No Socks Day, Have A Coke Day, Coconut Cream Pie Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥~
May 8, 2013

★~Today’s Quote:  Always be a little kinder than necessary. James M. Barrie

★~ No Socks Day: 

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Liberate your toes and prepare to go all “Miami Vice” (this dates me doesn’t it?) because today is “No Socks Day!”

~ Eighth century Greeks wore socks made from matted animal hair.

~  Socks help to absorb sweat and move it to parts of the foot where it can evaporate easier.

~ In Japan a special kind of sock called tabi was created so they could wear socks with their thonged footwear.

★~ Have a Coke Day:


Have a Coke Day in honor of Dr. John S. Pemberton  who first sold his secret elixir to Jacobs Pharmacy in Altlanta, Ga today in 1886. It was originally used for medicinal purposes.

Coca-Cola is delicious and refreshing, cold and crisp, as pure as sunlight. When you are thirsty, what you want is a Coke, the best friend thirst ever had. Coke is just around the corner from everywhere, along the highway anywhere. It makes us smile, shows us the real side of life, and adds to our lives. I would like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, I would like to buy the whole world a Coke, because Coke is IT-the real thing. Whoever you are, whatever you do, wherever you may be, when you think of refreshment, you think of ice cold Coca-Cola. When Coca-Cola is a part of your life, you can’t beat the feeling!

I Love You, Dr. Pemberton!

★~ National Coconut Cream Pie Day:


They may have looked like coconut cream, but those in-your-face pies in classic comedies typically starred shaving cream. No one who made a pie this delicious would throw it!

Bakery-Style Coconut Cream Pie
Banana Coconut Cream Pie
Pineapple Coconut Cream Pie With Coconut Cookie Crust
Coconut Cream Pie With Chocolate Coconut Crust
Double-Coconut Cream Pie
Coconut Cream Angel Pie

★~ Today in History: 

♥~ 1952 – MAD Magazine debuted. It is, in the publisher’s own words, “America’s longest-running humor magazine, besides TIME.”

♥~ 1970 – On the cover of LIFE magazine: U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew. The feature story about him, “Stern voice of the silent majority – SPIRO AGNEW KNOWS BEST.”

♥~ 1978 – The feat of climbing Mount Everest without oxygen was achieved by Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner and Austrian Peter Habeler

♥~ 1996 – Aerosmith’s Get a Grip was the #1 U.S. album. The tracks: Intro, Eat the Rich, Get a Grip, Fever, Livin’ on the Edge, Flesh, Walk on Down, Shut Up and Dance, Cryin’, Gotta Love It, Crazy, Line Up, Can’t Stop Messin’, Amazing and Boogie Man.

★~Born Today:


♥~ 1926 – Don Rickles comedian, actor: Kelly’s Heroes, CPO Sharkey, Beach Blanket Bingo, The Rat Race, The Don Rickles Show, Daddy Dearest, Toy Story [film series

♥~ 1940 – Toni Tennille singer: group: Captain & Tenille: Love Will Keep Us Together, The Way I Want to Touch You, Lonely Night [Angel Face], Muskrat Love

♥~ 1940 – Peter Benchley author: Jaws, The Deep, The Island;

♥~ 1964 – Melissa Gilbert actress: Little House on the Prairie, The Miracle Worker, Her Own Rules, Murder at 75 Birch

★~ Good to Know: Fun Stuff about Coca-Cola 


The product that has given the world its best-known taste was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 8, 1886. Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a local pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca-Cola®, and carried a jug of the new product down the street to Jacobs’ Pharmacy, where it was sampled, pronounced “excellent” and placed on sale for five cents a glass as a soda fountain drink. Carbonated water was teamed with the new syrup to produce a drink that was at once “Delicious and Refreshing,” a theme that continues to echo today wherever Coca-Cola is enjoyed.

Thinking that “the two Cs would look well in advertising,” Dr. Pemberton’s partner and bookkeeper, Frank M. Robinson, suggested the name and penned the now famous trademark “Coca-Cola” in his unique script. The first newspaper ad for Coca-Cola soon appeared in The Atlanta Journal, inviting thirsty citizens to try “the new and popular soda fountain drink.” Hand-painted oilcloth signs reading “Coca-Cola” appeared on store awnings, with the suggestion “Drink” added to inform passersby that the new beverage was for soda fountain refreshment. During the first year, sales averaged a modest nine drinks per day.

Dr. Pemberton never realized the potential of the beverage he created. He gradually sold portions of his business to various partners and, just prior to his death in 1888, sold his remaining interest in Coca-Cola to Asa G. Candler. An Atlantan with great business acumen, Mr. Candler proceeded to buy additional rights and acquire complete control.

And now a few Coca-Cola Facts….

♥~ 3.1% of all beverages consumed around the world are Coca-Cola products. Of the 55 billion servings of all kinds of beverages drunk each day (other than water), 1.7 billion are Coca-Cola Products.

♥~ The Coca-Cola brand is worth an estimated $74 billion: more than Budweiser, Pepsi, Starbucks and Red Bull combined according to the BrandZ Top 100.

