Friday, September 13, 2013

Photo-Finish Friday: Onions

Our family goes through a ton of onions, more or less.

Onions in the cast iron skillet.

As i was cutting and cooking these, Little Girl came in and asked, "Mom, what if the reason we cry when we cut onions is because the onions had enslaved humans at one time, and now, when we cut them, we have traumatic subconscious memories about it?"

Or maybe this is their revenge on us for eating them? i suggested.

Either way, here's to onions

Photo-Finish Friday is the brainchild of Leah at The Goat's Lunch Pail.

Today is:

Bennington Car Show -- Bennington, VT, US (woodies and muscle cars, antique motorcycles and tractor farm machinery; through Sunday)

Big E -- West Springfield, MA, US (one of New England's largest fairs; through the 29th)

Blame Someone Else Day -- always celebrated on the first Friday the 13th of the year; supposedly begun by Anne Moeller of Clio, Michigan on the first Friday the 13th of 1982, when her alarm didn't go off and she ran behind all day, spreading the blame

Cherokee Strip Days -- Enid, Oklahoma (parade that includes Longhorn steers, arts and crafts, food, and gunfight reenactments; through tomorrow)

Defy Superstition Day -- go walk under that ladder!

Dia de los Ninos Heroes -- Mexico

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 3, Environment (sponsored by We, the World)

Epulum Iovis and Lectisternia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival for Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva

Festival of Lighting the Fires of Neith -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Fortune Cookie Day -- you might need one after that ladder stunt

Goroka Show -- Goroka, Papua New Guinea (a cultural festival and showcase of over 100 clans and tribes and their customs; through Sunday)

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show -- Harrogate, England (Britains finest blooms show off; through Sunday)

Independence Day -- Venda (recognized within South Africa only)

International Chocolate Day -- as declared by the National Confectioners Association

King Turkey Day -- Worthington, MN, US (includes a turkey race; through tomorrow)

Morton Pumpkin Festival -- Morton, IL, US (the Pumpkin Capital of the World; through Sunday)

Programmers Day -- Russia, and among programmers around the world (on the 256th day of the year)
     some sites call this "Thank a Programmer Day"

National Celiac Awareness Day -- US

National Peanut Day

Positive Thinking Day -- think positively that nothing bad will happen because of that ladder!

Runic Half Month Ken begins (illumination)

Snack-A-Pickle Time

St. John Chrysostrom's Day (Patron of education, epileptics, lecturers, orators, preachers; Constantinople)

Summerset Festival -- Clement Park, Littletn, CO, US (a big, fun good-bye to summer; through Sunday)

Telluride Blues and Brews Festival -- Telluride, CO, US (nationally touring bands and microbreweries make for a fun weekend; through Sunday)

Wo-Zha-Wa Days Fall Festival -- Wisconsin Dells, WI (fall festival; through Sunday)

Yom Kippur -- Judaism (begins at sundown)

Birthdays Today:

Ben Savage, 1980
Tavis Smiley, 1964
Jean Smart, 1959
Nell Carter, 1948
Jacqueline Bisset, 1944
Bela Karolyi, 1942
David Clayton-Thomas, 1941
Judith "Miss Manners" Martin, 1938
Mel Torme, 1925
Roald Dahl, 1916
Claudette Colbert, 1903
John J. Pershing, 1860
Milton Hershey, 1857
Walter Reed, 1851
Clara Schumann, 1819
Cesare Borgia, 1475

Today in History:

The temple of Jupiter on Rome's Capitoline Hill is dedicated on the ides of September, BC509
Building begins on Hadrian's Wall, 122
St. Francis of Assisi receives stigmata, 1224
Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David, 1503
Henry Hudson reached the river that would later be named after him, 1609
NYC becomes the first capital of the US, 1788
US Government takes out its first loan from NYC banks, 1789
Six teenage military cadets known as Niños Héroes die defending Chapultepec Castle in the Battle of Chapultepec, 1847
Vermont railroad worker Phineas Gage incredibly survives a 3-foot-plus iron rod being driven through his head; the reported effects on his behavior and personality stimulate thinking about the nature of the brain and its functions, 1848
Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film, 1898
Lusitania completes her maiden voyage, arriving in NYC, 1907
The temperature (in the shade) at Al 'Aziziyah, Libya reaches a world record 57.8*C (136.04*F), 1922
Elizabeth McCombs is the first woman elected to the New Zealand Parliament, 1933
Chiang Kai-shek elected president of the Republic of China, 1943
IBM introduces the first computer disk storage unit, the RAMAC 305, 1956
Hurricane Gilbert is the strongest recorded hurricane, based on barometric pressure, in the Western Hemisphere, 1988*
Largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa, led by Desmond Tutu, 1989
The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted, 2007
Hurricane Ike makes landfall, damaging Galveston Island, Houston, and surrounding area, 2007

*Replaced by Hurricane Wilma in 2005


  1. That Little Girl has one amazing thought process!

  2. Enslaved by onions. I love it. Little Girl's thinking process is wonderful. Thanks for the linkie.

  3. Bwahahahahahahaha. Your household rocks. It really does.

    Have a terrific day. :)

  4. Your post reminded me that when Mrs. C. and I became engaged her mother took her aside and said,"You know the secret to keeping a man happy, don't you?" My future wife shook her head and my future mother-in-law continued,"Every day when he comes home from work make sue you're frying up onions and bacon. In those early years we ate a lot of onions and bacon.

  5. yes! here's to onions indeed! Onions and garlic- cannot live without them!
    ond oh by the way- there are two Stephen Hayes in Portland OR- one is Mr Chubby Chatterbox and the other is Stephen Hayes who taught at Marylhurst and has the 30 year Retrospective.
    I love them both! Such good artists and Mr C has a gift for writing too!