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April 23, 2013
★~Today’s Quote: “Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.” (From Coriolanus)
★~Talk like Shakespeare Day:
Hast thou been patterning thy parlance to evoke the vernacular of William Shakespeare? No? Me neither. But today hath been proclaimed “Talk Like Shakespeare Day.” We’re all supposed to be good sports and walk around using Shakespearean words. I suppose that means that in Chicago we are supposed to say, “Where are dou at?”
★~Take a Chance Day:
Once you ask, you’ve cut off your options. Don’t ask. Take a chance. If it doesn’t work out, ask for forgiveness and try something else. Asking is overrated. Be bold. Today you’re being challenged to take a chance and try something new.
★~ Picnic Day:
Our modern-day idea of a picnic evolved from Medieval hunting feasts and Victorian garden parties. These were usually quite sophisticated affairs, which involved multiple courses and elaborate preparations.
During the early 19th century a group of wealthy London citizens formed “The Picnic Society” to promote picnics as social gatherings. These picnics were potlucks, and each participant also had to provide a share of the entertainment. The society members drank from crystal goblets and listened to a live string quartet while eating their meal!
The American picnic is a casual affair. Any meal eaten outdoors can be called a picnic. So grab your sammie and head outdoors.
★~ Cherry Cheesecake Day :
What’s creamy, tangy and sweet all over? If you guessed Cherry Cheesecake you would be correct.
Cherry Cheesecake can be served drowning in cherry compote or sauce, or the cheerful cherry flavor can be baked right into your cheesecake. The best part is that cheesecake pairs well either way.
Or maybe today you will want to try a Black Forest cherry cheesecake, which combines the best of all cheesecake worlds. Cherry-flavored chocolate cheesecake with a fresh cherry topping!
I will make a stop at the Cheesecake factory today, which is conveniently located very close to home. Sara Lee also make a good cherry cheese cake or you could go all out and bake a cheesecake...Black Forest Cheery Cheesecake
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1896 – The first movie was shown at Koster and Bials Music Hall at New York City. Up until this time, people saw films individually by looking into a kinetoscope, a boxlike “peep show.” This was the first time in the US that an audience sat in a theater and watched a movie together. I wonder if they had popcorn?
♥~1900 – The word, hillbilly, was first used in print in an article in the New York Journal. It was spelled a little differently, as the story said that a Hill-Billie was a “free and untrammelled white citizen of Alabama, who lives in the hills.” The article continued that “he has no means to speak of, dresses as he can, talks as he pleases, drinks whiskey when he gets it and fires off his revolver as the fancy takes him.”
♥~ 1954 – Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first major-league home run.
♥~ 1964 – Ken Johnson of the Houston Colts tossed the first no-hit game — for a loss — in baseball history.
♥~ 1985 – The Coca-Cola Company of Atlanta, GA, made a showy, glitzy announcement that it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula. New Coke was called “the most significant soft drink development” in the company’s history. Yeah, well, so much for history. It turned out to be one of the biggest corporate flops ever and Coke changed back to the Old Coke in three months. What an truly dreadful time in out history. Makes me shudder, to even think about it.
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1564 – William Shakespeare’s was born today, died today in 1616 – and today his play “The Merry Wives of Windsor” opened in 1597, with Queen Elizabeth in the audience.
♥~ 1928 – Shirley (Jane) Temple Black child actress: Little Miss Marker, Curly Top, Heidi, The Little Colonel, Poor Little Rich Girl, Wee Willie Winkie, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm; U.S. delegate to the United Nations and chief of protocol
♥~ 1930 – Alan Oppenheimer actor: Murphy Brown, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Legend of Prince Valiant, Home Free, Eischied, Big Eddie, Trancers 4 and 5, Child of Darkness, Child of Light, The Bionic Woman, The Groundstar Conspiracy, Star!
♥~ 1932 – (Roy) Halston (Frowick) fashion designer: created famous pillbox hat  worn by Jackie Kennedy at JFK’s inaugural; his designs set standard for American designers in 1970s; died Mar 26, 1990 1936
♥~ 1936 – Roy Orbison singer: Only the Lonely, Running Scared, Oh, Pretty Woman, Crying, Dream Baby, It’s Over; died Dec 6, 1988
♥~ 1939 – Lee Majors (Harvey Lee Yeary II) actor: The Six Million Dollar Man, Big Valley, The Bionic Woman, The Covergirl Murders
♥~ 1960 – Craig Sheffer actor: The Second Front, Dracula II: Ascension, Final Breakdown, Deadly Little Secrets, Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal, Without Malice
★~ Good To Know: Words Coined by William Shakespeare more or less….