♥~ Coke makes so many different beverages that if you drank one per day, it would take you over 9 years to try them all Coca-Cola has a product portfolio of more than 3,500 beverages (and 500 brands), spanning from sodas to energy drinks to soy-based drinks.

♥~ Pretty much everyone in the world knows what Coke is. About 94 percent of the world’s population recognizes the company’s logo, according to Business Insider. It’s also the second-most well understood word in the English language after “okay.”

♥~ Have you ever heard the myth that only two people in the entire world know the formula for Coke? Supposedly, two executives at Coca-Cola each know half of the recipe, ensuring that no one will ever know the whole thing and be able to sell the recipe. It’s a nice story, but it’s not true. The entire formula is kept in a bank vault in Atlanta, and more than two employees are familiar with it. They have to sign nondisclosure agreements before the secret is revealed to them, however.

♥~ This is one of those rare urban legends that turned out to be true a risque message was hidden in a Coke advertisement in the 80s, unbeknownst to the company. The artist hired to create the poster managed to sneak in an image of a woman’s head precariously close to a penis. Thousands of posters had been distributed before some astute Australian noticed the image on the side of a Coca-Cola truck and reported it to the red-faced company, who claimed they were merely victims of an irresponsible practical joke. All “artwork” was recalled and the company promptly sued the artist. You can read about the whole thing (and see the picture) on Snopes.

♥~ Soda gets a bad rap for making us fat, rotting our teeth and even possibly making us depressed. But hey… it’s not all bad news with the bubbly stuff. Turns out Coca-Cola comes in handy for an important, albeit odd, task: dissolving the indigestible material that builds up in our stomachs over time. Link

♥~ Coca-Cola was the first-ever commercial sponsor of the Olympic games. The famous logo first showed up at the 1928 games in Amsterdam and has been there ever since.


Let me guess what our El Morno friends drink : Irene drinks more water than soft drinks, Debbie drinks Coke, but only occasionally, Mike is a Coke guy, Liz drinks Diet Coke, My sweet mother is drinks Cole……Geri likes P….(I pray for her to make a better choice every  singe day) Carol drinks the occasional Coke, and I suspect that while Sue mostly drinks water she would choose Coke over Pepsi….Julianne might drink Coke, on the other I won’t think about it, Beth Ann…mmm I am going to say Coke but she might swing either way….Me? Ha. I am loyal to the last drop. Have a Coke and a Smile!

Odd Loves Company!


11 thoughts on “No Socks Day, Have A Coke Day, Coconut Cream Pie Day

  1. Morno,
    Coke. Pepsi is too sweet. I would take a slice of that coconut cream pie, looks really good.
    I wear socks unless I’m wearing sandals and I don’t wear sandals to work.
    Still have a box of Mad magazine, and National Lampoons. I had to hide them when I was a kid because my Mom was sure they would rot my mind or worse.
    Have a good one.

    • A coke drinker! Good guy! Socks with sandals really doesn’t work. Unless you are a real nerd.
      Funny what was bad back in the day compared to now…

  2. i beg to differ with the arrival of my new fuzzy slippers (& pocket monkey)! thanks much! i work with a kenneth jones……probably not the same guy.
    yes, i down more water than anything else. i seem to substitute chocolate for soda! i would pull for a classic coke or root beer. when in pa, it’s one small bottle of birch beer. it’s like root beer, but with a kick. do you prefer original coke to diet & other flavored cokes? i think their advertising is top notch especially Christmas time.
    am a 70s aerosmith fan. the band members are looking old these days. of course, not me….
    good day!

    • addendum. the mention of mad magazine still makes me laugh & reminds me of my brother (joe!)!

      • Most welcome! I think I had birch beer one time. It did have a kick I drink Coke. If I have to I will drink a Dr. Pepper. Never Pepsi and never diet. I drink it in the small 8 oz bottles. In the summer I enjoy iced sweet tea. There advertising is wonderful and I have been told that they are exceptionally good to their employees.
        Mad magazine is pretty silly!

  3. Tea for me! If I do drink that soda pop it is usually diet Pepsi…sorry to disappoint. Little known fact—Chris’s grandpa had a bottling company in Lima, Ohio back in the day. Coke approached him and he said Nay to Coke…….not the best choice after all. He always drank Coke when he stopped the bottling plant……I think he realized his mistake. Happy Wednesday!

  4. A few more fun facts from my days in the Ad biz. Originally, Coke had a small amount of Cocaine in it..thus the name. It was supposed to give you a ‘lift’ along with the sugar. Also, legend has it that a guy walked into the corporate HQ’s with an envelope. He said if the Coke execs opened it, they would owe him 1 million dollars, because he had an invention enclosed that would net them millions & millions. The Coke execs took the deal. Inside the envelop was a white piece of paper with only 2 word written on it: “bottle it”. Thus was born the bottled Coke which was a departure from soda fountains, where it could only be obtained. Kinda cool. Wish I’d thought of that!

  5. Sorry to disappoint, but I prefer Sierra Mist. I used to drink Coke (and Pepsi) all the time, but lately, neither one agrees with me. Since I refuse to believe I’m getting — gasp! — older, I think it’s because I just built up too much caramel and caffeine in my system. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!

    But, oh my golly, what I wouldn’t give for a tall, cold Coke on a hot summer’s day!!

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