Why am I thanking Teddy Roosevelt? Today is Hug a Bear Day! The story is in 1902 Roosevelt was in Mississippi on a hunting trip, and a group of men he was with, cornered a bear, tormented it and clubbed it, and then tied it to a tree, and they asked Roosevelt to shoot it. He refuse, feeling it was inhumane to treat the animal in such a way, and felt that the bear needed to be put down humanely.
A cartoon was drawn up of the incident, making fun of Roosevelt, but alot of people agreed with him. Awhile later a storekeeper saw the cartoon and was inspired to create a toy doll that was in the shape of a bear, asked for Roosevelt's permission using his name. Permission was granted, and at first the bear was called "Teddy's Bear" and then gradually just became Teddy Bear. This obscure shopkeeper was Morris Michtom, and once the Teddy Bears became a hit, he founded the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.
By 1906 manufacturers other than Michtom and Steiff had joined in and the craze for "Roosevelt Bears" was such that ladies carried them everywhere, children were photographed with them, and Roosevelt used one as a mascot in his bid for re-election.
There were books, and other things that came out soon after that. One of the children's books was "The Roosevelt Bears" by Seymour Eaton.
And from the love of Teddy Bears came the Build a Bear Workshop, I love that place, so fun and engaging!
National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day
I am strange, I am NOT a fan of bittersweet chocolate (okay, you can give me fifty lashes with a wet noodle). Honestly the only time I like bittersweet or dark chocolate is if its mixed with a sweet flavor, like oranges, mint, cherries, etc. Because they give it just that right amount of sweetness. Peppermint Patties, Mounds, Chocolate covered Cherries, such as that.
But I also realize there are a lot of people out there who LOVE bittersweet or dark chocolate, and today is YOUR day!
Also, dark chocolate is actually good for you, has the good antioxidants in it that helps the blood flow. (And any woman can attest to the fact that any good chocolate helps the blood flow!!).
What is your favorite chocolate? Mine alas is anything with peanut butter or caramel added in!
Jason and Jeremy London-1972
Ernest von Roth-1938
2009 Fireflies Owl City
2008 Whatever You Like T.I.
2007 Kiss Kiss Chris Brown featuring T-Pain
2006 My Love Justin Timberlake featuring T.I.
2005 Gold Digger Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
2004 My Boo Usher and Alicia Keys
2003 Baby Boy Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul
2002 Lose Yourself Eminem
2001 Family Affair Mary J. Blige
2000 With Arms Wide Open Creed
1999 Smooth Santana featuring Rob Thomas Rhapsody iTunes
1998 The First Night Monica Rhapsody iTunes
1997 Something About the Way You Look Tonight/Candle in the Wind 1997 Elton John
1996 No Diggity BLACKstreet featuring Dr. Dre
1995 Fantasy Mariah Carey
1994 I'll Make Love to You Boyz II Men
1993 I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) Meat Loaf
1992 End of the Road Boyz II Men
1991 Cream Prince & the N.P.G.
1990 Love Takes Time Mariah Carey
1989 When I See You Smile Bad English
1988 Wild, Wild West The Escape Club
1987 I Think We're Alone Now Tiffany
1986 Amanda Boston
1985 Miami Vice Theme Jan Hammer
1984 Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run) Billy Ocean
1983 All Night Long (All Night) Lionel Richie
1982 Up Where We Belong Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
1981 Private Eyes Daryl Hall & John Oates
1980 Woman in Love Barbra Streisand
1979 Heartache Tonight The Eagles
1978 MacArthur Park Donna Summer
1977 You Light Up My Life Debby Boone
1976 Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) Rod Stewart
1975 Island Girl Elton John
1974 You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet Bachman-Turner Overdrive
1973 Keep On Truckin' Eddie Kendricks
1972 I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash
1971 Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves Cher
1970 I'll Be There The Jackson 5