♥~ ADDICTION: OTHELLO, ACT II, SCENE II:
“It is Othello’s pleasure, our noble and valiant general, that, upon certain tidings now arrived, importing the mere perdition of the Turkish fleet, every man put himself into triumph; some to dance, some to make bonfires, each man to what sport and revels his addiction leads him.” – Herald
If not for that noble and valiant general and his playwright, our celebrity news coverage might be sorely lacking.
♥~ ARCH-VILLAIN: TIMON OF ATHENS, ACT V, SCENE I
“You that way and you this, but two in company; each man apart, all single and alone, yet an arch-villain keeps him company.” – Timon
With the added prefix of arch-, meaning more extreme than others of the same type, Shakespeare was able to distinguish the baddest of the bad.
♥~ ASSASSINATION: MACBETH, ACT I, SCENE VII
“If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly: if the assassination could trammel up the consequence, and catch with his surcease success.” – Macbeth
Though the term “assassin” had been observed in use prior to the Scottish play, it seems apt that the work introduced yet another term for murder most foul.
♥~ BEDAZZLED: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, ACT IV, SCENE V
“Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes, that have been so bedazzled with the sun that everything I look on seemeth green.” – Katherina
A word first used to describe the particular gleam of sunlight is now used to sell rhinestone-embellished jeans. Maybe poetry really is dead.
♥~ COLD-BLOODED: KING JOHN, ACT III, SCENE I
“Thou cold-blooded slave, hast thou not spoke like thunder on my side, been sworn my soldier, bidding me depend upon thy stars, thy fortune and thy strength, and dost thou now fall over to my fores?” – Constance
Beyond its literal meaning, the 17th-century play initiated a metaphorical use for the term that is now most often used to describe serial killers and vampires—two categories which, of course, need not be mutually exclusive.
♥~ EVENTFUL: AS YOU LIKE IT, ACT II, SCENE VII
“Last scene of all, that ends this strange eventful history, is second childishness and mere oblivion, sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.” – Jaques
If all the world’s a stage, it’s safe to assume that an event or two is taking place.
♥~ FASHIONABLE: TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, ACT III, SCENE III
“For time is like a fashionable host that slightly shakes his parting guest by the hand, and with his arms outstretch’d, as he would fly, grasps in the comer: welcome ever smiles, and farewell goes out sighing.” – Ulysses
And with just 11 letters, centuries of debate over what’s hot or not began.
♥~ MANAGER: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ACT V, SCENE I
“Where is our usual manager of mirth? What revels are in hand? Is there no play to ease the anguish of a torturing hour?” – King Theseus
If not for Shakespeare, workday complaining in the office break room just wouldn’t be the same.
♥~ SWAGGER: HENRY V, ACT II, SCENE IV/A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ACT III, SCENE I
“An’t please your majesty, a rascal that swaggered with me last night.” – Williams
“What hempen home-spuns have we swaggering here, so near the cradle of the fairy queen?” – Puck
By transitive property, Shakespeare is responsible for Justin Bieber’s “swag.”
♥~ UNCOMFORTABLE: ROMEO AND JULIET, ACT IV, SCENE V
“Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d! Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now to murder, murder our solemnity?” – Capulet
Un- was another prefix Shakespeare appended to adjectives with a liberal hand. In the case of Romeo and Juliet, a tragedy in which a father mourns his daughter’s suicide, “uncomfortable” seems to have originated with a slightly more drastic sense than how we use it now.
Of course, just because the first written instances of these terms appeared in Shakespeare’s scripts doesn’t preclude the possibility that they existed in the oral tradition prior to his recording them, but as Shakespeare might have said, it was high time (The Comedy of Errors) for such household words (Henry V).
Cole is studying Hamlet right now and wondering once again why Shakespeare didn’t write in plain english. Methinks Cole is induction to hent it personally.
Can I ask thee a examine? Pray tell. What do thee trow is the most important thing to hent on a picnic.
Hast a good day!
Odd affects consort!