Static Electricity Day, Play God Day, Apricot Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
January 9, 2014

winter colours

★~ Today’s Quote: The Two-Minute Rule: If you see something that needs doing, and it can be completed within two minutes, do it immediately. (quoted by many)

★~ Static Electricity Day:

Static electricity

Static electricity: fun for sticking balloons to your hair, bad for touching doorknobs after crossing a carpeted room in your socks. This phenomenon occurs when two surfaces rub together and electrons jump ship, leaving one surface too positive and the other too negative. One spark of static electricity can measure thousands of volts, but has very little current; Lighting is a powerful and dangerous example of static electricity;  Temperatures in a lightning bolt can reach as high as 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit; Static electricity is worse on days when the relative humidity is low.

Some tips for getting rid of it:

  • Take some aluminum foil, ball it up, and toss it into the dryer with the wet laundry. It removes static and never has to be changed.
  •  If you mix one cap full of Downy fabric softener in a spray bottle filled with water, it makes a pretty good Static Guard substitute and it lasts a long time.
  • Make leaving your car less shocking by gripping the metal frame of the door for a couple of seconds before you let your feet touch the ground.
  • Leaving a little conditioner in your hair and wearing hats that aren’t wool will keep static electricity from attacking your hair.
  • Humidity is static electricity’s worst enemy, so make sure you use a humidifier in the winter.

★~ Play God Day:

Sunset Explosion.

If you were the Almighty for one holy day…what would you do? Remember, there is this little thing called “free will” that you are going to have to deal with…

★~ Apricot Day:


Apricot means precious in Latin. The apricot tree emerged in China more than 4,000 years ago and eventually made its way across Asia to the Mediterranean. Centuries later, Spanish explorers introduced the apricot to the New World and planted the trees all over the west coast. Apricot season in the U.S. runs from May through August. In the winter, fresh apricots are imported from South America. Add some chopped apricots to pancake batter, give a Middle Eastern flavor to chicken or vegetable stews with the addition of dried diced apricots, or add apricots to your green salad when the fruit is in season.

~ Farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley produce 95% of the apricots grown in the United States

~ Apricot trees generally grow to be 12 to 15 feet tall and will produce fruit for 20 to 25 years.

~ Apricots are one of Mother Nature’s most concentrated sources of Vitamin A.

~ Apricots help your body fight infection, repair damaged tissues, build strong teeth and bones, and improve your eyesight.

★~Today in History:

Where's the beef

♥~ 1972 – Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, speaking to reporters by telephone from the Bahamas, said a purported biography of him by Clifford Irving was a fake. Irving and his wife had received a $750,000 advance from the McGraw-Hill publishing house for the book. Clifford Irving was eventually imprisoned and ordered to repay the advance, plus damages.

♥~ 1984 – “WHERE’S THE BEEF?” Clara Peller  stared in her first television commercial for Wendy’s fast-food chain. Dave Thomas spent $8 million on the ads that promoted hamburger sales plus T-shirts, baseball caps, records, greeting cards and countless other items bearing the picture of the elderly cult star. The campaign was a huge success.

♥~ 2007 – Apple chairman Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. The 4GB version of what became the 2007 invention of the year went on sale in June for $499.

♥~ 2009 – The Illinois House of Representatives voted to impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich. The move was unprecedented in Illinois state history.

★~Born Today:


♥~ 1901 – Murat Bernard “Chic” Young – Created the comic strip “Blondie” in 1930. Originally about a jazz-age flapper who marries a playboy from a socially prominent family, “Blondie” soon changed its direction: two children and a dog were added to the cast, Dagwood became a working stiff, and the strip focused on middle-class family situations and problems. “Blondie” introduced America to the “Dagwood,” an enormous sandwich made during Dagwood’s late-night forays in the refrigerator.

