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Monday, June 28, 2021

Weather ~ Picture of the Day ~ Elephants Have The Strongest Sense of Smell ~ Sunday (or any day) Night Noodles ~  Reeses Sticks ~ National Paul Bunyan Day

 



Good 66º clear sunny morning. 
 
Yesterday was unbelievable, we topped at 119º!!!!
 
 
Picture of the Day .. Leo the Lion creating his roar for MGM in 1928
 

 
 
 
Interesting about elephants...
 

Elephants have the strongest sense of smell.
 
With a nose that size, what did you expect! An elephant's sense of smell is legendary. According to researchers, the African elephant has the strongest sense of smell in the entire animal kingdom - even beating out the bloodhound. Scientists have found that the African elephant has the largest number of genes (around 2,000) associated with the sense of smell. The elephant’s nostrils, which are located at the tip of its long trunk, have been known to sniff out food and water sources from up to twelve miles away.
 
Furthermore, according to biologist Bruce Schulte, who was not involved in the study, research has suggested that male elephants may use their acute sense of smell in order to determine when a female is ready to reproduce. This would be advantageous since elephants only have a small window of opportunity to reproduce every few years.
 

Scientists found olfactory genes in elephants is twice the amount found in dogs and five times the number in humans. However, scientists are not exactly clear if there is a connection between having more genes and an improved sense of smell.
 


From Mr. Food
 

What do you make on a Sunday Night when you want to wrap up the weekend by cooking up a meal that'll leave 'em full and ready to start the week? We've got an idea! It's Sunday Night Noodles! The whole family will love this easy, creamy dinner recipe. (or Monday night or Tuesday night.....)

 

  • 1 (16-ounce) package medium egg noodles
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
     
  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles to desired doneness; drain.
     
  3. In a large bowl, mix spinach, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir in noodles, then spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. In a small bowl, combine melted butter and bread crumbs. Sprinkle over noodles.
     
  4. Cover and bake 45 minutes, or until heated through. Serve immediately.

 

**Make this an all-in-one meal by adding some cooked chicken or diced ham. Yum!

 
 
 
Historically this date.....
1846 – The saxophone is patented by Adolphe Sax in Paris, France.


1997 – Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield II – Tyson is disqualified in the 3rd round for biting a piece off Holyfield's ear.


2005 – War in Afghanistan: Three U.S. Navy SEALs, 16 American Special Operations Forces soldiers, and an unknown number of Taliban insurgents are killed


 
And births this date include...
1926 – Mel Brooks, American filmmaker
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1948 – Kathy Bates, American actress
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1960 – John Elway, American football player
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1966 – John Cusack, American actor
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1966 – Mary Stuart Masterson, American actress
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I have always loved chocolate and peanut butter. Reese's PB Cups are a favorite and now I have another favorite.... Reese's Sticks. OMG they are great!
 
One package of 4 of these sticks are $1.99 at my grocery store. On Amazon, a box of 20 of these packages is only $29.32! That a savings of just over $10.00! Oink oink~


All I know. Nuff said. Have a good Monday. Ciao.
xo Sue Mom Bobo

 

On June 28th, we remember fondly the tales of the big blue ox and a mighty lumberjack. It is National Paul Bunyan Day!

Described as a giant and a lumberjack of unusual skill, Paul Bunyan is one of the most famous North American folklore heroes. In the tales, Paul Bunyan was almost always accompanied by his companion, Babe the Blue Ox.

Was He Real?

First appearing in print in 1906, in a story published by Northern Michigan journalist James MacGillivray, Bunyan’s character originated in folktales circulated among lumberjacks in the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada. One account states that the tales began during the Papineau Rebellion of 1837. In 1914, William Laughhead reworked the stories for a logging company’s advertising campaign. The campaign breathed new life into the growing legendary character of Paul Bunyan. It was the 1922 edition of Laughead’s tales that inspired many others and soon the character’s plaid shirt and far-fetched characteristics spread across all of the United States and Canada.

Many cities in the north-central section of the United States, claim the title as the official home of Paul Bunyan.  

Statue of Paul Bunyan in Akeley, MN

Statue of Paul Bunyan in Akeley, MN

The Folklore

While folklore surrounds the lumberjack, Paul Bunyan is one character that has an origin story. One Paul Bunyan legend claims it took five storks to carry him as a newborn. As he grew a little older, when he clapped his hands and laughed, windows shook and shattered. The story continues that he sawed off the legs of his parents’ bed in the middle of the night when he was only seven months old. Folklore also credits Bunyan with forming the Grand Canyon as he and Babe the Blue Ox walked through, dragging his ax behind him. Another myth suggests Bunyan created the Great Lakes so Babe had a watering hole.