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July 19, 2021

National "Get Out of the Doghouse" Day!

 National Get Out of the Doghouse Day!

Why do we use this phrase, and where did it even start?

I'm so glad you asked. I'm going to fill you in soon. I have always been one of those people that like to know the how's and why's before I share any information. I have to at least try to dig into the history or facts about what ever it is. 
 E.g. Why do people say someone is "piss poor" or that it is "raining cats and dogs"?
Those are a couple of fun ones I looked up. You'll have to do your own digging on those and maybe some others.

Now, back to today's fun saying.
"Get Out of the Doghouse"
It is celebrated every year on the third Monday of July.
The phrase is known to be used when someone(spouse, friend, other), is in trouble or out of favor with the other. It is used as a punishment for their transgression. A shaming tactic.

I'm sure we all know what it means or how it is used, but do you know why we say it or where it started?
Would you believe it began in a classic children's book we all know, fairly well, I'd say?

It all started in 1911 in the story of Peter Pan, written by J.M Barrie.
That's right!
In chapter 16, Mr. darling is feeling guilty that the children flew away, and he consigns himself to the "doghouse" or kennel, as is the case in the book.
"When the children flew away, Mr. Darling felt in his bones that all the blame was his for having chained Nana up, and that from first to last she had been wiser than he. Of course, as we have seen, he was quite a simple man; indeed he might have passed for a boy again if he had been able to take his baldness off; but he had also a noble sense of justice and a lion's courage to do what seemed right to him; and having thought the matter out with anxious care after the flight of the children, he went down on all fours and crawled into the kennel. To all Mrs. Darling's dear invitations to him to come out, he replied sadly but firmly:
"No, my own one, this is the place for me.""
This may be why we associate the phrase more toward men. Who knows?

This is where the phrase or the idea originated, but the first actual printed "in the doghouse" verses Mr. Darling consigning himself to the kennel; actually can be found in James. J. Finerty's 1926 glossary of the language of criminals, Criminalese, in which being "in the doghouse" is described as being "in disfavor"
Not a big gap between Children's class literature and Criminal language.
Funny how that happens. 

The next confirmed print of the term is found in 1933 in an Iowa newspaper, Waterloo Daily, in which the "poor French ambassador" is being described as "still in the doghouse."

Books used for references:

I think the phrase has definitely become more popular, and widely used, over time.
We've probably all said it once or twice, whether we put someone there, or were there ourselves.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post and our fun facts about our National Fun Holiday.

July 12, 2021

National Different Colored Eyes Day!

 National Different Colored Eyes Day!

Y'all! I am so, so super stoked to do this one! 
If I had a dollar for every time someone has looked straight at me and asked, "Do you know your eyes are two different colors?"(Here's your sign!)
I would be one rich momma! Yup!
Yours truly!
This day was meant for me!

The medical term is actually Heterochromia. It means a variation in color of the iris. The word is derived from Ancient Greece where "heteros" means different and "chroma" means color. 

Heterochromia is determined by the production, delivery, and concentration of melanin(pigment). It may be inherited, or caused by genetic mosaicism, chimerism, disease, or injury.
According to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information center, most cases of heterochromia of the eye occur sporadically in people with no family history of the condition.
Most cases are present from birth and are called genetic heterochromia.
People who develop it later on in life due to illness, injury, or medication are considered acquired heterochromia.
There are 3 types of Heterochromia.

Central heterochromia:
It is when the irises match each other but have a ring of different color around the pupils. Although not as striking as the other two types, central heterochromia is the most common type. For instance, someone with blue eyes may have an inner brown ring around the pupil.

Segmental heterochromia:
It is also known as heterochromia iridis, occurs when a patch of different color appears in one iris. Most common is blue eyes, with one having a brown speck or patch in the iris. This type is usually the most noticeable do to the drastic difference from one eye to the other due to the patch of color showing in only one eye.

Complete heterochromia:
It is also known as heterochromia iridum, occurs when the two irises are completely different colors.
This is the rarest type and most likely to be genetic and born with the condition. Less than 200,000 Americans have been found to have complete heterochromia.
(This is the type that I have)

There are quite a few celebrities that actually have heterochromia. Some are extremely noticeable, as in David Bowie(complete), while another like Simon Pegg's(segmental) are not as extreme.
A few more to list are:
Mila Kunis
Jane Seymour
Dan Aykroyd
Joshua Henderson
Kiefer Sutherland
Elizabeth Berkley
Christopher Walken
There are several more you can read about and learn the types they have, which were born this way and which acquired it from injury or other.

I learned that even with all of these well known people, and myself having heterochromia, it is still considered a rare condition. 
Heterochromia affects less than 1% of total human population!

I know some of you are thinking...because, I have heard this a million times.
"Wow, I've seen dogs with that!"
Yes, I'm sure we've all seen a dog or cat with different colored eyes. It definitely is more common in animals. I just didn't want to get into a whole other part of DNA and genetics with this post. You can learn more about heterochromia in animals by clicking the link a little farther down the page.

