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September 8, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote: “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway
★~ International Literacy Day:
Each year, International Literacy Day highlights the status of literacy and adult learning globally. There are now almost 4 billion literate people in the world, but universal literacy remains an elusive target. One in six adults is still not literate and more than 67 million children are out-of-school. In 1965 the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared September 8 as International Literacy Day. It has been observed every year since 1966.
~ Sixty percent of prison inmates are illiterate and 85% of all juvenile offenders have reading problems
~ More than 20% of adults read at or below a fifth grade level- far below the level needed to earn a living wage. The National Adult Literacy Survey found that over 40 million Americans age 16 and older have significant literacy needs.
This year theme for International Literacy Day is “Literacy and Sustainable Development”
★~ Date Nut Bread:
Date nut bread combines — you guessed it! — dates and nuts to bread for a salty-sweet addition and added texture. Great sources of protein and iron, dates have been part of the human diet for more than 5,000 years. As a result of its curious shape, the fruit is thought to have taken its name from the Greek word for finger, “daktulos.” Dates require warm climates, and thus grow most prolifically in the Middle East and Africa, or, stateside, Arizona and California. Toast a piece of date nut bread and spread cream cheese or butter on top to celebrate Date Nut Bread Day.
Harvest Full Moon Rises
The full Harvest Moon will light up the night sky on Monday (Sept. 8), and this year it comes with an extra bounty. September’s full moon will cap a trio of back-to-back “supermoons” for the Northern Hemisphere summer, according to NASA.
The moon will reach its full phase when it reaches the spot in the sky opposite from the sun. That moment will occur Monday at 9:38 p.m. EDT (0138 GMT). Monday’s full moon is the one nearest to the September equinox this year, giving it the moniker of Harvest Moon by the usual definition. Click to read more.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1892 – The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America was written by a former Baptist preacher, Francis Bellamy. It only took Mr. Bellamy three hours to write the original 23 words in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovering America.
♥~ 1930 – Scotch™ Cellophane Tape was developed by Richard Drew and on this day the first roll of the sticky stuff was sent to a prospective customer. That customer wrote back with the following comments for 3M, “You should have no hesitancy in equipping yourself to put this product on the market economically. There will be a sufficient volume of sales to justify the expenditure.” He was right.
♥~ 1952 – Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea was first published.
♥~ 1966 – NBC-TV headed into “Space: the final frontier.” The first episode of Star Trek, was, The Man Trap.
♥~ 1990 – Jon Bon Jovi’s Blaze of Glory hit number one on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 singles list. The song, from the album of the same name, was the theme song from the movie Young Guns II and earned Jon Bon Jovi an Academy Award nomination for Best Song.
★~ Famous Birthdays:
♥~ 1922 – Harry Harris Emmy Award-winning director: Fame ; ABC Afterschool Specials, The Waltons, Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Virginian, Kung Fu, Lost in Space, Hawaii Five-O,Falcon Crest, Eight Is Enough; died Mar 19, 2009
♥~ 1925 – Peter (Richard Henry) Sellers comedian, actor: The Pink Panther series, What’s New Pussycat, The Mouse that Roared, The World of Henry Orient, Casino Royale, Dr. Strangelove, Being There; died July 24, 1980
♥~ 1932 – Patsy Cline (Virginia Petterson Hensley) Country Music Hall of Famer: Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Walkin’ After Midnight, She’s Got You, Heartaches, Sweet Dreams (Of You), Faded Love; killed in plane crash Mar 5, 1963
♥~ 1947 – Ann Beattie American author writes short stories that examine the disappointments of modern life. Her work has been compared to that of Alice Adams, J.D. Salinger, John Cheever, and John Updike.
♥~ 1981 – Jonathan Taylor Thomas actor: The Adventures of Pinocchio, Tom and Huck, Man of the House, Home Improvement, Itsy Bitsy Spider cartoon
★- Sports Gallimaufry:
On Facebook, more than 1 in every 10 users in America “Likes” an NFL team. The social network has compiled this data into a map that displays fandom across all 50 states. There are few surprises (GASP! Packers fans in Wisconsin???), but it’s a neat way to track people hopping on the Broncos and Seahawks bandwagons when you compare it with last year’s map. For Jets fans wondering where their shade of green is, Facebook added this bummer of a disclaimer: “The New York Jets do not have a plurality of fans in any U.S. county.” For a higher resolution map click.
Monday has lived up to my expectations so far but at least I haven’t been disappointed and the weekend was very Merry. And I did find this gem that made me smile. I would worry if I were the owners of the pig, tho, because you know give a pig a cookie….
and if you like marching bands this is really cool.
Odd Loves Company,