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March 16, 2015
For the first time in 100 years, Pi Day fell on 3/14/15, matching up with the first five numbers that represent the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, 3.1415! Pretty darn cool. (Yes, I know Pi day is over but what is couple days between friends)
★~ Today’s Quote: Pi is our most famous irrational number. Not irrational in the sense that it’s a foolish argument, a form of wishing for one thing while doing another. No, pi is irrational in a magical, beautiful sense. It can’t be cropped off and fit into a box. The closer you look at pi, the more you see, forever.
And that sort of irrational magic is at the heart of our best work. Meeting spec works fine as long as you’re the only person who has to meet spec. But in any competitive environment, fitting into a box does us little good.
To be transcendent and irrational is to always have a few more digits to spare, to demand that you not be rounded off and filed away. To be human. ~ Seth Godin
★~ Artichoke Day:
Artichokes are one of the oldest foods known to man. The plant originated in the Mediterranean region and is part of the sunflower family. According to Greek mythology, Zeus turned his mistress Cynara into the first artichoke plant when he caught her sneaking away from Olympia.
Although we usually refer to it as a vegetable, the produce we eat is actually the flower bud of the artichoke plant. If you let the flower blossom, it turns a beautiful violet-blue color.
Almost every artichoke produced in the United States comes from California.
Fun fact: The town of Castroville, California crowned its first “Artichoke Queen” in 1947? The winner was a young actress named Norma Jean Mortenson who later changed her name to Marilyn Monroe!
★~ Curlew Day:
The long-billed curlew is the largest North American shorebird. The Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is expecting the curlews to arrive around March 16 to begin their spectacular courtship flight. The refuge is “an important migration and wintering area for waterfowl and other birds in the Columbia River Basin, with up to 150,000 ducks and 30,000 Canada geese resting and feeding on its marshes and ponds in the fall, winter, and spring.”
★~ Everything You Do Is Right Today:
There is no wrong way to celebrate—just enjoy the day!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1850 – The novel, The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, was published. Other novels by Mr. Hawthorne included The House of Seven Gables, The Marble Faun, Twice-Told Tales, Tanglewood Tales and The Wonder Book.
♥~ 1926 – Robert H. Goddard tested his first liquid-fuel rocket. The rocket traveled for 2 1/2 seconds and covered 184 feet at a speed of 60 mph. It attained a maximum height of 41 feet. (*The Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD is name for him.)
♥~ 1955 – The Ballad of Davy Crockett, by Bill Hayes, reached the number one spot on the pop music charts and stayed for five weeks. The smash hit song sold more than 7,000,000 records on more than 20 different labels. Everyone seemed to be singing the song that saluted the frontier hero who was “Born on a mountain top in Tennessee…” Coonskin caps were seen everywhere as the Crockett craze spread like a frontier fire.
♥~ 1957 – Gumby show premiered. This kids’ show was a spin-off from “Howdy Doody,” where the character of Gumby was first introduced in 1956. Gumby and his horse, Pokey, were clay figures whose adventures were filmed using the process of “claymation.” “The Gumby Show,” created by Art Clokey, was first hosted by Bobby Nicholson and later by Pinky Lee
♥~ 1963 – Peter, Paul and Mary released the single, Puff The Magic Dragon. Through the years, controversy continually surrounded the song. It was banned by several radio stations whose management figured that the song was about the illicit joys of smoking marijuana. The group denied this startling assumption. “It’s about a magic dragon named Puff,” they said. So there.
♥~ 1998 – Sweepstakes company American Family Publishers reached an agreement with 32 states to change the way it promotes its contests. It agreed to reserve use of the term ‘winner’ for contestants who have actually won
★~ Born Today:
★~ 1799 – Anna Atkins, a British botanist whose use of cyanotypes – or ‘sunprints’ – of plants and algae in botanical studies paved the way for the use of photography in scientific publishing. Google honors her with a Doodle on her 216 birthday.
♥~ 1822 – Rosa Bonheur French painter and sculptor: Rosa Bonheur was the first woman awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion d’Honeur, She is best known for her realistic depictions of animals.
♥~ 1926 – Jerry Lewis (Joseph Levitch) comedian, actor
♥~ 1932 – Betty Johnson singer: I Dreamed, Little White Lies, The Little Blue Man, Dream
♥~ 1949 – Erik Estrada actor: C.H.I.P.S., Twisted Justice, Night of the Wilding, Caged Fury, The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission
♥~ 1967 – 1967 – Lauren Graham actress: Caroline in the City, Good Company, Townies, Gilmore Girls, Chasing Destiny
♥~ 1969 – Judah Friedlander actor: 30 Rock
★~ Monday Giggle
I found myself singing my favorite Waldorf School song “Spring Is Coming,” all weekend. The temperatures were mild, the sun was out, and everyone seemed more relaxed and cheerful. And today’s temps are expected to hit 70!
The road warriors (my sweet Mom and her friend Norma) are due to arrive tomorrow (don’t tell them the temperatures will be dipping a bit, we’ll just let that be a surprise). My sweet Mom is enroute to pick up her Doberman puppy and we are on her way to true love and happiness. Yes, of-course, she will be glad to see her daughter and grandson but lets face it we are not a puppy. I am, of-course, running a-muck getting ready for the visit. At least, I know, what we’ll eat for dinner tomorrow night! Traditional St. Patty’s day fare!
We orchestrated a fun eager eating contest on my Camp Facebook page if you want to click over and see some very eager eaters! Oddly, the winning numbers were 1,2,3,4.
Well, I’d better get high behind I have many miles to travel before I sleep. Have a marvy Monday.
Odd Loves Company.