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December 7, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote: The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage. Mark Russell
★~ Cotton Candy Day:
From the sweet, sugary taste to the soft, fluffy texture that melts in your mouth, what’s not to love about cotton candy? William Morrison and John C. Warton invented cotton candy in 1897, but didn’t introduce it to the public until the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. It was an instant success and sold for 25 cents, half the cost of the admission to the event!
Cotton candy was originally called “fairy floss”? It was renamed in 1920. Today in Greece, Israel, and India, it is often referred to as “old woman’s hair!”
★~ Letter Writing Day:
Letter writing day marks the death of Marcus Cicero (B.C. 106-B.C. 43), an ancient Roman philosopher and politician. He was admired as the father of the nation in his time, but was politically disadvantaged and forced to flee Rome due to conflict with Julius Caesar and the power elite. Cicero then wrote countless letters while in exile in Greece.
Celebrate today by writing a personal letter to send during the holiday season and reconnect with loved ones. And don’t forget your letter to Santa!
★~ International Civil Aviation Day:
Air travel can be the bane of our very existence, but let’s face it—most times it beats the alternative: days in the car, a slow boat to Europe, and passing on all those long weekends in the Bahamas sitting by the beach and sipping on drinks with little umbrellas in them. So over the holidays, when you’re crammed in the middle of seat of a 737 that’s been circling for three hours, remember: Flying is awesome!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1925 – Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 150-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 25 and 2/5 seconds — in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Johnny went on to fame swinging from vines as ‘King of the Jungle’, Tarzan, in movies. El Morno friend Carol shares that, Johnny once swam in a lagoon in her little town of Belvidere, Illinois. “There are pictures of him in our museum. I guess he was really a big hit being a movie star and all.”
♥~ 1941 – Pearl Harbor Day. “A date that will live in infamy,” nearly 200 Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, long considered the US “Gibraltar of the Pacific.” The raid, which lasted little more than one hour, left nearly 3,000 dead. Nearly the entire US Pacific Fleet was at anchor there and few ships escaped damage. Several were sunk or disabled, while 200 US aircraft on the ground were destroyed. The attack on Pearl Harbor forced the United States into WWII, a declaration of war was requested by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and approved by the Congress Dec 8, 1941.
♥~ 1968 – The great grandson of Mr. M. Dodd, who had borrowed a volume on diseases from the University of Cincinnati Medical Library in 1823, was assessed the largest library fine ever — $2,646.
♥~ 1973 – Dr. Ronald Alkana of the University of California at Irvine set the world banana eating record by downing 17 4.5-ounce bananas in two minutes.
♥~ 1932 – Ellen Burstyn (Edna Rae Gilhooley) Academy Award-winning actress: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore ; The Color of Evening, When a Man Loves a Woman, The Cemetery Club, Same Time Next Year, Harry and Tonto, The Exorcist, The Last Picture Show, The Ellen Burstyn Show, The Doctors
♥~ 1948 – Gary Morris singer: The Wind Beneath My Wings, Baby Bye Bye, I’ll Never Stop Loving You, 100% Chance of Rain, Leave Me Lonely, Making Up For Lost Time [The Dallas Lovers Song] [w/Crystal Gayle], Plain Brown Wrapper, Another World, Bring Him Home;
♥~ 1956 – Larry Bird Basketball Hall of Famer: Boston Celtics: Rookie of the Year [1979-80]; NBA MVP [1984, 1985, 1986], AP Male Athlete of the Year , Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year 
Who Knew….FYI – The Owl was fine
Clever Fun –
LOVE IT – I would jump, for sure.
We are off to search for and find the perfect Christmas tree. This year our journey won’t take us much further than the local tree lot but still there are a lot of trees to choose from. I want one that doesn’t shed, Cole likes a particular shape, we both insist on enough room between the branches to show off the ornaments and let the light shine through. . .and then there is waiting for that moment
when you are cold, tired of looking and take the next tree that comes along when you see the perfect tree and go ahhh that one is perfect.
Is your tree up? Tell us about it.
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6 thoughts on “Cotton Candy, Letter Writing, Civil Aviation Day”
The Owl swimming was amazing.
Flying is a hassle, but it does get you to your final destination quickly. I’m drive when I can but I’m glad we have the option.
I’m not a big letter writer but my daughter is and I’ve enjoyed her letters during her college years. She has beautiful penmanship.
Good luck with the tree. I have a small artificial tree that the kids put up. Harry likes bating the ornaments. It’s fine enough for us, I guess.
Have a good one.
I was amazed by the Owl too! I had no idea they could swim.
Nice that your daughter writes letters and had beautiful penmanship. It’s kind of a lost art – and that is rather sad.
Nothing wrong with a tree that makes you and your Harry happy! Hope you hung a mouse ornament in his honor.
Love the bed video! Did you notice that ALL the jumpers wore smiles on their faces?? I liked seeing the girls considerate enough to remove their heels before getting on, too!
Tree is up. Domer helped me decorate it, and it looks rather splendid. We go with artificial, mostly because of allergies. And the no-dropping-needles thing!
I like to write letters. Always have. Of course, now I gravitate toward typing them — easier and much faster!!
Yep — everyone one of them. My parents always let me jump on hotel beds -one of the best parts about traveling.
I’m sure your and Domer did a magnificent job. Did you reminisce and aww over each ornament before you hung it?
Letters are lovely. But these days most of my letters are e-mails and blog posts. 😀
My mom was a fantastic letter writer. She doesn’t write anymore at 94.5 years of age yet can understand cards & notes read for her. Luckily, I had the foresight to keep a few……cherished.
Tree up! After Lowe’s sold trees for $8 one season, they have earned my business. Every tree has stayed fresh & healthy. I prefer the firs myself.
Happy tree hunting!
I come from a long line of letter writers too. My Mom and her sibs, and parents wrote each other at least once a week. Even my grandfather and Uncle wrote. My Great Aunt saved a bunch of letters they wrote her growing up and I saved them after she died Lots of history in old letters.
I wish we had nice $8.00 trees. I tried Home Depot one year and it hardly had a needle on by Christmas. Good for you!
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