Great American Smokeout, Label Day, World Hello Day, False Confession Day, World Television Day, Gingerbread Day

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November 21, 2013 


★~ Today’s Quote:  “I love how, in scary movies, the person yells out, “Hello?” As if the bad guy is gonna be like, “Yeah, I’m in the kitchen! Want a sandwich?”  Unknown.

★~ Great American Smokeout: 

smoke out

The American Cancer Society encourages smokers to use this date quit smoking. This year, quitters are being celebrated. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — Nearly 1 in every 5 adults. The American Cancer Society offers helpful tips to help smokers quit.

★~ International Label Day: 

Label day

International Label Day  celebrates the words that we choose to let shape us, the subcultures we are proud to be part of, and the surprising meaning of the labels we all choose for ourselves.  Read more on Rarasaur! It’s worth the click!

★~ World Hello Day:


Zdravei / Zdrasti (to our Bulgarian friends),

Hei Ho (to our Cantonese speaking Chinese friends),

Bonjour (to our French friends)

Shalom (to our Hebrew speaking friends)

Namaste (to our Hindi speaking friends)

Dia dhuit (to our Irish friends)

Dzien’ dobry (to our Polish friends)

Sawubona (to our Zulu speaking friends)

Hola (to our Spanish speaking friends)

Salve / Ciao (to our Italian friends)

★~ False Confession Day:

Please follow a few simple rules for a safe and happy False Confession Day. Don’t falsely confess to a crime. Don’t falsely report someone lost, killed, or injured. Don’t falsely confess a relationship or love affair.

In celebration of False Confession Day, lets  play our annual game of  “three lies and a truth.”  I’ll go first. I would drink a Pepsi if it was the only soft drink at a party, I would love to learn to sail, I am considering a tattoo of a small paw print on my wrist, I enjoy Kale smoothies.

★~ World Television Day

“The United Nations General Assembly created this holiday in 1996. The inaugural celebration included the first World Television Forum, where leading media figures from the global community gathered to discuss the significance of television in today’s international issues. World Television Day highlights how communications can facilitate social and cultural development, and encourages cooperation and partnerships in international media. Since its invention in the early 1900s, television has served as a medium for communication, entertainment, and household culture.

Okay Dokey.  Since I am not sure exactly how to celebrate today based on the criteria above why don’t we all just share a favorite television show!

★~ Gingerbread Day:


Gingerbread has been baked in Europe since the eleventh century. In some places, it was a soft, delicately spiced cake; in others, a crisp, flat cookie, and in others, warm, thick, dark squares of “bread,” sometimes served with a pitcher of lemon sauce or whipped cream. It was sometimes light, sometimes dark, sometimes sweet, sometimes spicy, but it was almost always cut into shapes such as men, women, stars or animals, and colorfully decorated or stamped with a mold and dusted with white sugar.

In Medieval England gingerbread meant simply “preserved ginger” and was an adaptation of the Old French gingebras, derived from the Latin name of the spice, Zingebar. It was only in the fifteenth century that the term came to be applied to a kind of cake made with treacle, an uncrystalized syrup drained from raw sugar during the refining process, and flavored with ginger. Ginger was also discovered to have a preservative effect when added to pastries and bread, and this probably led to the development of recipes for ginger cakes, cookies, and flavored breads.

Gingerbread Cookies 

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 1871 – The cigar lighter was patented by Moses F. Gale of New York City.

♥~ 1959 – Following his firing from WABC Radio in New York the day before, Alan Freed refused “on principle” to sign a statement that he never received money or gifts (payola) for plugging records.  He quit in the middle of his show and  was replaced mid-recording by Fred Robbins, who later became a nationally-known entertainment reporter for Mutual Radio.

♥~ 1980 – Who shot J.R? The largest TV audience ever, an estimated 82 million people, watched as Sue Ellen’s sister, Kristin Shepard, shot J.R. Ewing on Dallas. The jilted mistress was seen holding the smoking gun solving the mystery and answering the  haunting question viewers asked each other all summer, “Who Shot J.R.?”

