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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Vibes & Memories

Today in Music History: July 23

Music, as well as our taste in music, changes over the course of a lifetime. Yet, with the changes, music still remains an integral part of life. We may grow with the changes accepting and moving with the new vibes or we may remain nostalgic reliving the memories of bygone days. Perhaps we even fall somewhere in between joining in the excitement that stirs our hearts and causes our feet to tap with the changes in beat. Enjoy the hits from the mid-60s into the 21st century that occurred on this day in music history...

1965 The Byrds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song 'Mr Tambourine Man'. The first Bob Dylan song to reach No.1. The Byrds' recording of the song was influential in initiating the musical subgenre of folk rock, leading many contemporary bands to mimic its fusion of jangly guitars and intellectual lyrics.
The band, Paul Revere and the Raiders, in 1967

Marvin Rainwater

Don Fardon

1971 Paul Revere and the Raiders went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Indian Reservation'. The song was first recorded in 1959 by Marvin Rainwater and released as 'The Pale Faced Indian' and then later by Don Fardon in 1968.
 George McCrae

1974 George McCrae was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rock Your Baby'. Written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC and the Sunshine Band. Regarded by some as the first Disco No.1.
The Manhattans in 1972

1976 The Manhattans started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Kiss And Say Goodbye', the group's only US No.1, it made No.4 in the UK.
Elton John performing live in 1975

1976 Elton John scored his first UK number 1 single with ‘Don't Go Breaking My Heart’ a duet with Kiki Dee. It was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin under the pseudonym "Ann Orson" and "Carte Blanche" and was Elton's first UK No.1 after 16 Top 40 hits. John had met Dee when she was working as a backing singer. John would later re-record the song with RuPaul for his 1993 'Duets' album.
Summer in a recording studio in 1977

1977 Donna Summer was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Giorgio Moroder produced 'I Feel Love'. The disco diva's only UK chart topper.
Survivor at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2013

1982 Survivor started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Eye Of The Tiger', taken from the film 'Rocky III'. Also No.1 in the UK. Survivor won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the song.
U2 performing at Madison Square Garden in November 2005

1993 U2 started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Zooropa' the Irish bands fourth US No.1. Zooropa won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1994.
UB40 in 2010

1993 UB40 started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Can't Help Falling In Love'. Elvis Presley had the first hit with the song, in 1961, Corey Hart was next up with a top 30 hit in 1987, and Hall and Oates recorded the song for 1990’s, The Last Temptation of Elvis charity album. UB40 originally covered the song for the Honeymoon in Vegas soundtrack, but Bono’s version was chosen instead. Also on the same day UB40 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Promises And Lies'.
Keating performing "When You Say Nothing at All" in August 2012
'N Sync performing at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

2000 Ronan Keating was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Life Is A Rollercoaster', the Irish singers 2nd UK No.1. *NSYNC had the US No.1 with 'It's Gonna Be Me'.

And the music goes on beating to the rhyth, of the changing times...

Day of the Old Joke

July 23 is... 

Tell an Old Joke Day!


We all know someone for whom every day is Tell An Old Joke Day. In fact, that person is probably known as 'a joke waiting to be told'! Jokes are fun bringing on smiles, especially when smiling is the last thing on a person's list. July 24 is a day to put aside any reticence and let rip your own ‘I say, I say, I say’ and ‘Knock, knock’ chestnuts. If you think back to the first joke you ever learned to tell, there is a huge possibility it was a 'Knock, Knock' joke. What about a Blonde joke or one of the Polack jokes? Which ones do you recall?

‘I say, I say, I say’
Here's the original, 'I say, I say joke':
My wife's gone to the West Indies
-No, she went of her own accord.
There are many variations on this old joke that have been passed around for decades upon decades. No matter how many times it is told someone will hear it for the first time, smile and/or laugh.
'Knock, Knock'
The exact originator of the 'Knock, Knock' joke is officially unknown. However, many scholars point to the second act of Shakespeare’s Macbeth—written around 1606—as the earliest known example.

Blonde Jokes

18th-century French courtesan Rosalie Duthé,
history’s original “dumb blonde.”
French courtesan Rosalie Duthé is credited (or discredited) with starting the dumb blonde meme way back when in late 18th-century Paris. A trained ballet dancer and favorite escort of French royals and fashionable circles, fair-haired Duthe was not unlike a blonde Kim Kardashian of her day, famous for being beautiful, famous and slow-witted. In 1775, a one-act play was written involving Duthe that emphasized her trademark long, vacant pauses during conversations, and the dumb blonde joke went public.
Two blondes were driving down the road. The blonde driving looks at her friend in the passenger seat and asks her to see if her blinker is working. So the blonde looks out the window and says, ''Yes. No. Yes. No.''

Polish (Polack) Jokes
Ethnic jokes about "new immigrants" may play on various negative stereotypes; in the case of early Polish jokes told by Americans, remarks on intelligence was a particularly frequent cliché. An example of a Polish joke told by TV media was: "Why can't they make ice cubes in Poland anymore? -- Because someone lost the recipe."
A bar customer asked the bartender if he wanted to hear a Polack joke. The bartender pointed to a large man at the end of the bar and said, "He's Polish." Then the bartender pointed to a burly policeman near the door and repeated, "He's Polish." The bartender finished, "Now think about whether you want to tell that joke, because I'm Polish, too." The customer replied, "I guess I won't tell that joke after all. I'd have to explain it three times."
Tell An Old Joke Day is your opportunity to raise the nervous wreck from the quivering depths, bring the awful-smelling noseless dog back in from the cold, and press the button for the chicken stuck forever at the pedestrian crossing. Like any endangered species, old jokes must reproduce if they are not to die out entirely, and the old ones are supposed to be the best, anyway.

