Talk like Shakespeare Day, Take a Chance Day, Picnic Day, Cherry Cheesecake Day

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
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 :

Black Forest Cheesecake 2

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 [1962] 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….



“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.”


“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.

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Hast a good day!

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10 thoughts on “Talk like Shakespeare Day, Take a Chance Day, Picnic Day, Cherry Cheesecake Day

  1. Morno,
    Never been much of a fan of Shakespeare. I remembered the kids complaining in High School, same way I did when I was in school. Necessary evil, I guess.
    Cherry cheesecake sounds really good and if Sara Lee makes it, I’m on it.
    Have goodth oneth, thoust.

  2. Morno,
    Ok, I am an English nerd and loved Shakespeare. I think a lot depends on the teacher and how they present the Bard. It can be fun or tedious. I’ve had it both ways. Loved the list of coined words.
    Cheesecake is always yummy! I’m taking a chance that it won’t rain and having my car washed. The picnic might have to wait, but going on them is a family favorite.
    Have beautiful day!

    • There is one in every crowd. I’m impressed that you understood Shakespeare enough to like him! Did it rain? It rained here all day.

  3. Good Morning,
    Teaching Shakespeare is a not for the faint of heart. Kids tend to come to the classroom hating the subject. Teaching them to insult one another like a true Shakespearean was one way to get their attention, and translating the story for them in a words they could relate to was another way to engage them. Having said all that part of me believes it is time to move on from Shakespeare and stop making it a big deal in highschool. If kids are interested they can pick up in college after a brief highschool introduction.
    Love cheesecake anyway someone will serve it to me. I had a Jackie O Pillbox hat, and wore it for years. I never looked great in hats, but that one was rather flattering.
    I knew many of the words rooted in Shakespeare, but there were a few surprises.
    Enjoy your day.

    • Good point about Shakespeare. In many case, Shakespeare too early might keep kids that would enjoy it later from giving it a try.
      Hope you had a piece of Cheesecake.

  4. Better not picnic today, unless you like your food soggy!!
    Didn’t mind Shakespeare much, though Liz is soo right in that it depends a lot on the teacher. I had a “Yalie” and the hour of the class wasn’t ideal!
    Ooh, I remember the New Coke flap — what a mess!!

    • So you had rain too? All day. Read below for my new coke angst. Cole just finished Parzival with a wonderful teacher, and I read the book again and loved it. Hamlet? No. Luckily there are lots of on-line resources.

  5. glad shakespeare is in my past. he was ok.
    i overheard someone today say something about taking a chance. not a bad thing to do though.
    picnic day would have been nice today. not by the picnic society standards though. more like the sleeping puppies on the basket way!
    cherry cheesecake sounds good!
    so……what did you think of the new coke formula???

    • It was a VERY DARK time in my life. Painfully so. Fortunately, my family and friends stocked up on classic and I made it through the 3 months; I had one sip and refused to let another every pass my lips. Ohhh what an awful memory. Sigh. It’s over. Cherry cheesecake is so good. My mom makes a really good cheesecake. Rained all day today, so no picnic for us. I use to love to picnic at the dog shows. About chances, usually I say, Why not?

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