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July 13, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote: The World Cup allowed people from different countries and religions to come together. May sport always promote the culture of encounter. Pope Francis
★~ World Cup Day.
The first World Cup soccer competition was held on this date in 1930 in Montevideo, Uruguay with 14 countries participating. Two weeks later Uruguay took the cup by defeating Argentina. Today the world will watch a marquee match-up, Argentina against Germany, and host Brazil rushing to be ready for an even bigger logistical challenge: the 2016 Olympics.
As the winning captain, either Argentina forward Lionel Messi or Germany defender Philipp Lahm will hold aloft the most recognized trophy in sports in front of 74,000 spectators at the Maracana Stadium, the world-famous football venue nestled among Rio de Janeiro’s hills, high-rises and favelas.
Even Pope Francis is keeping an eye from the Vatican. The Argentine-born, football-loving pontiff pledged neutrality, promising not to pray for any team. However, Francis did let it be known via Twitter that he was paying attention. . .
My teen is watching the games with Argentinien family friends. Argentina was Joe’s favorite team and he talk about Messi ad nauseum. So while Germany is favored, we all know Pope Francis will never maintain neutrality and Joe will certainly be on the side of Argentina so we are hoping a little divine intervention will help Argentina win the cup.
★~ French Fry Day:
Sweet, curly, spicy, cheesy, crinkled French fries are loved by everyone . . . everyone! Do you know one single person who does not love French fries? Although the exact origin of French fries is unknown, one theory suggests that they date back to 17th century Belgium. The inhabitants of this region often cooked small fried fish to accompany their meals. When weather conditions made it too dangerous to go fishing, they cut up potatoes in long, thin strips (to resemble the fish) and fried them!
Keep your eyes on your Fries today!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1812 – The first pawnbroking ordinance was passed in New York City on this day. Pawnbroking can be traced back at least 3,000 years to ancient China, and has been found in the earliest written histories of Greek and Roman civilizations.
♥~ 1939 – Frank Sinatra recorded “From the Bottom of My Heart” and “Melancholy Mood” with the Harry James Orchestra. It was Sinatra’s first record.
♥~ 1991 – Timothy Badyana set a Guinness World Record by running 10 kilometers in 45 minutes 37 seconds in Dayton, Ohio. He ran backwards.
♥~ 1969 – Over 100 US radio stations banned The Beatles new single ‘The Balled Of John and Yoko‘ due to the line ‘Christ, you know it ain’t easy’, calling it offensive
♥~ 1977 – The Chrysler building went dark – and so did the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, and all of the Manhattan skyline. The storm-related power outage lasted just over 24 hours.
♥~ 1978 – Ford Motors canned company president Lee Iacocca, the developer of the Mustang, on July 13th, 1978. Within two years, Iacocca became a household name as the new chairman of Chrysler.
♥~ 1995 – The temperature in Chicago, Illinois reached its all-time high — 106 degrees (Fahrenheit) — recorded at Midway Airport.
♥~ 1949 – Patrick Stewart (1940), alias Capt. Picard from Star Trek.
♥~ 1942 – Harrison Ford actor: The Fugitive, Clear and Present Danger, Presumed Innocent, Indiana Jones series, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars, Apocalypse Now, American Graffiti, Sabrina, The Devil’s Own, Air Force One, Six Days Seven Nights, Random Hearts
♥~ 1944 – Erno Rubik, inventor of the Rubik’s Cube.
♥~ 1946 – (Richard) Cheech Marin Cheech of Cheech and Chong; comedic actor: Desperado, Far Out Man, Born in East L.A., Rude Awakening, Nash Bridges, Judging Amy
★~ Odds – n – Ends:
Everything is better in slow motion.
Grandma’s first roller coaster ride.
We bought Raw Creamed Blossom Honey and sweet summer butter at the Farmers Market yesterday, so I’m off to makes some biscuits to smother with honey and butter. What are your plans for the day?
Odd Loves Company,