Free Cone Day, Draw a Bird Day, National Empañada Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥~
April 8, 2014

Nest builder

★~ Today’s Quote:  
Hope” is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all – Emily Dickinson

★~ Free Cone Day 2014: 

Free Cone Day

Once a year, Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops hand out free cones to all their fans.

If getting a free ice cream cone isn’t enough to make you love Ben & Jerry’s, the story behind how the day originated might persuade you. Thirty-five years ago Ben & Jerry’s founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield had just survived their first year of running a business. Surprised and grateful for their accomplishment, they wanted to thank the community that had supported them. The obvious choice? Giving everyone free ice cream cones to express their gratitude. Thirty-five years later they are still thanking their fans with with one day a year dedicated to free cone day .

This year Ben & Jerry’s hopes to hand out one million cones in the U.S. alone. Fans can choose any flavor they’d like, but they’ll also be able to try Ben & Jerry’s newest flavors, which include:

Salted Caramel Blondie: Sweet cream ice cream with blonde brownies and a salted caramel swirl
Hazed and Confused: Hazelnut and chocolate ice creams with fudge chips and a hazelnut fudge swirl
Cotton Candy: Cotton candy ice cream loaded with cotton candy pieces.

Find a Ben and Jerry’s Location Near You 

 ★~ Draw a Bird day:


Draw a Bird Day began in the UK during the late 1940s as a way to boost morale after the Second World War (no mention of how this activity boasted morale or if it worked)  Since then April 8th has been celebrated as a day to draw our feathered friends and share our pictures with the world. Grab your pencils, ready, get set, Draw A Bird!  This day is not about artistic ability so don’t be intimidated. There is also no preference shown towards any particular species of bird. If vultures are your thing, draw a vulture. Peacocks, sparrows, seagulls, they’re all fair game.  If you draw a bird and send it to me, I will share it on Odd.

★~ National Empañada Day:


Some food dishes know no boundaries; they are loved by many cultures the world over. Empanadas fit perfectly into this category. Most people think of these half-moon shaped pastries as being South American, but their origins can be traced back to Portugal and Galicia. The beauty of empanadas is that the rich, buttery dough can be filled with almost anything – sweet or savory. In Argentina, a filling of ground beef, onion, egg and olives is a comforting and delicious favorite. In Indonesia and some other Southeast Asian countries, empanadas are filled with a spicy tuna mixture or rice.

Empanada recipe 

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1820 – Venus de Milo, famous armless statue of the goddess Venus (or Aphrodite) was discovered, on the island of Milos.

♥~ 1957 – Jimmy Dean began a morning show on CBS-TV to compete with the first 45 minutes of the Today show on NBC-TV. No, he didn’t stand around in an apron cookin’ sausage and singing Big Bad John for the audience, though it may not have been a bad idea. No sponsors were found for the show and it was back to the smokehouse for Jimmy when CBS quickly sliced the show from the network

♥~ 1968 – The Beatles went gold again, receiving a gold record for the single, Lady Madonna.

♥~ 1971 – Chicago became the first rock group to play Carnegie Hall in New York City. Through the 1970s and 1980s, Chicago scored big with these hits: Make Me Smile, 25 or 6 to 4, Saturday in the Park, Old Days, Baby, What a Big Surprise, Hard to Say I’m Sorry and many others,

♥~ 1974 – It was one historic night in sports in Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium. Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record by collecting his 715th round-tripper. Hammerin’ Hank trotted into baseball immortality as the Braves beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7 to 4. Aaron finished his career two years later with 755 home runs; a record that still stands.

♥~ 1985 – Comedienne Phyllis Diller underwent a surgical procedure for permanent eye liner to eliminate the need for eyelid makeup.

♥~ 1986 – Actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Eastwood won in a landslide victory, receiving 72.5 percent of the vote. And he did so without fanfare any paid advertisements, just buttons and bumper stickers. Apparently, a few voters had already heard of him.

♥~ 2005 – Four Australian performers called The Wiggles topped BRW Magazine’s list of Australia’s 50 richest performers of 2004. The band had an estimated gross income of $34.5 million, up from $10.7 million in the previous year.

★~Born Today:


♥~ 563 B.C.– Buddha (Shakyamuni) ‘The Enlightened One’ in the Buddhist faith; died Feb 15, 483 B.C. Buddha birthday is celebrate in Japan on this day-in Southeast Asia the celebration will be held on May 10.

