Fun Fact Sunday, Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

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March 24, 2013

Shahara Bridge in Yemen.Shahara Bridge – This bridge was build to fight turkish invaders. The legend says that the local people can remove the bridge in a few minutes in case of danger. The local residents still cross it as a part of their daily routine. 

★~ Today’s Quote:“This wasn’t just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it.” Dorothy Parker

★~ Chocolate Covered Raisin Day:

Today is National Chocolate-Covered Raisin Day! Did you know that Nestlé Raisinets are one of the most popular candies for movie-goers?

Culinary historians believe that humans first discovered raisins when they came across grapes drying on a vine. These sundried morsels soon became one of the most popular food sweeteners, second only to honey. Raisins are an excellent source fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, and certain B vitamins. Add some dark chocolate into the mix and you’ll also get a healthy dose of antioxidants and important minerals. El Morno friend Debbie LOVES Chocolate Covered Raisins, while El Morno friend Carol HATES them. What are your thoughts?

~ Today in History:

Lady Chatterly’s Lover

♥~1900 – The mayor of New York City broke ground for the city’s first subway line to link Manhattan and Brooklyn. The first New York subway would open four years later.

♥~  1958 – Elvis Presley reported to local draft board 86 in Memphis, TN. He became US 53310761. Since Elvis was now ‘government property’ serving his time in the Army, Uncle Sam stood to lose an estimated $500,000 in lost taxes each year that Private Presley served in the army.

♥~ 1960 – A U.S. appeals court ruled that the novel, Lady Chatterly’s Lover, was not obscene and could be sent through the mail.

♥~ 1964 – The Kennedy half-dollar coin was first issued. It was minted in silver its first year, then switched to a copper-nickel alloy with other U.S. ‘silver’ coins the next year.

♥~ 1985 – The Golden Raspberry Awards were presented to parody the Oscar Awards. The movie, Bolero, won the big award, for John and Bo (I’m a 10!) Derek; winning honors for worst director and worst actress, respectively.

★~Born Today:

Harry Houdini

♥~ 1874 – Harry Houdini magician: the great Houdini, escape artist; died Oct 31, 1926

♥~  1829 –  George Francis Train:  Appropriately, Train was one founder of the Union Pacific railroad. He also campaigned for president, and for “Dictator of the United States.” Train made a trip around the world in less than three months, and reportedly inspired Jules Verne to write “Around the World in 80 Days.” Verne died on this date in 1905, at age 77.

♥~ 1930 –  Steve McQueen (Terence Steven) actor: The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven, Papillon, Towering Inferno, The Sand Pebbles, Love with the Proper Stranger, Hell is for Heroes, Bullitt, The Hunter, Le Mans; died Nov 7, 1980

♥~ 1940 – Bob Mackie fashion and costume designer: 6 Emmy Awards, 3 Academy Award nominations; client list includes: Cher, Carol Burnett, Diahann Carroll, Bernadette Peters, Madonna, Carol Channing and RuPaul, The Carol Burnett Show [entire 11-year TV run]

♥~ 1946 – Colin Petersen musician: drums: group: The Bee Gees [the first non-Gibb brother to become a member]: Stayin’ Alive, How Deep is Your Love, Jive Talkin’, Night Fever, Tragedy, You Should Be Dancing, Love So Right

♥~ 1951 Tommy Hilfiger fashion, perfume and cosmetics mogul.

♥~ 1954 –  Robert Carradine actor:  Lewis Skolnick from Revenge of the Nerds

♥~ 1973 – Jim Parsons  actor: Dr. Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory

★~Did You Know:


♥~The nose print of a dog is like the fingerprint of a person – no two are alike

♥~In 1996, Mister Rogers pouted the wax that made the 100 billionth Crayola crayon.

♥~Barry Manilow did not write hit “I write the songs.” He did, however, write State Farm’s  “Like a Good Neighbor” jingle.

