International One Moment Of Laughter Day, Reach As High as You Can Day, Ex-spouse Day, Retro Candy Day

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April 14, 2013


★~ Today’s Quote: Blessed are the joymakers. ~ N. P. Willis

★~ International One Moment Of Laughter Day:


Today is a day to laugh loudly and laugh often! Watch a funny movie, read an amusing book, share your favorite jokes, and indulge in some good old-fashioned silliness to celebrate the occasion.

In addition to spreading joy, laughter has many health benefits. Studies have shown that there is indeed some truth to the old saying, “laughter is the best medicine.” Laughter can act as an antidote to pain, stress, and conflict. It also strengthens our immune systems, boosts circulation, and relaxes muscles.

Whether you giggle, chuckle, chortle, cackle, or guffaw, share a moment of laughter with friends, family, and strangers today

★~ Reach As High as You Can Day:


Reaching high,  might mean reaching for your dreams, aligning your body and soul with the perfect stretch, or finally pulling the stuff off the top shelf and getting rid of that punch bowl you always hated. No matter what you are reaching for, a good stretch feels great. Don’t worry El Morno friend Aussie Antoinette—we know you are on the more demure side—just reach as high as you can and ask for a boost if you need one.

★~ Ex-spouse Day:


The purpose of ESD is not to encourage post-divorce vandalism, prank phone calls, etc. Instead, the holiday is dedicated to helping those with irreconcilable differences forgive, forget, and move on.

One suggestion for how to celebrate today is to return any items, which you’ve held onto out of spite, to that lying, cheating, no good . . . ex-spouse. You’ll feel better once you returned that chainsaw.

★~ Retro Candy Day:



Now, before  we celebrate Retro Candy Day, I am going to offer full disclosure: today is supposed to be National Pecan Day—again. But I said to myself, it’s nuts to celebrate Pecan Day again we just celebrated it on March 25.  And here is the brilliance of my plan: if you feel guilty for not celebrating pecans, have a piece of retro candy with pecans in it! YES!

What is retro candy? The kind of candy you ate as a kid, of course—

Atomic Fire Balls, BB Bats, Bit-O-Honey, Black Jack Taffy, Boston Baked Beans, Bubble Gum Cigar, Maple Bun, Butterfingers, Candy Buttons on paper tape, Candy Cigarettes, Candy Necklace, Caramel Creams (Bull’s Eyes), Charleston Chew,  Cherry Mash, Chick-o-Stick,,Chuckles, Chunky,  Clark Bar, Dots, Dubble Bubble Gum, Fizzies Drink Tablets, Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy, Good & Plenty, Heath Bar, Honeycombed Peanuts, Jawbreakers, Jelly Nougats, Junior Mints, Kits Taffy, Lemonheads, Life Savers, Marshmallow Ice Cream Cone, Milk Duds, Necco Wafers, Pixie Stixs, Red Hots, Root Beer Barrels, Saf-T-Pops, Sen Sen, Sky Bar, Smarties,  Peppermint Stick, Sugar Daddy, Teaberry Gum, Tootsie Pops,, Walnettos, Wax Bottles (Nik-L-Nips), Wax Lips, Zagnut and Zero Bar

If you are visiting El Morno today to find out how to celebrate National Pecan Day, please click here, and you will be transported over to the National Pecan Day post or here Pecan Day (we have National Pecan day covered!)

★~ Today in History:

Stan Mikita

♥~ 1881: The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight erupted in El Paso, Texas, Here is what made the Wild West so wild: The Manning Brothers stole a heard of cattle, driving them down to El Paso to sell. Texas Ranger Ed Fitch took two Mexican farmhands with him and went to investigate, and in the process got the two men killed. A little while later a Mexican posse of 75 men showed up in El Paso looking for their two missing farmhands. After some asking about, they were led to a local ranch that held the bodies of the two. A gunfight was avoided – temporarily – as the matter went before a constable. Then the constable went to a bar, where street justice operated.

On this day, April 14, in 1881, at a bar in El Paso, a drunken confrontation between armed men involved in the trial resulted in the killing of three of them along with an innocent bystander.

John Hale, the owner of the ranch where the bodies were found, started the confrontation, grabbing the pistol of his friend and ex-City Marshal George Campbell, and shooting the constable Gus Krempkau. Hale hid behind a post just as Marshal Dallas Stoudenmire returned fire in his direction. Stoudenmire missed, killing a Mexican bystander. Hale was killed with the second shot, while the wounded Krempkau then fired on Campbell. Krempkau succumbed to his wounds inside the saloon, while Campbell managed with his dying breath to stagger out into the dusty street, yelling “You s.o.b., you have murdered me!”

♥~ 1828:  Noah Webster published his magnum opus, An American Dictionary of the English Language. A child of the American Revolution, Noah Webster fervently believed in American uniqueness. He also believed that language shapes culture, and the United States needs to have its own collection of language, matching uniquely American habits of grammar, spelling and pronunciation. The legendary wordsmith began working on just such a collection in his 20s.

