November 21st – Alascattwhatalo Day?

November 21, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of humorous mythical creatures. Today is Tuesday, November 21, 2017.  Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Alascattalo Day

Alascattalo

Alascattalo Day is celebrated on November 21st every year. It is a day to honor humor in general and Alaskan humor in particular. The day is named after it’s mascot, the Alascattalo, a genetic cross between a walrus and a moose. Reminiscent of the Jackalope of western United States lore, an Alascattalo is a mythical creature conceived 25 years ago by Steven C. Levi, a commercial writer who works in Anchorage Alaska. Each year since a parade has been held on this date to honor the creature. The parade is not publicized and attendance is discouraged. Attendees are shunned, so if you do attend, you are required to wear a disguise; such as  “Groucho glasses, a Zorro mask, or perhaps even an Alascattalo costume. Mr. Levi describes it as “the longest-running shortest parade in American history.” The parade runs one block in an alley behind Club Paris, a local comedy club, in Anchorage. An award is given for the smallest and ugliest float (must be both to win). Mr. Levi even went so far as to have an asteroid named after the Alascattalo.
On the off-chance that you are unable to attend the Alascattalo Day festivities in Anchorage today, do not despair. Below are listed a number of other holidays from which you can choose to satisfy your celebratory mood

World Television Day

World Television Day doesn’t concern your TV set. Nor, does it celebrate the first television broadcast, the date television was invented, or the person who invented it.
World Television Day, is a holiday created by, believe it or not, the United Nations in 1996. It focuses on the contributions television makes in disseminating information to the huddled masses. This link will take you to their website, where you can read the verbose UN vernacular they use to convey the same information I so succinctly and articulately outlined for you in the previous sentence.

World Hello Day

World Hello Day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973.  Since then, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries.
World Hello Day emphasizes the need to use communication rather than violence or war to resolve a conflict.  As a global event, World Hello Day joins local participation in a global expression of peace. It is an instrument for preserving peace and makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to the process of creating peace.  Brian McCormack, a Ph.D. graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard University, work together to promote this annual global event.|
To celebrate this holiday, simply say hello to anyone you encounter today.

False Confession Day

False Confession Day encourages you do confess to something that’s untrue. I must admit that I am baffled by this holiday. I can’t think of any reason to confess to something that you didn’t do. I guess that some confessions are told to protect someone else. I do remember one episode of “The Brady Bunch” where the other five children confessed to breaking their mother’s vase so that Peter could go on a planned camping trip, but that plot was thwarted in the end.
If you decide to celebrate this holiday, you need to keep a few things in mind. According to The Innocence Project, “innocent defendants made incriminating statements, delivered outright confessions or plead guilty” in about 25 percent of DNA exoneration cases. So if you are going to confess to something you didn’t do, keep the confessions light and fun so you don’t create waves of discontent at home or in the workplace. Avoid any confessions related to crime and the law or you may find yourself in real trouble. You could also play “Three Lies and a Truth” on your favorite social media network and keep your friends guessing.

Gingerbread Day

Just as hamburger contains no ham and Grape Nuts contains no grapes, gingerbread too, is a misnomer, in that it bears little resemblance to bread. Gingerbread is most commonly made into cakes and cookies. Although ginger originated in the rainforests of Southeast Asia, the first recorded use of the word gingerbread dates to 992, when Gregory of Nicopolis, an Armenian monk, brought ginger to Europe and taught French priests how to cook it. According to Foodtimeline, gingerbread dates back to  Medieval times. During this time, gingerbread meant “preserved ginger”, which came from the Old French term “gingerbras”, which itself was derived from “zingebar”, the Latin term for ginger. By the 15th century, gingerbread meant a type of cake made with molasses and ginger, but it was not yet widely used. Gingerbread Day celebrates gingerbread in all its forms.
What we know as gingerbread today came into prominence in the 18th century and can range from a soft cake to harder treats such as biscuits and cookies. After the publication of the Grimm  Brothers’ story “Hansel and Gretel” German bakeries began to capitalize on the story’s popularity by offering elaborately decorated gingerbread houses with icing snow on the roofs, along with edible gingerbread Christmas cards and finely detailed molded cookies  – and gingerbread houses and gingerbread men were born. Recipes for gingerbread cookies were brought to America by German immigrants. They were popular in early American cookbooks. The cookies became popular, especially around the Christmas season.
To celebrate Gingerbread Day, enjoy some gingerbread today, either in the form of a cake or as cookies. If you’re feeling overly adventurous, make a gingerbread house and some gingerbread men [and gingerbread women also, of course].

National Stuffing Day

Everyone knows what stuffing is and has their own favorite recipe, so I won’t bore you with those details. Many foods can be stuffed such as poultry, fish, pork chops, different types of vegetables, and even eggs, but, due to the timing of this holiday, I’m pretty sure that National Stuffing Day refers to the stuffing you’ll be having with your turkey in a few days.
As alluded to earlier, there are many different varieties of stuffing that include a variety of different ingredients that provide for some originality, but almost all stuffings have at their core some type of dry bread, celery, and onions. From there, you can experiment with different ingredients to suit your individual taste. Why not use some cranberry or orange juice to moisten the bread rather than, or in addition to, the traditional chicken broth? Both pair well with poultry.
National Stuffing Day serves as a reminder to make sure that you have all of your ingredients on hand to make your favorite stuffing.

