National Doctors Day, Take a Walk In the Park Day, Pencil Day, Turkey Neck Soup Day

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March 30, 2013


★~ “To do good work, one must eat well, be well housed, have one’s fling from time to time, smoke one’s pipe, and drink one’s coffee in peace”: Vincent van Gogh,

★~ National Doctors Day: 

The first Doctors’ Day observance was March 30, 1933, in Winder, Ga. The idea came from Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, and the date was the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery.

Chocolates and flowers won’t skyrocket as the nation celebrates Doctors’ Day, but nonetheless it is a day that deserves our attention. Since its inception in 1933, commemorating the March 30, 1842 discovery of anesthesia by Crawford Long, the medical profession has undergone astounding transformations. In 1933, the Nobel Prize in Medicine went to Thomas Morgan for a revolutionary concept now taught in grade school–that is, chromosomes play a role in heredity. These days we are able to map our genomes for a thousand dollars as a result of DNA sequencing and personalized medicine.

Give a doctor a red carnation today. It’s the official, designated flower of Doctors’ Day.

★~ Take a Walk In the Park Day:

Isabel’s (El Morno Friend) mother was a big believer in “going for a good walk.” I never met Isabel’s mother, but I will often walk in her honor. So take a walk in the park this spring Saturday, and if you are so inclined dedicate it to someone you know that has passed on.

★~ Pencil Day:

On  March 30, 1858,  Hymen Lipman received a patent for a pencil with an attached eraser. The  pencil was praised for its precision during writing and drawing.

In Middle English the word, spelled pencel, meant “artist’s brush.” It was borrowed from Old French pincel or peincel, related to Modern French peinture “painting.” The French inherited the word from the Latin penicillus, for “little tail.”

This Pencil Day, commemorate the perfect pencil. So pick one up and discover all its possibilities.

★~ Turkey Neck Soup Day: 

Turkey Neck Soup

Thanksgiving may be a long way behind (ahead of?) us, but that doesn’t mean its flavors must be. If you’re feeling hungry and ambitious, get those frozen giblets out of the freezer and simmer up a pot of Turkey Neck Soup!  If you are wondering why Turkey Necks are celebrated in March, I have no idea unless it’s to encourage us use those  frozen giblets we tucked away in November.

★~ Today in History:

♥~1964 – “This … is … ‘Jeopardy’!” One of television’s best known game shows, Jeopardy, developed by Merv Griffin, aired on NBC-TV for the first time on this day. Art Fleming never missed one show in 2,500 programs. The infamous Final Jeopardy song has a name “Think!”, originally composed by Merv Griffin as “A Time for Tony” as a lullaby for his son Tony, it has served as the Final Jeopardy! round countdown music since the show’s debut in 1964.  Over the years, Griffin estimated that royalties from the theme song earned him roughly $70 million.

♥~1970 – Secretariat, the great race horse that went on to win the Triple Crown of horse racing in 1973, was foaled.

♥~ 1974 – John Denver reached the top spot on the music charts with his hit, Sunshine on My Shoulders

♥~ 1990 – “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” opened in movie theaters throughout the U.S.

♥~ 1993 – In “Peanuts,” Charlie Brown hit his first home run.

♥~ 2001- New research showed British women had the most hair-free armpits and legs in Europe. The Austrian study shows 80% of British women regularly shave their legs and armpits. Italy, Spain and France were within 5% of the British total. Austria had Europe’s hairiest women with only 38% of women shaving.

★~Born Today:

♥~1853 – Vincent van Gogh – post-impressionist artist: The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, The Night Cafe; died July 29, 1890

♥~1930 – Rolf Harris Australian entertainer, singer: Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, Two Little Boys; actor: Web of Suspicion, The Rolf Harris Show, Rolf’s Cartoon Club

♥~1937 –Warren Beatty (Henry Warren Beaty) actor: Splendor in the Grass, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, Bonnie and Clyde, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, The Parallax View, Shampoo, Heaven Can Wait, Reds, Dick Tracy, Bulworth, Town and Country; Academy Award-winning director: Reds [1981]; Heaven Can Wait, Dick Tracy, Bulworth; Irving G. Thalberg Memorial [Academy] Award [2000]

♥~1945 – Eric Clapton (Eric Patrick Clapp) rock guitarist: group: Yardbirds: For Your Love; song writer: Layla, score for The Hit; Grammy Award-winning singer: Bad Love [1990], LPs: Tears from Heaven and Unplugged [1993], I Shot the Sheriff, Lay Down Sally, Promises, I Can’t Stand It, Wonderful Tonight

♥~1968 – Céline Dion Academy/Grammy Award-winning singer: Beauty and the Beast; LPs: Celine, Celine Dion, The Colour of My Love, D’eux, Falling Into You, Let’s Talk About Love, S’il Suffisait D’aimer, These Are Special Times, All the Way…A Decade of Song

★~ Did You Know:

♥~  More than 14 billion pencils are produced in the world every year  – enough to circle the globe 62 times.

