Middle Child Day, Julienne Fries Day

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August 12, 2015

Middle Child Day, Julienne Fries Day

★~ Today’s Quote : Queen’s College, Oxford, has an old tradition of presenting scholars with a needle and thread, telling them to “Take these and be thrifty” The ceremony is called a “Needle and Thread Gaudy” and takes place early in the new year

★~ Middle Child Day:

Middle Child Day, Julienne Fries

The Middle child  is normally placed in the middle of photographs and the fireplace mantle. Overlooked and neglected? More like front, center, and distinguished.

52% of presidents are middle-borns.

Famous Middle Children include: John f. Kennedy, Princess Diane, David Letterman, Glenn Close, Lisa Simpson, Bill Gates, Julia Roberts,

★~ Julienne Fries Day:

Middle Child Day, Julienne Fries Day

Julienne refers to the cut of most vegetables, but usually potatoes, into a fry-like shape.The term was brought to the forefront of American pop culture by Ron Popeil’s commercials for the Veg-O-Matic, “It slices! It dices! It makes Julienne fries!” Urban legend indicates the word is derived from Julia Child. 

~  French fries were introduced to the U.S. when Thomas Jefferson served them in the White House during his Presidency of 1801-1809.

~ Americans eat more than 16 pounds of french fries every year, which comes to over 2 million tons!

★~ Today in History:

Middle Child Day, Julienne Fries Day, Singer_sewing_machine_table

♥~ 1851 – Isaac Singer of New York City patented the double-treadle sewing machine. However, Singer didn’t invent the sewing machine.  In 1846, Elias Howe patented the first sewing machine. However, Singer made Howe’s machine sing with a more practical and efficient design. And he was the first to use an up-and-down needle movement that was powered by a foot treadle. But the Singer machine used a lockstitch pattern that Howe had patented, and Howe sued him for patent infringement. Singer lost, and had to pay royalties to Howe. Singer  went on to mass-produce the sewing machine, making Howe a rich man off of the royalty payments alone.  His next idea dramatically changed American  consumer practices. He marketed a sewing machine that could be used at home and made it affordable by offering to let families buy it on credit and spread the installment payments over time. A stitch on time, makes it mine.

♥~ 1865 – Joseph Lister became the first doctor to use disinfectant during surgery. Hmm. Joseph Lister. That name rings a bell. Yep. Same Joseph Lister as the one whose name is on those bottles of Listerine mouthwash.

♥~ 1877 – Thomas A. Edison finished figuring out his first phonograph. Edison handed the model of his invention to John Kreusi with instructions on how to build it. Kreusi, a confident man, bet the inventor $2 and said that there was no way that the machine would ever work. He lost the bet.

♥~ 1964 – For the 10th time in his major-league baseball career,Mickey Mantle hit home runs from both the left and ride sides of the plate in the same game — setting a new baseball record. Would this be called  ‘am-bat-extrous’?

♥~ 1966 – The last tour for The Beatles began at the International Amphitheater in Chicago; and John Lennon apologized for boasting that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. London’s Catholic Herald said Lennon’s comment was “arrogant … but probably true.”

♥~ 2007 – A 35-year-old Canadian woman gave birth to rare identical quadruplets. Karen Jepp of Calgary, Alberta, delivered Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia by Caesarian section at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls, Montana.

♥~ 2010 – 10,276 people in Inner Mongolia (China) set a new world record for the longest chain of human dominoes. The previous human domino record was set by 9,234 students in Singapore in 2000.

