Twenty years ago, a British computer scientist named Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, the most popular part of this thing the youngsters call “the Internet”!
Three cheers for Tim! Read more about the Web’s birthday here.
Happy birthday to Matt Weiner, creator and showrunner of Mad Men!
Enjoy your day… then get back to work! Us Maddicts are missing the show something fierce!
Thanks to my friend Liz for reminding me that today is Angelina Jolie’s 36th birthday! Happy birthday, girl!
Angelina Jolie photographed by Robert Kim, 1992
Have fun out there, everybody! 🙂
Shamrock Shakes are a green, minty treat from McDonald’s available in most of March in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. You might not know this, but Shamrock Shakes have an important history. For starters, they were one of the first big seasonal drinks at the national food chains. But, more importantly than that, Shamrock Shakes had a lot to do with the founding of the Ronald McDonald House.
Although Connecticut franchisee Harold Rosen claims to have invented the shake in 1966, McDonald’s official corporate history says the drink was invented in 1970. One way or the other, Shamrock Shakes didn’t become a big thing until 1975. That’s when the daughter of Fred Hill, a tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles football team, was diagnosed with leukemia.
Fred ended up spending a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms, and he noticed several other families doing the same. These folks had traveled long distances to get treatment for their children, but it bothered Fred that costly medical bills prevented mothers and fathers from getting hotel rooms during their stays. It just didn’t seem right to Hill that parents had to camp out for days at a time in waiting rooms, so he asked his teammates to help him raise funds to buy a house for the parents.
When Jim Murray, the Eagles’ general manager, heard about Hill’s cause, he called a friend who worked in McDonald’s PR department. Murray suggested that the fast food giant use the shake as a PR tool for Hill, as St. Patrick’s day was approaching and the shake was green, like the Eagles’ uniforms. Murray’s friend agreed, and by the end of the month enough cash had been raised to buy a four-story house, which became the first Ronald McDonald House. Since then, a portion of the Shamrock Shake sales has been donated to the Ronald McDonald House charity.
Enjoy this 80s-licious Shamrock Shake commercial:
I tried to find a commercial with Uncle O’Grimacey, Grimace’s Irish uncle, but the quality of the videos I found on YouTube was… lacking. So enjoy this picture instead:
January Jones, the former Abercrombie & Fitch model turned Betty Draper on Mad Men, is 33 today!
Happy birthday, January!
Have a HAPPY and SAFE New Year’s Eve tonight, folks!
Well, I’m going to take a little break from posting for the next few days… but I just wanted to wish you and yours a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!
I don’t know why this makes me giggle so much, but it does:
Have a hip, awesome, and safe Thanksgiving, America!