National Men Make Dinner Day, Bittersweet Chocolate Day

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November 7th, 2013


★~ Today’s Quote:  “When we destroy something created by man, we call it vandalism. When we destroy something created by nature, we call it progress.” — Ed Begley, Jr.,

★~ National Men Make Dinner Day:

men cooking

This is a rather tongue in cheek holiday that recognizes a lot of men are great family cooks and encourages those that aren’t to give it a try by whipping up a family meal.

★~ Bittersweet Chocolate Day:

bittersweet chocolate cake

Make a bittersweet chocolate cake with almonds or indulge in your favorite bittersweet chocolate bar: Sjaks, Green & Black, Valor, Ghirardelli, Alter Eco, Hershey’s.

★~ Today in History:

♥~1876 – The cigarette manufacturing machine was patented by Albert H. Hook of New York City.

♥~ 1893 –  Colorado citizens passed a constitutional amendment to give the state’s women the right to vote.  That made Colorado the first state to approve women’s suffrage through a popular election.

♥~ 1916 – Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman elected to Congress.

♥~ 1933 – Pennsylvania’s Blue Laws meant that lots of things couldn’t be done on Sunday. Shopping was one. Drinking was another. Sports was yet another. But that changed today when votes were casted and counted  in the Keystone State eliminated sports from the forbidden activities. Fans in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia rejoiced!

♥~ 1965 – Poppin’ Fresh, the Pillsbury Dough Boy was introduced — in a Pillsbury Crescent Rolls commercial.

♥~ 1987 – Bruce Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love was the #1 album in the U.S.

★~Born Today:


♥~ 1867 – Madame Curie: A Polish physicist and chemist who discovered two radioactive elements: radium and polonium, and was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize

♥~ 1942 – Johnny Rivers (John Ramistella) singer: Poor Side of Town, Memphis, Secret Agent Man, Slow Dancin’, Baby I Need Your Lovin’

♥~ 1943 – Joni Mitchell (Roberta Anderson) songwriter: Willy, Big Yellow Taxi, Woodstock; singer: Help Me, Free Man in Paris, Both Sides Now. Celebrating Joni Mitchell’s 70th birthday. 

♥~  Mark Philippoussis tennis [Australia]: set world record for the fastest serve [March 7, 1997] when he served a 142.3 mph ace.

★~ Good to Know: The ancient ‘Godzilla’ platypus

Imagine this guy, only much, much bigger.(REUTERS)

Imagine this guy, only much, much bigger. (REUTERS)

♥~ It was as big as a dog: Like its duck-billed, modern-day descendent, Obdurodon tharalkooschild made its home in the temperate rivers of northern Australia. But while today’s platypus is about the size of your average house cat, this ancient variety, which existed between 5 to 15 million years ago, was much bigger: At about three feet long, it was approximately the size of a bulldog.

“It pretty well blew our minds,” said Professor Mike Archer, a researcher from the University of New South Wales. “It looks like a modern platypus on steroids — we’ll have to call it platypus Godzilla.”

♥~ It was discovered from a single tooth:  Several years ago, researchers discovered a molar embedded in some limestone recovered from northwest Queensland. Rebecca Pian, a Ph.D. student at Columbia University in New York, noted that it had the signature characteristics of a modern platypus’ tooth, but with a few key differences.

“I said, ‘Wait a second, not only is it quite big, it’s quite different as well,'” Pian told National Geographic. The main difference was a unique set of bumps and ridges never before seen. From there, scientists extrapolated the creature’s size, discovering that this platypus was much bigger than any living today.

♥~ It had a taste for flesh: Today’s platypuses subsist on insects and invertebrates. The Godzilla version, with its gnashing teeth, crunched down on animals like turtles and frogs. ”

It would have been one of the biggest animals by far in those ancient waterways,” said Archer. “Only crocodiles would have been bigger.”

♥~ It may have been venomous:  Although platypuses look like a friendly bunch, they are one of the only mammals that can make their own venom; the spurs on their hind legs are linked to poisonous glands that males use to defend their territory. It’s unclear if the ancient variety had a similar adaptation, but researchers see no reason why it didn’t.

“We already know that the modern platypus has venom on the spurs of the hind leg that can be incredibly painful, that can stop a grown man in his tracks for hours,” said Archer. “If you scale that up to perhaps two to three times the amount of venom in an animal much larger than that, you suddenly start thinking about this animal as a predator.”

♥~  Today’s platypus, reacts like this when tickled.



I’m thinking of asking our Aussie to send us a Platypus from Australia. One lives in a pond not to far from her house. I would let it have the upstairs bathtub that we rarely use and in the summer it could swim in the kiddie pools in the yard. Cole suggested since the males are venomous we should make sure she sends us a female. Seems like a good idea. Aren’t they cute??

The rain stopped and it looks like the sun has come out to shine on our golden leaves making us ohh and aww with delight.  I’m off for a pedi and to stock the fridge. Perhaps a slight exaggeration, but at the very least I’ll buy something for dinner. I don’t want to overload the fridge, after all we will need room for Thanksgiving  preparations and left-overs. I like to plan ahead.

Wishing you a terrific Thursday!

Odd Loves Company!

8 thoughts on “National Men Make Dinner Day, Bittersweet Chocolate Day

  1. Love the giraffes popping their heads through those windows! And what a great idea for men to make the dinner tonight. Domer will be making his dinner (unless he grabs something out on the way home from work!)

    A platypus? Seriously? Oh, my, you’d have a very popular bathtub. Why, just think of all the neighbor kids who’d like a picture with “Platy.” Might be quite a fundraiser if you decided to charge, too. Could really help a needy cause!

    • Great idea! And think of all the blog posts I could write about about Platy. Good name too!
      When I was single I ate a lot of popcorn for dinner but always managed a nice lunch.

  2. Morno,
    Early morning meeting.
    I’m taking customers to dinner tonight so I won’t be cooking but I will be picking up the check. Hope that counts.
    Debbie has a good idea about using the platypus as a fund raiser and I think Cole has the right idea about making sure it is not a killer platypus which would would make the Hallmark moment part of the fund raiser harder to execute.
    Have a good one.

  3. I love those Giraffes! They are my favorite wild animal.
    That Platypus is cute but you don’t need one!
    Picking up the check is as good as making dinner Mike.

    • I know you could have a Platypus! It could live in your pond.
      If we went on a safari we could stay at that hotel and you would feel right at home when one of the giraffes took the toast right off your plate!

  4. sad but true today’s quote……
    i like the inquisitive giraffes! cute little platypus! i wouldn’t mind being in the water with her.
    john was a grill master. grilled food hasn’t been the same since.
    good night!

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