Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Efficiency and Funnies, a Random and Happy Tuesday A to Z Post


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It's time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus 

Grandpa doesn't get the nickname "Dr. Born Organized" for nothing.

He cooked meatballs for spaghetti.  When he does this, he always cooks a large pot of meatballs and sauce, then cools it, then freezes most of it for future meals.

Here's his set-up for processing the meatballs and sauce into plastic bags to put in the freezer:

Lots of meatballs in there.

Newspaper catches drips, no need to wipe the counter after.

Everything you need, plastic bags, the gizmo to hold the bags open, the ladel, even a marker to date the bags.

Then there's Carl.  As much as we all love him, he can't even be efficient eating his yoghurt:

And now for a few interesting and efficient facts from Japan:

Japan's bullet trains run this efficiently.

Manhole covers in Japan are efficient and beautiful.

Most schools in Japan, rather than have a custodian, efficiently teach the children to be good citizens and clean up after themselves.

 How about a couple of eating funnies (courtesy of what Grandma forwards to me):

Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Act of Self Determination Day -- Cocos (Keeling) Islands (trad.)

Animated Cartoon Day -- date of release, in 1908, of Humorous Phases of Funny Faces, often considered the first actual animated cartoon

Army Day -- US (by proclamation of FDR in 1942)

California Poppy Day -- California, US (state flower)

Chakri Dynasty Day and  King Rama I Memorial Day -- Thailand

Drowsy Driver Awareness Day -- please pull over and take a nap when you need to

Easter Tuesday -- TAS, Australia; Cyprus; Nauru

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace -- UN (on the anniversary of the date of the opening of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896)

Jump Over Things Day -- probably started by the same people who brought us Walk Around Things Day on the 4th; as if friends and family aren't looking at you strangely enough after that one

National Caramel Popcorn Day

National Library Workers Day -- US (always the Tuesday of National Library Week)

National Student Athlete Day -- US

New Beer's Eve -- US (unofficial celebration of the end of Prohibition; beer became legal to sell again on tomorrow's date in 1933)

North Pole Day -- Peary and Co. arrived there this day in 1909

Plan Your Epitaph Day -- figure out how you want to be remembered, and then live that way! (some sites celebrate this on Nov. 1)

President Ntaryamira Day -- Burundi (anniversary of assassination)

Sorting-Out of the Doggets Day -- Fairy Calendar

Southland Provincial Anniversary Day -- Southland, NZ

St. Sixtus' Day (Patron of Alatri, Italy)

Tartan Day -- Scottish diaspora of Canada and the US (anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320)

Teflon Day --  Polytetraflouroethylene resin was developed by Roy J. Plunkett while working for  E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in 1938

Think About Spring Cleaning Day -- don't do it, just think about it

Twinkie Day -- the snack cakes that will never go away were invented on this day in 1930

Birthdays Today:

Candace Cameron, 1976

Zach Braff, 1975

Ari Meyers, 1969

Paul Rudd, 1969

Marilu Henner, 1952

John Razenberger, 1947

Barry Levinson, 1942

Philip Austin, 1941

Roy Thinnes, 1938

Merle Haggard, 1937

Billy Dee Williams, 1937

Andre Previn, 1929

James Watson, 1928

Gerry Mulligan, 1927

Lowell Thomas, 1892

Rose Schneiderman, 1882

Butch Cassidy, 1866

René Lalique, 1860

Raphael, 1483

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Barney & Friends"(TV), 1992

Post-It Notes(first day of sale), 1980

"Entertaining Mr. Sloane"(Play), 1964

"Little Orphan Annie"(Radio series), 1931

"La Double Inconstance / Double Inconsistancy"(Play), 1723

Today in History:

Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) in the battle of Thapsus, BC46

The Roman army under the command of Stilicho stymies the Visigoths under Alaric in the Battle of Pollentia, 402

Charlemagne confirms his father Pepin the Short's "Donation of Pepin," which had established the Papal States, 774

King Richard I, The Lionheart, of England dies from an infection following the removal of an arrow from his shoulder, 1199

