Lee Denim Day, Toot Your Flute, Taco Day, Vodka Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
October 4, 2013

★~ Today’s Quote: I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party. ~ Ron White

★~Lee Denim Day:

Lee Denim Day

One of the largest single-day fundraisers for breast cancer in the country. Since its inception in 1996, Lee Denim Day has raised over $80 million for the fight against breast cancer.

Following their simple philosophy, “one day, one cause, one cure,” Lee Jeans invites companies to participate in the fundraiser and go casual for a cause. Employees are encouraged to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 contribution to the breast cancer fund. Nearly 1 million supporters take part in the fundraiser each year.

★~ Toot Your Flute Day:

Admit it, you’re an awesome and wonderful person.  And you look fabulous. It’s true!  So make sure everyone knows it, because frankly, you earned it by being so ridiculously great!

★~Taco Day:


In 1520, the conquistador Hernando Cortez wrote to King Charles V of Spain to tell him that he had a “muy buena cena” in the New World. The Aztec inhabitants had prepared him a “tlaxcalli” or “tortilla.” This is the first historical reference to tacos! These days you can enjoy (oh the horror) spaghetti tacos, peanut butter and jelly tacos, and (are your ready?) armadillo taco’s.  Me? Ha. I’m sticking with my dad’s beef tacos or the local Mexican grocery store tacos!

★~ National Vodka Day: 

Vodka Martini

The word “vodka” is derived from the Slavic term voda, which translates to “little water.” While most vodka is the product of distilled grains, potato vodka is also a popular alternative—especially for anyone with gluten allergies. Because it’s derived from potatoes, this type of vodka is entirely gluten-free. The first country to make vodka its national drink was Poland, which was also the first country to export vodka. During the reign of Peter the Great, it became customary for foreign dignitaries to drink from the “Cup of the White Eagle”—a chalice containing 1.5 liters of vodka. This prompted many nations’ ambassadors to travel in pairs, with one official drinking the vodka and the other attending to the important state issues that needed to be discussed. Vodka is the world’s most popular liquor by a huge margin, with more than 4.44 billion liters consumed last year. In Russia alone, 13.9 liters of vodka are consumed each year per person.


★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1881 – The player piano was invented by Edward Leveaux of Sussex, England, who received a U.S. patent for it this day.

♥~  1957 – History changed, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. The world’s first artificial satellite was about the size of a beach ball (58 cm.or 22.8 inches in diameter), weighed only 83.6 kg. or 183.9 pounds, and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. That launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments. While the Sputnik launch was a single event, it marked the start of the space age and the U.S.-U.S.S.R space race.

♥~ 1957 – Leave It to Beaver premiered on CBS-TV. “…And starring Jerry Mathers as the Beaver,” Hugh Beaumont (Ward Cleaver), Tony Dow (Wally), and Barbara Billingsley as Mrs. June Cleaver. The Cleavers lived a surreal-American life. June even did the housework in three strands of pearls, fashion plate dresses, makeup and high heels. Life was so grand!

♥~ 1966 – It was, indeed, a Sunny day for singer Bobby Hebb, who received a shiny gold record award for his song.

♥~ 1981- History’s oldest gerbil, Sahara, died at age 8 years 4-and-a-half months. Sahara was owned by Aaron Milstone of Lathrup Village, Michigan.

★~Famous Birthdays:

Susan Sarandon

♥~  Happy Birthday, El Morno Friend Julianne Pierce Joyce, born the day the.first sputnik was sent into Orbit. . . .”My Dad always joked the day I came into the world they decided to find another place to live.” Julianne  the world is a brighter place because you are a part of it!

♥~ 1861 – Frederic Remington artist: captured the American West on his canvases; died Dec 26, 1909

♥~ 1924 – Charlton Heston (John Charlton Carter) Academy Award-winning actor:

♥~ 1937 – Jackie Collins author: Hollywood Wives, Hollywood Husbands, Rockstar, Lady Boss, American Star; actress: Barnacle Bill, The Safecracker, Passport to Shame,Jackie’s Back!; sister of actress Joan Collins

♥~ 1941 – Anne Rice (Howard O’Brien Rice) author: Interview with a Vampire

♥~ 1946 – Susan Sarandon (Tomaling) Academy Award-winning actress: Dead Man Walking [1995]; Little Women, Atlantic City, Thelma and Louise, Lorenzo’s Oil, Witches of Eastwick,Bull Durham, The Client, Search for Tomorrow

★~ Good to Know: Random Facts: 

prairie dogs kissing

♥~ Prairie dogs say hello with kisses.