★~Born Today:

Middle Child Day, Julienne Fries

♥~ 1910 – Jane Wyatt Emmy Award-winning actress: Father Knows Best [1957, 1958-59, 1959-60]; Gentleman’s Agreement, Lost Horizon, Amityville 4; died Oct 20, 2006

♥~ 1939 – George Hamilton actor: Love at First Bite, Act One, The Survivors, Zorro, the Gay Blade, Where the Boys Are, Evel Knievel, The Dead Don’t Die, Doc Hollywood

♥~ 1949 – Mark Knopfler musician: guitar, songwriter, singer: group: Dire Straits: Money for Nothing

♥~ 1963 – Anthony Ray aka Sir Mix-a-Lot Grammy Award-winning rapper: Baby Got Back [1993]; Let’s G, I’m a Trip, Square Dance Rap, Rippin’, Posse on Broadway, Ironman, My Hooptie

★~Gallimaufry: Step back from the Armadillo. 

Middle Child Day, Julienne Fries Day

A Texas man shot himself in the jaw after attempting to gun down an armadillo. The bullet bounced off the armadillo’s plating and back at the gunslinger.


Cat house update – The home is in the process of being boarded up after the final cats (we hope) are pulled out. The current total count is 113.  I have so much to say about this experience and will after I can digest it a bit more and gather some more information. One question I have is why the foreclosure has taken so long and why the lending agent has not taken responsibility for checking on and maintaining the property. It seems to me they owe Treehouse and Paws monetary compensation for taking care of their neglect property. I would like to see them held accountable.

If you live in the Chicago area and are interested in donation – Tree House Animal Shelter needs: monetary donations, cat food, litter, tarps, crates, towels, toys, cat beds, transport to and from their clinic and foster homes.

Contact Information: 

Liz Houtz
Community Cats Program Manager
Tree House Humane Society
773.798.9250 (cell)
773.784.5488 ext. 234 (office)
Reg. Office Hours: Tue – Sat, 10 – 6

Wishing everyone a wonderful Wednesday! And if you are a Middle Child – Happy Day!

Odd Loves Company,

8 thoughts on “Middle Child Day, Julienne Fries Day

  1. What an ordeal your neighborhood has been through. I suspect that lenders don’t monitor places as well as they should in a lot of cases and this was one of them. Glad that at least the majority of them will be able to be re-homed. They all looked so beautiful despite their circumstances.

    • The cats do look remarkable well. I was surprised. Of-course they were well fed throughout the ordeal and before everyone stepped in the owner slept outside his house to keep an eye on them and made sure they had food and water. I’ll never look at an abandoned house the same way again.

  2. Good that the cat house problem is over and that the kitties are being re-homed..What is wrong with people who hoard animals like this ?? Obviously they are ill..I agree that the lender of the foreclosure of this property absolutely owes the animal rescue people money !
    I am a middle child ..didn’t know we had a special day.. 😀

    • I am beginning to wonder if the Cat house will ever be over. The city in it’s infinite wisdom decided to seek out and press charges against the owner of the house. I don’t think they’ll gain a lot there. The man is ill. And from what I am told tried very hard to care for the cats but was just way over his head and without earlier intervention the problem worsened. It was such an early fail.
      Happy Belated Middle Child Day! Now that you know you’ll have to expect special treatment and maybe a crown for the day.

  3. I’m not a middle child, and I didn’t realize there was a special day for that.

    Glad the kitty problem is resolved and the poor dears are finding new homes. Gee, I have to agree, though — monetary compensation should be required.

    Sixteen pounds of French fries annually? That sounds like a LOT. Perhaps someone else is pulling my share of the load, so I should just say Thank You and let it go!

    • I think there is a special day for just about everything. I have a few friends with middle children and they make it a point to take them to lunch or do something a special with them.
      Your welcome. 😀

  4. It’ll be interesting if more black cats emerge from the cat house. Hope all were rescued. Crossing my fingers. Again, what a humane act you neighbors did to help these poor cats. By any chance, were fireworks neighbors involved in this good deed???
    I am the last in the pecking order. My brother, *Joe*, is the middle child & a great guy!
    Good afternoon!

    • Funny you should mention Fireworks. I did introduce it as a topic of conversation as we all stood around the cat house. Everyone agrees it is awful but “nobody” participates or knows anyone who does. Mmm.
      So you are the spoiled one! :-D.

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