MORNING BUZZ: Donut Day, Inferno and Flipping over Floppy

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Good Morning!

Hope you are having a good week.

This is a combo post from yesterday and today…

Today, June 7th, is National Doughnut Day…I know there’s a day for everything…but this is one I like.  We tried out Dunkin Donut’s new breakfast sandwich…predictably a breakfast sandwich with a doughnut as the bun.  Not bad…savory and sweet.  It’s been done before.  We asked what your favorite kind of doughnut is…not brand, just kind of doughnut.  I’m going to say a marble frosted long-john.  We had a lot of good responses… The one I will have to go to the judges on was a dutch letter.  Is that a doughnut?

Note:(from “The Grammarist”)The dictionary-approved spelling for the ring-shaped cake made of dough and fried in fat is doughnut. The shortened donut has been around since the late 1800s, but it wasn’t popularized until the late 20th century, when the successful American doughnut chain Dunkin’ Donuts made it ubiquitous. Today, writers outside the U.S. still favor doughnut by a wide margin. Donut appears about a third of the time in published American writing.


Just finished Dan Brown’s new book and this time he’s raised a really interesting ethical question about society.  Are we engineering too much of a health safety nt into our lives?  The idea of the book is that outbreaks of major diseases used to be nature’s way of controlling the population.  Now we’ve created a world where a “black plague” couldn’t really happen.  Is that bad?  The book points out that a graphic representation of the world’s population has spiked in the last 100 years. If it climbs at its’ current trajectory, there won’t be enough resources for all of us.  The social, economic, and ethical consequences of overpopulation aren’t something I’ve given a lot of thought to…maybe I should.

June 6th

Yesterday, If you were thinking…June 6th, June 6th…why do I know that date?  June 6th 1944 is the day Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy France and began the push that ended World War Two.  The operation was that largest landing of man and materials in the history of war…

General Dwight D Eisenhower began his message to the troops this way:

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you.

In the end it wasn’t the Generals who won the Battle of Normandy.  Book after book, historian after historian I’ve read believes the Allied success in the battle of D-Day and the Norman campaign came because of the non-commissioned officer and front line soldier in the army.  When things didn’t go as planned, they adapted and overcame obstacles.  We owe such a debt to these men.

Flipping Floppy

So one of our viewers posted on our Facebook page that I was out of line for commenting that the rotation of Floppy Exhibit out of the line-up at the State Historical Museum isn’t that big a deal.  I maintain it isn’t.  Here’s why:

The exhibit has been there for 21 years.  It’s time to rotate the offerings and show other parts of Iowa’s rich history.  There are hundreds, if not thousands of items in the basement that could really make for great exhibits.  The people who run the Museum are trying to show you more of it.  No one is going to throw Floppy away.  No one is disrespecting Floppy.  In fact, Floppy will probably get a much-needed restoration and preservation.  As the Museum Curator said, it’s the right thing to do.

None of that should take away from the love and nostalgia people have for Floppy.  It’s great people feel passionate about it.  I’m sure Floppy will be back…with a little thought and helpful contribution from fans, they might even be able to make it better the next time!  The posts about “throwing Floppy out with the trash” were just a little dramatic for my taste.  If that were the case…I’d be upset too.

I hope you have a great weekend!



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