Knife Day, Waffle Day, Weekly Odd News

★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
August 24, 2013

Poodle Play

★~ Today’s Quote:  It is a happy talent to know how to play. Ralph Waldo Emerson

★~ National Knife Day:

The Birth Of A Tool. Part I. Axe Making (by John Neeman Tools) from John Neeman Tools on Vimeo.

Celebrate knife day buy cutting, chopping, or carving something. 

Beautiful knives: Cut Brooklyn 

Cutting Boards: Brooklyn Butcher Block.

★~ National Waffle Day:


Waffles mean different things to different people. In the U.S., we eat them for breakfast topped with whipped cream and a ton of maple syrup. But in Europe, you’d have a hard time finding a waffle anytime before noon.

The same thing is true when it comes to waffle makers. Yeah, some people make waffles in their waffle makers — and that’s just fine — but you can get a lot more creative with this kitchen appliance.

Home cooks are using their waffle irons to make hash browns, burgers and even soft pretzels. And that’s just the beginning. Check out The Waffleizer, a food blog  and find out how you can waffleize just about anything that fits in a waffle maker. He has been a real inspiration to me.

Orange Cinnamon Belgian Waffles with Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge 

★~ Today in History:

Mt. Vesuvius

♥~AD79 – Vesuvius Day:  The residents of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae lived in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, overlooking the Bay of Naples, Italy and had never been given a reason to fear the mountain slopes they farmed. However, around noon, on August 24, 009, without any warning, Mt. Vesuvius exploded. Vesuvius, the volcano, erupted, spewing stones and lava, burying Pompeii under 13 feet of ash, and covering Herculaneum and Stabiae with mud and debris.. Vesuvius Day commemorates the historic eruption of Mt.Vesuvius

♥~1869 – A patent for the waffle iron was received by Cornelius Swarthout. 

♥~ 1894 – Pop (Billy) Shriver of the Chicago White Stockings caught a ball dropped from the top of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC.

♥~ 1944- La Tomatina: It all started in 1944 and has be going strong ever since: The world’s largest tomato fight takes place at noon in Bunol, Spain, near Valencia when around  35,000 people will  show up to  hurl 120 tons of tomatoes at each other for two hours in the‘World’s Biggest Food Fight.‘   The festival is in honor of the town’s patron saints, Luis Bertran and the Mare de Deu dels Desemparats (Mother of God of the Defenseless), a title of the Virgin Mary.

♥~ 1956 – Elvis Presley recorded “Love Me Tender.”

♥~1967 – The Beatles met the Maharishi Mahresh Yogi and began studying transcendental meditation.

♥~ 2002 – Petri Valta of Finland beat 90 other contestants from seven countries when he hurled a Nokia 5510 cell phone 219 feet to set a new world record at the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships in Savonlinna, Finland.

♥~ 2006 – Sorry Pluto, your not a planet.  Astronomers meeting in Prague declared thatPluto was no longer a planet. The decision was made under revised guidelines that downsized the solar system from nine planets to eight.The planet Pluto was reclassified as a “dwarf planet” by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Pluto’s status was changed due to the IAU’s new rules for an object qualifying as a planet. Pluto met two of the three rules because it orbits the sun and is large enough to assume a nearly round shape. However, since Pluto has an oblong orbit and overlaps the orbit of Neptune it disqualified Pluto as a planet.

★~Born Today:

Rupert Grint

♥~ 1934 – Kenny Baker, Actor (R2D2 in “Star Wars”)

♥~ 1949 – Joe Regalbuto actor: Murphy Brown, Knots Landing, Writer’s Block, The Queen of Mean, Invitation to Hell, Lassiter

♥~ 1965 – Marlee Matlin Academy Award-winning actress: Children of a Lesser God [1986]; Hear No Evil, Bridge to Silence, Reasonable Doubts

♥~1988 –  Rupert Grint, British actor best known for the Harry Potter films

★~ Weekly Odd News: 


♥~ Neighborhood Squawking:  (UK News) Buddy a 12-year-old parrot, has been irritating neighbors, by singing Old McDonalds farm, and whistling the theme tune to ‘The Addams Family’. He is also fond of squawking “Police!” at full volume, something he learned from watching ‘Police, Camera, Action’ on the television, and a likes to mimic phone ringtones and squawks “Hello, who’s that then?” when he hears a mobile ring.