♥~ 1928 – Judith Krantz is a American novelist who writes in the romance genre. Her works include Scruples, Princess Daisy, and Till We Meet AgainKrantz author: Scruples

♥~ 1941 – Joan Baez: folksinger, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

♥~ 1944 – Jimmy Page  musician: guitar: group: Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song, D’yer Mak’er, Fool in the Rain

♥~ 1951 – Crystal Gayle (Brenda Gayle) , singer,  songwriter, 1977 US No.2 & UK No.5 single ‘Don’t It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue’

★~ Good to Know:


I’m a huge fan of John Green and loved his video back in October, when he  tried a bunch of life hacks we read about on the Internet. Today he puts 30 more to the test.



This is a life hack changed my life. Who knew? I went right in and locked those aluminum and cling wrap rolls into place and it worked….it really worked.

You Have Been Using Aluminum Foil Wrong Your Whole Life


FYI: Our Mom’s were not keeping secrets from us according to Slate, “Reynolds, didn’t add end locks to their aluminum foil boxes until 1996. The explanatory text was added shortly after.”

And while we are reviewing life hacks: In this video Cole showed you how to peel a banana. OMG his hair!

ha en bra dag! (Can you guess -or do you know- what language I wrote “have a good day” in? I think we should be a little more international in 2014, don’t you?)



P.S. Cole just published a blog post: Memorable Car Moments, June Bug Update.

14 thoughts on “Static Electricity Day, Play God Day, Apricot Day

  1. Mmm…bananas. His hair is cracking me up. My hubby, believe it or not, used to have an amazing head of afro like hair like that also. 🙂 Don’t’ show Cole a picture of him today. 🙂 Just kidding. I love my man.
    I will save the life hacks to view later. I want to absorb all it has to offer and quite frankly the foil/plastic wrap info was enough to put me over the edge this morning. I must ration my info…..

    • Funny! Cole’s hair has gone through so many evolutions I can not even count them and I’m his mom. Your DH had an afro? Interesting.
      I know didn’t that foil wrap tip just blow your mind? I agree completely and totally overwhelming. The things they don’t tell ya.

  2. Good Morno,
    I’m not up for playing god today. Apricots sound good tho. I haven’t had them in awhile. Sunday night I am going to take a look at her foil wrap and is she does not know that hack I will show-off my brilliance. Maybe, El Morno could remind me I don’t want to forget. John Green is funny, just wish he would slow down a bit.
    Have a good one.

    • Really? You won’t try on god’s robe? I’m surprised. Hope you have the opportunity to surprise your sister but I’ve been told sisters know everything!

  3. I’ll have to read those hacks later. Busy Morno around here.
    Has it really been five years since we got rid of Blago?? How time flies! Wouldn’t you like to see if he’d gotten gray while locked up?
    I’m not up for playing God today.
    Darling Doggie hates static electricity. If I accidentally touch him and shock him, he jumps back and gives me the stink-eye!

    • Try running a bounce sheet over Dallas or even spraying his coat with a little static cling. it doesn’t cure all but it will help. I’m sure he is shocked that you of all people would, you know, shock him!

  4. yeah, i’ll play god. take responsibilty for yourself & your actions. i’ll stop at that even though i could go on & on.
    can’t access youtube from work. we are being saved from ourselves. will check videos from home. i do like mental floss. wonder how many flubs with john green’s rapid fire delivery?
    i seem to be full of (be nice) static electricity.
    looks like your area is warming up!
    good morning!

    • Nice job. I’d vote for you–or do whatever one does to acknowledge a god.
      I think there is a John Green outtake video. I will have to look.
      The “saviors” are so often the real problem, aren’t they? 😀

    • I liked that hack too and it does seem to work.
      Now, that I have new wool socks (thanks to a package form my Mom) I am warm and toasty.

      Hugs back to you.

  5. I really like the foil wrap and cling wrap tip. Who Knew????
    I’ve been cold all day and it’s 73 in the house. I’m going to put on a sweater. Since I’m chilly Trinket has to wear her coat!

    • Well, I’m glad you were not keeping it a secret from me. I bet Trinket looks very snazzy in her coat! Sit by the fireplace and warm your bones.

  6. OMG your right that foil wrap tip did change my life. I had no idea. Why on earth wouldn’t they advertise that feature a little better.
    Thank you for enlightening me. I can’t wait to see who else doesn’t know!

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