Mercury in Retrograde, Academy Awards,Tortilla Chip Day

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
February 24, 2013


★~ Today’s Quote:  You Don’t Have To Attend Every Argument You’re Invited To  ~ author unknown

★~ Mercury In Retrograde: February 23/24 – March 17, 2013


Run for cover! Stop! Don’t run!  This is not a good time to travel!! Lets just stay calm and use the power of Mercury retrograde in Pisces for deep thinking, meditation  and questioning our own self imposed barriers.  Saturn is also retrograde during this period (through July 7), which will encourage us to pay more attention our goals and boundaries during this Mercury retrograde. For more tips on making the most of Mercury In Retrograde click Is Mercury In Retrograde or Have I Lost My Mind?

★~ Academy Awards:

Academy Awards

Tonight is the biggest night of the year for the film industry—the Academy Awards!  The first Academy Awards ceremony took place on May 16, 1929. It was a private dinner party with less than 250 guests in attendance and tickets cost $5. The ceremony only lasted fifteen minutes! Today, an average of 40 million people watch the ceremony on television. The trophy for the Academy Awards is a knight gripping a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film. The reel has five spokes representing the original branches of the Academy: actors, directors, producers, technicians, and writers. The statuette is officially known as the Academy Award of Merit, but was nicknamed “Oscar” in the 1930s. Each of the Oscars costs $500 to produce and weigh about 8.5 pounds.

★~ National Tortilla Chip Day:

Tortilla Chip

Rebecca Webb Carranza invented tortilla chips in the 1950s. Carranza and her husband owned the El Zarape Tortilla Factory in Los Angeles and were among the first to automate the production of tortillas. The machine often produced misshapen tortillas, and Carranza decided to try and use them instead of throwing them away. She cut the rejected tortillas into triangles, fried them, and sold them for a dime a bag. Tortilla chips soon became a nationwide sensation, served alongside salsa, chili, guacamole, and a variety of other appetizers. In 2003, the state of Texas made the tortilla chip the official state snack! To celebrate Tortilla Chip Day, dip a chip in your favorite salsa while you tune into the Academy Awards.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1905 – The National Ski Association was formed in Ishpeming, MI. The organization has been going, um, downhill ever since…

♥~ 1938 – The first nylon bristle toothbrush was made in Arlington, NJ. It was the first time that nylon yarn had been used commercially. Two years later, nylon hosiery was introduced

♥~ 1940 – Frances Langford recorded Walt Disney trademark song  When You Wish Upon a Star

♥~ 1973 – Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly with His Song hit #1 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100.

★~ Born Today:

Steve Jobs

♥~ 1921 – Abe Vigoda, Actor (“Fish,” “Barney Miller”)

♥~ 1922 –  Steven Hill,  Actor (“Law and Order”)

♥~ 1931 – Dominic Chianese, Actor, singer (“The Sopranos”)

♥~ 1947 – Barry Bostwick, Actor (“Spin City”)

♥~ 1951 – Debra Jo Rupp, Actress (“That ’70s Show”)

♥~ 1954 – Steve Jobs ,  American businessman and inventor (Apple Co-founder)

♥~ 1966 – Billy Zane, Actor, (Bloodrayne)

★~ Did You Know:  If you can’t bs your friends with your knowledge of this years Oscar Nominated Films, here are a few Oscar trivia odds and ends to toss out at work or with friends.

red carpet

♥~ Curious as to what it would cost to see every Oscar Nominated Film? There are a total of 38 feature-length films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards, including foreign pictures, documentaries and animated films. Using an average ticket price of $13.00 the total for one ticket would be $495.00.  If you had a large soft drink and popcorn at all 38 movies the cost for refreshments would be around $522.50. If there is a promotional deal going on you might only pay $456.00. Curious as to the cost in calories? If you just had a popcorn, you would ingest around 39, 773 calories. Tack on another 19,000 calories if you enjoyed a non-diet soft drink with your popcorn. Candy? Nachos? Forget it. Your time is worth something right? Based solely on the length of the 38 feature films nominated for an Oscar, a moviegoer would spend 74 hours and 7 minutes, in front of the screen. That doesn’t factor in the twenty-or-so minutes of previews shown before most theatrical releases.

♥~ The shortest acceptance speech award belongs to both Alfred Hitchcock and William Holden who greeted their awards with a simple, “Thank you”.

♥~ The most successful films in Oscar history are Ben-Hur, Titanic and Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King. Each took home 11 awards – although Return Of The King was the only one of those to take home every award for which it was nominated.

♥~ Midnight Cowboy is the only X-rated film to win Best Picture, although A Clockwork Orange also received a nomination.

♥~ According to a 2001 study by the Annals of Internal Medicine, multiple Academy Award winners live up to six years longer than multiple losers. Thankfully no-one has told Peter O’Toole this.

♥~ The ‘unwinningest’ actor in Oscar history is Peter O’Toole. He’s been nominated eight times but has never won.