Pumpkin Pie Day

I don’t believe in coincidence, so the timing of this holiday has to be on purpose. Pumpkin Pie is the classic dessert for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season. It consists of a sweet, pumpkin filling, often flavored with spices, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, which is baked into a flaky pie shell. Again, it serves as a reminder to make sure that you have all of the ingredients on hand to make your pies for Thanksgiving.
Factoid: The world’s largest pumpkin pie weighed in at over 350 pounds. It was made with roughly 36 pounds of sugar, 144 eggs, and 80 pounds of pumpkin. I have no idea how they baked it.

More Holidays  

Below is a list of other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1620 – The Mayflower reached Provincetown, MA. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, on December 26, 1620.
  • In 1783 – The first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon. The pilots, Francois Pilatre de Rosier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d’Arlandes, flew for 25 minutes and 5½ miles over Paris.
  • In 1789 – North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • In 1871 – M.F. Galethe patented the cigar lighter.
  • In 1877 – Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.
  • In 1920 – What is now known as Bloody Sunday occurred in Ireland. A key event in the Irish War of Independence, which was a conflict between the British government and Irish revolutionaries in Ireland, Bloody Sunday began with the killings of 14 people by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) under the leadership of Michael Collins. Two other violent incidents against civilians and IRA members during the day added to the death count, which was over 30 by the end of the day.
  • In 1922 – Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve as a member of the United States Senate.
  • In 1934 – The New York Yankees purchased the contract of Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League.
  • In 1941 – “Tweety Bird” debuted. The fictional cartoon canary also just called Tweety made his first appearance in A Tale of Two Kitties, a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon. Tweety was created by animator Bob Clampett who worked on Loony Tunes cartoons.
  • In 1942 – The Alaska highway across Canada was formally opened.
  • In 1062 – The war between China and India ended. The month-long war began over a border dispute between the two countries and ended with a unilateral ceasefire by the Chinese.
  • In 1963 – President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, arrived in San Antonio, TX. They were beginning a two-day tour of Texas that tragically ended in Dallas with the assassination of President Kennedy.
  • In 1964 – The Verrazano Narrows Bridge opened in New York City. The suspension bridge connects Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York City and at the time of its opening, it was the world’s longest suspension bridge, until the Humber Bridge in the United Kingdom opened in 1981.
  • In 1973 – President Richard M. Nixon’s attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, announced the presence of an 18½-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate case.
  • In 1979 – The United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, was attacked by a mob that set the building afire and killed two Americans. The mob was allegedly incensed by a rumor that the United States was involved in an attack on a mosque in the holy city of Mecca.
  • In 1980 – An estimated 83 million viewers tuned in to find out “who shot J.R.” on the CBS prime-time soap opera Dallas. Kristin was the character that fired the gun.
  • In 1980 – 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
  • In 1982 – The National Football League resumed its season following a 57-day player’s strike.
  • In 1985 – Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested after being accused of spying for Israel. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
  • In 1986 – Attorney General Edwin Meese was asked to conduct an inquiry of the Iran arms sales.
  • In 1987 – An eight-day siege began at a detention center in Oakdale, LA, as Cuban detainees seized the facility and took hostages.
  • In 1989 – The proceedings of Britain’s House of Commons were televised live for the first time.
  • In 1992 – Senator Bob Packwood, issued an apology but refused to discuss allegations that he’d made unwelcome sexual advances toward 10 women in past years.
  • In 1993 – The House of Representatives voted against making the District of Columbia the 51st state.
  • In 1995 – France detonated its fourth underground nuclear blast at a test site in the South Pacific.
  • In 1999 – China announced that it had test-launched an unmanned space capsule that was designed for manned spaceflight.
  • In 2000 – The Florida Supreme Court granted Al Gore’s request to keep the presidential recounts going.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

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November 20th – That’s Absurd

November 20, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my logical friends. Today is Monday, November 20, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Absurdity Day

National Absurdity Day is a holiday to just let go of logic and reason and see how much more fun it is to revel in nonsense and illogical behavior. This holiday was created as a day to recall and note some of the totally and absolutely absurd things in history, in our country and in our lives.
We’ve all engaged in absurd behavior at some point in our lives, but with maturity comes wisdom and responsibility, and most of us outgrow our absurd behavior. On National Absurdity Day we are all encouraged to just go with the flow and do whatever absurd things that come to mind. Wear that gaudy tie you got for Christmas last year. Wear different colored socks. Wear that lavender leisure suit that has hung in your closet since 1968. Wear both suspenders and a belt… etc, etc. Don’t be shackled by the bonds of convention and “normalcy”. Don’t worry about what others may think, this is your day to stand out from the crowd. Feel free to do things that you have always wanted to do, but that makes absolutely no sense at all. Like misery, absurdity loves company, so urge your friends to do likewise on this absurd day.
Alas, no one is better at absurd behavior than our current gaggle of elected officials. To them, every day is National Absurdity Day. That is the only possible explanation for some of the irrational and illogical laws that are being passed as they seek to control every aspect of our daily lives.

