollywood event.

Unlike the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes recognize achievements in both film and television entertainment. In 1951, the HFCA also made the decision to separate the big awards into two categories—drama and musical/comedy.

This year Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards. For those tuning in on TV, the Hollywood party/awards show will begin at 5 p.m. Pacific (8 p.m. Eastern) on Sunday and will be aired live across the country on NBC. The red carpet officially starts at 2:30 p.m. Pacific (5:30 p.m. Eastern) and the pre-show will air on NBC at 4 p.m. Pacific (7 p.m. Eastern).

Leading the pack of film nominees this year is Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which scored a record seven nominations, including best dramatic film, director and acting nods for Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field. “Lincoln” also led Thursday’s Academy Award nominations with 12 nods.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. nominated a selection of dramatic films that focus on other U.S.-centered themes too. The category includes Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti western “Django Unchained,” Ben Affleck’s Iranian hostage crisis drama “Argo” and Kathryn Bigelow’s account of the search for Osama bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty”. Ang Lee’s shipwreck epic “Life of Pi” is also nominated for dramatic film.

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Les Miserables,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” and “Silver Linings Playbook” are the best comedy or musical nominees.

In TV land, HBO’s “Game Change” and “The Girl,” BBC’s six-part period piece “The Hour,” History Channel’s “Hatfields & McCoys” and USA Network’s “Political Animals” are up for best TV miniseries or movie.

“The Big Bang Theory,” “Episodes,” “Girls” and “Smash” are up against reigning TV comedy winner “Modern Family.”

In the TV drama category, “Breaking Bad,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Downton Abbey: Season 2” and “The Newsroom” are up against last year’s winner, “Homeland.” “Downton Abbey’s” first season took home the Golden Globe for best miniseries, but the “Masterpiece Classic” series is now being categorized with the best TV drama label.

A dish of Peach Melba might be just the dessert to pair with the Golden Globe awards…

★~ Peach Melba Day:

Peach Melba it’s a refreshingly simple pairing of peaches and ice cream topped with Melba sauce. Created by the noted French chef Auguste Escoffier, this dessert is fit for a queen — or at least a diva, like Dame Nellie Melba , the Australian opera singer for whom it was created. While Melba was performing in London, Escoffier created the dish in her honor, serving the peach-topped vanilla ice cream in an ornate ice-carved swan and topping the dessert with spun sugar. He later adapted it for the Carlton Hotel in 1900 by creating a new “Melba” sauce, consisting of pureed red currant jelly, raspberries, sugar and cornstarch. Peach Melba

~ Today in History:


~ 1863Thomas Crapper pioneered the one-piece pedestal flushing toilet. He is also said to have pioneered the self raising seat for said toilet, which worked on a system of counter weights that left men free to concentrate on the job at hand.

♥~ 1957 – The Wham-O Company developed the first plastic Frisbee. The most popular theory as to how this flying disc came to be dates back to the 1920s when Yale students invented a game of catch by tossing around metal pie tins from the Frisbee Baking Company in nearby Bridgeport, Connecticut. They would frequently shout “Frisbieeeee” to warn passersby of the oncoming pie plate. Building inspector Fred Morrison puttered with and refined a plastic flying disc that he sold to WHAM-O (for $1 million) in 1955. The disc was introduced to the consumer market in 1957 as the Pluto Platter (the name inspired by the U.S. obsession with UFOs). Wham-O changed the name to Frisbee in 1958, upon hearing the Yale pie-tin story. (Mattel now owns the rights to Frisbee, which has become an American icon.)

~ 1962 – Chubby Checker went back to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Twist’. The song first went to No.1 in Sept 1960 and became the only record in American chart history to top the charts on two separate occasions.

~ 1973 – Carly Simon’s No Secrets was the #1 album in the U.S. for the first of five weeks

~Born Today:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

~ 1961 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus Emmy Award-winning actress: Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine; Saturday Night Live, Hannah and Her Sisters, North, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 1962,

~ 1966 – Patrick Dempsey actor: Fast Times, The Right to Remain Silent, Loverboy, Meatballs, Grey’s Anatomy

~ Did You Know: Golden Globe Awards 

Rat Pack

♥~ The first national telecasts of the Golden Globe Awards were during a special segment on “The Andy Williams Show” in 1964 and 1965.

♥~  Rat Pack Take Over: Awards were handed out by journalists in the HFPA up until 1958, when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. stormed the stage with whiskeys and cigarettes and took over the show. Since then, stars have ruled the show.

♥~  Five Favorites: The most Globes won by a film is five — and the honor has been shared by five winners: “Doctor Zhivago”(1966), “Love Story” (1971), “The Godfather” (1973), “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1976), and “A Star is Born” (1977).

♥~ Awards Sweep: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” is the only film to win the Globe in all five major categories (Best Motion Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, Screenplay).

♥~ Biggest Shut Out: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1967) and “The Godfather, Part III” (1991) each received seven nominations — but no awards.

♥~ Nashville Nine: “Nashville” (1976) holds the record for most nominations ever for a film — but the film only won one the Best Song award for Keith Carradine’s “I’m Easy.”

♥~ Academy Snub: Actress Rosalind Russell won all five Golden Globes that she’s been nominated for, but never nabbed an Oscar for her achievements.

