Shark Week, Dog Days, Presidential Jokes, Raspberry Tart Day

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August 11, 2014

Shark Week, Dog Days, Presidential Jokes, Raspberry Tart Day

★~ Today’s Quote: ‘‘My esteem in this country has gone up substantially. It is very nice now when people wave at me, they use all their fingers.” —Jimmy Carter

★~ Shark Week 

Shark Week, Dog Days, Presidential Jokes, Raspberry Tart Day

Shark Week aired its 27th anniversary premiere on last night and the fun will continue all week. Click for the schedule so you can catch all the great shark movies on the Discovery channel. I won’t be joining you, but ya’ll have fun.

★~Dog Days Of Summer:

Shark Week, Dog Days, Presidential Jokes, Raspberry Tart Day

Enjoy the last day of the “dog days of summer”  (July 3 through August 11)  The 20 days before and 20 days after the “Dog” star Sirius rises and falls in conjunction with the sun. Sirius is the brightest star in the constellations Canis Major (Great Dog) The ancient Romans believed heat from the star Sirius added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather and coined the term-Dog Days of Summer.

★~ Presidential Joke Day:

The holiday began in 1984, when Ronald Reagan made a joke during a sound check for a radio broadcast. “My fellow Americans,” he said, “I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

Reagan was not aware, however, that his feed was live. And unfortunately, not everyone got the joke. Soviet officials got word of the broadcast and put the military on high alert.

Once the threat of nuclear war had abated, Americans found the situation hilarious, and decided to memorialize Reagan’s famous quip by instituting National Presidential Joke Day on August 11th.

★~ National Raspberry Tart Day:

Shark Week, Dog Days, Presidential Jokes, Raspberry Tart Day

Ah, the tart—Today we are celebrating the perfect combination of crispy crust, creamy filling, and Raspberries. Tarts were first introduced during the Middle Ages. Though fruit-topped tarts are sweet and decadent, many salty varieties also exist. For example, in France, many of these open-faced pies are made with eggs, cheeses, meats and vegetables. These savory tarts are similar to quiches. Whether filled with Raspberry, chocolate or goat cheese—tarts are delicious! To celebrate National Raspberry Tart Day, head to your local bakery to pick up one or if you are in the mood…make your own raspberry tart! But what every you do don’t steal one of the Queens!

★~ Today in History:

Shark Week, Dog Days, Presidential Jokes, Raspberry Tart Day

♥~ 1874 – Harry S. Parmelee of New Haven, CT  received a patent for the sprinkler head.

♥~ 1896 – Harvey Hubbell of Bridgeport, CT received a patent for the pull-chain, electric-light socket! Pull the chain, the light goes on. Pull it again, the light goes off. Pull it again and the chain comes off…

♥~ 1973 – The movie “American Graffiti” opened.   George Lucas’s film takes place during a single night near the end of summer in a small California town.

♥~ 1994 – The Iowa State Fair, opening in Des Moines, unveiled a life-size statue of singer Garth Brooks, sculpted from 250 pounds of butter.

♥~ 2006 – Jamie Gold, 36-year-old former Hollywood talent agent, won the $12-million grand prize in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, NV.

★~ Born Today:

Hulk Hogan, Shark Week, Dog Days, Presidential Jokes, Raspberry Tart Day

♥~ 1921 – Alex Haley Pulitzer Prize-winning author: Roots [1977]; The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Queen; died Feb 10, 1992

♥~ 1925 – Mike Douglas (Dowd) TV host: The Mike Douglas Show; singer: The Men in My Little Girl’s Life; The Music Show, Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge; died Aug 11, 2006

♥~ 1949 – Eric Carmen musician: bass, keyboards, songwriter, singer: group: The Raspberries: Go All the Way; solo: All By Myself, Never Gonna Fall in Love, Almost Paradise, Again, Hungry Eyes,Make Me Lose Control.

