Jul 302014

Cotton CandyMachine spun cotton candy was invented by a dentist in 1897. Before that time, it was expensive and labor-intensive. Dentist William Morrison and confectioner John Wharton introduced it at the 1904 World’s Fair. They called it Fairy Floss.

Later in 1921, dentist Joseph Lascaux invented a similar cotton candy machine. He patented this machine as the Cotton Candy machine.

This day pays tribute to cotton candy (and fairy floss).

 Posted by on 07/30/2014
Jul 262014

Barbie in a blenderApparently, Mattel was not amused when artist Tom Forsythe published a series of photos named “Food Chain Barbie” in 1999. They sued him. This series of photos included, “Cutting Board Barbie” and “Barbie Enchiladas”. He then went through a pretty serious court battle and won. The court ruled that this was a parody or satire and could not be blocked by trade mark laws.

So, in support of his battle, many people celebrate “Barbie-in-a-blender day. I found a couple of videos to watch in celebration of this day.

This video (although technically these are not Barbies) is really good. Will it blend?

Here’s a great “Barbie Blend” set to music by Toys in Trouble.

How will you celebrate Barbie-in-a-blender Day?

 Posted by on 07/26/2014
Jul 252014

Day of the CowboyNational Day of the Cowboy celebrates part of our history. The hope is to preserve the heritage of the cowboy.

Cowboys are fast disappearing, but yet have played a major role in our history. They are animal herders that tended to cattle on ranches, traditionally on horseback. The cowboy has historic roots going back to Spain and early European settlers of the Americas. Over the years multiple cultures influenced the styles of equipment, clothing, and animal handling. Although, even today, many of the classic traditions are still preserved.

 Posted by on 07/25/2014