Junk Food Day, National Ice Cream Day

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
July 21, 2013

Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri)

★~ Today’s Quote:  The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them. ~ Ernest Hemingway

★~ Junk Food Day:


Holy clogged arteries!  Today we are celebrating trash cuisine! Today is the day to indulge all your junk food cravings! Do your part to maintaing the American average of eating about 25 pounds of candy, and 45 pieces of pizza annually. Grab a bag of buttery popcorn at the movies, order some fries at the drive-through, or make an ice cream sundae for dessert . . .after all it is Ice Cream Day!

★~ National Ice Cream Day: 


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” Shout this mantra from the rooftops, because today is National Ice Cream Day! In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month. He also declared that the third Sunday in July would be National Ice Cream Day.  With hundreds of flavors and toppings to choose from, you can’t go wrong with ice cream and ice cream has healthy side benefits:

A Source of Energy:
Although the nutritional content of ice cream varies among brands and types, in general it is an excellent source of energy. Ice cream is rich in carbohydrate, with about 15 grams in a one-half-cup serving. A serving also contains about 7 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein, making it an energy-dense food. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one-half cup of vanilla ice cream provides 137 kilocalories of energy, about twice the amount in one-half cup of whole milk. Ice cream is a good choice when you need energy or if you are pursuing a program to gain weight.

A Source of Vitamins and Minerals
Ice cream is also a dietary source of several important minerals. It is particularly rich in calcium and phosphorus, with about 10 percent of the adult recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, of these minerals in a single, one-half-cup serving. Ice cream also contains many vitamins, including vitamins A, C, D and E, as well as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate and vitamins B-6 and B-12. It also provides a small amount of vitamin K, an important blood-clotting factor.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1873 – The first train robbery  west of the Mississippi happened, near Adair, Iowa.  The James-Younger Gang got away with about three thousand dollars from a safe and from the train’s passengers.

♥~ 1925 – Tennessee schoolteacher John T. Scopes didn’t get away with violating state law by teaching evolution in class.  A jury in Dayton, Tennessee convicted Scopes at the “monkey trial” which featured defense attorney Clarence Darrow and prosecuting attorney William Jennings Bryan debating evolution and the Bible.  The trial was later dramatized in the play “Inherit the Wind.”

♥~ 1968 – Arnold Palmer became the first golfer to make a million dollars in career earnings after he tied for second place at the PGA Championship. Palmer accomplished the feat in just 13 years and 2 months as a professional golfer. He won 52 golf tournaments during that period.

♥~ 1973 – Bad, Bad Leroy Brown reached the top spot on the Billboard pop-singles chart, becoming Jim Croce’s first big hit. Croce died in a plane crash two months later (September 20, 1973).

♥~ 1985 – The 10 sexiest men in the U.S., according to Playgirl magazine, included comedian John Candy, New York Governor Mario Cuomo and Representative Jack Kemp.

★~Born Today:


♥~ 1899 – Ernest (Miller) Hemingway Pulitzer Prize [1953] & Nobel Prize-winning writer [1954]: The Old Man and the Sea, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls; died July 2, 1961

♥~ 1924 – Don Knotts comedian, Emmy Award-winning actor: The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock, Three’s Company, The Don Knotts Show, The Steve Allen Show; died Feb 24, 2006

♥~ 1948 – Cat Stevens (Stephen Demetre Georgiou, Muslim name: Yusuf Islam)
singer: Wild World, Moon Shadow, Peace Train, Oh Very Young

♥~ 1948 – Garry Trudeau cartoonist: Doonesbury

♥~ 1951 – Robin Williams Academy Award-winning actor: Good Will Hunting [1997]; comedian and/or actor: Mork and Mindy, Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poet’s Society, Popeye, The Fisher King, Hook, Comic Relief, Patch Adams, What Dreams May Come, Jumanji, Jakob the Liar.

★~ Good to Know: A few Fun Links for the day

sea lion sun bath

♥~ Sea Lion Sun Bathing:  Sea lions protect themselves from the sun by rolling around in the sand, which makes for a truly all-natural form of UV protection and some very cute pictures.

♥~ The worst way to hire a hit man is by posting an ad on Craigslist.

♥~ Jim Morrison’s childhood home is for sale, if any Doors fans in the market for real estate have just under a million dollars to hand over.

♥~ A Long Island school district may have lost some credibility with its students after issuing them a summer reading list riddled with spelling errors, crediting Jane Eyre to “Charlotte Bonte” and Animal Farm to “George Ornell.” Pity the child who for Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gypsy.” in a bookstore before the error was corrected. Mistakes happen.

♥~ Miami Beach and the historic downtown area of Annapolis, Maryland are just two of the sites that could disappear in the near future under rapidly rising sea levels.

♥~ The 10 best summer family blockbusters available on Netflix Instant will save you a trip to the movie theater. You’ll have to make the popcorn yourself, though.

♥~ Ernest Hemingway’s Home and Museum 

♥~ 10 second garlic Garlic Tip:

How to Peel a Head of Garlic in Less Than 10 Seconds from SAVEUR.com on Vimeo.


I’m off and running…must buy food for Cousin Carla so she has something to cook while she is visiting! Wishing everyone a wonderful Sunday!

10 thoughts on “Junk Food Day, National Ice Cream Day

  1. Morno,
    Sunday dinner has been saved. I will take ice cream and some toppings for dessert. My sister and family will think I’m brilliant. Especially when I tell them its good for them.
    Arnold Palmer good golfer good guy.
    Might have to take a closer look at Morrison’s house. The price tag is a bit steep but it looks roomy.
    Have a good one.

    • Morrison’s house looks pretty good. I was surprised. Of-course it was his childhood home.
      Hope you were applauded mightily over tonights dessert!

  2. Now today is my kind of day !! Junk food day and ice cream day ..wow, what more could I want ??
    I don’t agree with Playgirl’s choice of sexy men !
    Great garlic tip.

    • Yep, perfect food day :-D! I think I would have voted for Hemingway, after seeing this picture of him today. He was dead in 1985 but still….

  3. Afternoon-o
    I just had a chance to check in. Good thing, my kids would kill me if we missed junk food and ice cream day! Great night for a drive for ice cream after dinner. We have been home most of the day playing catch up.
    I’ll check out the links later but the garlic peeling tip looks amazing!
    Hope you are having a super day.

    • Ice cream sounds like the perfect way to end the day. I went out late this afternoon for a strawberry cone. Yum.

  4. Liz ^ and I are thinking along the same lines. We have a great outside ice cream place that we will hit up after dinner. Great way to end a weekend. I get communication from school all the time with misspelled words and poor punctuation. Fortunately not from the kids teachers, or on a summer reading list, tho. Cute Sea Lion pictures. Can’t wait to try the garlic tip.
    Hope you are enjoying your Sunday.

  5. i will take a rain check & designate monday as junk food & ice cream day. tomorrow is a planned pizza day anyway.
    nice house whether or not it once belonged to the lizard king’s family!
    cute & very smart sea lions!
    hope your cupboards & fridge are packed with food!
    good evening!

    • Well, I have little cokes! I’ll work on the rest tomorrow. Planned pizza day? That sounds fun. I liked the sea lions, too. So cute.
      Thinking about you and Nik tomorrow. Hope you get good news early in the day.

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