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August 10, 2015
★~ Today’s Quote – I’m super lazy today!! Which is like normal lazy but I get to wear a cape!
★~ Lazy Day:
The lazy, hazy days of summer are coming to an end, and you’d better make hay while the shine still shines. Goof off, put off, and let it slide. “It can wait” should be your motto for today as you read another chapter of your book, or daydream as you munch a s’more and sip some lemonade. Indulge your inner child – who does not want to do another load of wash, unload the dishwasher or fix dinner – and instead do something you both want to do – which might be nothing at all.
★~ S’More Day:
S’mores are a delicious treat made from three ingredients—graham crackers, toasted marshmallows, and melted chocolate bars. The first official s’more recipe was published in 1927 in a book created by the Girl Scouts but culinary historians believe that the tradition began much earlier. Over the years, the recipe was passed from camper to camper and eventually became the most famous fireside dessert. Ever wondered why it is called a s’more? Because you’ll always want “some more,” of-course.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1519 – Explorer Ferdinand Magellan set off to sail around the world. Although he was Portuguese, Magellan had sworn allegiance to Spain, and he began the journey with a fleet of five ships and 270 men to see if he could accomplish what Columbus had failed to: find a navigable route to Asia that didn’t involve going around Africa. They set sail from Seville, heading west. After crossing the Atlantic, surviving a mutiny, and losing one ship, Magellan reached Brazil and turned south, following the coast until he came to a deep-water strait that separated the rest of South America from Tierra del Fuego. Magellan entered the strait on All Saints’ Day in 1520, so he christened it the Strait of All Saints. Later, the Spanish king changed its name to the Strait of Magellan. After sailing 373 miles in the strait, Magellan became the first European to enter the Pacific Ocean from the east, and he’s the one who named it “Pacific,” because it was much calmer than the Atlantic.
♥~ 1792 – King Louis the 16th of France was sent to prison, and a royal art collection at the Louvre Palace in Paris was confiscated by the government. The Louvre reopened as a museum exactly one year later.
♥~ 1846 – The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. was established by the United States Congress as a museum and research organization. James Smithson was an English scientist. He was also the illegitimate son of a nobleman and a widow who was related to the royal family. Although he inherited a lot of money from his mother, his illegitimacy kept him from any of the social or career advantages that his family connections might have given him. “I am related to kings,” he wrote, “but this avails me not.” So instead, he spent his life studying, traveling, and getting to know some of the greatest scientific minds of Europe. He wrote, “It is in knowledge that man has found his greatness and his happiness.”
Smithson never married, and had no children. Shortly before his death in 1829, he bequeathed his estate to the United States for the foundation of an institution for “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” No one really knows why he left all his money to a country he had never visited. Smithson never gave a reason for his decision. The money, about half a million dollars, was transferred to the U.S. Mint in 1838, and for eight years, the people in charge argued about what he meant by the increase and diffusion of knowledge. Did he mean a university, an observatory, a research institute, a publishing house, a national library, or a museum?
In the end, the Smithsonian Institution became all of those things, except a university. The Smithsonian complex now includes 15 different museums, including the National Museum of Natural History; the National Portrait Gallery; the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; and the National Zoo.
♥~ 1869 – O.B. Brown of Malden, MA patented the motion-picture projector. However, since the projector came before the films, the audience had to be content munching popcorn and making shadow pictures until the motion picture industry caught up.
♥~ 1912 – Virginia Stephen married Leonard Woolf. She was 30, he was 31, and they married at London’s St. Pancras Registry Office. Together, the couple founded the Hogarth Press in their dining room. They taught themselves how to print. Their first project was a printed and bound pamphlet containing a story by each of them. They published Virginia Woolf’s novels, a collection of Freud’s papers, and the works of writers who were then unknown, including Katherine Mansfield, T.S. Eliot, and E.M. Forster.
♥~ 1962 – Herbert Hoover became the fourth U.S. president to have his own official museum and library, when the Hoover Library was dedicated on August 10th, 1962 at West Branch, Iowa. The dedication took place on Hoover’s 88th birthday.
♥~ 1974 – John Denver went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Back Home Again’.
♥~ 1985 – Madonna’s album Like a Virgin became the first solo album by a female artist to be certified for sales of five million copies.
♥~ 1987 – A Chorus Line celebrated its 5,000th performance. It was estimated that 25 million theatre goers had seen the musical since it opened in 1975. An estimated 16.7 million people had seen the show on Broadway, with another 8.3 million taking in the touring production. A Chorus Line became the longest-running show on The Great White Way on September 29, 1983 and ended its Broadway run in 1990.
♥~ 1997 – Avia, Spain, announced that her family had agreed to attend and celebrate her 100th birthday on board a hot-air balloon if she would give up her plans to paraglide. Romona Safont said she always liked to be daring on her birthday.
♥~ 1928 – Jimmy Dean (Seth Ward) Grammy Award-winning singer: Big Bad John ; P.T. 109, I.O.U.; TV host: The Jimmy Dean Show; actor: Daniel Boone, Diamonds Are Forever, Fantasy Island, J.J. Starbuck; sausage mogul; died Jun 13, 2010
♥~ 1928 – Eddie Fisher singer: Oh! My Pa-Pa, Anytime, Dungaree Doll, A Man Chases a Girl, Wedding Bells, Heart, On the Street Where You Live, Cindy, Oh Cindy, Song of the Dreamer; TV host:Coke Time with Eddie Fisher; actor: All About Eve, Bundle of Joy, Butterfield 8; father of Carrie Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher; died Sep 22, 2010
★~Time- Waster Gallimaufry:
Cat Bounce: You pick up cats and bounce them. You can also make it rain more cats.
Acrobats: Add/subtract the little buddies and move them around; see how they interact. (Addicting)
Pollock: Splatter paint like Jackson Pollock! Click to change paint color. (Love this one)
Draw With Flames: Move the mouse to make a cool shape and then click and drag to make flames!
Into Time: Click to divide color-changing rectangles into more color-changing rectangles
Monday Morno Amusement….
I am going to have to take a rain check on lazy day… US Waterproofing is coming to put in a new sump pump and fix a crack in my basement wall. I’m a apprehensive and excited at the possibility of fixing a problem that has been going on too long. I guess, I just don’t want to be disappointed. Again. On the other hand this job comes with a guarantee that the work will be done as promised. Tomorrow, I’ll clarify that promise again with the workers. Wish me luck.
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