Milkshake Day, Programmer’s Day

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September, 12, 2016


The Columbus Zoo’s ten-week-old Cheetah cub, Emmett, recently met his new companion puppy, seven-week-old Cullen. Emmett was born at the Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio. Due to a bout of pneumonia, he was hand-reared, for several weeks, while receiving treatments.
Cullen will help Emmett be more confident and calm around others and the two fast friends will grow up with each other being only three weeks apart in age.

★~ MilkShake Day:

Milkshake Day, Programmer's Day

Milkshakes started out as an adult beverage when the eggnog-like drink was made with whiskey. The story goes that milkshakes got their name from being served in bars. If the customer enjoyed the milkshake, he shook hands with the bartender. If not, the bartender didn’t get a tip.

By 1900 they were enjoyed purely for refreshment, and without the alcohol, but it wasn’t until 1922 that they made their giant leap into widespread popularity. That’s when Ivar “Pop” Coulson — a Walgreens employee — added two scoops of ice cream to a regular malted milk drink. The idea spread like wildfire. The invention of the electric blender (1922 ) gave milkshakes their now-typical frothy texture. In Massachusetts, milkshakes are often called frappes. In Rhode Island, they are cabinets.

And to clear up any confusion: A milkshake is a blend of ice cream, milk, flavoring, and syrup. A malt is is a variation of the milkshake but malted milk powder is added after the shake has been blended. The only difference between the two is the presence or absence of the malted milk.

★~ Programmer’s Day:

Milkshake Day, Programmer's Day

The 256th day of each year is celebrated as “Programmer’s Day.” The number 256 is two to the eighth power, and represents the number of distinct values that can be represented with an eight-bit byte. If that confuses you as much as it confuses me, you’re not alone. But to programmers, that’s a very significant number!

The first major computer language — FORTRAN — appeared in 1957. It was short for “Formula Translating System.” Although it is a very limited language by today’s standards, it set the stage for many more complicated languages and served as the skeleton for more complex mathematical coding functions.

Programming Day found it hard to gain its rightful place in the pantheon of made-up holidays and has more or less disappeared but Odd would like to acknowledge all Programmers!

Happy 1111 1111 Programmers!Thank you

The official cheer for Programmer’s Day is “Shift to the left, shift to the right! Pop up, push down, byte, byte, byte!”

★~ Today in History:

Lassie, Milkshake Day, Programmer's Day

♥~ 1954 –Lassie was seen on CBS-TV for the first time. Despite being called “girl” by Tommy Rettig, who starred as Jeff Miller, and Jan Clayton, who starred as Jeff’s mom, Ellen, Lassie was, in reality, a male dog. In fact, there were more than a half-dozen Lassie dogs doing stunts.

♥~ 1959 – NBC-TV launched Bonanza, the first color western on TV. In all, 428 episodes were produced as the show ran through Jan 16, 1973. Michael Landon played Little Joe, Lorne Greene was Ben Cartwright, and Dan Blocker played Hoss.

♥~ 1966 –  Hey, hey we’re the Monkees — and we don’t monkey around…” The theme song from the NBC-TV show, The Monkees, kicked off a fun-filled weekly series on this day in 1966.

♥~ 1966 – The Beatles received a gold record this day for Yellow Submarine.

♥~ 1970 –James Taylor’s first single, Fire and Rain, was released. Taylor scored 14 hits on the music charts in the 1970s and 1980s.

★~Born Today:

Linda Grey, Milkshake Day, Programmer's Day

♥~  1880 –H.L. (Henry Louis) Mencken  newspaper journalist, critic: Baltimore Sun; author: The Smart Set, American Mercury, The American Language; son of cigarmaker, August Mencken; died January 29, 1956

♥~ 1940 –Linda Gray actress: Dallas, Models, Inc., Melrose Place

♥~ 1952 –Gerry Beckley singer: Grammy Award-winning [1972] group: America: A Horse with No Name, Sister Golden Hair, Tin Man, Ventura Highway, Lonely People, You

★~ Gallimaufry: Words coined by the American wit, H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

H. L Mechken, Milkshake Day, Programmer's Day

BOOBOISIE: In 1922, Mencken coined the word ‘booboisie’ for uncultured and uneducated members of the general public, i.e. ‘boobs’, modelling the word after the more famous ‘bourgeoisie’.

