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So Word Press has some lovely new themes out there, and instead of going ‘live’ on my photoblog, I’ve decided to start a new one, and see if I like it there. I have quite a bit of different art, and I may keep both sites, or…I may drop one. Plus honestly, I never liked the name of the other, and kept having difficulty trying to change it. 😛

So take a look at the new:

http://creativemusingsbymchel.wordpress.com/

The old:

http://mchelsmusingphlog.wordpress.com/

let me know which one you like, please and thank you!

***Update;
a friend of mine, likes both!! LOL
okay, so what I’m thinking…creative musings specifically for what I create, and the other photoblog for stuff I want to share, and/or photos from trips what have you.
sound good?

Calendar day; December 12, 2013

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Re: National Ding-a-Ling Day

Urban Dictionary:
1. dingaling
A term for penis, commonly used by people uncomfortable using the term penis.

2. dingaling
Two silver bells attached with string. Shows a remarkable resemblence to a man’s genitalia, his frank beans, sticks and balls, jerky and nuts, twigs berries

According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a ding-a-ling is defined as a “person who is scatterbrained or eccentric.”

Unable to locate the origin of National Ding-a-Ling Day, we believe it is linked to the 1972 hit record for Chuck Berry, “My Ding-a-Ling”.

The song tells of how the singer received two silver bells on a string from his grandmother, who calls them his ding-a-ling. According to the song, he plays with it in school, and holds on to it in dangerous situations like falling after climbing the garden wall, and swimming across a creek infested with snapping turtles. In the final verse, Berry admonishes “those of you who will not sing” and concludes that they “must be playing with [their] own ding-a-ling”.

The lyrics with their sly tone and innuendo (and the enthusiasm of Berry and the audience) caused many radio stations to refuse to play it, and British morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse tried unsuccessfully to get the song banned. Moreover, pop critics generally dislike the song (especially the fact that it was Berry’s sole #1 single in his career) and say that it is unworthy for someone who was so important in early rock ‘n’ roll (Alan Freeman once introduced the song by saying “oh Chuck baby, how could you!?!”). Nevertheless, Berry still likes it and on the recording calls it “our Alma Mater”.

The censorship of this song has continued decades later. In one case, for a re-run of American Top 40, some stations, such as WOGL in Philadelphia, replaced this song with an optional extra when it aired a rerun of a November 18, 1972 broadcast of AT40 (where it ranked at #14) on December 6, 2008. Among other stations, most Clear Channel-owned radio stations to whom the AT40 ’70s rebroadcasts were contracted did not air the rebroadcast that same weekend, although it was because they were playing Christmas music and not because of the controversy. Even back in 1972, some stations would refuse to play this song on AT40, even when it reached number one.

Chuck Berry – “My Ding-a-ling” (1972)

When I was a little biddy boy
My grandma bought me a cute little toy
Two Silver bells on a string
She told me it was my ding-a-ling-a-ling

My Ding-A-Ling My Ding-A-Ling won’t you play with My Ding-A-Ling
My Ding-A-Ling My Ding-A-Ling won’t you play with My Ding-A-Ling

When I was little boy In Grammar school
Always went by the very best rule
But Evertime the bell would ring
You’d catch me playing with my ding-a-ling

Once while climbing the garden wall,
Slipped and fell had a very bad fall
I fell so hard I heard birds sing,
But I held on to My ding-a-ling

Once while swimming cross turtle creek
Man them snappers right at my feet
Sure was hard swimming cross that thing
with both hands holding my dingaling

Now this here song it ain’t so bad
Prettiest little song that you ever had
And those of you who will not sing
must be playing with your own Ding-a-ling

Jamhuri Day 2013
December 12, 2013 in Kenya

Jamhuri Day takes place on December 12, 2013. Jamhuri Day is a national holiday in Kenya. Jamhuri is the Swahili word for “republic” and the holiday is officially to mark the date of Kenya’s establishment as a republic on 12 December, 1964. However, the country also gained full independence from the United Kingdom one year earlier on 12 December, 1963, so Jamhuri Day is a double event and is generally regarded as Kenya’s most important holiday, marked by numerous cultural festivities which celebrate the country’s cultural heritage.

Where is Jamhuri Day?
Nationwide Kenya

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Poinsettia Day
December 12, 2013 in the World

Poinsettia Day takes place on December 12, 2013. The poinsettia is a culturally and commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family that is indigenous to Mexico and Central America. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays.

The poinsettia derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant into the United States in 1825. The Poinsettia Day in 1852 initiated by the U.S. Congress and commemorates the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett on December 12, 1851.

The plant’s association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson “blossoms” sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias.

From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus.

Where is Poinsettia Day?
Worldwide

Historical Events:

627 – Battle at Nineveh: Byzantine emperor Heraclius beats Perzen

1098 – 1st Crusaders capture & plunder Mara Syria

1800 – Washington DC established as capital of US

1858 – 1st Canadian coins circulated (1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent & 20 cent)

1897 – Rudolph Dirks’ 1st Katzenjammer cartoon strip in NY Journal

1899 – George F Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee

1901 – Marconi receives 1st transatlantic radio signal, England to US

1925 – Arthur Heinman coins term “motel”; opens Motel Inn, San Luis Obispo

1946 – Tide detergent introduced

1959 – UN Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space is established

1964 – Shooting starts for “Star Trek” pilot “The Cage” (Menagerie)

1980 – US’s copyright law amended to include computer programs

1988 – PLO leader Yasi Arafat accepts Israel’s right to exist

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