Temporary Insanity Day, Chocolate Mint Day

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February 19, 2013


★~ Today’s Quote:  “The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four people is suffering from a mental illness. Look at your 3 best friends. If they’re ok, then it’s you.”  ― Rita Mae Brown

★~ Temporary Insanity Day:


Today, a jury acquitted Daniel E. Sickles,  controversial New York congressman and future Civil War general of murdering his wife’s lover, the son of the composer of “The Star-Spangled Banner by successfully using for the first time the  temporary insanity defense (1859).

And what makes this Insanity Day?  Not the fact that he won–but the fact that politicians have been getting away with murder for years!!

Click here for my list of how to have fun driving people crazy.

★~ Chocolate Mint Day:


Mint and chocolate were made for each other. A burst of refreshing peppermint, spearmint, or crème de menthe combined with the smooth, rich taste of chocolate is a truly unique pairing.

Some of the most famous chocolate mint inventions include mint chocolate cake, Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies, grasshopper martinis, mint chocolate soap and lip balm, Andes after-dinner mints, and mint chocolate chip ice cream.

To celebrate Chocolate Mint Day, snack on a piece of your favorite chocolate mint candy, enjoy a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, or perhaps make a grasshopper pie as suggested by El Morno friend, Debbie -Musing by an ND Domer’s Mom  last year on Chocolate Mint Day.

★~ Today in History:



♥~ 1878 – Thomas Edison received a patent for his phonograph.

♥~ 1910 – At a New York dinner party, Diamond Jim Brady amazed (not to mention, grossed out) his guests by eating five helpings of roast beef, gallons of stewed fruit, 84 oysters — and three gallons of orange juice to wash it all down!

♥~ 1992 –  Crazy for You opened at the Shubert Theater in New York City — for 1622 performances.

♥~ 1985 – Cherry Coke was introduced by the Coca-Cola Company

♥~ 1996 – Two days before her 121st birthday, Jeanne Clement of France became the world’s oldest pop star by releasing her first CD entitled Mistress of Time, on which she spoke over funk-rap, techno, and dance music. She said she made the recording to earn money for a minibus for the retirement home where she lived.

★~Born Today:

nicolaus copernicus solar system

♥~ 1473  – Nicolaus Copernicus –  Today’s Google’s Doodle  is a stately animation of the movement of the planets around the sun. The lovely diagram illustrates the theories of Nicolaus Copernicus, the Polish astronomer whose naked-eye observations of the planets led him to the conclusion that the sun was the true center around which everything else revolved. Fifty years before Galileo built his telescope, Copernicus determined the true movement of the planets, as well as the Earth’s rotation.

♥~ 1940 – Smokey (William) Robinson Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer: group: The Miracles: Shop Around, I Second That Emotion, Tears of a Clown; songwriter: My Guy, My Girl; solo:Cruisin’, Bein’ with You; Motown VP

♥~ 1960 – Prince Andrew (Duke of York) British royalty

♥~ 1963 – Seal (Sealhenry Olumide Samuel) singer: Kiss from a Rose, Prayer for the Dying, Waiting for You, Loneliest Star, Love’s Divine, Crazy, Human Beings

♥~ 1966 – Justine Bateman actress: A Century of Women, Primary Motive, The Fatal Image, Family Ties, Men Behaving Badly

★~ Did You Know:  Thinking outside the box, being a little insane,  can change the world.

earth is round

♥~ The Earth is round: We take it for granted now that the Earth is round, but for most of ancient history, humanity believed that the Earth was flat. The first practical proof of the world’s sphericity did not occur until Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastian Elcano’s circumnavigation of the globe.

♥~ Classical Elements: Pre-Socratic philosophers (Thales of Miletus, Anaximander, Anaximendes, Heraclitus, Parmenides, etc.) postulated that the world was comprised of four classical elements: earth, fire, water and air. (No, not the band.) It was the first time that man tried to explain the world without relying on mythological explanations and set the foundation for modern science.

♥~ Agriculture: Farming, at first, may not seem to be such a breakthrough idea, however, without it no other advances in humanity would have been possible. Farming allowed a single person, for the first time in human history, to generate more food than he himself could eat. Without the need to constantly search for food, this freed up time for everyone else to pursue other goals like inventing the shake weight.

♥~ Germ theory: Tiny things that we can’t see make us sick? No way! For much of early human civilzation, people thought that disease was spontaneously generated, while others blamed spirits or other supernatural phenomena. Then along came Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, commonly known as “the Father of Microbiology,” who was the first to record bacteria and other microorganisms. His research would help lead to the development of germ theory, a theory where microorganisms cause disease, the basic foundation of modern medicine.

♥~ Vaccination: Smallpox, polio, measles–diseases that were once life-threatening were virtually eliminated due to the discovery and implementation of vaccination. The simple process of getting a shot instantly improves the life expectancy and health of every modern human.

♥~ Zero: The concept of zero has been around since the ancient Bablyonians, but it wasn’t until the 12th century when Leonardo Fibonacci included it in his book “Liber Abaci” that the idea took hold in the west. Why is this lowly number so important? Everything from quantum physics to the binary code that runs computers relies on the mathematical principles derived from it.

