National Pet Day, Barbershop Quartet Day, 8-Track Cassette Tape Day, Cheese Fondue Day

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
April 11, 2014

Spring is Here...finally!

★~ Today’s Quote:  “It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove it doesn’t exist.” ― Tina Fey, Bossypants

★~ National Pet Day:

National Pet Day

Did you know that there are approximately 86.4 million pet cats and 78.2 million pet dogs living in the United States today? Gerbils, birds, turtles, and fish are also very common. If you consider your pet a member of the family, you are by no means alone. Six out of ten pet owners feel the same way!

Celebrity pet lifestyle expert and animal welfare advocate Colleen Paige founded National Pet Day to raise awareness about the importance of pet adoption. The motto of the holiday is “Don’t shop! Adopt!” and it is sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation, whose mission is to help animals in shelters find forever homes.

★~ Barbershop Quartet Day:

Barbershop Quartet

On April 11, 1938, the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America was founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma, marking the official celebration of Barbershop Quartet Day. The image of four men wearing straw hats singing together with complex harmonies could be considered a cultural cornerstone of the 1940s.

However, the barbershop quartet is by no means an American invention. The popularity of barbershops in England among men during the time of Shakespeare extended as far as in-house entertainment, often taking the form of a lutist providing a melody to which the queuing patrons could harmonize. This practice became popular in America in the West during the late 1800s, though a banjo was often used instead of a lute.

★~ 8-Track Cassette Tape Day: 


Bulky plastic cartridges that got tangled, mangled, and were sensitive to dust and temperature — the 8-track tape, the precursor to the cassette tape, the CD, and the MP3. Its chunkiness was rivaled only by that of the VHS tape. But they were a cutting edge at the time.

~ William Powell Lear, the man behind LearJet, was  the inventor of the 8-track cartridge tape system.

The 8-Track tape player was commonly used in Movie Theaters in the 1920′s through 60′s.

~ Both the four-track and eight track tape were made popular by the Ford Motor Company, In 1965 Ford introduced factory-installed eight track tape players options on three of its 1966 models—The Mustang, Thunderbird and Lincoln.

~ Home players for the 8 track tapes were introduced in 1966 this was the first time music could be shared between homes and portable systems. The boom box became popular around this time.

The last commercial 8 track cassette released by a major label, was Fleetwood Mac‘s Greatest Hits in November 1988.

★~ Cheese Fondue Day:

Cheese Fondue

Cheese fondue originated in Switzerland during the eighteenth century. The traditional pot used to make fondue is called a caquelon, which is made of heavy earthenware. A heavy pot promotes even heat distribution and heat retention in the fondue.

Typical fondue cheese recipes include sharp cheeses (like cheddar) or strong cheeses (like Swiss). Additional ingredients such as milk, spices, cream, wine, or brandy may be added to the fondue to balance out the cheese flavor and thicken it.

The key to a successful fondue is to make sure that the sauce stays smooth. Cheese has the tendency to get stringy or clumpy as the fat separates from the protein at high temperatures. To ensure that this does not happen, gradually stir the cheese at a temperature just below its melting point. Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, holds the world’s largest working fondue pot record. The pot is 8 feet in diameter, weighs about 2,000 pounds, and is capable of holding 2,500 pounds of melted cheese.

Swiss Cheese FondueAztec Taco FondueBrie FondueSwiss Beer Fondue add baguettes, French bread, or pumpernickel to dip in the cheese fondue

★~ Today in History:

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♥~ 1900 – The United States Navy accepted its first modern, commissioned submarine. It cost $150,000. Submarine Torpedo Boat #1 or USS Holland (SS-1) as it was eventually known, was the product of Holland (the inventor not the count

♥~ 1956 – Elvis Presley reached the top spot on the Billboard music chart with his first double-sided hit. The disk featured Heartbreak Hotel and I Was the One. The RCA Victor record stayed at number one for eight weeks. Elvis also made the country and R&B charts, as well

♥~ 1961 – Bob Dylan made his professional singing debut in Greenwich Village. He sang Blowin’ in the Wind.

♥~ 1962 –The New York Mets played their first regular season game. The team, managed by Casey Stengel, lost its first ten games. The St. Louis Cardinals won by a score of 11-4 — prompting Stengel to say, before a group of reporters and players, “Can anyone here play this game?”

♥~ 1970 – Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon with crew James Lovell, Fred Haise, and John Swigert. The mission was aborted after an oxygen tank in the service module exploded into space and crippled the spacecraft. The astronauts aborted their lunar landing attempt and  return safely to Earth..

