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April 3, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote: Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” Robin Williams
★~ World Party Day!
World Party Day (or P-Day) is a synchronized global celebration that seeks to make the world a better place. The motto for this holiday is “Party is the opposite of War.” The idea behind it is that we can only create a better reality by taking positive action and celebrating life (instead of passively promoting peace).
The first World Party Day (known as World Party I) took place on April 3, 1996. The novel Flight by Vanna Bonta inspired the event. The story ends with a countdown to a mass celebration where all of humanity is united. Readers took the idea and organized a real worldwide party!
To celebrate World Party Day, throw a party, attend a party, enjoy some laughs, and just have fun! Or just buy your favorite cake and ice cream add a balloon and have a party for one. You won’t have to share the cake.
★~ Tweed Day:
Tweed Day recognizes the cost of political corruption. Infamous senator-turned-crook, William “Boss” Tweed, was born today in1823. Tweed was the “poster boy” for political corruption, it is estimated that his “tweed ring” stole up to $200 million-dollars of public money. He endured several stints in the slammer, and died in jail in 1878. Cartoonist Thomas Nast deserves much credit for Tweed’s arrests and convictions.
On a most positive note tweed also celebrates the rough, woolen twill material often used in apparel and accessories originating from Scotland. Sherlock Holmes, James Bond and Professor Henry Jones of Indiana Jones, frequently wore tweed.
Chocolate Mousse Day:
Grab a spoon! It’s Chocolate Mousse Day, a chocoholic’s dream.
Mousse, is the French word that literally means “froth” or “foam,” and combines rich and airy, to take advantage of the best of both dessert worlds. The first written record of chocolate mousse in the United States comes from a Food Exposition held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1892. Chocolate mousse came into the public eye in the U.S. in the 1930s, about the time as chocolate pudding mixes were introduced. The secret to its cloud like texture is beaten egg whites or whipped cream. Julia Child is often credited with making the perfect chocolate mousse. Her precise recipe includes eggs, dark-brewed coffee, butter, bittersweet chocolate, dark rum, vanilla extract and vigorous whipping.
★~ Today in History:
♥~1800 – Martha Washington became the first U.S. President’s wife to be allowed to ‘frank’ mail. What does that mean? Well, according to Mr. Webster’s dictionary, frank means “To send free of postage. The right to send mail for free. A mark indicating this right.”
♥~1829 – James Carrington of Wallingford, CT patented the coffee mill. Have a cup of fresh ground in celebration today.
♥~1866 – Rudolph Eickemeyer and G. Osterheld of Yonkers, New York patented a blocking and shaping machine for hats. Which reminds me, do you know why cowboy hats are turned up at the sides? — So three cowboys can ride in a pickup truck
♥~1892 – Happy 121th anniversary to the ice cream sundae! Yes, 121 years ago, in Ithaca, New York, two men invented the first ice cream sundae.
♥~1953 – TV Guide was published for the first time — from Radnor, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia). On the cover of this first issue was Lucy’s Baby, Desi Arnez IV. The publication reached a circulation of 1,500,000 readers in its first year.
♥~1975 – Bobby Fischer was stripped of world chess title for refusing to defend it — he had not played a single chess game since winning the world championship
♥~ 1987 – The late Duchess of Windsor’s jewels were auctioned off for 31,380,197 pounds – six times the expected figure
♥~1922 – Doris Day (Doris Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff) singer: Whatever Will Be, Will Be, Everybody Loves a Lover, Sentimental Journey; actress: Young at Heart, Pillow Talk, April in Paris, Lullaby of Broadway
♥~1924 – Marlon Brando Academy Award-winning actor: On the Waterfront , The Godfather ; Apocalypse Now, Last Tango in Paris, One-eyed Jacks; Emmy Award: Roots: Next Generation; died July 1, 2004
♥~1958 – Alec Baldwin (Alexander Rae Baldwin III) actor: Pearl Harbor, The Hunt for Red October, Beetlejuice, The Getaway, Married to the Mob, Talk Radio, Working Girl, Miami Blues, Knots Landing
♥~1961 – Eddie Murphy comedian: Saturday Night Live; actor: 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places, Coming to America, The Nutty Professor, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Doctor Dolittle
♥~ 1973 – Happy 40th Birthday of the cell phone. “On April 3rd 1973, Martin Cooper made the first mobile call on the nine-inch (and 28-ounce) Motorola DynaTAC. Dialing up a rival at AT&T, he apparently said that he was ringing “to see if my call sounds good at your end.” Can you imagine life without a cell phone?
★~Good to Know:
We may not like Daylight Saving Time, but now we can’t say that it’s completely useless. In fact, it could’ve been what foiled a terrorist plot.
The Daily Mirror reported that police thought that an Irish bomber probably blew himself up because he forgot to set his clock forward an hour while planting a bomb.
“This certainly was a high-grade explosive used in this bomb,” said the paper’s anonymous source. “It wasn’t garbage stuff. It would appear the bomber got his timings wrong. It could be a case where he didn’t put his watch forward on Sunday [at 1 am] and the timer went off too soon.”
The car was destroyed in the blast, but the perpetrator escaped with serious injuries. The local police are seeking information from the public to apprehend the bumbling bomber.
A wet Zander.
I woke up to rain, lightening, and thunder. While I enjoy a good thunder storm, my pups do not, so I hope it’s over soon. Today, I’ll be spending the day at home playing catch up and maybe indulging in a rainy dog nap with my pups. . .
Wishing you a terrific Thursday.
Odd Loves Company,