♥~ Women’s Rights: Women deserve the same treatment as men? What a novel idea. It wasn’t until about the last 100 years that feminist movements finally convinced society that women deserved equal opportunities at things like voting and higher education.

♥~ Computers: The computer has become so ubiquitous to everyday life, that it’s hard to imagine life before it.  But the fact is, computers only started to become widespread at a consumer level in the 1980/90s. Before that, computers were limited to governments and universities and took up entire floors of buildings.

♥~ The internet:  Before the internet, It was hard if not impossible to share cat, dog, and laughing babies videos globally.


Lots of people talk about having a bucket list, but have you ever thought about having a crazy list? A list of really crazy ideas that you would love to do if only…..

A crazy list might included:
Drive a Lamborghini or Ferrari
Take a Cross-Country Road Trip With Your Friends
Throwing a snow ball at someone and hitting them smack on
Witness the Northern Lights in Alaska
Betting a $100 On “Red” (Roulette wheel)
Kissing a total stranger
Learning a musical instrument or foreign language
Leave your bed unmade (OMG Crazy)
Smoke a joint
Call your friends at an odd time and seeing how many you can talk into coming over just as they are
Adding a little temporary “wild” color to your hair or your pets fur.

And the list goes on…what would you add?

Odd Loves Company! 

11 thoughts on “Temporary Insanity Day, Chocolate Mint Day

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  3. Morno,
    I always look forward to my Girl Scout thin mint cookies. They go great with coffee. The grasshopper pie looks good too. I plead temporary insanity often, so today should be easy.
    My crazy list would include taking a long driving trip in another country. France or maybe Italy. It seems crazy right now with two kids in college, but one is almost done and the other is half way there so it might be possible.

    • Which reminds me I need to watch for GS at the grocery store. I did not have a personal GS this year and I need thin mints.
      Your crazy idea sounds completely doable. Hope it is possible in a few years!

  4. funny quote today!
    i like chocolate mint……occasionally.
    thanks to edison for the beginnings of music such as smokey robinson.
    crazy list: completing an ironman in official time. awesome.
    good day!

  5. Thanks for remembering about the Grasshopper Pie — it really is delicious!
    Loved “Did you Know” today — hard to believe things have changed so much, just in our lifetimes. What would we do now without our computers???!
    Add this to the crazy list — jump in the car and take off for parts unknown, no responsibilities, no obligations, no company (other than a good fur or two!)

    • My dad is fond of saying that when he started with IBM the word computer was not in the dictionary. I never want to go back to a time before computers and internet–even when technology totally ties me in knots.
      You your road trip seems completely possible. Why not! Maybe not right now but something to put high on the crazy list. And maybe a long weekend after college ends. Just get the taste for the open road. Chicago is nice. 😀

  6. Good Morno,
    I love Grasshopper pie. My grandmother use to make it when we we’re children and we felt so grown up eating something with Crème De Menthe. It was a spring treat. I feel like I have been around since the discovery that the earth was round! So many changes. Some good and some bad. Like most things. Well I don’t want to sky dive and I crossed a cruise off my list but if one of my grandchildren were to be bold enough to offer me a “hit off a joint.” I wouldn’t love to say Okay. Crazy enough, right?
    As always enjoyed your El Morno!

    • I think cruises sunk to the bottom of a lot of bucket and crazy lists. Pun intended.
      You want to smoke a joint? Well!! I think you must let that bit of crazy be known..it’s not likely the kids will just lite up in front of you and offer you a hit…so perhaps just say during dinner, “Listen, if any of you have some weed, I would love to try a hit after dinner.” And then take another bite of mash potatoes….your kids will scream MOTHER (as they should) but the grandkids will take care of you (as they should).

  7. El nighto. Might as well be last if I can’t be first. I like your crazy list. When I was in college I’d signed up for a weekend skydiving class. Why not, I’d already added downhill skiing, scuba diving, gun club, and hunting to the list of things that made my mother shake her head. She made me purchase life insurance when I turned 21 – just enough to cover funeral costs. Looking back now I can see why. My girlfriend had also signed up for skydiving, but for the weekend before me (limited size classes). Well, she flubbed her landing instructions a little on her first jump, which meant she missed the grassy field she was supposed to land in by about 100 yards. Instead she came down in the neighboring field, which had been freshly plowed about a week earlier, but not planted since a late spring freeze hit. So she came in for her landing, both legs in front of her as she’d been taught. Caught the top of a frozen plowed furrow and instead of running along the ground her legs snapped like twigs. Broken in 12 places. Each leg. Needless to say, skydiving came right off my crazy list. I even took the hit on my nonrefundable deposit. To this day skydiving is something I have no intention of doing. Ever. Of course, deciding to go to law school when Ben went off to college was a big crazy list item. I think I’ll take a little crazy list hiatus after graduation in May (and the bar in July). Looking forward to a few normal list things after that. Like making Downtown Abbey breakfasts. Which, by the way, is just so cool.

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