Fed-up residents, reported Mr White and his pet to West Norfolk Council for noise pollution.

Handyman Mr White, 62, has been threatened with legal action if he cannot silence Buddy.
But the pet owner says it is impossible to keep Buddy quiet and will fight any legal action.
Mr White , who lives with his wife Glynnis, 58, in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, said: “It’s a complete waste of taxpayers money and the council has fallen for it.
“What do they expect me to do – cut his vocal cords?
“I’ve never had a problem with Buddy before, wherever I have lived.
“He’s an indoor parrot. He never goes outside. The council told me you can train parrots to keep quiet, but I said you’re having a laugh aren’t you.”

This complaint is being investigated but the problem might solve itself when the weather turns cooler and doors and windows are kept shut.

♥~ Real Life Math:  Double Stuf Oreos—the spin on the classic cookie that supposedly have twice the normal amount of creme filling—may not live up to their name. A team of high school math students in Queensbury, New York, did some investigating and found that the cookies are skimping on the extra creme.

Teacher Dan Anderson had his students weigh regular Oreos, Double Stuf Oreos, and Mega Stuf Oreos with and without the filling. “It was about keeping the kids interested in doing some math,” Anderson told the New York Daily News of the experiment.

The young sleuths then calculated how much more white filling the Double Stuf and Mega Stuf Oreos really had. The results? The Double Stuf Oreos came up short, with only 1.86 times the filling of an original Oreo, while Mega Stuf cookies had 2.68 times the creme.

“We were very surprised,” Anderson told CNN of the findings.

The results might also be surprising to Nabisco, the makers of Oreos. Spokesperson Kimberly Fontes told the New York Daily News in a statement, “While I’m not familiar with what was done in the classroom setting, I can confirm for you that our recipe for the Oreo Double Stuf cookie has double the stuff, or creme filling, when compared with our base, or original Oreo cookie.”

Cookie Conspiracy? Or just the way the cookie is filled? You decide.

Breaking Bad Panic:  The final season of Breaking Bad has left fans on edge each week, with Sunday night’s episode bringing a series record of 5.9 million viewers. But a portion of Connecticut fans missed out on the action when a power outage in Norwalk left Optimum cable subscribers without service for almost two hours, the Associated Press reports.Rather that calling the cable service, some viewers dialed 911 to voice their concerns. The Fairfield Police Department was not impressed. The department took to its Facebook page to admonish callers for using 911 to complain about a cable problem, asking them to direct complaints to Cablevision and even warning that misuse of the emergency line could result in arrest. Service was restored just after 11 p.m. — just in time for the 11:35 p.m. rerun of the latest episode.

♥~ Dog Saves Cat: Rory, a cat in Tauranga, New Zealand, was in sad shape after eating rat poison. In fact, he was dying. The only thing that could save him was a blood transfusion, which he got -from a dog.

It was Friday night and no labs were open to check his blood type, let alone get supplies. So vet Kate Heller sought advice and was told to try dog blood.

“I hadn’t heard about it or read about it.It’s not in any textbook,” says Ms Heller.

Rory needed a donor fast. So Ms Edwards thought fast and phoned a friend in her book club.

“[I had] never heard of anything like that before. I thought she was joking,” says Macy’s owner, Michelle Whitemore.

But Rory desperately needed the 18-month-old Labrador. Macy was rushed to the vet where she donated 120ml of blood, and within an hour Rory the cat was saved.

The transfusion worked and three weeks later, Rory owner reported that, he is not out fetching the newspaper, peeing on power poles or barking; he is just – playful, and and back to being his cat like self.”

♥~ Cited for Poor Aim:  A new policy in Shenzen, China, will levy fines against public urinal users with “poor aim.” The regulation is in response to the filthy conditions of public toilets in the city. An official said, “Such uncouth use of a public toilet will be fined 100 yuan ($16) by authorities.” The proposed city regulation does not specify the amount of “spillover” that will be grounds for violation. The news has been mocked on social media, as Sina Weibo forum members consider how many civil positions as “toilet inspectors” will have to be created to police the public facilities.