Name Your PC Day

Anyone who has owned a computer knows that each computer has a unique personality; sometimes operating like a well-oiled machine doing exactly what you tell it to do, and other times conspiring against you to thwart your every move. If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time on your computer, so why not give it a name. I would tell you what I call my computer, but I don’t use words like that in mixed company. Suffices to say that because I’m a troglodyte and have a hard time with technology in general, it isn’t complimentary.

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Peanut butter has been a staple in American kitchens for more than a century. It can be served in a sandwich, mixed with ice cream, combined with chocolate, or whipped into fudge. Peanut butter fudge is the perfect treat for anyone with a sweet tooth and a love for rich, decadent desserts.
According to legend, the origin of fudge can be traced back to the 1800’s when people used the word “fudge” to mean “cheat” or “mess up.” One day, a chef accidentally “fudged” a batch of caramel he was trying to make, inventing the delicious confection we know and love it today.
Fudge is now made in many heavenly flavors, including the rich peanut butter variety. Try your hand at making a homemade batch of Peanut Butter Fudge today. Recipes are available online.

More Holidays  

Below is a list of other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1789 – New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
  • In 1818 – Simon Bolivar formally declared Venezuela independent of Spain.
  • In 1873 – Budapest was formed when the rival cities of Buda and Pest were united to form the capital of Hungary.
  • In 1901 – The second Hay-Pauncefoot Treaty provided for construction of the Panama Canal by the United States.
  • In 1923 – The traffic signal was patented. American Garret Morgan was awarded the patent for an automated traffic signal. Morgan’s invention was not the first of its kind, but unlike the other traffic signals which just had stop and go signals, his traffic light had a third signal that warned drivers about changes in the stop and go lights. This signal was the precursor for today’s yellow light.
  • In 1943 – During World War II, U.S. Marines began their landing on Tarawa and Makin atolls in the Gilbert Islands.
  • In 1945 – Twenty-four Nazi leaders went before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany. The trials were led by the International Military Tribunal and were held to prosecute high-ranking members of the Nazi party for war crimes committed during the Second World War. Of the 23 people tried, 14 were sentenced to death.
  • In 1959 – Britain, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, and Sweden met to create the European Free Trade Association.
    In 1959 – The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The document laid out the rights of children around the world. The day is also annually celebrated as Universal Children’s Day.
  • In 1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis ended. The Soviet Union removed its missiles and bombers from Cuba and the United States ended its blockade of the island.
  • In 1962 – Mickey Mantle was named the American League Most Valuable Player for the third time.
  • In 1969 – The Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phase-out of the substance.
  • In 1970 – The majority in U.N. General Assembly voted to give China a seat, but two-thirds majority required for admission was not met.
  • In 1977 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to address Israel’s parliament.
  • In 1983 – An estimated 100 million people watched the controversial ABC-TV movie “The Day After.” The movie depicted the outbreak of nuclear war.
  • In 1895 – Windows 1.0 was released. Nearly two years after it was announced, Microsoft released its first graphical operating system. The OS made it easier for users to navigate on their computer screens. It came with Paint, Notepad, Calculator and a game called Reversi.
  • In 1986 – Dr. Halfdan Maher, the director of the World Health Organization, announced the first coordinated global effort to fight the disease AIDS.
  • In 1987 – Police investigating the fire at King’s Cross, London’s busiest subway station, said that arson was unlikely to be the cause of the event that took 31 lives.
  • In 1988 – Egypt and China announced that they would recognize the Palestinian state proclaimed by the Palestine National Council.
  • In 1989 – Over 200,000 people rallied peacefully in Prague, Czechoslovakia, demanding democratic reforms.
  • In 1990 – Saddam Hussein ordered another 250,000 Iraqi troops into the country of Kuwait.
  • In 1990 – The space shuttle Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral, FL, after completing a secret military mission.
  • In 1992 – A fire seriously damaged the northwest side of Windsor Castle in England.
  • In 1993 – The Senate passed the Brady Bill and legislation implementing NAFTA.
  • In 1995 – Princess Diana admitted being unfaithful to Prince Charles in an interview that was broadcast on BBC Television.
  • In 1998 – Afghanistan’s Taliban militia offered Osama bin Laden safe haven. Osama bin Laden had been accused of orchestrating two U.S. embassy bombings in Africa and later terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.
  • In 1998 – The first module of the International Space Station was launched. Called Zarya, the module is Russian-built and American owned. The International Space Station (ISS) is a manned artificial satellite was built and operated by 5 space agencies – the Canadian Space Agency, the European Space Agency, US’s NASA, Russia’s Roscosmos, and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. The brightest man-made object visible to the naked eye from Earth, ISS orbits the Earth at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour (28,000 kilometers per hour) at an average distance of 248 miles (400 kilometers) from Earth.
  • In 1998 – Forty-six states agreed to a $206 billion settlement of health claims against the tobacco industry. The industry also agreed to give up billboard advertising of cigarettes.
  • In 2001 – The Justice Department headquarters building was renamed the Robert F. Kennedy building by President George W. Bush. The event was held on what would have been Kennedy’s 76th birthday.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

November 19th – Four Score and Seven…

November 19, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my patriotic friends. Today is Sunday, November 19, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Equal Opportunity Day (aka Gettysburg Address Day)  

