Skeptics Day, Yorkshire Pudding Day

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October 13, 2013

Male Red Grouse in heather

★~ Today’s Quote:  It’s actually very difficult to make something both simple and good. ~ Paul Simon

★~  Skeptics Day:

Rapture Skeptic

Hmm, we must ask ourselves, is it really Skeptics Day? IS IT? A skeptic is a person who questions and doubts facts, theories, and just about everything else. If you find yourself questioning motives and stories, this is the day for you!

★~ Yorkshire Pudding Day:

Yorkshire pudding

Despite its stately moniker, Yorkshire pudding is nothing more than a savory popover. The first recipes for the dish appeared in the 1700s, but the exact origin is unknown. Yorkshire Pudding is made by combining flour, eggs, salt, milk, and pan drippings from prime rib or roast beef. The result is a light, doughy roll with a small well in the center that is usually filled with gravy.

Yorkshire Pudding is still a very popular dish in modern-day Britain, and often makes an appearance at big Sunday dinners. In fact, culinary historians refer to it as the national dish of England.

On Yorkshire Pudding Day do as the Brits do and serve it for a late Sunday brunch, preferably with a hearty roast or sausages.

Yorkshire Pudding Recipe

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1792 – The cornerstone of what was termed the President’s House was laid by George Washington in Washington, DC. The name,White House, was not officially adopted until 1902. Click for more White House Facts.

♥~ 1884 – Greenwich, England was accepted as the prime meridian of  world time calculations. The decision was made at the International Meridian Conference in Washington DC.

♥~ 1917    Fatima, Portugal experience what has been described as “The Miracle of the Sun.”  As many as 100,000 people gathered in Fatima, expecting visions of the Virgin Mary.  Watchers claimed the sun changed colors, spun around, and moved back and forth across the sky, seeming to speed toward the earth.

♥~ 1951 – A football with a rubber covering was used for the first time, as Georgia Tech whipped Louisiana State 25-7. The game was played in Atlanta, GA.

♥~ 1963 – Beatlemania hit the London Palladium. The Beatles made their first appearance on a major TV show — for the BBC. Thousands of delirious fans jammed the streets outside the theatre to voice their support of the Fab Four. A few months later, Beatlemania would sweep the U.S. as well. Yeah, yeah, yeah!

♥~ 1971 – ‘Little’ Donny Osmond received a shiny gold record for his rendition of the Steve Lawrence hit, Go Away Little Girl. He went on to garner million-seller success with Hey Girl and Puppy Love. Donny was only 13 years old.

♥~ 1973 – The Rolling Stones’ Goat’s Head Soup was number one album in the U.S.

♥~ 1983 – The first cellular telephones in the U.S. were introduced in Chicago, Illinois by Motorola.  Dr. Marty Cooper’s groundbreaking inventionThe Motorola DynaTAC 8000X was invented while  he was working as general manager for the systems division at Motorola, The phone became affectionately knows as “The Brick”–the world’s first commercial handheld cell phone. To celebrate conception of his invention, Cooper became the first person in history to make a call on a portable cell phone to the corporate offices of his rival at Bell Labs

♥~ 2010 – The 33 miners in Chile who had been trapped for 69 days after their mine caved in climbed into a rescue capsule and made a smooth ascent to the surface. All the miners were pulled up through a narrow escape chute from nearly a half-mile down in just under 23 hours.

★~Famous Birthdays:


♥~ 1754 – Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley, was nicknamed Molly, by her husband, William Hays.  During the American Revolution, and specifically at the Battle of Monmouth, Molly helped out as a water carrier and was given a new nickname, Molly Pitcher. Her husband, William, was wounded during the battle. and so Molly dropped the water pitcher and picked up her husband’s job of loading and firing a cannon. General George Washington appointed her a noncommissioned officer; and Mary Ludwig Hays garnered a new nickname, Sergeant Molly.The name, Molly Pitcher, became a synonym for a heroine. Her nickname was given to another famous woman, Harriet Tubman, rescuer and heroine of abolitionist times.

♥~ 1873 –  L.L. (Leon Leonwood) Bean founded L.L. Bean mail-order/retail company which specializes in clothing and outdoor recreation equipment; died Feb 5, 1967

♥~ 1925 – Lenny Bruce comedian He said: “All my humor is based upon destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I’d be standing on the breadline right in back of J. Edgar Hoover.” And, “I won’t say ours was a tough school, but we had our own coroner. We used to write essays like: ‘What I’m Going to Be if I Grow Up.’”

♥~ 1930  Bruce Geller, author, composer, writer and songwriter, producer of Mission Impossible.

♥~ 1941– Paul Simon, singer and songwriter. Paul and his friend Art Garfunkel recorded a hit record, Hey School girl but the duo rose to fame in 1965, largely on the strength of the hit single “The Sound Of Silence.” Their music was featured in the film The Graduate (1967) propelling their careers forward.

♥~ 1957 – Chris Carter,  American television and film producer, director and known for creating The X-Files.

♥~ 1959 – Marie (Olive) Osmond singer: Paper Roses, Who’s Sorry Now, This is the Way That I Feel; TV host: Donny and Marie, Ripley’s Believe It or Not; doll maker and seller

★~ Good to Know:


Do you love of the art of visual storytelling by way of good information graphics? If so do a happy dance with me and buy or borrow The Best American Infographics 2013, featuring the best examples from the past year — spanning everything from happiness to sports to space to gender politics. Accompanying each image is an artist statement that explores the data, the choice of visual representation, and why it works. Here are a few of my favorites. They may take a minute or so to load on your computer. The El Morno staff appreciates your patience. Your readership is important to us








Pictures of my campers are posted on our Camp Facebook page. It’s a great group of tail waggers. I’ll be spending my day hanging out with them on this perfect fall day. We might even fire up some Pinon wood in our fire pit, enjoying the smell and warmth as we cheer on games of tag, play ball and referee games of tug of war.

Wishing you a savory Sunday!

Odd Loves Company!

12 thoughts on “Skeptics Day, Yorkshire Pudding Day

  1. Octoberfest for the family today. Perfect weather for it. I take things pretty much at face value. Takes less energy. The graphs are interesting. My son is in town so I’ll share the breaking bad info.
    Beth nailed it, Life is Good. Have a good one.

  2. Nippy start this a.m. But it sure feels good to have these beautiful Fall mornings to walk in. In fact, I think we should just by-pass winter and just enjoy this weather until Spring!

  3. The graphs are great. I am putting the book on my library list.
    Count me as another Donny fan.
    Plumbing has a temp fix so Life is Good here too!

  4. yorkshire pudding looks good. hmmm…..there are a few english pubs nearby.
    i’m a lover of graphs. short & sweet.
    give me beatles & stones with simon & garfunkel thrown in.
    rainy sunday which is fine with me. had some puddles yesterday, too.
    yay, liz ^, semi-plumbing!
    unfortunately, do not have monday off. *we* don’t believe in it.
    good day!

    • Sunday was a good music day. Some of the PC have really screwed up Columbus day. Just enjoy the holiday and forgive and forget. Sheesh. Sorry you didn’t get to celebrate. At Waldorf Columbus Monday is called “fall day” and the kids are encourage to take the day and go out and see the foliage. Works for me. 😀

  5. Your campers look like they’re having fun!
    I’ve always been fascinated by the Fatima miracle, especially when I was a little girl in Catholic school.
    Loved the infographics. Looks like most of the common birthdays turn up in the summer months — probably something to do with nine months after the holidays and winter! Now, not only do I have to live with a common first name; I have to live with a common birthday, too. Sigh.

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