♥~ A single wooden pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a line that is 35 miles long. A pencil can also write underwater, upside down, or in zero gravity.

♥~ One pencil will draw a line 70 miles long.

♥~ Pencils don’t really contain lead. That gray matter is graphite and clay.

♥~ Two billion pencils are made in the United States each year.

♥~ Famous novelists Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck used pencils to write their books.

♥~ Pencils didn’t have erasers on them until 100 years ago because teachers felt they would encourage children to make mistakes.

♥~ One million pencils are used annually on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

♥~ The average pencil can be sharpened 17 times,write 45,000 words or draw a line 35 miles long.

♥~A good-size tree will make about 300,000 pencils.

♥~ Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled Banner” in pencil.

♥~ Pencils were first painted gold because it is a color often associated with royalty and honor. During this time, a yellow pencil became known as the best type of pencil you could buy!


The app on my phone sent me a message “telling me to take my umbrella today,”  yep, there is even an app that tells you to come in out of the rain. However, so far the skies are blue and it is suppose to be a spring like 58f degrees! I’m not sure what today will bring other than playing with my campers, and make a peep sunflower.The peep sunflower is a maybe…Something Peep is our future, but I’m not sure if it is a sunflower….the amount of important decision I must make each day boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

Have a  Saturday, your way! 

Odd Loves Company!


14 thoughts on “National Doctors Day, Take a Walk In the Park Day, Pencil Day, Turkey Neck Soup Day

  1. Morno,
    Off running with the kids today. It’s good to see them, but I feel like I’m on a high speed chase.
    I like pencils. They never leak in your pants pocket and if you run them through the wash it isn’t a big deal.
    Hope your weather stays nice.

    • It was a very pretty day. Hope you had fun with your kids and they didn’t run you ragged! Good point about pencils!

  2. Interesting facts about pencils. They do come in handy in frozen weather, writing when pens freeze up (I know this from personal experience during my journalist days!).

    I love “Jeopardy” and have watched it for years. When they come to a category I like, I wish I had the courage to sign up as a contestant. Then they switch to something I know zero about — say, physics — and I’m more than glad not to be embarrassing myself on national TV!

    If the weather stays nice, I’ll be walking DD this afternoon, woo hoo!

    • I had never thought about pens freezing! Interesting. I guess when you are a reporter they are your number one choice.
      Jeopardy is fun to watch, but I very seldom get any right. I’m better at Wheel.
      Hope you and DD took a nice walk. It threatened to rain here, but it never happened.

  3. Adorable baby lamb. I’ve always had a soft spot for lambs.
    Odd, maybe. Interesting about Pencils, the only thing I knew about them is you can never find one when you need one.
    Talking a walk is on the agenda, the weather is beautiful and I can’t wait to be outside.

    • Isn’t the lamb cute!! Me too, I love lambs. Hope you had a a nice walk—I bet lambs like to go on walks!

  4. I came for the Peeps story, but also wanted to mention how much I enjoy El Morno. Usually, I am reading on the fly-by and don’t have time to comment, but I quote something from El Morno almost every day. Thanks! Hope you have a lovely Easter!

    • Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it, but I have been know to fail fact check a time or two. Darn internet.
      Taylor, Clapton…your a music warrior.

  5. Turkey neck soup!!!! ICK I liked yesterday’s lemon chiffon cake.
    I love pencils, they never let you down.
    I had a baby lamb once—don’t ask!

  6. i like the baby lamb, my doctor, taking walks, pencils, & clapton. i like the pencil facts, too. feeling agreeable today.
    nik earned her cat 1st leg today. proud of her!

    • I heard!! My mother was bragging about Nik! Congratulation on that yellow ribbon!! Guess you are going back tomorrow 😀

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