★~ Born Today:


♥~1935 –  Richard Berry ,singer, songwriter of Louie Louie.  The song Louie Louie has been has been called best party song of all time, and has been recorded more times than any other rock song in history.

♥~1939 – Louise Lasser actress: Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex [But Were Afraid to Ask], Frankenhooker, Rude Awakening, The Night We Never Met, Slither

♥~1950 – Bill Irwinactor: Stepping Out, Scenes from a Mall, Hot Shots!, My Blue Heaven, Eight Men Out, Popeye; choreographer: The Regard of Flight

♥~1961 – Vincent Gallo model, songwriter, actor: Get Well Soon, Buffalo ’66, Hollywood Shalome, Palookaville, Goodfellas, The Way It Is

★~ Good to Know: Friday Giggle



Cole has been sending me links to comedians he “knows I will like.” And he’s right. I watched an hour of John Mulaney last night and laughed most of the way through it. I’ve really never thought about watching comedians on television or You Tube usually there is enough funny in my day but now I’m like, ‘Cole which comedian should I watch today,” and he tells me and I laugh and sometimes I steal the lines (although my timing is awful) and I make someone else laugh too and well that is just FUN. OK? Watch John and tell me what you think? I like CK Lewis a lot too but thought we would start out slow.

Pats for your Pets—I know we have pups, cats, turtles, and birds….anything else?

18 thoughts on “National Pet Day, Barbershop Quartet Day, 8-Track Cassette Tape Day, Cheese Fondue Day

  1. Morno,
    I may have a pet soon. My daughters cat. I don’t know why she ended up with Frankie but she is traveling this summer and he needs a place to crash. We get along.
    Last summer I pitched all the cassette tapes and VHS movies. The technology is much improved.
    The comedian is funny. I’ll have to look for more of his stuff.
    Starting my weekend at lunch. Our spring is bringing perfect golf weather and I have a golfing buddy in town.
    Have a good one.

    • How exciting! I’m sure you and Frankie will have a wonderful time together.
      Lots of Mulaney stuff on You-Tube and I think he is showing up on the late night shows as well as television specials.
      Enjoy your game.

  2. Good Morning,
    Beautiful day here too and nice to start it off with a laugh. I’ll have to give fluffy the hamster a strawberry – he’s a cute little guy and he just loves strawberries.
    Cheese fondue is tasty. I love to dip veggies in it.
    Barbershop Quartet music is not something I would seek out but the guys singing always look like they are having fun.

    • Fluffy is a nice name for a hamster. Be careful soon he will want a strawberry smoothie.
      I’m not crazy about BQ music either but the guys looks spiffy!

  3. Enjoyed the comedian…he must drive a lot in El Paso..I think I have seen him
    I don’t have a pet anymore..I would get another dog if I could find one as sweet, smart, cute and loving as my BC Rosey was..she went to dog heaven in November..darn it.

    • Too funny! I thought OMG he drives like me.
      Sometimes the right pet just shows up—maybe that will be true for you!

  4. I love that Cole sends you comedians to watch. I enjoyed the above clip—-will have to look up some more of his stuff. 🙂

    Barbershop quartets are awesome. I don’t listen to them often but when I do they always make me smile.


    • I watched his hour long show last night and laughed through most of it. I enjoy the shares.
      TGIF—and on Sunday you are on the road.

  5. I’m not a fan of Barber shop quartets. I’ve been lilstening to Country music al my life and can’t seem to change. These days I’m high on the ZAc Brown Band and Scotty McCreedy. Scotty won american Idol a few years back.
    It’s a nice day today and I should be out enjoying it.

    • Cole is going to see a folk singer named Shakey Graves tomorrow night (Sat.) I guess folk is the “in music.” I like Zac Brown Band, I’ll have to check out Scotty McCreedy.
      Hope you enjoyed the sunshine.

  6. I’m surprised that Cole sends you links to comedians. He keeps you pretty well entertained just being himself, doesn’t he? 🙂

    I LOVE the Tina Fey quote.

    • He does! Mulaney was a bonus. Fortunately we share a very similar sense of humor. Isn’t that quote straight on!

  7. Thought I added my blurb to this. Guess not!
    National Pet Day…..I guess I can go with it!
    I never had an 8-Track tape much less the player. I was content with my 33s & 45s & then a radio when on the go.
    Louie Louie!
    Forgot the videos. If I backtrack to them now, I lose this gem I have written.
    Good evening!

    • Funny I could have sworn you had left a comment too. OKkkk….
      No 8-track tapes? None? I am beginning to get the idea that is has taken you awhile to embrace technology.
      I sent you an e-mail with the video—protect your comment at all costs. Odd sometimes has a mind of her own!

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