♥~ 1865: President Abraham Lincoln  was assassinated

♥~ 1902 – James Cash Penney opened his first store — in Kemmerer Wyoming. In partnership with Thomas M. Callahan and William Guy Johnson, J.C. Penney named the store Golden Rule. The dry goods and clothing store had a first-year profit of $8,514.36 on sales of $28,898.

♥~ 1980 – Stan Mikita  The greatest Blackhawk centerman ever, number 21 retired after 21 years years with the Chicago Black Hawks. His #21 jersey became the first Blackhawks number to be retired.

♥~ 1979- The Doobie Brothers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘What A Fool Believes’, the group’s second US No.1.

★~Born Today:

Robert Doisneau

♥~1866 – Anne Sullivan (Macy) ‘The Miracle Worker’: famous for teaching the blind and deaf Helen Keller to read, write and speak; died Oct 20, 1936

♥~1912 –  Robert Doisneau  was one of the original street photographers — he wandered the streets of Paris snapping away with his Leica camera decades before thousands of Brooklyn’s hipsters would do the same throughout Williamsburg. Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Town Hall),” a photograph of lovers kissing in the streets of Paris taken in 1950, became his most famous work.

♥~1925 – Rod Steiger (Rodney Stephen Steiger) Academy Award-winning actor: In the Heat of the Night [1967]; On the Waterfront, The Pawnbroker, Dr. Zhivago, The Longest Day, Back Water, In Pursuit of Honor, Mars Attacks!; died July 9, 2002

♥~1935 – Loretta Lynn country singer: Coal Miner’s Daughter, I’m a Honky-Tonk Girl, One’s on the Way, The Pill; 1st woman to earn the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year award; named ACM Artist of the Decade [1979]

♥~1941 – Julie Christie actress: Dr. Zhivago, Petulia, Shampoo, Separate Tables, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Fahrenheit 451

♥~1960 – Brad Garrett comedian, entertainer, actor: Everybody Loves Raymond, ’Til Death, The Pacifier, The Moguls

★~ Did You Know:  If you share my sense of humor these clips will start your day off laughing.. .


♥~ Seven Ways to Discipline Your Child:


♥~ How Animals Eat Their Food

♥~ Church Bulletins:

The Fasting and Prayer Conference includes meals
Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water.’The sermon tonight:’Searching for Jesus.’
Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again,’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday there will be try-outs for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM – prayer and medication to follow.
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.


I’m giggling my way out the door, but before I go I must ask: Do you have a favorite “retro candy?”

I will see you later alligators!

Odd Loves Company!


14 thoughts on “International One Moment Of Laughter Day, Reach As High as You Can Day, Ex-spouse Day, Retro Candy Day

  1. Morno,
    I laughed. As a kid, I loved smoking candy cigarettes because it did make me feel like my dad. Those ads really knew how to hit you where it counted. Of-course my dad died of lung cancer and that also made a lasting impression.
    Nice day. Golf at 12n, dinner with sis and family.
    Have a good one.

    • Playing golf and not watching it? Cigarettes nailed a lot of good people before we knew how bad they were for us.
      Hope you had a good Sunday!

  2. Good Morno,
    I’m going to laugh all the way through mass thinking of those bulletins. How funny.
    Love the candy I grew up with, my favorite were jaw breakers. Oh how my mother hated it when we bought them. She was sure we would do dental damage. I’m not sure we ever did, but I can see why she would be concerned, they were hard as rock!
    Hope your day is as pretty as our day!

    • Glad they brought a giggle to your day. Jaw breakers were good, but they broke my mouth out something fierce. We did have a pretty Sunday. Glad you did too?

  3. i’ve seen church bulletins before & they never get old! i am wiping my eyes. i enjoy a good laugh! glad there’s a day to officially celebrate.
    i always liked turkish taffy that you slapped on a table to break into pieces. my teeth would be in pieces now unfortunately.
    always loved the doobie brothers.
    good day!

    • I’ve never had turkish taffy, but I love saltwater taffy. Church ladies can be so funny! The video about parenting your kid made me spew tea on my computer screen. Just one of those days.

  4. Funny church bulletins!
    Favorite retro candy? That’s tough to say. Probably jawbreakers and jelly nougats, though Double Bubble Gum was pretty high on my list, too. And we always got taffy after swimming and Sugar Daddy at the movies. Gee, no wonder I’ve got so many fillings!

    • Bubble gum!! Candy was such a way of life back then. Although my Mom was a forerunner in the sugarless gum arena, and we seldom had candy at home. It was a grandparents sort of thing.
      Loved Sugar Daddy! Long lasting.

  5. Barrett Sherbet Fountain candy and sponge toffee – the plain kind sold in a brick about the size of a pound of butter. They were odd candy, but I liked them because they fizzled in my mouth and lasted a long time. I’ve never seen either of those candies here in Chicago. Of course, I wouldn’t have turned down any other candy back in those days. Loved candy then and still love it now.

    • I have never heard of them, but it sounds interesting. I still love kids candy, Pixie stix and such.

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