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December 6, 2014
★~ Today’s Quote:
“Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny, a half penny will do.
If you haven’t got a half penny, then God bless you.”
– Traditional English Christmas rhyme
★~ Gazpacho Day:
The coldest soup with the coolest name to say, gazpacho has its roots in ancient Moorish kitchens and has remained popular over the years among European field hands as a refreshing lunch after working in the hot sun. This tomato-based dish has dozens of variations, but perhaps one of the best known is the gazpacho bloody Mary. Add a celery stick and you’ve got a whole salad in a glass! Gazpacho Recipe
★~ Saint Nicholas Day:
St. Nickolas and his silent servant Rupert visit our house every year. Click here for our story. Click here for the whole St. Nick story.
★~ Put On Your Own Shoes Day:
After you leave your shoes out for St. Nick, why not put them on yourself, and let your personal shoe putter-oner have the day off! Today’s the day to convince the general public that you’re one of them. To help with this, you may want to wear a small tiara and take a Town Car instead of the limo.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1883 – Ladies’ Home Journal and Practical Housekeeper was published for the first time. It became one of the few magazines to reach a circulation of over one million. Paid circulation is over 3,000,000.
♥~ 1955 – New York psychologist Joyce Brothers won The 64,000 Question by answering a boxing question.
♥~ 1960 – Domino’s Pizza was founded by Thomas S. Monaghan. The first Domino’s opened in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
♥~ 1969 – The Rolling Stones staged a rock concert at the Altamount Speedway in Livermore, CA for some 300,000 fans. The Stones hired the Hell’s Angels for security. Fans were beaten and one person, Meredith Hunter, was stamped and stabbed to death by a Hell’s Angel during the show. (The 1970 documentary filmGimme Shelter told the story.)
♥~ 1975 – Paul Simon’s album, Still Crazy After All These Years, was number one in the U.S. It was Simon’s first #1 solo album and it contained his first recording with Art Garfunkel since their 1969 breakup (My Little Town, which was also included on Garfunkel’s Breakaway album).
♥~ 1998 – Astronauts on the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour completed the most difficult task of their 12-day mission, mating modules from Russia and the United States to create the first two building blocks of International Space Station. “We have capture of Zarya,” Commander Robert Cabana announced when the two pieces came together at approximately 9:07 p.m. EST. “Congratulations to the crew of the good ship Endeavour,” replied Mission Control. “That’s terrific.”
★~ Born Today:
♥~ 1953 – Tom Hulce actor: The Heidi Chronicles, Fearless, The Inner Circle, Parenthood, Dominick & Eugene, Amadeus, National Lampoon’s Animal House
♥~ 1955 – Steven Wright stand-up comedian: deadpan, monotone; in film: Desperately Seeking Susan
♥~ 1956 – Peter Buck musician: guitar: group: R.E.M.: Stand, So Central Rain, Seven Chinese Brothers, Radio Free Europe
♥~ 1962 – Janine Turner (Gauntt) actress: Northern Exposure, Behind the Screen, Cliffhanger, Steel Magnolias, Monkey Shines, Knights of the City
♥~ 1967- Judd Apatow, director: Knocked up. The 40 Year Old Virgin, Bridesmaids
★~ Gift Wrap Gallimaufry:
It’s not hard to wrap a box if you don’t care how much wrapping paper or tape you use, but what if you care about efficiency? What if your aim is to use only what you need? (this would not be me….)
Mathematician Sara Santos, who specializes in finding entertaining ways to popularize math, worked out the formula for a wrap that uses paper and tape most efficiently. If you have a three dimensional box you can solve for the dimensions of the two dimensional square of paper that makes for the best wrap.
For a square box, it works out to be the diagonal multiplied by one and a half times the height of the box. This video by Aimee Daniells offers a beautiful demonstration
I love to buy beautiful wrapping paper for Vickie (our friend and camp helper) to wrap our Christmas gifts in…in fact it was through this very chore that I Vickie and I first met. A post for another time. I also remember the long gone days of having a few special packages wrapped at Neiman Marcus – those were the days.
St Nick brought my teen a Bear Pillow Pet. Since he sings the theme song ,”It’s a pillow! It’s a pet! It’s a pillow pet,” everytime we pass them at Cosco that he must want one. He loves it. Really.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!
Odd Loves Company!
I posted this very late…so I’m going to close the comments and meet up with you tomorrow! I am finally caught up!