Weird Holidays – September 13, 2012

This is FORTUNE COOKIE DAY. Fortune cookies were actually invented in America, in 1918 by Charles Jung.

Today is POSITIVE THINKING DAY.  ***MARLAR: At least, I’m pretty sure this is the day.  Come to think of it, I’m not at all positive about that.

This is SUBSTITUTE TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK.  ***MARLAR: We always appreciated our substitute teachers.  We appreciated that they didn’t know who the class clowns were, we appreciated that they didn’t know the old “Sharpie in the Eraser” trick, or that they didn’t know the most direct route to the Principal’s office . . .

Today is “LAW & ORDER” DAY. The popular TV series premiered on this date in 1990. None of the original cast remains on the series.

Today is MUPPET DAY, marking the TV premier of “The Muppet Show” on this date in 1976.

SCOOBY DOO DAY. Scooby-Doo debuted on CBS-TV on September 13, 1969.

Here are some facts you might not know about Scooby-Doo’s and his pals.

–The cartoon debuted on CBS September 13, 1969, and new episodes still air in syndication, making it the longest-running animated series ever.

–A CBS exec named the dog after hearing Frank Sinatra’s nonsense line “Scooby-dooby-doo” in his hit song “Strangers in the Night.”

–Scooby’s human co-stars Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy were inspired by the “I Love A Mystery” radio show and the sitcom “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.”

–The show was originally titled “Mysteries Five And Who’s Scared?” before bigwigs settled on “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?”

–The dog breed was chosen by a show artist, who was friends with the owner of an award-winning Great Dane.

–Scott Innes provided Scooby’s voice for the movie. On TV, the talking Great Dane was voiced by Don Messick, who also provided the vocals for Bamm-Bamm of “The Flintstones” and Yogi Bear’s buddy Boo-Boo.

–A young Dave Coulier was hired to supply various voices for the TV cartoon. Later, he starred with the Olsen twins on ABC’s “Full House.”

–Strict vegetarian Casey Kasem voices Shaggy on the TV and insists every snack his cartoon counterpart eats is completely meatless.

–Brainy Velma has never piloted the four-wheel-drive Mystery Machine van. At 15, she’s not old enough to have a driver’s license.

–In 1997, NASA scientists honored the series by dubbing a rock floating around Mars “Scooby-Doo.”

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