♥~ 1953 – Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea) wrestler, actor: Mr. Nanny, Suburban Commando, Thunder in Paradise

★~ Gallimaufry:

Swamp Cooler, Shark Week, Dog Days, Presidential Jokes, Raspberry Tart Day

Swamp Cooler: We spend a lot of time outside. Fortunately, this summer Chicago temps have been very mild, but a cool breeze in the afternoon is still nice and this does the trick!

“Super” supermoon of August, 2014. First night, August 10 but it’s not to late to admire it.

– 5 Hard-to-kill houseplants

Pit Bulls Photographed As Lovely Fairy Tail Creatures

Infographic: Porn Vs. Real Sex, Explained In Food

This dog makes good choices. 


People power frees man trapped by Perth train


How to stop a baby from crying by Katy Perry Dark Horse


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In December, our daughter, Magnolia was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome which is a rare neurological disorder. Because of Rett, scoliosis, seizures, feeding tube surgery, loss of mobility, loss of useful hand control and an inability to talk are all things she will possibly deal with over the course of her life.

It is not genetic. It can happen to anyone. We certainly never believed it would happen to us.

Be Magnolia’s Hope. Help us get to a cure. Share this video.

See, unless you’re affected by it directly, it’s unlikely you’ve ever heard of Rett Syndrome. That’s why I made this video. All I want is for people to share this. Just share it. The more people who view this video the closer we get to a cure. This video has ads on it so that every view earns money. If we get enough views, we could fund a clinical trial.

A cure is possible. It is reversible. The cure and treatments just doesn’t exist yet.


This weekend caught me coming and going. It was tail wagging busy. Check out my camp facebook page for pictures and videos. We did take time out to see the movie Boyhood. It was really good. A bit more on the artsy side then my usual movie fare, but really interesting and entertaining. Click here to read a bit more about how it was filmed. 

Wishing everyone a most Merry Monday! And don’t let the sharks get you down!

Odd Loves Company,

10 thoughts on “Shark Week, Dog Days, Presidential Jokes, Raspberry Tart Day

  1. We saw “Lucy” and liked it but am glad it was not a 2 hour deal or I would have been on overload. The butter sculptures at the State Fair are definitely Do Not Miss things—-i personally love the Butter Cow. Happy Monday!

    • Lucy? I know nothing. I’ll have to read about it. I am dying to go to the State Fair. Alas too long a drive to make in a day. I’ll have to just dream about funnel cake, buttered corn, cotton candy, butter sculptures (I did a post on them somewhere on Odd) and wonderful people watching.

  2. Morno,

    (^^^) Great way to start off the week along with a raspberry tart.
    You boy planning to join the circus as a strong man?
    Hulk Hogan and you? Interesting.
    Summers flying by too quick. I played golf both Sat and Sun and my kids and I went and saw the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. i enjoyed it. Summer is flying by too fast.

    • Nice shark. Raspberry tart is so tasty and I bet it is at your local bakery.
      I’ll have to ask Cole what his next act will be.
      Speaking of Cole he really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy. I haven’t seen it yet.
      Have a good one.

  3. Love the photo of Cole and that huge doggie! Oh, and you with Hulk Hogan, too.
    I don’t think I’ve ever had a raspberry tart. It looks pretty, though.
    Your camp photos are ideally suited for Facebook — they make camp look like so much FUN!
    I got a LOT of beading done over the past few days. Sadly, I didn’t get photos before sending them off!

    • Cole and Milo the swiss mountain puppy. They love one another.
      Thanks for visiting our camp fb page. It is a very fun group.
      No pictures. Debbie! Oh, well I can imagine it all beautiful!

  4. That dog video cracked me up !!! too funny ! 😀 😀
    I am going to copy your “swamp cooler” idea for my patio..
    Have a nice day !

    • Works for us. Just watch your fan speed as the ice melts…of-course ice water blowing on you is refreshing too. 😯

  5. You and Hulk, yep, I rmeember it well!!! LOL That’s a great picture of you BTW.
    I’d love to have a piece of Rasberry tart but alas, I’m going to teach class instead.

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