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Today is Pop Goes the Weasel Day! 6/14

Posted by on Jun. 14, 2013 at 9:34 AM
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TigerofMu
by Sonja on Jun. 14, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Today is also FLAG DAY!!!!!!


National Flag Day is celebrated annually in the United States on June 14.  This day commemorates adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777.

On National Flag Day, Americans show respect for the U.S. Flag and what it represents.  Our independence and unity as a nation is represented by our flag.  The flag has become a powerful symbol of Americanism and is flown proudly.

Betsy Ross is given credit, by many, for  creating the first American flag.  Since 1977, the design of the flag has been officially modified 26 times.  For 47 years, the 48-star flag was in effect.  In 1959, the 49-star version became official on July 4.  President Eisenhower ordered the 50-star flag on August 21, 1959.

Seventeen year old Robert G. Heft of Ohio is credited with designing the 50 star American flag.  Of the more than 1,500 designs that were submitted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower,  his was chosen.

Many people have died protecting our country.  Today, on National Flag Day, raise the flag and fly it proudly. 

NATIONAL FLAG DAY HISTORY

On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation deeming June 14 as Flag Day.  President Wilson stated that he selected this day because “It is the anniversary of the day upon which the flag of the United States was adopted by the Congress as the emblem of the Union”  and he wrote, “On that day rededicate ourselves to the nation, ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts.”     http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=62991#ixzz1xhaGeTux

TigerofMu
by Sonja on Jun. 14, 2013 at 9:39 AM


 NATIONAL POP GOES THE WEASEL DAY

June 14 celebrates National Pop Goes the Weasel Day.  On this day people dig back into their memories, to the nursery rhymes they learned as children and celebrate the day singing “Pop Goes the Weasel”.

The origins of this nursery rhyme are believed to date back to the 1700′s.

The original version went as such:

Half a pound of tuppenny rice,
Half a pound of treacle.
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.
Up and down the City road,
In and out the Eagle,
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.   

In the second verse, it is believed that “The Eagle” refers to The Eagle free hold pub at the corner of Shepherdess Walk and City Road.  The Eagle was an old pub in City Road London.  In 1825 it was rebuilt into a music hall, demolished in 1901 and rebuilt as a public house.   Today, this public house bears a plaque with this interpretation of “Pop Goes the Weasel” and the history of the pub.

An alternative version:

A penny for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle.
That’s the way the money goes,
Pop! goes the weasel.

This version is interpreted as the “weasel” being a shuttle or bobbin, as used by silk weavers, being pawned in a similar was as the suits or jackets owned by the Cockneys.

There are many different versions to this nursery rhyme and they are all fun, with the same “catchy” tune, so today, sing away……….. POP! GOES THE WEASEL!!

TigerofMu
by Sonja on Jun. 14, 2013 at 9:39 AM


NATIONAL STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE DAY

Celebrated each June 14, it is National Strawberry Shortcake Day.  Either on a shortcake biscuit or on a sponge cake, strawberry shortcake is a easy and delicious summertime dessert!

Strawberries are sliced, mixed with sugar then allowed to sit about an hour until the they have surrendered a great deal of their juices.  The shortcakes are then split and the bottom is covered with a layer of the strawberries, juice and whipped cream.  The top is then put back on and more strawberries, juice and whipped cream are added to finish it off.

Make a strawberry shortcake today and ENJOY!

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