Equal Opportunity Day is observed at Gettysburg National Cemetery each year, where ceremonies commemorating Lincoln’s address are held under the sponsorship of the Sons of Union Veterans and the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania.
Although only 270 words long, the Gettysburg Address is one of the greatest and best-known speeches in American history. It was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union soldiers defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Gettysburg.
In it, President Lincoln reiterated the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence and proclaimed the Civil War as a struggle for the preservation of the Union sundered by the secession crisis, with “a new birth of freedom,” that would bring true equality to all of its citizens. Lincoln also redefined the Civil War as a struggle not just for the Union, but also for the principle of human equality.
Beginning with the now-iconic phrase “Four score and seven years ago”, referring to the Declaration of Independence, written at the start of the Revolutionary War in 1776, President Lincoln examined the founding principles of the United States in the context of the Civil War, and memorialized the sacrifices of those who gave their lives at Gettysburg and extolled virtues for the listeners (and the nation) to ensure the survival of America’s representative democracy.
As a refresher, I am including the speech in its entirety below.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

To celebrate this holiday, read the above speech, then compare the principles espoused therein to the principles espoused by the current crop of narcissistic jackals in control of our government. “We’ve come a long way baby” – but not necessarily towards the betterment of America.

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day is a UN recognized event, observed annually on the 19th of November. This international day of action aims to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge.
Although unthinkable for most of us, one in three people on this planet does not have access to a toilet.
World Toilet Day was created to raise global awareness of the daily struggle for proper sanitation that a staggering 2.5 billion people face every day.  This holiday brings together different groups such as media, the private sector, development organizations and civil society in a global movement to advocate for safe toilets. Since its inception in 2001, it has become an important platform to demand action from governments and to reach out to wider audiences by showing that toilets can be fun and sexy as well as vital to life.
I know that World Toilet Day is fraught with opportunities for “toilet humor”, but this holiday has a serious purpose. It aims to stimulate dialogue about sanitation and to emphasize the health and economic impact of inadequate sanitation. The goal is to unite everyone toward making sure that access to proper sanitation – which has been declared a basic human right – is a priority and becomes a reality for all.

National Blow Bagpipes Day

Whenever bagpipes are mentioned, most people instinctively think of Scotland – and, of course, what a hideous sound they make. However, contrary to popular belief, bagpipes did not originate in Scotland. In fact, twice in history, bagpipes were banned in Scotland. Once in 1560 and again in 1746. James Reid, a bagpipe musician, was executed for having a bagpipe during the ban. During 1746, bagpipes were considered an instrument of war.
The exact origins of bagpipes are disputed. The oldest reference to the now-famed instrument is from Asia Minor. The reference was carved on a stone slab dated back to 1000 BC. Bagpipes were eventually found in various countries all over the world, including India, Spain, France and even ancient Egypt.
Each bagpipe consists of a chanter, a bag, a blowpipe (mouthpiece), and one or more pipes, also known as drones. Today drones are typically made of hardwood, but in historic times they were constructed of bone or ivory. The bags were made from the skin of animals, including sheep, cows, and goats.
So, if you are among the approximately .0001% of people in this world who can actually listen to bagpipes without getting the urge to inflict lethal bodily harm on the bagpipe player (or yourself) just to end obnoxious noise, then by all means, listen to some bagpipe music today (and I use the term music here in its loosest possible context). If you don’t have access to any bagpipe music, you can try to replicate the sound bagpipes make by recording a catfight in an alley, scraping your fingernails across a chalkboard, and the sound of a train making an emergency stop…then editing the three recordings using sound-on-sound techniques into one recording. The result will be strikingly close to the sound of bagpipes.

Play Monopoly Day

Monopoly is one of the most popular board games ever created. In 1999, it gained the Guinness Book of World Records title for most played board game in the world, with over 500 million people having played.
You can find Monopoly games in many different themes. The original Monopoly game was launched on this date in 1935 by Parker Brothers. The original theme was based on the city of  Atlantic City, New Jersey. Although there is some dispute, it is generally accepted that Parker Brothers purchased the rights to the game from Charles Darrow, who was living in Atlantic City when the created the game. Aside from the original theme of the game, there are also World War-themed versions, sports-themed versions, horse racing-themed versions, and even themes from famous cities around the world.
The most expensive Monopoly Set was created by jeweler Sidney Mobell of San Francisco in 1988. The $2-million dollar set is 23-karat gold and the dice have 42 full cut diamonds for spots. Holy Moley! If you could afford that set, you could probably afford to play Monopoly with real money.
To celebrate this holiday, simply play a game of Monopoly this evening.

International Men’s Day

At last, a holiday for us guys out there. International Men’s Day is an annual international event celebrated on November 19. Inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago, the holiday and its events find support from a variety of individuals and groups in Australia, the Caribbean, North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the United Nations.
The objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day include focusing on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care.
International Men’s Day is celebrated in over 50 countries, including the United States. According to its creators, International Men’s Day is not intended to compete against International Women’s Day but is for the purpose of highlighting men’s experiences. In 2009 the following broad objectives were ratified as a basis for all International Men’s Day observations:

  • To promote positive male role models, not just movie and sports stars, but common working class men who are living decent, honest lives.
  • To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment.
  • To focus on men’s health and well-being social, emotional, physical and spiritual.
  • To highlight discrimination against men in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law.
  • To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.
  • To create a safer, better world where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.

