CarolCooks2…Thursday Thoughts…Today is the 363rd day of the year (364 in leap years)

Welcome to “Thursday Thoughts”…today is December 29th…on this day…

The first big Rock festival held on the east coast, The Miami Festival, got underway in Hallandale, Florida. Tickets sold for six and seven dollars and 100,000 people turned out for the three-day event. Those appearing included the hottest acts of the day, Jose Feliciano, Procol Harem, Three Dog Night, Chuck Berry, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, Canned Heat and Joni Mitchell…What a fantastic line-up…

I would have loved to have been there..Were you?

Did you know?

December 29th is officially Pepper Pot Day as well as Tick Tock Day…Tik Tock, I will leave to the young un’s…


Known as “the soup that won the war”, pepper pot soup was created back in 1777 when the US was at war with Britain…The Battle of Saratoga was a turning point in the Revolutionary War. The American defeat of the superior British army lifted patriot morale, furthered the hope for independence, and helped to secure the foreign support needed to win the war…and with the help of the French independence was won…

Pepperpot Soup…

Traditionally made using honeycombed tripe, vegetables, pepper and other seasonings. The soup was first made in West Africa and the Caribbean before being brought to North America through the slave trade and made into a distinctively Philadelphian dish by colonial Black women in the 19th century.

I have come across recipes using salted beef or pigs tails and beef shank so am guessing that now any meat that requires long, slow cooking would be used…Have you got a tried and tested Pepperpot Soup recipe you would like to share?

I was never a great Beatles fan but was a fan of Ringo Starr... On December 29th 2014 74-year-old Ringo Starr revealed plans for a new album in 2015 and a North American tour that would kick off in February or March. That album turned out to be “Postcards from Paradise”, which was produced completely by Starr himself and was recorded with a little help from his friends Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Richard Marx, Van Dyke Parks, Todd Rundgren and several others.

On this day in 1965, Thunderball, the fourth James Bond film, had its UK premiere? It was exceptionally successful and, adjusting for modern prices, made around $1 billion.

Those of you who were born on this day share the Capricorn star sign and the birthstone is the blue Topaz…Those born in December are lucky enough to have two different birth flowers! The first of those flowers is the holly a truly seasonable plant… In more recent times, the red holly berries have been said to represent the bloody wounds of Jesus Christ as he was nailed to the cross. If you look further back in time, the Celts believed that holly brought good luck and protection.

The second birth flower of December is the paperwhite narcissus, a cousin of the common daffodil that flowers in winter. This pure-looking flower is said to symbolize sweetness…

Fact or Fiction?

December 29, 1862

According to multiple sources, today marks the anniversary of the day that the modern bowling ball was invented.  Actually, it is stated that the wooden version of the modern bowling ball was invented on this day in 1862.  Today, they use some sort of plastic/polyester compound.

Confused.  The game of bowling can be traced back to approximately 5200 B.C. when ancient Egyptians used stones for their balls.  Is that what they were using all the way up until 1862 when some genius realized that a block of wood shaved into a nicer circle…

Thank you for joining me today as always I look forward to your comments. I hope you are having a lovely holiday and wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year xx

20 thoughts on “CarolCooks2…Thursday Thoughts…Today is the 363rd day of the year (364 in leap years)

  1. koolkosherkitchen

    Happy New Year, dear Carol!
    Please re-read your sentence “when ancient Egyptians used stones for their balls.” Hmmm?
    So the first rock festival happened right here on our turf, and I didn’t know?! It was before my time, though. I am a big fan of the Beatles and learned to play guitar in order to play Yesterday,

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  2. petespringerauthor

    Wonderful variety today, Carol! It’s fun to think back to 1968 and realize what musical groups and artists were popular then. I’ve never heard the Ringo song before. One of our first dates was bowling, and my wife not only kicked my ass but also threw the ball with bad intentions. I checked my male ego at the door.

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  3. Jennie

    Hi Carol! Is your Thursday post(s) the new Saturday Snippets? Apologies if I missed something along the way. Well, I love this. To start, I would kill (figure of speech) to have been at the Rock festival in 1968. What a line-up! I almost went to Woodstock. I love Ringo and also the Beatles. The history of the bowling ball is fascinating!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It could indeed be, Jennie you have missed nothing I have not posted a lot over the holidays..I too would have loved to have been there it was indeed a great line up…I am pleased you found the post interesting I am a mine of mostly useless info with the occassional gem but good on a quiz team I have lots of random facts in my noddle-smile- Happy New Year , Jennie x

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