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January 26, 2015
★~ Monday Motivation:
★~ Australian Day:
On January 26, 1788, the 11 ships of Great Britain’s First Fleet arrived at Port Jackson, which now contains Sydney Harbor. The First Fleet was led by Captain Arthur Philip, who established the Colony of New South Wales, the first penal colony in Australia. By 1808, January 26 was being celebrated by Australians as “First Landing Day” or “Foundation Day” with drinking and merriment. Thirty years after the arrival of the First Fleet, in 1818, the Governor of Australia ordered a 30-gun salute, hosted a dinner ball at Government House, and declared a holiday. Today, Aussies gathered in their homes, backyards, and at the beach to reflect on the true meaning of Australianness. More often than not, this amounts to firing up the barby, drinking large quantities of beer, and celebrating Australia with friends.
★~Bubble Wrap Day:
Monday just got a whole lot better! Get busy and start popping! (read below for more Gallimaufry about bubble wrap)
★~ Peanut Brittle Day:
Brittle was one of the first types of candy ever made. Many ancient cultures that had access to molasses, honey, or sugar, produced some form of it.The first peanut brittle recipe appeared in an American cookbook, but the exact origin of the confection is uncertain. According to one account, peanut brittle was a Celtic dessert. The Celts covered peanuts in sugar and baked them, and this eventually evolved into a caramel bark. Peanut brittle can be a little tricky to make. Most recipes call for a candy thermometer to allow the baker to regulate the exact temperature, and the results can be affected by weather! If brittle is made on a humid day it will not hold its shape. See’s Candies makes a wonderful peanut brittle but if you are inspired to make some this recipe is rated 5 stars by intermediate cooks. Peanut Brittle Recipe
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1784 – Ben Franklin wrote to his daughter to tell her that he was unhappy that the bald eagle had been chosen as the national bird of the United States. He mentioned that he believed the turkey would have been a much more respectable choice.
♥~ 1837 –Michigan became the 26th state of America. Named Michigan after the American Indian word, Michigama, meaning great or large lake, Michigan borders four of the Great Lakes, and is divided into two peninsulas by the Straits of Mackinac that connect Lakes Michigan and Huron. The two peninsulas are recognized in the state motto: If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you. In Latin: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice . The state bird is the robin; the state flower: apple blossom; state tree: white pine; state fish: trout; state gem: Isle Royal Greenstone aka Chlorastrolite.
♥~ 1962 – The U.S. sent the Ranger 3 probe to the moon. The spacecraft missed the moon by several thousand miles and kept going.
♥~ 1988 – Phantom Of Operas broadway opening. On Apr 4, 2007, it became the first Broadway show to reach 8,000 performances.
♥~ 2012 – Australia Day CockRoach Races, Brisbane, Queensland. “The greatest gathering of thoroughbred cockroaches in the known universe.” Cockroach race enthusiasts celebrate Australia Day at the Story Bridge Hotel, where icky insects (Cocky Balboa, Lord of the Drains or other such) compete. Race includes steeplechase. Also: music, “Miss Cocky” pageant, “Best Dressed” contest and more. Why does Australia get to have all the fun!
♥~ 1880 – Douglas MacArthur U.S. Army General and Commander of Allied Forces, WWII: “I shall return.”, “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”; died Apr 5, 1964
♥~ 1925 – Paul Newman Academy Award-winning actor: The Color of Money, , Cool Hand Luke, Hud, The Sting, The Hudsucker Proxy, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Verdict, Exodus; director: Rachel, Rachel, Harry and Son; race car driver; salad dressing and spaghetti sauce maker; died Sep 26, 2008
♥~ 1958 – Ellen DeGeneres Emmy Award-winning comedienne, actress: Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show [2004, 2005]; Emmy Award-winning writer: Ellen ; Open House, Mr. Wrong, Finding Nemo [voice].
Safety first: The street dubbed Accident Avenue has been bubble-wrapped
♥~ Bubble Wrap® has been POPular since 1960, when Al Fielding and Marc Chavannes originally invented it for use as a plastic wallpaper with a paper backing.
♥~ In 1993, Fielding and Chavannes were inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame, along side the inventor of Turfgrass (C. Reed Funk of Rutgers University) and the inventor of the edible ice cream cone (Italo Marchiony of Hoboken).
♥~ Bubble Wrap® cushioning has been used for everything from a packaging material to a stress reliever.
♥~ Farrah Fawcett, former star of “Charlie’s Angels,” appeared on the cover of the July 1997 issue of Playboymagazine wrapped in Bubble Wrap® cushioning material.
♥~ There is actually a book dedicated to Bubble Wrap®, written by Joey Green and Tim Nyberg. Green and Nyberg completed the manuscript for “The Bubble Wrap Book” in one night, in a hotel bar on 827 cocktail napkins.
♥~ Bubble Wrap® can come in any color, although most stores simply sell transparent cushioning.
♥~ Among journalists, a “Bubble Wrap” is slang for a news story of little substance or consequence.
♥~ Throughout the years, fans have paid homage to Bubble Wrap in unique ways. There are homemade Bubble Wrap football helmets, handbags and dresses. One woman even got married in a Bubble Wrap wedding gown.
♥~ The Guinness World Record for the most people popping bubble wrap simultaneously was set by 942 students and staff at a Minnesota school.
Mercury is in Retrograde so it doesn’t surprise me that El Morno missed being posted early this morno despite being scheduled. Especially since my Monday’s seem to move in reverse 52 weeks of the year. Anywho…I’ll just hit publish, wish you a Merry Monday and mosey along.
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3 thoughts on “Australia Day, Bubble Wrap Day, Peanut Brittle Day”
We’re in Retrograde through Feb. 11 — not fun, but at least it’s not forever!
Bubble Wrap, however, IS fun! Neither Domer nor I can resist popping it when it’s around. I suppose we could call it stress therapy, huh?
Hard to believe Phantom of the Opera openeed so many years ago. That was the theme for the Band’s competition year when Domer was in high school. They had music, costumes, props, the whole enchilada!
Did you get snow? We’ve had a dusting this afternoon — big, fat flakes. Pretty, but not so much that I have to shovel!
Not sure how I missed El Morno. My brain is already on vacation. We leave on Wednesday.
My office goes wild with bubble wrap when a package arrives that included some. Drives me nuts and of-course that is part of the fun.
I like Peanut Brittle but my teeth object.
Happy Australia Day to the Aussies out there.
Have a good rest of the evening.
Never much for peanut brittle so my teeth are safe from this.
I do like bubble wrap though!
Someone at work wore an Australian flag pin to celebrate today.
Monday Motivational is good on Tuesday as well!
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