Trivia Day, Spaghetti Day, Odds and Ends

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January 4, 2014



★~ Todays Quote: The world is waiting. Your turn…. (Seth Godin)

★~ Trivia Day:

Homer Trivia

Trivia Day honors anyone who knows a lot facts or has a doctorate in uselessology. Here is a bit of trivia

~ On Good Friday in 1930, the BBC reported, “There is no news.” Instead, they played piano music.

~ Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.

~ In the 1980s, Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel was spending $2,500 a month on rubber bands just to hold all their cash.

~ Ben & Jerry learned how to make ice cream by taking a $5 correspondence course offered by Penn State. (They decided to split one course.)

~ In 1939, Hitler’s nephew wrote an article called “Why I Hate My Uncle.” He came to the U.S., served in the Navy, and settled on Long Island.

~ In 1999, Furbies were banned from the National Security Agency’s Maryland headquarters because it was feared the toys might repeat national security secrets.

~ Alaska is the only state that can be typed on one row of keys.

~ Why did the FBI call Ted Kaczynski “The Unabomber”? Because his early mail bombs were sent to universities (UN) & airlines (A).

~ In 1907, an ad campaign for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes offered a free box of cereal to any woman who would wink at her grocer.

~ When Coca-Cola announced the return of Coke’s original formula in 1985, ABC News interrupted General Hospital to break the story.

~ Dr. Ruth was trained as a sniper by the Israeli military.

~ The word “PEZ” comes from the German word for peppermint—PfeffErminZ

If you like trivia and have an I-Phone or Android you might like the free app QuizUp

★~ Spaghetti Day:

Spaghetti Day

Spaghetti and meatballs: a worldwide favorite! It was the Chinese who first invented pasta but it was the Italians who revolutionized this well-loved dish. Marco Polo brought the recipe for pasta back to Europe with him after his famous trip to the Middle Kingdom during the 13th century.

★~ Today in History: 


♥~ 1896 – Utah (45th state) entered the United States of America; capital: Salt Lake City; bird: seagull; flower: sego lily; nickname: Beehive State.

♥~ 1953 – Tufted plastic carpeting was introduced by Barwick Mills. The new carpet was said to be mothproof and stain resistant.

♥~ 1984 – Wayne ‘The Great One’ Gretzky scored eight points for the second time in his National Hockey League career. Edmonton’s Oilers defeated the Minnesota North Stars, 12-8. Gretzky had four goals on his own and four assists. The El Morno research team thought those of you facing hockey withdrawal would appreciate this tidbit.

♥~ 2010 –The Russian government set a minimum price for vodka that more than doubled existing prices in an effort to fight rampant alcoholism.

★~Born Today:

Dot Jones arm wrestle

♥~ 1785 –Jacob Grimm, born in Hanau, Germany along with his younger brother, Wilhelm, collected more than 200 German folk tales and published Grimm’s Fairy Tales in 1812. The fairy tales included, “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Rumpelstiltskin,” “Snow White,” “Rapunzel,” and “Hansel and Grethel.”

♥~ 1809 –Louis Braille,   Blinded at the age of three by a leather working awl in his father’s saddle-making shop, Braille developed a system of writing that used, ironically, an awl-like stylus to punch marks in paper that could be felt and interpreted by people who are blind. The system was largely ignored until after his death.

♥~ 1838 – General Tom Thumb (Charles Stratton) entertainer: world’s most famous midget.  On his 18th birthday, he was measured at 2 feet 8.5 inches (82.6 cm) tall.

♥~ 1960 – Michael Stipe Grammy Award-winning singer: Out of Time [1991]; group: R.E.M.: Losing My Religion [1991], Radio Free Europe, Talk About the Passion, So Central Rain, [Don’t Go Back to] Rockville, Seven Chinese Brothers. Michael, has as a brick tattooed on his right hand and on his upper right arm a tattoo of the characters Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse from George Herriman’s comic strip “Krazy Kat”.

♥~ 1964 – Dot Jones, Actress (“Glee”) 15-time World and 6-time National arm-wrestling champion.