♥~ 1941 – Darlene Gillespie, TV personality (“The Mickey Mouse Club”), turns 70

♥~ 1960 – John (Richard) Schneider actor: Second Chances, Heaven Help Us, Grand Slam, Dukes of Hazzard, Night of the Twisters, Texas, Speed Zone, Stagecoach, Cocaine Wars, Smokey and the Bandit

★~ Good to  Know: The  Robin the icon of the spring season! 


♥~ The robin is a member of the thrush family, so is related to the blackbird and the nightingale.

♥~Robins are one of the most popular birds in  North America, and are the national bird of Great Britain.

♥~Juvenile robins have a brown rather than red breast; they grow the red feathers after their first moult.

♥~ Each robin has a unique breast pattern, and can (with difficulty) be recognized individually.

♥~Robins are short-lived: the record for longevity is held by a ringed bird that survived until it was over eight.

♥~At the end of the Victorian era robin skins became popular adornments for ladies’ hats.

♥~ The male American Robin sings a beautiful tune… he is often the last bird heard as the sun sets.

♥~ Both male and female robins hold their own territories in the winter, so both sexes sing the same winter song.

♥~ Most pairs of robins will try and raise as many as three broods of chicks a year, but some mange as many as five.

♥~The American Robin is the state bird for Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

♥~ Robins have a sweet tooth. Fruits, berries, sweet cakes, and even pastry dough are their favorites.

♥~ The male and female look surprisingly similar, although if you look closely, the female is a bit duller than the male.

♥~ Lush Robins.  Robins have a weakness for fermented berries. After  ingesting large quantities, they appear to be drunk and exhibit behaviors such as falling over while walking.

♥~ Robins are known for their running and stopping behavior – it is one of their main characteristics

♥~ Although the comic-book superhero Robin was inspired by an illustration of Robin Hood, a later version had his mother nicknaming him Robin because he was born on the first day of spring.


If you have not seen this April Fools Prank–you absolutely must watch it! The best! 


April Odd Reviews:  THE REAL ME

Send a picture of an item that shows off the REAL YOU. Submission pictures examples:  gadgets, wall hangings, appliances, jewelry, furniture, a tattoo, anything you deem review worth that fits into the category of  THE REAL ME.

If you don’t remember the reviews from  last year click What Your Shoes Say About You | Odd Show Review.

Reviews will be published the last two weeks of April. There will be a few surprises along the way. . .It will be FUN.

Send submission pictures by email to:  Katybeth at  If you have questions, ask away.

Have a terrific Tuesday but if it falls short of Terrific or you just feel the need to rant…It’s Rant Tuesday – Your rant is our rant.

Odd Loves Company,

8 thoughts on “Free Cone Day, Draw a Bird Day, National Empañada Day

  1. Morno,
    Free cone day is always a good day. Not sure if I can draw a bird but I enjoy the robins that drop by the yard. This year we’ve had some very chunky ones.
    Empanadas sound tasty.
    That prank was funny. The teacher seemed like a good guy too.
    Enjoy your day

    • Our robins look well fed too. So much for eating like a bird.
      The Empanadas turned out pretty well. Not as good as a couple of my friends make, tho, so next time we are hungry for some I’m just going to ask them to fed us.

  2. I’m always glad when the robin population increases — even Darling Doggie doesn’t seem to mind sharing his yard with them.
    Wish I lived close enough to score a free Ben & Jerry’s cone! Downstate just doesn’t get the good stuff, sigh.
    You don’t want to see me draw a picture of a bird. Trust me on this!
    As for “the real me,” do you have a submission deadline? I’m kind of up to my ears in stuff right now, though I want to play along.

    • Well, We have B/J but not close to me. So I settled for a strawberry Baskin and Robins.
      Deadline for submissions is loose we just want to keep it all in the month of April.
      I can’t draw either, we have other talents!

  3. Empanada day sounds divine but I am not up to the preparation today probably! No Ben and Jerry’s near us–so sad—so I will have to settle for some that I bought instead of a free one.
    Do you think my object is the real me???? Yes—kind of quirky and hard to figure out–slightly sharp at times and useful…….

    • I share your grief about B/J but I did have a cone at Baskin and Robins.
      Yes, your object is the real you. Absolutely. It will give the reviewers something to think about too!

  4. Missed free cone day. Rain check! Good for Ben & Jerry’s for continuing it.
    Great April Fools prank! His students must think a lot of him.
    Hmm….need to think on the real me submission…..
    Blustery sunny day today. I enjoy a cool breeze in my face.
    No rant.
    Good evening!

    • I’m sure you’ll think of something…
      Glad you liked the prank –I thought it was too funny and it just played out so well.
      Glad you are enjoying a nice spring. We are getting there slowly but surely.

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