♥~ Toy companies failed to duplicate the success of Theodore Roosevelt’s teddy bear with William Taft’s “Billy Possum.”

♥~ A British man changed his name to Tim Pppppppppprice to make it harder for telemarketers to pronounce.

♥~ 2013 is the first year since 1987 where all four digits are different from one another

♥~ New Mexico State’s first graduating class in 1893 had only one student—and he was shot and killed before graduation.

♥~ Only one McDonald’s in the world has turquoise arches. Sedona, AZ thought yellow clashed with the natural red rock.

♥~ Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men is used by researchers to attract animals to cameras in the wilderness.

♥~ Sean Connery turned down the Gandalf role in Lord of the Rings. “I read the book. I read the script. I saw the movie. I still don’t understand it.”

♥~ If your dog’s feet smell like corn chips, you’re not alone. The term “Frito Feet” was coined to describe the scent.

♥~ There’s a basketball court above the Supreme Court. It’s known as the Highest Court in the Land.


How to hug a lion. Spoiler: The lion does not maul the hugger to death. So relax and enjoy.


Happy Friday!!

Odd Loves Company!

17 thoughts on “Lee Denim Day, Toot Your Flute, Taco Day, Vodka Day

  1. Morno,
    Vodka and tacos on a Friday. Nice. Interesting facts to start a conversation. Ridiculously great? Close enough.
    TGIF. Have a good one.

  2. Blimey, what a lot of info gathered and collated into a fun post.
    I read the previous one this morning and wondered how often you can post this generously. Now I know.

    I also studied your About page; I like what I found.

    Sadly, I am standing on the outside looking in at ‘happy families’ (I know you have sadnesses too) and people who belong.

    If you are my kind of ‘odd’, i.e. not belonging anywhere except in this friendly blogosphere of ours, it doesn’t feel quite as good.

    Lovely to have come across you and your site via your comment at Merrilymarylee’s. It made me laugh as much as the post itself.

      • Wonderful to meet you! Thanks for stopping by and being Odd with us. It’s always fun to meet new bloggers. Especially ones who take such wonderful pictures and use words like Blimey! Looking forward to hanging out more with you!

  3. I never dreamed vodka was the world’s most popular liquor — I’d have guessed beer or maybe bourbon.
    Oh my gosh, Dallas has Frito Feet! I’ve always wondered what causes it because I don’t think I’ve ever had a dog with that. Domer was the one who pointed it out. Naturally!
    Interesting statement about New Mexico State’s 1893 graduating class, but where’s the rest of that story?? Who killed the poor guy?
    Happy Birthday, Julianne!

    • I don’t think Beer falls into the same category.
      The frito feet were news to me, too. Domer was sharper than Cole who I don’t think has ever noticed Rascal frito feet.
      However, now I think the whole house smells like Fritos. Am I imagining it?
      I’m curious about the 1893 N.M. graduating class and will ask the El Morno research teem to check into it.

  4. RIP Sahara. So many tidbits today I can’t take them all in! Plus I still have a week to catch up on! Next week will be a slower one so I hope to stay more on track. Thanks for the great bits of info—I am going to amaze my husband at dinner tonight with my knowledge. But then I amaze him all the time……:-) Because as you said I am ridiculously great!!

    • 😀 I read your comment and wondered who the heck is Sahara..of-course, the hampster….I really must start paying attention to what I write.
      You got it girl, and don’t you let him forget it!

  5. I always said a dogs paws smell like buttered popcorn . Still do. By the way..I gave Millie some pet calm before a storm came today, did nothing to make her calm. Ended up in the basement. What now?

    • I am going to have to admit that until today I have never smelled my pups paws and they do smell like Fritos. So odd.

  6. as i was making a quick exit to the parking lot this afternoon, i passed a couple colleagues. their expressions noticeably brightened when i showed them it is vodka day! we’ll see if it’s a white russian kind of weekend.
    i like fritos…..need to check nik’s feet.
    your dad’s joke was funny, julianne! happy birthday!
    good evening!

    • Of-course! Your the White Russian fan! Go for it! Glad you uplifted some spirits!
      Well…did you smell Nik’s feet? And…..

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