★~ Good to Know: Odds and Ends 

Lets Make Pop Tarts:


Beware Snow Shark:

Snow Shark

How A Trumpet Works:


Modern Library: 

Modern Library


Don’t Be Silly, You Look Great:

Picture Perfect

Works For Me:


Easily Amused:


What I want to know: Do They Have Picture Day Fights? 

family penguin picture

Why I Never Wanted A Sister: 


Paws Warming By The Fire:

Warm paws


El Morno is late, but I haven’t just been sitting around sucking on sugar cubes all morning! I’ve tidied the house, made a pot roast (I cook better in the morning), mopped floors, along with taking care of my campers…just to brag about a few of my accomplishments. I think I’m channeling my sweet mother. It feels so good to restore some order to my abode.

Cold? Uhm, Yes. Public schools are already offering excused absences for Monday and Tuesday. I suspect, Cole’s holiday will be extended as well.  The first part of the week is suppose to see a wind chill factor of -50. I did type that correctly. In case you think we’re raising a generation of wimps…a lot of kids depend on public transportation traveling to and from school. The last time we had weather like this was in 1994.  However, public schools will be open to offer heat and shelter to those in need….I could not even imagine being without both, so I packed up some old coats, mittens, and hats to take over to the park district. I’m so happy this weather is happening after most of my campers will have checked out and will be tucked into their own homes.

Hope you have a wonderful day, I am continuing the momentum that started this day and then taking a break to shop my Kindle for a good book! What’s new with you?

Odd Loves Company!


10 thoughts on “Trivia Day, Spaghetti Day, Odds and Ends

  1. You posted How a Trumpet Works in honor of Domer, didn’t you? I bet you did — thanks!
    Love the dog playing with his shadow. Dallas doesn’t seem affected by “shadow dog”, but he LOVES chasing the “dot” formed from a flashlight. Must be that herding instinct kicking in.
    I’m impressed at your industriousness. I, too, have been a domestic whirlwind. I changed the bed, washed and ironed a load of clothes, and groomed the Sheltie. So far, and it’s not yet 2 o’clock!
    Stay warm in all that cold!!

    • I did post it for you and Domer! 😀
      Good job knocking things off your to-do list! Grooming my own dogs has not even made it on the list yet!

  2. best trivia is dr. ruth, the sniper! who would suspect her???
    love spaghetti! your pot roast sounds good, too!
    college roommate just called saying her son will be stranded in my fair city since his flight back to Nashville has been cancelled. waiting for an update.
    time to walk nik. 1st playoff game is approaching fast.
    good afternoon!

    • Well, I would have never suspected! Travel has been so challenging this holiday season.
      Hope you enjoy the games!

  3. Morno,
    Glad we did not miss Spaghetti Day since I’m going out for Italian tonight and that sounds real good. We’ve come along way from the dewey decimal system, which isn’t a bad thing. The snow shark is neat.
    Sounds like you are in for some brutal weather, hope it doesn’t last too long.
    Have a good one.

    • Perfect timing. I love the “new library” Dewey had a good run but happy to retire the system.
      I love that snow shark—I want Cole to make one!

  4. Stay inside as much as you both can. With temps like that your skin could freeze in a heart beat. We were up there for that last really cold winter in 94 and it wasn’t any fun. Remember Mt. Vernon!!!! Your Dad is STILL stuck there. LOL

  5. SNOW SNOW SNOW!!!!!Is is EVER going to end?? And then we will have the -12 to -15 for the actual temp with -35 to-50 wind chill for Monday and Tuesday. Not much better for tomorrow with white out conditions. I AM SICK OF WINTER!!! Guess all we can do is hunker down and pray for early Spring. Grandson made it back to base (S.C.) with no problem today.
    Thank goodness his flight out of OHare wasn’t cancelled.
    Miss him already. Maybe see him at Easter. Hoping. Guess it must be a domestic day today as I changed bed linens and did laundry also. Stay warm.

    • I think we are in for a long winter. Kids are happy, tho, no school in Chicago tomorrow. Glad your Grandson made it back to S.C. without delay. He was lucky, camper parents have been struggling to get home with lots of delays.
      I planned to go out today to “get the stink out,” 😀 but never made it.
      Wishing you warm and toasty.

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