They appear to be sound objectives to me. To celebrate International Men’s Day, search within yourself to discover whether you are being the best man that you can be.

American Made Matters Day

American Made Matters®, an organization dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying American-made products, has declared November 19, 2013, the first annual American Made Matters® Day. On this holiday, American Made Matters is encouraging consumers to buy at least one American-made product to show their support for American manufacturing. Additionally, the event will kick-off a movement encouraging Americans to buy products made in America throughout the upcoming holiday shopping season.
One of the best ways to bolster our flailing economy is to reduce the unemployment rate. One of the best ways to do that is to buy products made here in America. The National Retail Federation estimates that the average American family spends $700 on holiday gifts. If just nine percent more of this was spent on American-made goods, 200,000 jobs could be added to the U.S. economy.

Rocky and Bullwinkle Day

The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show (known as Rocky & His Friends during the first two seasons and as The Bullwinkle Show for the remaining seasons) is an American animated television series that made its debut on November 19, 1959. The show ran for five seasons; until the summer of 1964.
Known for quality writing and wry humor, the show mixed puns, cultural and topical satire, and self-referential humor, and appealed to adults as well as children. It was also one of the first cartoons whose animation was outsourced; storyboards were shipped to Gamma Productions, a Mexican studio also employed by Total Television). Thus the art has a choppy, unpolished look and the animation is extremely limited even by television animation standards. Yet the series has long been held in high esteem by those who have seen it; some critics described the series as a well-written radio program with pictures.
To celebrate this holiday, take a trip back five decades, and watch a few Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons. They are available all over the internet.

National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day

Not every food holiday celebrates foods that are necessarily good for you; in fact, most aren’t – this holiday is no exception. National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day acknowledges the importance Americans place on their sweetened, caffeinated soda pop.
Oh, to be a kid again; when you didn’t need to worry about what was in your food and drink. Unfortunately, life happens. And as we mature, we realize, often too late, that what we eat and drink really does matter.
I can’t, in good conscience, urge you to celebrate National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day; especially if you are diabetic like me. Both sugar and caffeine, consumed to excess, are bad for you. Trust me, I know whereof I speak (or rather write).

More Holidays  

Below is a list of other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1794 – The Jay Treaty was signed.  The treaty officially known as the Treaty of Amity Commerce and Navigation, between His Britannic Majesty and The United States of America, was signed between representatives of the United States and Britain. It resolved the issues left over from the Revolutionary War and called for the British to surrender northwestern posts to the United States and for them to consider the United States as a most favored nation for trade between the two countries.
  • In 1850 – The first life insurance policy for a woman was issued. Carolyn Ingraham, 36 years old, bought the policy in Madison, NJ.
  • In 1893 – The first newspaper color supplement was published in the Sunday New York World.
  • In 1919 – The Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles with a vote of 55 in favor to 39 against. A two-thirds majority was needed for ratification.
  • In 1928 – “Time” magazine presented its cover in color for the first time. The subject was Japanese Emperor Hirohito.
  • In 1943 – The inmates at the Janowska concentration camp staged an uprising and attempted to escape. The concentration camp in occupied Poland was set up in 1941. In November 1943, in anticipation of the advancement of Soviet troops, the Nazis tried to evacuate the camp and used the inmates to remove traces of executions and mass killings in the past. Most escapees were recaptured and killed.
  • In 1954 – Two automatic toll collectors were placed in service on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey.
  • In 1959 – Ford Motor Co. announced it was ending the production of the unpopular Edsel.
  • In 1969 – Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made man’s second landing on the moon. Apollo 12 was the 6th manned flight of NASA’s Apollo program.The two astronauts became the 3rd and 4th humans to step on the surface of the Moon. The first 2 were Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
  • In 1969 – International Football (Soccer) player Pelé scored his 1000th goal. The Brazilian footballer, often considered to be the greatest athlete of the 20th century, scored the goal against Vasco da Gama at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
  • In 1977 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to set foot in Israel on an official visit. Sadat became the first Arab head of state to visit Israel and address the Israeli parliament, the Knesset. His visit came under severe criticism both in Israel and in the Arab world. Sadat and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1978 for their attempts to bring a resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  • In 1979 – Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) signed a four-year contract for $4.5 million. At the time, Ryan was the highest paid player in major league baseball.
  • In 1981 – U.S. Steel agreed to pay $6.3 million for Marathon Oil.
  • In 1984 – Dwight Gooden, 20 years old, of the New York Mets, became the youngest major-league pitcher to be named Rookie of the Year in the National League.
  • In 1985 – President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met for the first time as they began their summit in Geneva.
  • In 1990 – NATO and the Warsaw Pact signed a treaty of nonaggression.
  • In 1993 – The Senate approved a sweeping $22.3 billion anti-crime measure.
  • In 1994 – The U.N. Security Council authorized NATO to bomb rebel Serb forces striking from neighboring Croatia.
  • In 1997 – In Carlisle, IA, septuplets were born to Bobbi McCaughey. It was only the second known case where all seven were born alive.
  • In 1998 – The impeachment inquiry of President Clinton began.
  • In 2001 – President George W. Bush signed the most comprehensive air security bill in U.S. history.
  • In 2002 – The United States government completed its takeover of security at 424 airports nationwide.
  • In 2003 – Eight competing designs for a memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center were unveiled. One design would be built at the site of the World Trade Center.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

