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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1521, Magellan discovers Guam. At least, that's the way he pronounced it. When word spread to the folks back home, their first question was, "Do you mean chewing Guam?" And he told his crew, no more sticking their Guam under the table.

In 1834, the Canadian city of York changed it's name to Toronto. Shortly afterwards, their baseball team also changed it's name from the Peppermint Patties to the Blue Jays. We were this close to the York Raptors. They were tired of being asked, "What's new, York?"

On this date in 1836, the Alamo fell in Texas. Where was a government bailout when you really needed one?

Oreo Cookies were first sold on this day in 1912. Do you know that we could take 12 trips to the moon if all the Oreos ever baked could be stacked.

Psychologists have discovered that the manner in which people eat Oreo cookies provides great insight into their personalities. Choose which method best describes your favorite method of eating Oreos:
  • The whole thing all at once. 
  • One bite at a time. 
  • Slow and methodical nibbles examining the results of each bite afterwards. 
  • In little feverous nibbles. 
  • Dunked in some liquid (milk, coffee, etc.). 
  • Twisted apart, the inside, then the cookie. 
  • Twisted apart, the inside, and toss the cookie. 
  • Just the cookie, not the inside. 
  • I just like to lick them, not eat them. 
  • I don't have a favorite way because I don't like Oreos. 

On this date in 1930, Clarence Birdseye perfected his quick-freezing technique and frozen foods were invented. I remember hearing, at his funeral, everyone sang, 'Freeze a jolly good fellow, freeze a jolly good fellow... "

In 1950, Silly Putty was invented. One of the coolest things you could do back in the day was to get the Sunday color comics from the newspaper, press your Silly Putty down on the pictures and it would copy them. They you could stretch them into silly shapes. Today, pressing it up against your computer screen-not the same.
  • At first, no one took it seriously. Then again, no one does now. 
  • Back when it was popular, people would press it on to newspaper and copy the color comics. Now it's about as popular as newspapers. 
  • The inventor said, "What do we do with this stuff?" and his assistant replied, "I don't know. Stick it in an egg!" And the rest is history. 
  • So, where would we be today without Silly Putty? Pretty much right where we are. 
  • It quickly became very popular and a replacement for mildly humorous putty. 

On this date in 1965, the very first non-stop helicopter crossing of North America is made by J.R. Willford. His words as he ran off the helicopter -- "I'm never flying without a restroom again!"


TODAY IS

The date is 3-6-18. Of course, 3 x 6 = 18.

Basketball great Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal turns 46 today and doing much better than Radio Shack.
He's a big dude. A few more years and he just apply for statehood.
The man is big and rumored to be considered as our 51st state.
Instead of "Happy Birthday," he makes everyone at his party sing, "Love Shaq."


Andrea Elson who played the daughter Lynn on the old 80s TV series, "Alf" turns 49 today. Next year, as a special 50th birthday treat, we won't mention that she played Lynn on the old 80s TV series, "Alf."

Tom Arnold turns 59 today, which is a milestone considering he was once married to Roseanne Barr.
His biggest movie was "True Lies." Being only 58 could be among them.
For whatever reason, I remember him best as the guy in the stall next to Austin Powers.
He's celebrating without Roseanne Barr. What more could you ask for?

Rob Reiner turns 71 today. If you're old enough, you know him as "Meathead." He became quite the director after starting out his career as a Meathead on "All in the Family." Even if he wanted to become a vegetarian, he'd always be a "meathead" to me.

Dentist's Day -- Kissing each day will keep the dentist away. Kissing encourages saliva to wash food from the teeth and lowers the level of the acid that causes decay, preventing plaque build-up.

Frozen Food Day -- Clarence Birdseye perfected his quick-freezing technique and frozen foods were invented back in 1930. So, how long will frozen food keep?
  • Frozen dinners -- three to four months 
  • Ground beef and turkey -- three months 
  • Bacon, unopened -- one month 
  • Roasts -- six to twelve months 
  • Whole fish -- five to six months 
  • Fish fillets -- four to five months 
  • Shellfish -- four to six months 
  • Whole chicken or turkey -- twelve months 
  • Chicken or turkey pieces -- nine months 
  • Cooked poultry -- four months 

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