National Aviation Day, Hot and Spicy Day, Potato Day

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August 19, 2013

★~ Today’s Quote:  “You wanna fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.”  ― Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

★~ National Aviation Day:

Chicago air and water show

Today we appreciate the work of aviators throughout the years who have helped make the skies friendlier.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established  National Aviation Day to recognize the development of aviation. Today is the birthday of Orville Wright, who worked with his brother Wilbur to invent the world’s first successful airplane. Are you wondering why FDR pick the b-day of Orville instead of Wilbur’s?  Was it because he liked Orville better or because Orville had an awesome mustache and Wilbur didn’t?

★~ Hot and Spicy Day:

Your tastebuds are going to tapping out a tasty tango because today is National Hot And Spicy Food Day. Let the fiery food celebration begin! Just be sure to keep a glass of milk close by if the burn proves a touch too much for you.Our forebears discovered the joy of spices in 7000 BC, and we’ve been using it ever since. Pungent hot sauces followed as a favorite condiment. Certain cultures acquired a taste for spicy food, and centered their entire cuisine around it, and we’re still reaping the benefits today.

One of the greatest perks for lovers of hot, spicy dishes is that they can follow the sizzle all over the globe. Indian, Japanese, Chinese and Mexican dishes are famed for their spicy nature, but flaming hot flavor can be found almost anywhere.

Hot spices also fire up the immune system, libido and even stimulate the brain. So douse your lunch in hot sauce, chomp on a hot chili, throw some wasabi in the wok or light your fire with a fiery beef and rice noodle salad. Just beware of flamethrower breath – it’s just not cool.

★~ Potato Day:

Fried, baked or mashed, everyone loves a good old-fashioned potato. Cheap and easy to prepare, spuds are America’s favorite side dish. Accompanying everything from a juicy burger to a Thanksgiving turkey, potatoes are versatile and can be served with almost anything. The average annual diet of a global citizen is 73 pounds of potatoes, and the world’s top potato producer is China.

Potatoes in pasta? Mario Batali uses spuds in his gnocchi recipe. Emeril uses sweet potatoes in this pudding  

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1856 – Gail Borden of Brooklyn, NY patented his process for condensed milk. You’ve heard of Borden’s condensed milk … “The milk from contented cows.” This slogan was used in one of the great American advertising campaigns. The familiar flat- topped cans of Borden’s condensed milk are still available, as are Borden’s ice cream, cheese and other products — all with the seal of approval by Borden’s famous mascot, Elsie, the cow.

♥~ 1993 ~ Frank J. Wisner, owner of Cripple Creek Brewing, served the first root beer float in Cripple Creek, CO. Inspired by the moonlit view of snowcapped Cow Mountain, he added a scoop of ice cream to his Myers Avenue Red root beer and began serving it as the “Black Cow Mountain.” Kids loved it and shortened the name to “Black Cow.” Cripple Creek Brewing still sells beverages based on the original formulas.

♥~ 1972 – Chicago V hit #1 on U.S. album charts. It top the album charts for nine weeks with these tracks: A Hit by Varese, All is Well, Now That You’ve Gone, Dialogue (Part I),Dialogue (Part II), While the City Sleeps, Saturday in the Park, State of the Union, Goodbye and Alma Mater.

♥~ 1981 – Charlie’s Angels, starring Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and the voice of John Forsythe as Charlie, was seen for the last time on ABC-TV. The show went into syndication and is still seen on cable TV.

★~ Born Today:


♥~ 1871 – Orville Wright aviator: one of the Wright Brothers: pioneers in aviation; died Jan 30, 1948

♥~ 1883 – Coco (Gabriel Bonheur) Chanel fashion designer; perfume creator: Chanel #5; died Jan 10, 1971

♥~ 1902 – (Frederic) Ogden Nash poet; Ogden Nash, the undisputed American master of light verse, wrote quite frequently for The New Yorker. One of his most well-known couplets from Reflections on Ice-Breaking reads: “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” Mr. Nash had fun with just about any subject. Consider this little ditty from his observations at the dinner table: “Celery, raw, develops the jaw. But celery, stewed, is more quietly chewed.” died May 19, 1971

♥~ 1940 – Johnny Nash singer: I Can See Clearly Now, Stir It Up, Hold Me Tight, A Very Special Love

♥~ 1955 – Peter Gallagher actor: Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Short Cuts, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Man Who Knew Too Little, American Beauty

♥~ 1969 – Matthew Perry, Actor “Friends”

★~ Good to Know:

Have you ever wondered why a portion of your potato bag of is all air?  “Slack fill”  protects the delicate chip from the damage of rough handling during the shipping process. When products are stacked atop one another, crammed into tight spaces, or simply jostled around in the back of a delivery truck, slack fill serves as an air cushion that prevents potato chips from becoming potato crumbs.

Although the federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act passed in 1966 required manufacturers to clearly indicate the net weight of their product’s contents to prevent customers from being duped by huge-seeming containers on the shelves (new and improved potato chips, now with 50 percent more air!), the regulations are rarely enforced. Humans are terrible at accurately perceiving size, and even the most discerning shoppers will automatically assume that larger packaging means more product if they don’t look too closely at the label. The moral of this story is to count your chips before you pay cash for them.


I thought Merry Monday was a great day for a little extra motivation…


Wishing everyone a very Merry Monday and a flying start to their week….

Odd Loves Company!


12 thoughts on “National Aviation Day, Hot and Spicy Day, Potato Day

  1. My husband’s family is distantly related to the Wright brothers—can’t remember now exactly how but he claims it so it has to be true. 🙂 I am duly motivated now—-what a great video. Baaaaaaaaaa!

  2. Morno,
    I like Potato’s (did I spell that right) just about anyway they are served but baked potato is my favorite.
    Flying isn’t my first travel choice but when you have to be somewhere fast nothing beats it.
    I’m poking a hole in the chip bags from now on before I buy one.
    Have a good one.

    • Yes, I think you did spell it right—but I’m always the last person to ask.
      Poking a hole is one way to discover the truth…the other is to check the weight on the bag. 😀

  3. hot & spicy day. oh no….not for me. nooo!
    yes, potatoes are something to celebrate! had a fantastic stuffed baked potato with chopped brisket & bbq sauce friday.
    chicago’s dialogue parts I & II are two of my favorite tunes. have not heard it in a while.
    good day!

  4. Morno,
    Weekend is done, potluck was a success and school has begun. Half days this week for 3, full day for the oldest but he is off on Friday. I’m pretty sure nobody thinks about the home scheduling these kinds of week require. I don’t know how parents that work manage it.
    The potato is amazing offering so many options. When my DH is traveling we often have baked potato night. I let the kids top them and everyone is happy.
    I like hot and spicy too but it doesn’t work for home cooking.
    Funny sheep video.
    Merry Monday! TTFN

  5. Hot and spicy today, huh? Well, maybe a bit of Mexican food for dinner then.

    I used to love a “Black Cow,” but I haven’t had one in years. Come to think about it, I haven’t had a root beer in years, either. Probably ought to remedy that, but root beer isn’t the same unless it’s a Barq’s.

    Happy Monday to you!

    • A&W is pretty good in a pinch. I’m pretty sure the store sells Barq. I will have to do a taste test.
      I was going to make enchiladas last night, but it didn’t happen. I think we had bananas.

  6. No spicy food for me. Hate to have my mouth burning. Loved that sheep video. Crazy little animals with sweet faces. Black cow to me is a root beer float.

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