November 18th – What a Mickey Mouse Holiday

November 18, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning Mouseketeers. Today is Saturday, November 18, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Mickey Mouse Day

Happy 89th birthday Mickey. It’s hard to believe that Mickey Mouse is an octogenarian. He has been a part of every child’s life for generations.
On this date in 1928, Mickey Mouse made his debut in “Steamboat Willie”; the first cartoon with synchronized animation and sound. His creator, Walt Disney, went on to build a multi-media empire with Mickey as it’s foundation.
Originally named “Mortimer”, the mouse was later renamed “Mickey” by Lillian Disney, Walt’s wife, who thought that the name Mortimer did not sound appealing. Mortimer eventually became the name of Mickey’s rival for Minnie – taller than his renowned adversary and speaking with a Brooklyn accent. There were earlier versions of Mickey in silent cartoons, although he wasn’t known as Mickey back then. He first appeared as “Ike the Mouse” in the “Alice Comedies”; a series of silent cartoons based on “Alice in Wonderland”. The first two cartoons featuring “Mickey” were silent cartoons, “Plane Crazy” and The Gallopin’ Gaucho”; and didn’t find much commercial success until they were remade with sound after the success of “Steamboat Willie”.
To celebrate this holiday, gather your family around and watch some Mickey Mouse cartoons. If you have cable TV, the Disney Channel is featuring Mickey all day. If you don’t, just search online for “Mickey Mouse cartoons”. You’ll find a plethora of cartoons from which to choose.

Push-button Phone Day

On this date in 1963, the Push Button Phone came to be available commercially. Henry Dreyfus, an industrial designer working for Bell Telephone, is credited with inventing the pushbutton telephone, working as a consultant to Bell Telephone. One of the first prototypes of the design was made of wood showing how early prototypes can be quite effective in communicating new concepts and getting customer feedback. The version that Bell Systems/Western Electric introduced in 1962 at a World’s Fair in Seattle, and as a commercial product on November 18, 1963, was based on this wooden model. They replaced the basic design language from a circle to square to visibly highlight the change from dial to push-button design.
Telecommunications have come a long way since then. An increasing number of households have opted to not even have “land-line” type phones in their homes and use cellular phones as their primary form of communication. And, why not? Today’s smartphones offer portability, connections to the internet, cameras, and so many other features that it boggles the mind. One device is all you need.
Factoid: The old push-button phones had a different tone for each key. There were even songbooks available for purchase so you could play songs on your phone.

Married To A Scorpio Support Day

Scorpios are individuals born between October 23 to November 21, under the eighth sign of the zodiac.  Characterized as deeply intuitive, driven and stubborn, Scorpios often hide their emotions making them seem cold and uncaring even when they are deeply passionate. Those in a relationship with a Scorpio may notice their jealous, obsessive and controlling tendencies. In their defense, Scorpios can also be patient, generous, loyal and good at solving problems.If you’re married to a Scorpio, take time today to lament with other spouses of Scorpios. Also, you should consider getting a “stress ball” to help you cope with all those times your significant other drives you up the wall. It’s cheaper than hiring a defense attorney after you’ve killed them.
I don’t know why people married to Scorpios have been singled out for their own “Support Day”. Where is the “Support Day” for those married to Antiquarians, Leos, Cancers, Aries, etc, etc, etc… Members of all other Zodiac signs have equally annoying traits.

William Tell Day  

William Tell Day marks the date on which William Tell [ostensibly] shot an apple off of his son’s head. William Tell is a folk hero of Switzerland. As the legend goes, Tell was arrested for failing to bow in respect to a hat that the newly appointed Austrian Vogt, Albrecht Gessler, had placed on a pole, and, as punishment, Gessler commanded him to shoot an apple off his son’s head with a single bolt from his crossbow. After splitting the apple with the single shot (supposedly on November 18, 1307), Tell was asked why he took more than one bolt out. At first, he responded that it was out of habit, but when assured he would not be killed for answering honestly, he said the second bolt was meant for Gessler’s heart should he fail.
At this point, it should be noted that this month is also Child Safety and Protection Month, so to celebrate William Tell Day, do not, under any circumstances, attempt to shoot an apple off of your son’s head…or daughter’s, or any other family member’s head for that matter (even if they’re a Scorpio) – no matter how skilled an archer or marksman you may be. Instead, learn more about William Tell – which you can do by clicking here.

International Games Day

International Games Day is observed annually on the third Saturday in November and is an initiative sponsored by the American Library Association, the Australian Library & Information Association, and Nordic Game Day to connect communities and people worldwide and to promote the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.
Games have been around for as long as human culture has existed and are a part of every culture in the world. International Games Day pertains to all types of games – video games, board games, card games, sports games and any other kinds of games you can imagine. Playing games is good for the brain and foster important skills such as socialization, logic, strategy, and sometimes working together as a team.
To celebrate International Games Day, check to see if your local library has an event planned. If it does, sign up to participate. If not, then play some games with your family tonight.