There may be a lot of groaning from initiates, but there’s no joke so old that at least one person hasn’t heard it yet. Why should they be allowed to escape the suffering of the rest of us?

Have you heard the one about...

Check these out:

Oldies but Goodies. Kinda.

Really Funny Jokes    

Guns N' Roses

Today in Music History: July 23, 1988

Guns N' Roses Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin originally formed the band out of the ashes of two other groups—L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose. Guns N' Roses played in a style that owed much more to the pure hard rock Stuck in the 70s than to the showy heavy metal of the 80s Music Mania. Guns N' Roses made its big popular breakthrough on July 23, 1988, when their first hit single, "Sweet Child O' Mine" entered the Billboard Top 40.
The band played a mixture of hard rock, heavy metal, sleaze rock, blues, and punk rock. This was the era of mainly sex, liquor, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
 Speaking with the radio station WEBN in Cincinnati, Ohio, Slash admitted that he isn't fond of this song apart from its riff. He explained: "You know, Guns 'N' Roses was always a real hardcore, sort of, AC/DC kind of hard rock band with a lot of attitude. If we did any kind of ballads, it was bluesy. This was an uptempo ballad. That's one of the gayest things you can write. But at the same time, it's a great song — I'm not knocking it — but at the time, it just did not fit in with the rest of our, sot of, schtick. And, of course, it would be the biggest hit we ever had."
Songfacts: The song hit #1 in America on September 10, 1988, and stayed there for two weeks. While it was climbing to the top spot, Guns N' Roses was touring as the opening act for Aerosmith. By the end of the tour on September 15, G N' R had eclipsed their headliners in popularity and were chosen for the cover of Rolling Stone for their November 17 issue. The tour went very well thanks to a ground rule Aerosmith set up: no drugs in their presence. The now-rehabbed Aerosmith could see Guns' N' Roses heading down the same path of addiction, but made no effort to preach to them about the dangers, as they knew the Gunners would have to make their own mistakes. Aerosmith did, however, give T-shirts to the band listing the rehab centers they had been through instead of tour dates, which they felt was their statement.

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hot Dogs & Ice Cream

It's summertime! Hot dogs and ice cream are at the top of the list...hot dogs being ideal for a quick lunch or even at supper time demanding very little preparation time. Of course, the hot dogs are center stage on the grill or can be boiled, broiled, even fried! As that stage is cleared, the ice cream always brings on additional curtain calls and a standing ovation, especially when it happens to be homemade vanilla. So, are you ready to doubly celebrate with two of America's favorites?
July 23 is...
National Hot Dog Day

National Hot Dog Day is a day of celebration for one of the American Classics. Since it occurs during National Hot Dog Month this will more than likely not be your first hot dog consumed this month. On this day, the hot dog will find its place on backyard grills all over the country, at picnics, at the ballpark, sold from carts on street corners, as well as in established restaurants offering the 'best dogs in town'! They are not hard to find. Already hundreds of millions of hot dogs were consumed on the Fourth of July with that neither being the beginning nor the ending of the hot dog treat.
Enjoy National Hot Dog Day to the fullest. Have a couple of hot dogs for lunch or dinner. And, don't forget to cook a few on a stick at the evening campfire. Join in on some of the hot dog informal events happening in communities throughout the hotdog-eating world.
What's in a hot dog? Don't' ask, and it won't be told. Sometimes, its best if you don't know. Or just enjoy the all beef...that way you don't have to wonder!
That's not all to CELEBRATE!

July is Ice Cream Month so July 23rd is also a special ice cream flavor celebration...

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
National Vanilla Ice Cream Day celebrates one of Americas favorite ice cream flavors.

Vanilla and chocolate ice cream vie for the taste buds of ice cream lovers. Chocolate may win the popularity contest but vanilla is a close second. It is also more refreshing and more versatile.  There is Country Vanilla Ice Cream, Old Time Vanilla Ice Cream, Real Vanilla Ice Cream, Homemade Honey Vanilla Ice Cream, Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream, Authentic French Vanilla Ice Cream and would you believe Cardiac Attack Vanilla Ice Cream! Just to a few to consider among many variations!
Its easy to celebrate Vanilla Ice Cream Day on a hot summer day. Enjoy it in a cone, a dish, a float, a shake, or in a cake but especially as the finishing touch to that hot dog meal. Don't stop with just one scoop...have at least a double dip, especially if you prefer it in the cone. Just make sure to eat it quickly, before it melts.
 Add your favorite fruit for extra zesty flavor
along with a couple of piroulines

Are you ready to celebrate? Get to the grocery store if your pantry or frig isn't already stocked with what you need. Have a hotdog cookout being sure to serve vanilla ice cream for the dessert! Have some fun with friends and family - churn your own being sure to request helping hands :-)


  yum, yum, yum . . . yummy!

March of the Penguins

This Day in History: July 22, 2005

March of the Penguins Review
There are movies that make us roll with laughter until our sides hurt, cry what seems like buckets of tears leaving both eyes looking like Georgia road maps, wish we had never bought the movie tickets because they were a waste of money, or wait in anticipation until released on DVD in order to relive the emotion over and over and over again. Then, there are movies so uplifting we watch them totally in awe. These are often documentaries...real life, not acting because most of the time they are Uplifting Animal Movies

Such is the case on this day in 2005 with the release of the movie, March of the Penguins: A documentary film on the Emperor Penguins in Antarctica.
Film Synopsis: In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey – a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, in freezing cold temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.
On March 5, 2006, March of the Penguins won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. The success of March of the Penguins appeared to spark a mini-penguin craze: In November 2006, Happy Feet, a computer-animated film about emperor penguins, opened in U.S. theaters. Happy Feet won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 79th Academy Awards on February 25, 2007.




What's next? Rent the movie or watch it online...ENJOY!