SMUTHOUND: Mencken coined the word ‘smuthound’ for one who is given to censoring bad language or smut, especially when found in works of literature. In a letter of December 1927, he listed ‘smuthound’ as one of his favourite linguistic coinages.

MONKEY TRIAL: Mencken coined the term ‘monkey trial’ to refer to the Scopes trial in 1925, when US schoolteacher John Scopes was put on trial for teaching evolution at a Tennessee high school. (At the time, Tennessee state law declared it illegal to teach human evolution in a state-funded school.) Which leads us to our next word…

BIBLE BELT: H. L. Mencken also came up with the phrase ‘Bible belt’ in the wake of the aforementioned Scopes ‘monkey’ trial, with the term making its debut in print in the phrase ‘Bible and Lynching Belt’ in the American Mercury in 1926 (where it is specifically linked with Jackson, Mississippi). The Oxford English Dictionary defines the term as ‘a designation of those parts of the United States reputed to be fanatically puritan or fundamentalist’. This was another of Mencken’s personal favourites among his neologisms.

OMBIBULOUS: Mencken coined the word ‘ombibulous’ to refer to someone who will drink anything. He used the word to describe himself. ‘I drink every known alcoholic drink and enjoy them all’ is a line attributed to him.

BIBLIOBIBULI: And sticking with the bibulous, H. L. Mencken came up with a word for people who read too much, and this is it, from the Latin words for ‘book’ and ‘drink’.

GOOSE-STEPPER: Mencken coined the phrase ‘goose-stepper’ in 1923, in his Prejudices. He describes the American people – he was American himself, of course – as ‘the most timorous, sniveling, poltroonish, ignominious mob of serfs and goose-steppers ever gathered under one flag in Christendom since the end of the Middle Ages’. Mencken never particularly cared whether he personally stepped out of line with popular opinion.


Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Chicago weather was darn near perfect and the week ahead is suppose to be clear and cool. Mostly. Happy Dance.

I’m hoping this will be the week of the new van. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs. For example, when the salesperson, who sold me the van that does not work,  told me on Friday he didn’t like my “tone.” It did not go over well. Not. At. All. The full update once I have a new set of keys in my hand.


5 thoughts on “Milkshake Day, Programmer’s Day

  1. So much to LOVE about Odd this morno!

    Yes, I knew Lassie was played by male dogs, but that photo is just so doggone cute! Poor Timmy didn’t seem the brightest tool in the shed though.

    You’ve got me hungering for a milkshake. Probably need to drive through Steak ‘n Shake during half-price hours.

    Programmers Day seems as good a time as any to recognize those amazing folks who can make code sing! (Did you make up that cheer??!)

    • Thanks! I love Steak’n Shake milkshakes. I had no idea they had half-price hours!! Woo hoo!
      Funny, I remembered that cheer the minute I started to write about Programmers Day but can’t remember where I heard it. I’ll have to google. Flashback to an old El Morno, I guess.
      Yes, Timmy was a little dim and what about his parents?

  2. Good Morno!
    Milkshake day one of my personal favorites even if it isn’t an office treat.
    I’ll have to try some of those words out. I like BOOBOISIE.
    Cute picture up top. I’ll have to send it to my daughter and sister.
    I am playing golf today. Trying to get as much play as I can before it turns cold. I didn’t play as much as usually do this summer because of my elbow and it was too hot.
    Have a good one.

    • Well if you have a Steak ‘n Shake go pick one up for half price (Debbie tip ^)
      I like Booboisie too. I am going to use it more often! It won’t be hard.
      Sorry about your elbow! Glad you are making up some lost time.

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