National Vichyssoise Day  

Vichyssoise (pronounced vee-shee-swahz) is basically a cold (room temperature) potato and leek soup.  Despite its French-sounding name, Vichyssoise originated here in the good ole’ USA. In 1917, Louis Diat, a native of Vichy, France, and chef at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in New York City, created this dish. The soup was first called Crème Vichyssoise Glacée. This was long before the city of Vichy became notorious as the seat of France’s Nazi collaborationist government.
Naturally, this wasn’t the first time that potatoes and leeks had been combined in a soup. Culinary historians point out that the French chef Jules Gouffé published a similar recipe with potatoes, leeks, chicken stock and cream, in Royal Cookery, in 1869, but did not serve it cold. There is also a form of the hot recipe called Potage Parmentier after Antoine Auguste Parmentier, who returned from a German prison-of-war camp after the Seven Year War (1756 to 1763) to find his countrymen starving, and set up potato soup kitchens throughout Paris to assist the poor. However, chef Diat was the first one to serve it cold [in a prominent venue].
The second that you put the words ‘cold’ and ‘soup’ together, you have lost my interest. I have to go with the recipe of Chef Gouffé. The only way I’ll try Vichyssoise is hot off the stove, or straight out of the microwave.

More Holidays  

Below is a list of other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1477 – William Caxton produced “Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres,” which was the first book to be printed in England.
  • In 1820 – Captain Nathaniel Palmer became the first American to sight the continent of Antarctica.
  • In 1865 – Samuel L. Clemens published “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” under the pen name “Mark Twain” in the New York “Saturday Press.”
  • In 1883 – The U.S. and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones. Prior to this, most cities had their own local time, making it difficult for railways to be on time and confusing passengers. To solve this problem, private railways decided to divide the continent into 4 distinct time zones – the lines of which are very close to the time zone lines today.
  • In 1903 – The U.S. and Panama signed the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty which granted the United States the rights to build the Panama Canal. The treaty created the Panama Canal Zone and set up the terms for the construction of the Panama Canal. Until 1979, the Panama Canal Zone was a territory of the United States. The French began construction on the Panama Canal in 1881 but had to stop due to engineering problems. The US took over the construction in 1904 and finished building the canal in 1914.
  • In 1916 – The Somme Offensive ended. The battle was fought between German forces on one side and British and French forces on the other during the First World War. Thought to be one of the bloodiest battles of the 20th century – the conflict started on July 1, 1916, and was fought on the banks of the river Somme in France.
  • In 1936 – Germany and Italy recognized the Spanish government of Francisco Franco.
  • In 1951 – Chuck Connors (Los Angeles Angels) became the first player to oppose the major league draft. Connors later became the star of the television show “The Rifleman.”
  • In 1966 – U.S. Roman Catholic bishops did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays.
  • In 1969 – Apollo 12 astronauts Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. and Alan L. Bean landed on the lunar surface during the second manned mission to the moon.
  • In 1976 – The parliament of Spain approved a bill that established a democracy after 37 years of dictatorship.
  • In 1978 – In Jonestown, Guyana, Reverend Jim Jones persuaded his followers (members of The Peoples Temple) to commit mass suicide by drinking a death potion. As a result, 914 cult members were left dead including over 200 children. The group was formed in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the mid-1950s, and members of the group moved to Guyana in 1974 and set up a settlement outside Georgetown and called in Jonestown. It is noteworthy that some of the people were found shot to death.
  • In 1983 – Argentina announced its ability to produce enriched uranium for use in nuclear weapons.
  • In 1985 – Joe Theismann (Washington Redskins) broke his leg after being hit by Lawrence Taylor (New York Giants). The injury ended Theismann’s 12 year NFL career.
  • In 1987 – Congress issued the Iran-Contra Affair report. The report said that President Ronald Reagan bore “ultimate responsibility” for wrongdoing by his aides.
  • In 1987 – 31 people died in a fire at King’s Cross, London’s busiest subway station.
  • In 1987 – CBS Inc. announced it had agreed to sell its record division to Sony Corp. for about $2 billion.
  • In 1988 – President Reagan signed major legislation provided the death penalty for drug traffickers who kill.
  • In 1993 – The House of Representatives joined the Senate in approving legislation aimed at protecting abortion facilities, staff, and patients.
  • In 1993 – American Airlines flight attendants went on strike. They ended their strike only 4 days later.
  • In 1993 – Representatives from 21 South African political parties approved a new constitution.
  • In 1994 – Outside a mosque in the Gaza Strip, 15 people were killed and more than 150 wounded when Palestinian police opened fire on rioting worshipers.
  • In 1997 – The FBI officially pulled out of the probe into the TWA Flight 800 disaster. They said the explosion that destroyed the Boeing 747 was not caused by a criminal act. 230 people were killed.
  • In 1999 – 12 people were killed and 28 injured when a huge bonfire under construction collapsed at Texas A&M in College Station, TX.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

November 17th – Take a Hike

November 17, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning bipedal travelers. Today is Friday, November 17, 2017. Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Take A Hike Day