♥~ Mother’s are not amused:  A UK survey found that while average single women change their sheets every two weeks, single men between the ages of 18 and 35 change their sheets, on average, about every three months.

More than 20 percent of them said they “didn’t see the need” to change the sheets more and 19 percent said they “didn’t care” about changing them more.

Couples in relationships change their bed linen every 2.3 weeks, however that’s not because men suddenly become more hygienic –– women reportedly are the sheet-changers in 81 percent of couples.

The study found that people between 35 and 50 tend to change sheets weekly. One would guess that those are also the people most likely to own their own washing machines.


Cole’s, senior project advisor is coming over this afternoon to catch up with him about the VW Bug, but other than that it will be a lazy day at home, spent outside with my campers. What are your plans for the day?

Have a super Saturday,

Odd Loves Company!

13 thoughts on “Knife Day, Waffle Day, Weekly Odd News

  1. Morno,
    Funny Odd news. Like the story about the Parrot. I’m rooting for him. For the record I do sheets around here once a week and always have. Waffles look really good.
    I’m off to play some golf and afterwards I might treat myself to some waffles at the club.

    • Me too, Mike! Go Buddy.
      Good job on the sheets! Your mother would be so pleased.
      Hope you had a good game.

  2. Good Morno,
    Love Odd news. That bird has to go. I agree with China’s fine and I’m certain our sheets would never be changed if it was up to my husband.
    Waffles for breakfast. Decided we would go to the local waffle house for breakfast. School went well this week and we deserve a treat.
    Have a great day!

    • Oh come on everyone is a little harsh about the bird. Goodness, he is just singing a little morning song. And he is an inside bird. Common sense, Mr White needs to shut his windows.
      You went out for waffles? Very nice!

  3. I rarely ever eat a waffle for breakfast unless I’m traveling. Still, the recipe with the cinnamon and fudge sounds good.
    A squawking parrot is just about as obnoxious as a barking dog left out alone by owners off at work all day.
    Interesting Odd news this morno. I’m one of those “clean freaks” who change sheets once a week. We won’t even speculate when Domer changes his, ha!
    Doesn’t really surprise me about the Oreos. Everything seems to be shrinking any more to cut costs.
    Happy Saturday!

    • I thought everyone (except me) changed their sheets on Sunday. Mine are changed on Tuesday, but that is because the cleaning lady comes on Tuesday. if I changed them, I would change them on Sunday…because, I thought it was written.
      Oreo’s! I expected more…sigh.

  4. my knives are always in rough shape. i’m ok with it. nice butcher blocks!
    never seem to eat waffles. no good reason though.
    clean sheets are a reward for making it through the day!
    i see by mr. white’s t-shirt why he’s not bothered by parrot buddy’s noise level!
    took nik to the farm. she was happy to see gilbert & deuce! she is resting well. nice to get out of dodge for a few hours even though the sweat just poured off me. that’s what showers are for.
    good afternoon!

    • I agree! Nice, clean sheets are a treat. Sounds like you and Nik had a good day! You’ll always get sympathy from me about the heat. Your a good sport to suffer it.

      • P.S. I wouldn’t want to live with Buddy because birds hate me, but I don’t think next door would bother me. Of-course, shut windows would help. I like Buddy. The t-shirt is a problem.

  5. All of my knives are like razors. I want them super sharp.
    I like waffles but have been on such a watermelon kick for breakfast, we haven’t had them in a while.
    I liked the parrot.

    • I liked the Parrot too. He didn’t seen all that loud. I wouldn’t let it bite my nose, tho. That seems like a bad idea.
      We have a razor sharp knife too. One. Check out the knife link–Cole loves it, he also loves the cutting boards. Odd kid with good taste. 😀

      Maybe I should have a parrot? No monkey…a nice parrot instead? Do you think birds still hate me? The African Grey is the parrot that didn’t bite, that bite me. Hard.

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