Since, I do actually have this, I wanted to learn more and share what I found.
You can always do some extra digging to find out more.
Here are just a couple refs. I pulled up.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post and maybe even learned something new.
I know I found a few statistics I didn't know and a few celebrities I wasn't aware had heterochromia.
Do you know anyone with this condition?
I'd love to hear about it.
Share pics/email or just comment and let me know!

Here's my little selfie collage!

July 9, 2021

National Sugar Cookie Day!

 Ohhhh, Sugar Sugar... Cookie

Today is National Sugar Cookie Day!

To celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day, I thought I would share a little about myself and my family before getting into our history and fun facts' part of the post.

I don't know about anyone else, but sugar cookies are a staple food in my family! We have a secret Mamaw recipe. Don't ask for it, I won't give it out, but I guarantee you, if you come over on ANY holiday, there will be sugar cookies to taste!
I'm not even kidding. My Mamaw has 3 of those Christmas variety popcorn tins absolutely full of cookie cutters. She also has given a few to the grandkids to use in their homes. I could easily guess, she has 100s of cookie cutters.

If she is rockin' her shower cap and whips out the rolling pin, it is on!
Go time!

It is such a special time for all of us. Not only is it fun and yummy, it is a great time to be with family. It is also a pretty good skill to know. Baking!
Well, I didn't exactly master that one. If it was my job to bring cookies to the school party, you'd be getting store bought. I just cannot do it! I, either end up with one huge pancake cookie or they are dry and burnt.
I'll leave the baking to the family pros and stick with the easy, cheater kind if we aren't having a family cookie party soon.

The sugar cookie is believed to date all the way back to the mid-1700s in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
German Protestant settlers created round, crumbly and buttery tasting cookie that came to be known as the Nazareth Cookie. The sugar cookie is, basically, what I call the "original cookie". It really is amazing just as it is. Warm, sweet, and just soft enough to melt in your mouth.
Don't look at it as a plain, basic cookie. Look at it as the base or starting point of a ton of cookies!
Take your "basic" sugar cookie dough and add to it.
Add peanut butter= peanut butter cookie
Add chips=Chocolate chip cookie
Add cinnamon=Snickerdoodle
Add oats and raisins= Oatmeal/raisin cookies
You get the idea. One other way to jazz up your sugar cookie is icing it.
Today, sugar cookies have become an art form, with making and decorating for people of any age.
Cookie decorating dates even farther back than the sugar cookie. It seems around the 14th century, Switzerland had cookie molds that they used to impress biblical designs into cookies.
If you are the type to put "icing" on your cookie, it may be fun to know that icing actual came before frosting.
Icing was first used around 1683, while frosting was first attested in 1750.
I am a fan of old-fashioned buttercream icing.
It could be, just nostalgia, but it will always be my favorite.
What type do you prefer? Frosting, icing, buttercream, cream cheese, whipped.
If you aren't a baker, be sure to click the highlighted link above to grab some easy break and bake sugar cookies!
Do you have a certain holiday that brings out your baking skills?
I'd love to hear about it. Any tips for the non-bakers out here?

Have a great day and go celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day!

July 5, 2021

National Bikini Day!

 National Bikini Day!

Hello, and welcome to our next National Fun Holiday.
I actually found out a ton of interesting things about the bikini. I was trying to figure out the best way to give you all this information and keep it in order. Since I found bits and pieces all over, I didn't want to give it to you that way. I've decided to do this post in a written timeline sort of way. Bear with me, we'll get there!

When asked, when did the bikini start or How old is the bikini most people, myself included, probably assume around the mid 20th century.
Well, we aren't completely wrong.

Let's get started on this timeline.

5600 BC~ Evidence of bikini-style women's clothing has been found that far back. Illustrations of women wearing these garments during sporting or competitive events in the Roman era have been found in several locations, the most popular being, Villa Romana del Casale.

I'm not great with numbers, so I hope I'm putting these in the correct order. biggest first, lowest later? Is that right? Until AD?

1400BC~two-piece garments worn by women for athletic purposes are depicted on Greek urns and in paintings.
Active women of ancient Greece wore a breastband called a mastodeton, which continued to be used as an undergarment into the middle ages. Bottom garments were called subligaria. Which is similar to the "high waisted" brief style.

286-305 AD~ During an excavation in the 1950/the 60s there was a mosaic artwork floor discovered depicting 10 women in athletic style garments in an obvious competition. 
It has actually been dubbed, "Bikini Girls".
Nowhere in history, to this point indicated "bikinis" were made or used for swimming or sunbathing. they were more likely a sporting uniform garment.

Jumping forward. I honestly couldn't find anything else until the 1900s. 

Now, we get to the actual BIKINI!
July 5, 1946, in Paris, the bikini made its debut.
French designer Louis Reard named this new two-piece swimsuit after Bikini Atoll, where the USA conducted atomic tests. Thinking it would make an explosive statement. (He wanted to name it "atom") True story, although I don't think it would have become as popular.
Europe enthusiastically donned the new two-piece swimsuit, other countries, including the United States, weren't quite ready for such an immodest garment.
Several countries actually banned the buying and wearing of any such garment.
There are still a few that it is illegal to, even today.