♥~ 1995 – Capitol Records reported The Beatles’ Anthology I had sold 450,000 copies in its first day of release. It was the most albums ever sold on a  single-day.

♥~ 1996 –  Cathy Mullikin of Jackson, Tennessee, cooked her Thanksgiving turkey a week early, and she may not have been the only one. Cathy was one of 40-thousand people who received a free 1996 calendar from the county hospital that showed Thanksgiving on the wrong Thursday.

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1937 – Marlo (Margaret) Thomas Emmy Award-winning producer: Marlo Thomas and Friends in Free to Be … You and Me [1973-74], Free to Be … A Family [1988-89], actress:Nobody’s Child [1985-86]; That Girl, Tribute to Women in Comedy, The Joey Bishop Show, Held Hostage, In the Spirit, Jenny; wife of Phil Donahue; daughter of Danny Thomas

♥~ 1940 – Dr. John (‘Mac’ Malcolm John Rebennack) musician: organ, guitar, singer: Right Place Wrong Time; songwriter: Lights Out, What’s Goin’ On, Lady Luck, Losing Battle

♥~ 1944 –Harold Ramis, screenwriter,  cowrote of some of America’s most beloved comedies, including National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978), Caddyshack (1980), Stripes (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), Groundhog Day (1993), and Analyze This (1999).

♥~ 1945 – Goldie Hawn (Btudlendgehawn) Academy Award-winning actress: Cactus Flower [1969]; First Wives Club, Bird on a Wire, Butterflies are Free, Housesitter, Death Becomes Her,Private Benjamin, Shampoo, The Sugarland Express, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Good Morning, World

♥~ 1963 –Nicollette Sheridan actress: Desperate Housewives, Paper Dolls, Knots Landing, Spy Hard, Silver Strand, Noises Off, Deceptions, The Sure Thing

★~ Good to Know: 



Thanksgiving Real Deal

Update: Thanksgiving The Real Deal : United Bloggers and friends are tirelessly plugging away on our Facebook page encouraging people not to shop on Thanksgiving. El Morno friend Debbie wrote a terrific post on her blog: Musings by an ND Domer’s Mom .

Last night on our Facebook page, I was admonished for encouraging  identity thief – I asked people where they were from – mind you this person is sharing freely on Facebook. Beth Ann,  claimed I was a trouble maker to which I maturely defended myself, AM NOT. We are having fun

Another guy liked the page, but wasn’t exactly on the same page when he suggested that “those people who worked in retail need to stop whining and take their lumps.”  We agreed to disagree.

And finally if this doesn’t make you want to reconsider your relationship with Walmart (if you have one)  I don’t know what will:

A Walmart in northeast Ohio is holding a holiday canned food drive — for its own underpaid employees. “Please Donate Food Items Here, so Associates in Need Can Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner,” a sign reads in the employee lounge of a Canton-area Walmart.


We are finding the number of people who want to work to change things or believe they can change things are few and far between. The Facebook page after 4 days of non-stop promotion (Beth Ann and I make Jerry Lewis, look like a  light weight) has 300 likes. HOWEVER, we will preserve in “our little corner” to quote Beth Ann.  And, those 300 people who have liked the page, really, really liked it a lot.

I know, you all aren’t Facebookers and can’t participate on the Facebook page, so I will continue to keep you updated on Odd. And remember, you can still visit the page!

Odd Loves Company!

13 thoughts on “Great American Smokeout, Label Day, World Hello Day, False Confession Day, World Television Day, Gingerbread Day

  1. I stick with what I said—you are a trouble maker, a rabble rouser, a malcontent but your intentions are so honorable that your label today shall be CONQUEROR! We shall lead the masses forward into the battle of NO SHOP THANKSGIVING. We will wear the crowns of righteousness on our carefully coiffed hair and carry swords of rubber as we march into non-battle.
    You rock, Katybeth!! We will make a difference in our little corner of the world (you in Illinois, me in Iowa) and take our stand. Keeping fingers crossed that our numbers will skyrocket today!!! Our graphic alone kills!