♥~ Jack on Top: Jack Nicholson holds the record for most individual Golden Globe wins — the actor has won six statuettes.

♥~ Nomination Domination: Jack Lemmon and Meryl Streep hold the record for most individual nominations — Lemmon has 22 and Streep has 19.

♥~ Three Way: There has only been one three-way tie in a category at the Globes — in 1989, Jodie Foster (“The Accused”), Shirley MacLaine (“Madame Sousatzka”), and Sigourney Weaver (“Gorillas in the Mist”) all won for Best Actress.

♥~ Youngest Recipient: Ricky Schroeder became the youngest award recipient ever when he won the Globe for Best New Star of the Year in 1980 for “The Champ” at age 9.

♥~ Unbeatable at 80: Jessica Tandy is the oldest award recipient ever, having won Best Actress at age 80 for “Driving Miss Daisy” (1990).

♥~ Star Protest: Marlon Brando refused his Best Actor Globe for “The Godfather” in 1973 to protest U.S. “imperialism and racism”. He also refused his Oscar statuette for the same role.

♥~ Giving Back: The HFPA has raised nearly eight million dollars for entertainment-related charities and scholarships.



Last night the Miss America Pageant aired on television, and I laughed out loud when I saw this picture on Facebook; it was posted by Catherine’s daughter (remember, Catherine from Mrs Rhodes Darlings). Catherine, for as long as I have known her, has never missed a Miss America Pageant, and seems to have passed this legacy on to her daughters and Basset Hound, Daisy.

In case you missed the show:

Miss America is…Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan!
“And there she is
“Walking on air, she is
“Fairest of the fair, she is
“There she is – Miss America”

Runner-ups include —First: Miss South Carolina. Second: Miss Oklahoma. Third: Miss Iowa.

Daisy won Miss.Congeniality.

Will you be tuning into the Globes tonight?

Odd Loves Company,

10 thoughts on “Rubber Ducky Day, Golden Globe Awards, Peach Melba Day

  1. Morno!
    I don’t usually watch the award shows, I mostly watch sports on television. I think my kids had a rubber duckie or at least I remember the Ernie song. Peaches in the winter seemed Odd last year and still seems Odd this year but my sister made the dessert over the summer and it was good. Dinner at her house tonight wonder what she would think of Peach Melba in January. I could offer to bring the ingredients.
    Daisy looks very congenial.
    Enjoy your day.

    • Well one might say the Superbowl is an awards show….True peaches in Jan are a little odd but the dessert is tasty so by all means suggest and bring for tonights dinner with Sis. Daisy put the C in congenial.

  2. Morno,
    I watch all the awards show and I’m looking forward to the Golden Globes which I like better than the Academy Awards. I love Tina Fey, along with Amy Poehler the show should be very funny. It will surprise me if Lincoln doesn’t walk away with a lot of status.
    Peach Melba sounds like a perfect awards show pairing.
    Congratulations to Daisy. She looks so happy in her crown.

    • Peach Melba is so tasty. I did not see Lincoln but from what I heard it seems like a sure pick. Daisy does look happy in her crown…and has that…”Who Me? look.

  3. El Morno is shining early. Morno everyone!

    I love the Miss America Pageant and try to watch every year. I picked Miss South Carolina to win but wasn’t disappointed when Miss. New York took the crown. I will try and watch some of the Globes. Tough on a Sunday night. Love Tina Fey.
    A friend gave each of my kids a rubber ducky with their name on it when they were born and somehow I have managed to hang on to them. They are very cute lined up along the window in the bathroom. Fun baby gift if anyone is looking for an idea. She paired the duck with a big kid bath towel with their names (not a baby towel that lasts for 3 weeks) and we still use those too. She chose a different color for each kid.
    Off to turn old bread into French toast for my pack. Have a wonderful day.

    • What a ducky idea! Fun and useful! I like Tina Fey too which would be the only reason I would tune in but I think my teen is commanding the remote tonight….Sigh.

  4. i have a rubber ducky on the jacuzzi ledge. either the tub came free with a highly overpriced ducky or the ducky was free with a still overly priced whirlpool.
    no golden globe…..not big on movies. sit stay is difficult. over christmas, we saw two movies which is really unheard of for me. 007……yeah!
    frisbees have always been a fun activity. brave yalies playing with metal pie tins.
    i’m sure bassett daisy gave the other winners a run for their money. she would have gotten my vote!
    more football today. my teams bit the dust yesterday.

    • Funny about the Jacuzzi duck. Does he or she have a name? I usually do a poll for the acadmeny awards and indulge in desire to become a bookie but skip most of the other award shows. I do like to see the clothes…Kind of like watching the superbowl for the snacks and commercials.
      I bet those yalies had some awesome moves. 😀

  5. Sunday night is my night to watch “Revenge” so can’t miss that. I guess I forgot Downton’s Abby. Never can remember what night and time it is on. I did like it though. Rubber duckies… I have 2 in my hall closet that my grandson’s played with whenever they spent the night while taking their bath’s. I can’t part with them and they are still in good shape…Maybe I will be able to give them to my great-grand babies some day. Love Miss Daisy’s enthusiasm.

    • Hard to part with a rubber ducky and it’s not like they take up space. I am renting the first two seasons of Downtown Abby on Netflix…I need to catch up a bit before diving in.

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