International Geek Pride Day, National Wine Day, Wine Corker Giveaway

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
May 25, 2013

★~ Today’s Quote:  Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

★~ International Geek Pride Day:


Reasons to Geek Out:

It’s Towel Day, the day two weeks after Douglas Adams’ passed in 2001 in which fans celebrate by keeping a towel handy a la The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

It’s the anniversary of the very first Star Wars movie, Episode IV: A New Hope, which was released on May 25, 1977.

It marks the Glorious 25th of May, on which fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books wear lilac and raise awareness of Alzheimer’s, following the author’s 2007 diagnosis.

Geek Pride Day has been celebrated in dorky masses since 2006, when it originated in Spain as “Día del Orgullo Friki.” (That’s “Day of Geek Pride” in Spanish, natch.) The Internet did the rest, and today it’s an (unofficial) celebration all over the world.

★~ National Wine Day:

Wine glasses

Wine has been an important part of human history and culture for thousands of years. Regardless of whether you prefer red, white, pinot, or cabernet, everyone can appreciate today’s celebration.

Archaeologists in Speyer, Germany discovered the oldest bottle of wine in existence while excavating two Roman stone sarcophaguses in 1867. The bottle dates back to at least 325 AD! It is now on display at the History Museum of the Pfalz in Germany.

To celebrate National Wine Day Monkey Business is giving a way a cute, collectable Robot to spark up your dinner and make the best out of your your wine corks. Geeky at it finest. Read below to find out more about this FUN giveaway. Wine included!

★~ Today in History:

star wars

♥~ 1935 – This was “the greatest day in the history of track,” according to The New York Times. Jesse Owens of Ohio State University broke two world sprint records, tied a third, and broke a long-jump world record in a meet at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

♥~ 1950 – The Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel in New York City was opened to traffic. At 9,117 feet (2,778.87 meters), it was — and still is — the longest continuous underwater vehicular tunnel in North America.

♥~ 1977 – A New Hope, the original Star Wars film opened in 32 theaters.  May the force be with you. Did you know: Star Wars Facts

♥~ 1981 – Wearing a Spider-Man suit and using suction cups, camming devices, and sky hooks, Goodwin successfully scaled the then-tallest building in the world, the 108-story Sears Tower in Chicago, Illinois, United States. For seven hours Goodwin fought severe winds, slippery glass, and repeated attempts by the Chicago Fire Department to stop him. A few feet below the top Goodwin taped anAmerican flag to the building to honor his father who fought in the Korean War. Chicago’s press dubbed him “SpiderDan”. Goodwin stated the reason he scaled the building was to call attention to inadequacies in high-rise firefighting and rescue

♥~ 1983Return of the Jedi, topped all previous opening day box office records with a gross of $6,219,629. It opened on 1,002 movie screens around the U.S.

♥~ 1990 –  Gary Stewart of Los Angeles set a Guinness world record by jumping 177,737 times on his pogo stick.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1878  – Let’s all tap, in honor of the birthday of legendary tap dancer Bill Robinson, more recognized by his nickname, Mr. Bojangles, than by his birth name, and known to many as the Mayor of Harlem, was personified in music. First Duke Ellington recorded Bojangles, a musical portrait of the man, in 1940. Then The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded Mr. Bojangles, a top-ten hit record in 1971.

♥~ 1803 – Ralph Waldo Emerson writer: Essays, Representative Men, Nature; poet: Days; editor: The Dial; died Apr 27, 1882

♥ ~ 1926 – Miles (Dewey) Davis III jazz trumpet/flugelhorn musician: combined be-bop, modal chord progressions and rock rhythms to create ‘cool jazz’; died: Sep 28, 1991

♥~ 1938 –  Raymond Carver poet: A New Path to the Waterfall; died Aug 2, 1988

♥~ 1978 –  Brian Urlacher football: [middle linebacker]: Univ of New Mexico; NFL: Chicago Bears

★~  Good to Know: A few geeky facts:

Real world:  A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
Geek World:
 A “year” is the standard unit of time Geeks use for all project development estimates

Real World: The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
Geek World: Geeks can type faster than the average human can think.

Real World: 13% of Americans actually believe that some parts of the moon are made of cheese.
Geek World: Geeks at NASA loaded a 1-year supply of Triskets on the first Apollo mission, just in case.

