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April 6, 2016
★~ Today’s Quote: “Any self respecting Scot knows that a good tartan is the solution to everything: it tells you where you are, where you belong, who your friends and family are. Forget the Vikings: those guys just can’t hold a candle to a delicious battle-weary warrior whose fighting skills and wicked sex appeal have spawned a thousand Scottish heartthrobs.”
― Trisha Telep, The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance
★~ National Tartan Day:
National Tartan Day honors and celebrates Scottish culture and the role it has played in the development of the United States. Canada has been celebrating Tartan Day since 1993 and the U.S. Senate officially recognized it in 1998.
There are three groups of people that came from Scotland to America – the Lowland Scotts, the Highland Scotts, and the Scotch-Irish. Each of these groups has influenced American culture. They’ve passed on Scottish last names, introduced the sport of golf, shared the sounds of the bagpipes, and made tartan a fashion staple!
Tartan is a crisscrossed pattern of horizontal and vertical bands woven into cloth. It is made by weaving colored threads at right angles to each other. The Dress Act of 1746 attempted to ban tartan and other aspects of Gaelic culture in order to bring people under tighter government control. The law was repealed in 1782 and tartan became symbolic as the national dress of Scotland.
★~ Sorry Charlie Day:
I have always felt sorry for Charlie! All he ever wanted was to be a Starkist tuna, but even with his snazzy specs and comedic outlook, he just wasn’t bait worthy. Let’s all honor Charlie the Tuna, who has been rejected for decades and still keeps his spunk and positive attitude.
★~ Caramel Popcorn Day:
Caramel popcorn has been enjoyed since the 1890s when brothers Frederick and Louis Rueckheim introduced their molasses-covered popcorn at the World’s Columbian Exposition. But their concoction was too sticky so back to the drawing board they went. After a bit of tweaking, the perfect combination was created and Cracker Jacks were invented!
Good to know: Cracker Jacks uses the same recipe today that they started with in the 1890s.
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1896 – Today marks the 120th anniversary of the modern incarnation of the ancient Olympic Games which were staged in Athens in 1896. Only 14 countries participated in the original tournament and there were only 43 events, but over the next century it grew in prestige to the international sporting festival it is today. Google honors the date with a Doodle!
♥~ 1916 – Charlie Chaplin was 26 years old when he signed a movie contract with the Mutual Film Corporation. He was paid $675,000 a year and became the highest-paid film star in the world.
♥~ 1938 – Du Pont researcher Dr. Roy J. Plunkett accidentally created the chemical compound that was later marketed as Teflon. It revolutionized the cookware industry.
♥~ 1968 – The soundtrack album from the movie The Graduate hit number one in the U.S. The album made superstars of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. The album also showcased the music of jazz pianist Dave Grusin, who wrote and performed six of the tracks.
♥~ 1971 – Rolling Stones Records was formed to promote the hits of The Rolling Stones. The famous Stones trademark, the lips logo, became widely used. Brown Sugar was the first hit by the Rolling Stones on the new label, followed by Wild Horses, Tumbling Dice and Bill Gates’ favorite song, Start Me Up.
♥~ 1980 – Another accidental invention? Post-it® Notes were introduced. It seems a 3M scientist used an adhesive that didn’t stick to create what were called “temporarily permanent bookmarksrs
♥~ 1987 – Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard won a 2-1 decision in a stunning upset over Marvelous Marvin Hagler in a bout held in Las Vegas, NV
♥~ 1998 – Teletubbies, the British show for toddlers, debuted on U.S. TV
♥~ 1483 – Raphael Santi artist: Marriage of the Virgin, School of Athens; died Apr 6, 1520 [on his 37th birthday]
♥~ 1931 – Ivan Dixon actor: Hogan’s Heroes, Porgy and Bess, Where’s Jack?, Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?; director: McCloud, The Waltons, The Rockford Files, Starsky and Hutch, Magnum, P.I., The A-Team, Airwolf; died Mar 16, 2008
♥~ 1937 – Merle Haggard CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year: ; songwriter: Okie from Muskogee, If We Make It Through December, Hungry Eyes, Workin’ Man Blues, Mama Tried
♥~ 1947- John Ratzenberger, Actor (“Cheers”), turns 64
♥~ 1952 – Marilu Henner (Mary Lucy Denise Pudlowski) actress: Taxi, Evening Shade, Cannonball Run 2
♥~ 1969 – Ari Meyers actress: Author! Author!, Kate & Allie, Think Big, Dark Horse
♥~ 1972 – Jason Hervey actor: The Wonder Years, Wildside, Fast Times, Diff’rent Strokes, Back to School, Back to the Future
I recently bought a pair of Warby Parker glasses and in the process found this TED talk about original thinkers. Warby Parker is an innovative and fun company. In this TED talk, Adam Grant, shares why his wife now handles all of their investments…..
I am in a FB photography group, I joined by mistake, but I’m staying because it amuses me.
The best way to describe the group, is a mostly 20 something women’s group, pulled together by an interest in photography. However, the posts cover topics ranging from getting pregnant to sobbing about not having enough money to buy a $250.00 camera bag, they CAN NOT live without. I’ve never watched a television reality show, but I think I’ve found an on-line one and recognize the appeal. For a while the group hugs and sympathy were for the young Mom’s (who barely work) that wanted to attend the group’s photography retreat in Cancun, Mexico. The trip is the first 7 days of December (yep, you read the date right). These women are SOOOO devastated because their full time working husbands can’t manage the 3 kids under 8 for seven day, and/or they couldn’t swing the trips cost ($1000) along with the $250.00 camera bag, they can’t travel without; I mean, without the bag, what is even the point? I think this might be called the Kardashian syndrome.
Anyway…the other day a women in the group posted she was very UPSET, ANGRY, UNDERVALUED! BECAUSE…
Her business is named “Missed Moments” and a client that she is odds with told her she certainly did…
The best part, was the outrage in the comments: OMG, WTF, RUDE CLIENT, SO NOT WORTH YOUR TIME, NOBODY DESERVES TO BE TREATED LIKE THAT….and on and on and on.
Down the road a few commenters did share that the name of her business name might be problematic for a photographer. Ya Think?
I’m still laughing and click over frequently to follow the angst. How unsupportive of me. Maybe, I could offer to babysit a couple of those kids to atone. Or not. . .
My alarm clock this morno was thunder and lightning. It seems we have another storm heading through. Of-course, my great grandmother always said rain before 7, gone before 11 so maybe the sun will come out later today!
Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!
Odd Loves Company!
2 thoughts on “Tartan Day, Sorry Charlie, Caramel Popcorn”
Your photography group angst cracked me up. We are all so privileged these days (me included if you read my recent post about being without the internet for 1 measly hour) and this attitude seems to be apparent in your photography group for sure. What a fun group to stalk–you behave yourself, KB!
Your comment about the rain reminded me of something the weather folks told us — rain on Easter Sunday means the next seven Sundays will have rain. Sigh. Guess we’re in for a wet spring.
Your photography group sounds like a good place for a writer to lurk. I just know you’ll pick up all sorts of “with-it” remarks and attitudes from today’s young marrieds.
I think I must have some Scotch in my family tree — I love plaid! And bagpipes, when they’re played well…not that awful noise that sounds like a cow being squeezed half to death!
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