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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Clouds ~ Remembering 9-11-2001 ~ Picture of the Day ~ Beards ~ Shrimp Scampi Pizza ~ Fires and Hurricanes ~ Patriot Day

Good 45º scattered cloudy morning. 
Predictions for temps yesterday were 76º in the valley here, but we hit 85º!! 
This is a day with such tearful memories of the thousands of people killed.


Picture of the Day

Interesting about men's beards......
Have you ever thought why men have beards? Is there any function at all? As it turns out, there are some historical and natural reasons for wearing a beard.
1. A beard is a natural filter that decreases the amount of UV irradiation reaching men's skin. Thus it cuts down the opportunity of having skin cancer and minimizes aging. Besides, there is a risk to harm your skin with a razor.
2.  Being a natural filter, beard prevents dust and air pollution to get on skin and into the mouth, the nose and lungs. If a beard covers the neck, it works like a scarf - warms and saves from cold.
3. Theoretically, if a man will not shave or cut his beard for his entire life, it can reach the length of 29 feet. However, researches show that it reaches the length of 5 feet. The longest beard belonged to Norwegian-American farmer Hans Nilson Langseth. His beard measured 17.5 feet.

4.  Approximately half of men in the world wear beards. Yet, not all of them grew their own one. Some men naturally cannot have a proper beard. The recent beard trend increased the quantity of a beard transplantation surgeries in 600 % from 2008 to 2013. Such an operation costs more than 4000$.
5. A beard had a very high significance in ancient Egypt.
Only royal people had their right to have a beard at those times. They dyed their beards with alcanna and weaved golden ribbons into them to adorn. Metal artificial beards were used for royal men funerals as a part of the mummy. 

Even women-pharaohs were wearing their artificial beards to emphasize their nobleness, for instance, Hatshepsut pharaoh. That was not very comfortable but "noblesse oblige".
Now this sounds YUMMMMMY!
Shrimp Scampi Pizza
Prep Time:10 minutes Cook Time:10 minutesTotal Time:20 minutes Servings: 4
A quick, easy and divinely tasty shrimp pizza in a garlic butter sauce!
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 pound shrimp, shelled and de-veined
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • pizza dough
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
  1. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, add the garlic, red pepper flakes and shrimp and cook until the shrimp is just cooked through, about a minute per side, before adding the lemon juice and removing from the heat.
  2. Spread the dough out on a baking sheet, spread the shrimp and the lemon butter-garlic sauce over and sprinkling on the cheese.
  3. Bake in a preheated 500º oven until the cheese has melted and the crust is crispy and golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with parsley and let cool.
Historically this date....
1609 – Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan Island and the indigenous people living there.
1941 – Ground is broken for the construction of The Pentagon.
1985 – Pete Rose breaks Ty Cobb's baseball record for most career hits with his 4,192nd hit

2001 – The September 11 attacks take place in the United StatesAirplane hijackings result in the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, damage to The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and the crashing of a passenger airliner near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

And births this date include....
1923 – Betsy Drake, French born actress (d.2015)
.....once married to Cary Grant!

1928 – Earl Holliman, American actor

1937 – Robert Crippen, American astronaut
1962 – Kristy McNichol, American actress

1967 – Harry Connick, Jr., American singer



The fires here in the west have been horrific and so many homes destroyed. Now I'm worried about the east coast and the hurricane, Florence, that is supposed to make landfall the end of this week. Evacuations in place as of this morning. Praying.

All I know. Nuff said. Happy Tuesday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

In memory of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, each year in the United States we observe Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.
On October 25, 2001, the U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved.   Resolution 71 requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day”.  President George W. Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18, 2001 (as Public Law 107-89).
On this day, it is asked by the President that the American flag is flown at half-staff at individual American homes, the White House and on all United States government buildings and establishments at home and abroad.  The President has also asked Americans to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M.(Eastern Daylight Time), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  He also strongly encourages Americans to use the Corporation for National and Community Service to find and volunteer for service opportunities.  
It was on September 10 of 2012 that President Obama (Adam Henry!!) issued a proclamation renaming the day as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, in reference to both Public Laws 107-89 and 111-13 (the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act).