Monday, July 22, 2013

I Say Tuh-MAY-toe . . .



While reading a piece written by a 'Brit' the word treacle stopped me. I realized that even though I had encountered it before (in some British authors' stories) I did not know what treacle actually was. So (of course) I looked it up.

Here is what I found:

The dictionary definition of treacle is a noun meaning: 1. Cloying speech or sentiment. 2. A medicinal compound formerly used as an antidote for poison.   3. (Chiefly British) Molasses

That raw definition did not satisfy me. I needed more. So, looking further; thanks to Wikipedia I discovered:

Treacle is any uncrystallized syrup made during the refining of sugar. Treacle is used both in cooking as a sweetener and as a condiment. The most common forms of treacle are the pale syrup known as golden syrup and the darker syrup usually referred to as dark or black treacle. Dark treacle has a distinctively strong, slightly bitter flavor, and a richer color than golden syrup, yet not as dark as molasses. Golden syrup is the main sweetener in treacle tart.

Treacle Tart
Now I believe my mental picture of treacle is more satisfactory than if I had merely, as is suggested by some, relied on context and let it go at that.


Scissors as we know them today were invented in Rome in about 100 AD



On this day, July 22 in 1923 John Herbert Dillinger joined the Navy in order to avoid charges of auto theft in Indiana. Dillinger didn't last in the Navy very long. Years later, Dillinger's reputation was forged in a single 12-month period, during which he robbed more banks than Jesse James did in 15 years and became the most wanted fugitive in the nation.

J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI, reportedly put out an order that agents should shoot Dillinger on sight. On July 22, 1934, agents shot a man identified by the FBI as Dillinger as he was leaving the Biograph Theater in Chicago, Illinois.

Some historians believe that the man killed that day was not Dillinger, and that Dillinger may have engineered the setup to drop out of sight. If so, he was successful -- no further record of Dillinger exists.


protean [pro-tee-uhn]
1. readily assuming different forms or characters; extremely variable.
2. changeable in shape or form, as an amoeba.
3. (of an actor) versatile.



(born July 22, 1940)
Alex Trebek is a Canadian-American television personality. He has been the host of the syndicated game show Jeopardy! since 1984; before that, he hosted other game shows, including The Wizard of Odds, High Rollers, and Pitfall. 

(born July 22, 1978)
A.J. Cook is a Canadian actress best known for her role as Supervisory Special Agent Jennifer "JJ" Jareau in the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds. She has also appeared in several Hollywood films including The Virgin Suicides, Out Cold, and Final Destination 2.

(born July 22, 1946)
Danny Glover is an American actor, film director and political activist. Glover is well known for his roles as Mr. Albert Johnson in The Color Purple, as Michael Harrigan in Predator 2, as corrupt cop James McFee in Witness, as Detective Sergeant Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon film franchise (where he coined the catchphrase "I'm too old for this shit"), as Detective David Tapp in Saw, and as George Knox in Angels in the Outfield. He has also appeared in many other movies, television shows, and theatrical productions.

(born July 22, 1964)
David Spade is an American actor, comedian, and television personality. He is best known for his nasally and high pitched voice and his use of cutting and sarcastic one liners and his sometimes childish stage personality. He rose to fame in the 1990s as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, for co-starring in the 1995 comedy Tommy Boy, and from 1997 until 2003 when he starred as Dennis Finch on Just Shoot Me!. He also starred as C. J. Barnes, along with Katey Sagal, James Garner, and Kaley Cuoco on 8 Simple Rules.

He starred as Russell Dunbar on the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement. He also is working with TBS on an animated series based on his film, Joe Dirt. 


Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
--William Shakespeare


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