Actress Carole Landis

 French film The Girl in the Bikini starring Brigitte Bardot, showed one of the first bikinis ever seen on television. Bardot has been credited with popularizing the bikini and making it a classic summer style.

By the 1960s the United States and other countries had gone bikini bonkers!
Beach-themed movies poured out in abundance!
~Where the Boys Are
~Gidget Goes Hawaiian
~Bikini Beach
~How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (I'm a bit scared to ask about this one)
~Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
~For Those Who Think Young
~The Horror of Party Beach
~Blue Hawaii
~Beach Blanket Bingo
~A Swingin' Summer
~Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (Y'all, I can't make these up.)

I'm sure there are a ton more! It is clear that the United States lost all public modesty in the 1960s!

By then, the original designer had died, and his company had folded. Still, the bikini made up 20% of swimwear purchased that year.

With people becoming more conscious about UV rays and skin cancer, the more modest "tankini" or fuller tops became popular. 1997, Malia Jones appears on the cover of Shape Magazine wearing the halter top two-piece bikini for rough waters. Setting, a short-lived hype.

People seemed to move away from the risks and bikinis again became skimpy and revealing

~ the 2020s
Most popular bikini styles for today's women
One strap top/Hipster bottoms
Squareneck top/Standard Bikini bottom ~ this one is my personal favorite.

Today, you can find just about any type of bikini.
Skimpy, sporty, modest, thong, string, strapless...
They say there is a swimsuit for every girl and every body type.
I have a few styles that I'm comfortable in, but it definitely is a struggle. Our bodies sometimes change as quickly as fashion. (or the image of our bodies, more likely)
Anyway, I say
Have fun. Be comfortable. You go do your thing!

I really do have so much fun getting pulled down the rabbit hole with these posts!
Please, like, love, comment, share!
I love feedback. 
To celebrate National Bikini Day!!!
It's going to be 92F here in Ohio today!
I definitely will be rockin' my bikini, hangin' out in the kiddie pool today!

July 1, 2021

International Joke Day!

 Today is

International Joke Day!

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Water who?
Water you asking so many questions for, just open up!

A joke by definition is a display of humor in which words are used within a specific and well-defined narrative structure to make people laugh and are not to be taken seriously.
Jokes come in a variety of styles, themes, and subjects.
Riddles, knock knock, Yo momma, wit-wordplay, what do you call a... , the blonde, the rabbi, satire, puns, why did the chicken cross the road...
There probably is a joke about everything! From corny to raunchy, there is some type of humor for everyone.

Want to hear the oldest "Yo Momma" joke? (Ancient Rome, between 63BC to 14AD)
"The Emporer Augustus was touring the Empire, when he noticed a man in the crowd who bore a striking resemblance to himself.
"Intrigued he asked: Was your mother at one time in service at the palace?'
"No your Highness,' he replied, 'but my father was.'"
Ouch! Burn!

Have you ever wondered how jokes got started? Who was the first to have a sense of humor?
Historic researchers have dated the earliest written joke back to 2300B.C., during the Old Babylonian period. 
The joke goes, "Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap."
Y'all men have been telling fart jokes and cracking on their wives since 2300B.C.!
Guys, you weren't funny back then, and you still aren't! (usually) Ha!

The oldest joke book dates back to the 4th or 5th century AD.
Philogelos (Greek for love of laughter), is a collection of 265 jokes. The book is not attributed to a single writer, but many.
You know the phrase, that's the oldest joke in the book?
Well, it's not THE oldest joke, but one of the top 10 oldest jokes actually is
"An intellectual came to check in on a friend who was ill. When the man's wife said that he had departed, the intellectual replied: 'when he arrives back, tell him that I stopped by.'"
and it's in the book!

During the 15th century, the printing revolution spread across Europe following the development of a movable type printing press. Printers turned out "jestbooks" along with Bibles to meet both lowbrow and highbrow interests of the people.

Did you know jokes are good for your health?
It's true.
Laughter really is the best medicine!
Laughing is a natural stress relief. Laughter can lighten your mental stress, but it also causes physical changes.

Some short term results are:
1. stimulating your organs by intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulating your heart, lungs, and muscles
2. Releases endorphins
3. Activates and relieve your stress response helps regulate your heart rate
4. Soothe tension. laughter stimulates circulation and aid muscle relaxation

Long term effects:
1.Improve your immune system. Positive thoughts can release neuropeptides that help fight stress.
2. Relieve pain. Laughter may ease pain by causing the body to produce its own natural painkillers.
3. Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations
4. Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illness. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and may make you feel happier.

There you have it! The history and benefits of jokes!
If you're looking for new material or just to brush up on some old ones, check out a couple of these joke books.

What is your sense of humor "type"?
Corny, witty, dry?
I'm definitely a corny joke type. Although I can handle a good "adult" joke at appropriate times.
What is your favorite joke?
Be sure to comment and share with us. 
Have a Happy International Joke Day! Make someone laugh!
I will leave you with this one.
"What do you call a three-humped camel?"
Not the best, I know. Send me a better one!