    • Well we haven’t sky rocketed but I did get to take a shower–which was nice.
      I like your speech. Please take it forward and share with the masses—perhaps, you need a sword!
      We do look good. Looking good is so important.

  2. Morno,
    So many distractions it is hard to get and keep peoples attention. It’s also hard to persuade people to take a stand and speak up. I am on a few boards and it’s like pulling teeth because someone is always worried about offending someone. They want other people to do the work while they have opinions. It doesn’t matter about the “likes” what matters is you care enough to put forth the effort. I’ll ask my Facebook addicted daughter to like and spread the word.
    I’ll take Gingerbread cookies to the office today. The bakery sells them and they are good.
    Good Luck today.

    • Your the office snack king. Gingerbread will be very tasty treat. Thanks for spreading the word. It is harder than I thought, but the experience is worth a lot. Convincing people to take a stand even when they agree with you is mind boggling hard. No wonder they spend so much money on elections! Good point about the distractions.
      Thanks, it was a good day.

  3. Kudos to you and Beth Ann for taking this bull by the horns and trying to effect change! Oh, and thanks for the shoutout!

    Sorry, but I can’t think of three lies and a truth right now. I’ve got so much on my plate today that just getting through the daily “reading of the blogs” is going to be a challenge. And for some reason, a nap is sounding better and better!

    • And also to you! You have play a big part in this movement.
      When in doubt go for the nap! Always. But I know you didn’t so I’ll hope you accomplished bunches!

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  5. Thanks to you and Beth Ann for all of your hard work on the Thanksgiving The Real Deal effort and for your link to my post on your FB page.

    Also, just wanted to give a shout-out to my home state of Minnesota, where the Great American Smokeout has its roots with Lynn Smith, former publisher of the Monticello (MN) Times. He started this stop smoking effort in 1974 by declaring the third Thursday in November as D-Day, Don’t Smoke Day. His campaign caught on and went national.

    • Thanks for your support and wonderful post!
      Great information, I will add your tidbit to El Morno for next year! Thanks for dropping by!

  6. I know your lying about sailing and about the Kale smoothie and about the tatoo. I would believe you might drink a pepsi if it was the only soft drink at the party, and you were dying of thirst.
    Now I’ll go. i’d happily donate one of my dogs to a worthy cause, I’d generiously donate my new Minnie Rose top to a needy person, I’d graciously invite people in to my house even if it was dirty, I’d happily bake a cake for a cake walk.

    • Nope. I actually had a Kale smoothie made in one of those very fancy, expensive Vitamixer at Cosco and I liked it. I don’t want one everyday but I would drink one over a Pepsi any day.
      Of-course the truth is the cake. Do I know about this Minnie Rose top?

  7. I’m all for the smokeout.
    Wow……3 cheers for good ‘ol Walmart. Very ironic.
    Gingerbread houses, etc. are a nice sight at Christmas time.
    I could go the rest of my life without running. I would rather not have a dog in my house. I love hot & humid weather. I am ready to leave 2013 in my dust.
    Squeaky wheels get the grease. Realize you have many silent supporters who have thought they were *the only ones* who held strong opinions on anti-thanksgiving shopping. You never know unless you try!
    Rainy, windy & cooler. Expected to be the same for a few days.
    Good day!

    • Your ready to say adios to 2013.
      Too true, I stopped worrying about Facebook likes and began to focus on the quality of the likes and supporters not shopping on Thanksgiving has collected over this past week. Great shares, and committed people. Yes, people will shop but maybe not as many. We’ve heard from a few employees that are irate about working, and I don’t think customers can expect the best service.

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