♥~ Of the 55 Oscars that were stolen by truck driver Lawrence Ladent in March 2000, 52 were returned by his accomplice’s brother, one was recovered in a Miama drugs raid three years later and two are still missing.

♥~Liza Minnelli, meanwhile, is the only Oscar winner whose parents (Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli) also both won Academy Awards. Although some say Judy Garland didn’t win a “real award.” I have no idea what that means, I just don’t want you to get in a fist fight defending my trivia. Let it go.

♥~ According to legend, the name ‘Oscar’ was given to the statuettes by Margaret Herrick, the Academy’s librarian. Reportedly, the statuette looked like her uncle Oscar, who, we assume, was a tiny tanned man with a sword.

♥~ The list of weirdest thank you recipients in an Oscar speech includes: hairdressers (Cher for Moonstruck), the maharishi (Rod Steiger for In The Heat Of The Night), childhood poverty (Roberto Benigni for Life Is Beautiful), lawyers (Halle Berry, Monster’s Ball), “grandpa Buster” (Gwyneth Paltrow), and “everyone I’ve ever met in my entire life” (Maureen Stapleton, Reds).


SORRY SORRY SORRY SORRY IM SO SORRY: This was posted on the internet under “baby raccoon cuddling with cat.” I have doubts about the cuddling part. (the clip below should be animated, if it’s not I”M SORRY. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not.sigh)


I thought this picture was so cute….Rescued pets sticking together….


Hope everyone has a marvelous Sunday.  Will you be watching the academy awards?

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14 thoughts on “Mercury in Retrograde, Academy Awards,Tortilla Chip Day

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  2. Morno,
    Tortilla Chips and salsa one of my favorite appetizers. I will watch some of the Academy Awards at my sisters tonight. Doubt I will last for the whole show. I didn’t see all the movies by any means but I think I saw more this year than in years past.
    3 weeks of screwed up communications to look forward to? Thanks for telling me.
    Steve Jobs, genius dies to soon.
    That cat is not having fun.
    Have a good one.

  3. Good Morno,
    I made it. For some reason my mornings have been really hectic. The Academy Awards shows are fun. I am betting that Lincoln will take a lot of Oscar’s home. I saw all of the Best Pictures Nominations. Silver Lining Playbook was my favorite, although Lincoln was really good.
    Thanks for the heads up about Mercury. Hoping for the best. Off to church, breakfast, home for the afternoon and friends for Academy Awards. The sun is shinning.
    Funny Raccoon and cat picture. Is that for real? Raccoons have such sharp claws! Such a sweet picture with the turtle!
    Hope you have a great day.

    • Always nice to see you Geri! I did see Silver Lining Playbook and liked it a whole lot.
      Yes, the coon picture is for real and I wondered about those claws too!
      Hope you enjoyed your day!

  4. MORNO!
    We are well, well at last. I have three days to put my house back in order before DH and I head of to Sanibel Island for a few days of sun and fun-by which I mean laying by the pool, walking on the beach and lingering over uninterrupted meals. I can’t wait.
    Thanks for the warning about Mercury, I will check everything twice. Always a good idea anyway. I have not seen many of the movies at all but enjoy watching the Academy Awards for the clothes and bits of entertainment.
    TTFN. Have a great day.

    • So glad you are fit as a fiddle and your vacation is on the horizon!
      I will be comparing notes with you tonight!

  5. No, I probably won’t watch much of the Acadamy awards…I don’t get all the fuss over “actors”..I will check in once in awhile to check out the hair-dos and gowns, etc.. 🙄

    • I like the clothes! It’s mindless Sunday night fun for us…and of-course includes snacks…I bought Brie for the occasion.

  6. Retrograde already? No wonder! Thanks for pointing that out, as it explains a lot.
    No, I probably won’t watch the Academy Awards. I can think of any number of things I’d rather be doing!
    Love chips and salsa — interesting that they started out as rejects.
    I’m with Mike, that poor cat is not having fun!

    • Sorry the part about Mercury ^ was so scrambled. I fixed it–I guess that is what you get when you proof read in the wee hours of the morno. Of-course am I ever not a little scrambled…I do try.
      Cole has seen almost every movie. I have not but I enjoy the clothes and just the mindlessness of it all. I would not stay home to watch but as long as I am home…
      Don’t you wonder about that coon and his claws? And aren’t raccoons mean? Poor Cat.

  7. thanks for the mercury heads up. now i know!
    i’m not much of a movie person so i will refrain tonight. will catch up on some reading instead.
    a texan i am not! tortilla chips & salsa don’t float my boat.
    gotta like the baby raccoon. my brother befriended a raccoon which he took along when we’d go out for ice cream. coonie loved ice cream!

      • Your brother had a a raccoon that liked ice cream? Coonie? I always thought they were cute but very mean. Who knew. Sorry about the food of the day….I think the next couple of days are nuts–which won’t work for Debbie ^^. Hopefully we will hit on everyone favorite food…I worry about these things. How do you feel about Chili—It’s chili day on Thursday?

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