♥~Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest at a  San Francisco theater. He lost.

♥~Canadians eat more donuts per capita than any other country.

♥~ Ben & Jerry leaned to how to make ice cream by taking a $5 correspondence course offered by Penn State.

♥~According to Heinz, ketchup exists the iconic glass bottle at .028 miles per hour.

♥~Viagra can keep cut flowers looking fresh for up to a week longer than their normal life span.

♥~Teddy Roosevelt said he cut back on boxing because it was “absurd for a President to appear with a black eye or a swollen nose.”

♥~Dennis Gross holds the record for most Peeps eaten in 30 minutes with 102. (I think I can beat this record)

♥~32 calories in a peep, 0 fat, 1 gram of protein, and lets not talk about sugar.

Here is a fun March Madness Link, in case you may have missed it: 10 March Madness Story Lines Worth Knowing About. 

Cole brought a couple of friends home around midnight, I had gone to bed early, and appreciated the fact they were being so quiet. I snuggled back down in my bed, and closed my eyes knowing all was well. And then I smelled it…despite the fact that I had bought chips, dip, and chicken wings to feed teen boy munchies they decided to make bacon! It is next to impossible to sleep with bacon frying within smelling distance (do they sell bacon aroma alarm clocks?), so when my nose woke the rest of me up there was nothing I could do, but go and demand my share of bacon. Hopefully, a bleary eyed, wild hair mama, will deter them in the future from late night bacon snacks….but somehow I doubt it, they seemed perfectly fine with meeting and greeting me in the kitchen for a midnight snack. It’s not the late night worrying that keeps me awake, it’s the bacon frying…go figure.

Hope you have a satisfying Sunday!


10 thoughts on “Fun Fact Sunday, Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

  1. My one and only Peep was from kids Easter basket years ago. I still remember the awful sweet taste. No thank you. I like chocolate covered raisins, tho and the facts were interesting.
    Resting today–two days of golfing has left me a little ache, I need to get back in the swing of things, as they say.
    Have a good one.

    • You aren’t getting old are you? If you ate a few peeps you would be energized!! Hope you feel better after a day of rest!

  2. I’ve been known to call Dallas “Houdini” because he, too, is an escape artist. How did he manage to get out of his locked crate one night? Dunno, but he did!
    More chocolate-covered raisins, please!
    The smell of bacon-frying isn’t high on my list, especially in the wee hours of the morning. Meeting and greeting son’s friends is, though!
    Woke up to snow this morning — yikes, when will it end?!

    • Those shelties are very clever. Can’t believe you don’t like Bacon and I don’t think Irene does either (down)–how can that even be??? Chocolate covered raisins over bacon?! We only had a few flakes of snow! Happy dance.

  3. enjoyed the miscellaneous & march madness facts. i am enjoying this absolutely wide open tournament! my bracket as well as everyone else’s has been blown to hell. great games!
    i can eat chocolate covered raisins. one peep a season is ok for me. i chuckle at them sitting so colorful & pretty on store shelves.
    i like the smell of bacon although i can take it or leave it.
    good evening……by now!

    • One raisin, one Peep, bacon or not, my brackets been blowin to hell. I’m not sure but we might find a country western song in here some place….

  4. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF SNOW!!!!! I thought we had escaped this evil white shit, but NO! It arrived here around 5 pm. It was suppose to start this morning and be out of here by evening. Where oh where is SPRING??? I am WAITING. You stupid groundhog…Needs to be shot!

    • Oh my. I bet we will see some Spring before the weekend, but it has been such a long winter and the snow has been ADHD. Shall we shoot the groundhog and turn him into a fur coat for your pup?

  5. How cruel to pour chocolate over a rasin. People might think it’s a chocolate covered peanut. Same thing about a oatmeal rasin cookie. People might think it’s a chocolate chip cookie. Raisins should be kept in their small red box, clearly saying RAISINS.

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