The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath, 1320

The Italian poet Petrarch first sees his beloved Laura, 1327

At the Cape of Good Hope, Dutch sailor Jan van Riebeeck establishes a resupply camp that eventually becomes Cape Town , 1652

An earthquake devastates Dubrovnik, then an independent city-state, 1667

Peter the Great of Russia ends the tax on men with beards in that country, 1722

Rama I succeeds King Taksin of Siam (modern day Thailand), who is overthrown in a coup d'état, 1782

The Committee of Public Safety becomes the executive organ of the republic in France, and the period known as the Reign of Terror begins, 1793

John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, 1808

Celluloid, the first plastic, is patented, 1869

The city of Vancouver, BC, is incorporated, 1886

The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City is dedicated, 1893

In Athens, the first modern Olympic Games are opened, 1,500 years after being banned by Emperor Theodosius I; James Connoly of the US becomes the first gold medalist of the modern games, 1896

The Kishinev pogrom forces thousands of Jews to seek refuge in Israel and the West, 1903

Robert Peary and Matthew Henson allegedly reach the North Pole, 1909

Governor Huey P. Long is impeached by the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1929

Mohandas Gandhi raises a lump of mud and salt and declares, "With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire." Thus he starts the Salt Satyagraha, 1930

Launch of Early Bird, the first communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit, 1965

The American League of Major League Baseball begins using the designated hitter, 1973

Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of reaching India, 1998

Rolandas Paksas becomes the first president of Lithuania to be peacefully removed from office by impeachment, 2004

Scientists announce the discovery of three new animal species that spent their entire lives without oxygen, 2010

In England, lawmakers ban the display of tobacco products, hoping the move will lead to a reduction in the number of youths who smoke, 2012

The first baby with DNA from 3 parents through mitochondrial transfer is born in Mexico, 2016

NASA's InSight lander detects its first ever "Marsquake," a seismic event on Mars, 2019

Nadia, a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City, tests positive for Covid19, the first known case of human-to-cat transmission, 2020


  1. I would love to be as efficient as your Grandpa. Somedays I am a Carl.

  2. Now I know why and how your grandpa gets his nickname. Love the funnies. Baby with the loaf of bread is so cute. Come join me for a cup of tea. Lol!

  3. Japan is an odd place. Mom spent days there every month when she was a flight attendant. They are a very orderly, rule following society. It is nice, but if you are not from there, it is sometimes difficult. Love that guy with three babies and bottles!

  4. I do my meatballs in the oven and then freeze without sauce. When I want them for dinner, I put them in a pan of sauce and them boil first then turn down the oven. I let slow boil for about an hour. I have spaghetti & meatballs for dinner and we love them.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. I wish we would make our manhole covers that beautiful. Japan has great ideas.

  6. Your grandpa rocks that's what. That's quite the system.

    Carl is most entertaining.

    Yes the kids in Japan are indeed taught a valuable lesson about cleaning up behind themselves. Excellent.

    Love all the funnies.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. ♥

  7. I like Grandpa's nickname, I must admit it would suit me too! Lots of nice pictures and those manhole covers are works of pure art.

  8. When Mrs. C makes lasagna, she also makes meatballs and sausage to freeze for later. The best part of her lasagna is the leftovers months later.

  9. Grandpa and Carl remind me of Oscar and Felix of The Odd Couple. :)

  10. Such fun things, we love the organized Grandpa and the smooth bullet train, WOW!

  11. I love the baby pics! :)

    I need a Dr. Born Organised here!!

  12. I love all your shares. Meatballs, yummmy. I like Grandpa! He is quite organized. God Bless sweet Carl, forking his yogurt. HUGS

  13. The man bottle feeding three babies at once is certainly efficient :)

  14. Oh such fun ~ Great post ~ Grandpa does well ~ Carl is unique as is Japan and good lessons for the children ~ USA could take lessons ~ Xo

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  15. I had no idea such a gizmo (bag hold-opener) existed! Now I want one.
    Alas, I am totally on board with Carl’s method...
    However you can get the food from table/floor/bottle works for me!

  16. I LOVE that bag holder! It would make things so much easier, I shall have to search for one! And I love those Japanese manhole covers! Truly unique. Thanks for the wonderful post!