Real World: Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
Geek World: Slamming your keyboard against your desk only burns 75 calories an hour, but is much more rewarding.

Real World: Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, “Gadsby”, which contains over 50,000 words – none of them with the letter E!
Geek World: A Geek once wrote an entire piece of code using only zeros.

Real World: There were no squirrels on Nantucket until 1989.
Geek World: There were no Geeks in the Bahamas until the annual Star Trek convention was held there in 1995.

Real World:  In Chinese, the words for crisis and opportunity are the same.
Geek World:  In ancient Egyptian, the word for genius and socially awkward is Geek.

Real World:  The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
Geek World: While Geek’s aren’t officially mentioned in the Bible, the words “develop” and “code” do appear, so Geeks were clearly a part of the culture.

★~ Give Away:


Give Away: To win Corker Bella (beautiful, cute but deadly) leave a comment with the name of your favorite wine and I will draw a winning entry.  Click over and visit Money Business  to view other fun stuff. This generous company wants to introduce itself to you.  Nothing to buy (unless you see something that tickles your fancy), nothing to sign up for, not an affiliate link. Just FUN.  For YOU! AND wait that is not all! Bella will bring her own bottle of wine (cork included)! Red or white your choice! Cheers!!


It is cloudy in Chicago, and still a little nippy. My plans are to hang out with my campers, and maybe paint the picnic table purple. If it doesn’t rain. If you have a camper with me and they come back looking like this…well what can I say..other than I’m little dangerous with a can of paint in my hand.

purple poodle

What are your plans?

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11 thoughts on “International Geek Pride Day, National Wine Day, Wine Corker Giveaway

  1. Morno,
    I am not a big wine drinker, but my sister enjoys a glass or two or..white wine. Not a geek, but I do remember the first Star wars movie. It was a big deal.
    That purple poodle is interesting.
    Resting this morno after a vigorous golf game yesterday afternoon, but I’m going back out for nine holes this afternoon.
    Have a good one.

    • The purple poodle is fabulous!
      Hope you had a good afternoon game. Are you picnicking with your sis tomorrow or Monday?

  2. Good Morno!
    Wow that purple poodle is certainly purple. I like it in an Odd sort of way. Not for an everyday look, but for special poodle occasions.
    Love white wine. Bella is cute. What a great stocking stuffer or a little something to take as a hostess gift–we could dress up the cork after we open the wine. I need more of a life outside of my kids, don’t I?
    Fun family and friend weekend. Looking forward to drinking wine and flipping burgers. It looks like the weather is going to give us a break!
    Enjoy your day!

    • You are so right the purple poodle is festive!
      Dressing up your cork is fun. We have one of Bellas siblings.
      Hope your weather holds and your burgers are flipped to perfection!

  3. Morno,
    I will be drinking white wine and laughing and whining with a girlfriend that is in town for the weekend. We started last night. I’m a little geeky and proud of it.
    Did the owner of the poodle have purple hair too? Or would that have been to much?
    Have a good day!

    • Have fun with your friend and wine and whine the time away—that is what girl friends are for, right?
      No, the purple poodle owner did not have matching hair, but it would have been a nice touch!

  4. I like a nice Carmenere. It’s not that common, so if not available and I feel like red I go for a pinot noir. If white, my personal fav is Pinot Grigio Santa Margherita. Not because I know anything about wines, but because when I was young, carefree, and backpacking through Europe one summer I visited the locale, which was when I first tried it. So, fond memories. 🙂

    • I think that is the best way to “know wine.” Joho (original chef and owner of the Everest in Chicago, Paris in Vegas among other restaurants) and his wife are Waldorf friends and he once told me when I mentioned that I knew nothing about wine that the best wine is the wine I like. I know that is an extremely simple rule of thumb, but I appreciate the advice from someone that obviously knows a lot about wine. I still would rather have a little bottle of coke, tho 😀

  5. Daughter and grandson coming out Sunday and we will gather at my son’s for picnic. Better not rain until we are done either. Will be playing with the new puppy “Chester”. Little ball of fur!

    • A new pup how exciting. I love the name. I will keep my fingers and toes crossed that you all enjoy a beautiful day!

  6. not a wine connoisseur at all. guess i have never been what might be called cultured. my two european friends are trying their darnest though.
    running around to surrounding cities doing errands. it always feels so good to cross items off the to-do & to-get lists!

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