Hiking is an excellent way to get exercise and get into shape. Hikes are distinguished from walks, in that they are taken in the woods, hills, mountains, or somewhere else in a natural setting. Hikes not only give you exercise, they also provide scenic sites and vistas, that is good for relaxation of the mind and soul.
Hiking can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, lower the risk of some forms of cancer, decrease cholesterol levels, reduce depression and stress. It can also help prevent diabetes, improve arthritis and bone health and tone up that body. Additionally, hiking is free of charge and almost anyone can do it.
To celebrate this holiday, simply take the first step, followed by another, then another, then another…

Electronic Greeting Card Day

Christmas Card season is nigh upon us and it is time for us to decide to whom we are going to send a card this year. Did ___ send me a card last year? Do I really know ___ well enough to send them a card?
Like it or not, Electronic Greeting Cards are a fact of life today. I’m on the fence about them myself. Little effort is required to send an E-card. All you need to do is visit one of the myriad E-card websites, select an appropriate card, choose the recipient, click “send”, and within milliseconds, the card arrives in their e-mail inbox – and, many e-cards are free.
While Electronic Greeting Cards are convenient for the sender, they lack that “personal touch” you get with a paper card. There is something special about receiving a card in the mail that someone has taken the time to select specifically for you, often with a hand-written a personal message to you inscribed on the inside.
So, to sum up, using Electronic Greeting Cards is a matter of personal choice. In my opinion, if you care about the person, you will take the time to send them a paper card. If they are just a casual acquaintance, then perhaps an Electronic Greeting Card is appropriate.
Although no documentation exists, I am certain that this holiday was created one or more of the Electronic Greeting Card websites.

Homemade Bread Day

Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through your home. For millennia, baking fresh bread was a part of the daily routine for most families. Estimates date it’s origin back to 5000-10,000 B.C.
Modern day lifestyles have relegated homemade bread to the world of specialty baking and holiday baking. People just don’t seem to have time to bake homemade bread anymore. We turn to a quick trip to bakeries and grocery stores, for our bread needs. Today, homemade bread making has been simplified by the invention of the bread maker machine.  This appliance was first released in Japan in 1986. Since then, its popularity has spread worldwide to Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Although it’s time-consuming, you still have time to bake a loaf of bread for dinner tonight. Find a recipe for your favorite type of bread and try your hand at some old-fashioned homemade bread baking. To steal a phrase from a Pillsbury commercial a few decades ago, “Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven” – and, what better “somethin’ from the oven” than a loaf or two of freshly baked homemade bread?

National Baklava Day

Please don’t confuse baklava with a balaclava. Baklava is a rich sweet dessert of layered pastry dough, butter, citrus, honey and chopped nuts. A balaclava is a ski mask. Although suitable for its intended purpose, a balaclava is not nearly as tasty as baklava.
Baklava originated around 800 B.C. in northern Mesopotamia when the Assyrians layered very thin pieces of dough with nuts and honey and baked them in wood-burning ovens. Phylo dough, the leaf-thin layers of dough used to make baklava today; was created by Athenian artisan bakers around 300 B.C. Baklava spread quickly throughout the Middle East, and sailors helped spread it around the rest of the world, with each country adapting the recipe to suit its taste. German “strudel” was adapted from baklava.
To celebrate this holiday, have some baklava today. Just remember it’s a rich dessert; a little goes a long way.

More Holidays  

Below is a list of other holidays celebrated on this date worthy of mention: 

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1558 – Elizabeth I ascended the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary Tudor.
  • In 1603 – Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial for treason.
  • In 1800 – Congress held its first session in Washington, DC, in the partially completed Capitol building.
  • In 1858 – The Modified Julian Date was first used. Mostly used by astronomers and astrophysicists, the Modified Julian Date (MJD) is a dating method that is defined by subtracting 2,400,000.5 days from the current Julian date (JD), which is calculated by counting the number of days past since Noon January 1, 4713 B.C.E. The MJD gives the number of days past Midnight November 17, 1858. MJD was first used in 1957 by scientists at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to track satellites.
  • In 1869 – The Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas. The 120-mile  long artificial waterway took 10 years to be built. The canal connected Europe to Asia without ships having to go all the way around Africa.
  • In 1880 – The first three British female graduates received their Bachelor of Arts degrees from London University.
  • In 1903 – Russia’s Social Democrats officially split into two groups – Bolsheviks and Mensheviks.
  • In 1913 – The steamship Louise became the first ship to travel through the Panama Canal.
  • In 1913 – In Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm banned the armed forces from dancing the tango.
  • In 1922 – Siberia voted for union with the U.S.S.R.
  • In 1962 – Washington’s Dulles International Airport was dedicated by President Kennedy.
  • In 1968 – NBC cut away from the final minutes of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a TV special, “Heidi,” on schedule. The Raiders came from behind to beat the Jets 43-32.
  • In 1970 – The Soviet Union landed an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the moon, the Lunokhod 1. The vehicle was released by Luna 17.
  • In 1973 – President Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, FL, “people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”
  • In 1973 – The Athens Polytechnic uprising ended. The popular protests against the military junta under Georgios Papadopoulos began on November 14 when students at the Athens Polytechnic went on a strike. On the morning of November 17, the military crashed into the campus grounds using a tank and put an end to the protests. While no one was thought to have been killed on the Athens Polytechnic campus, many people were killed in clashes around the city. Today, all schools and universities are closed on November 17 to commemorate the uprising.
  • In 1979 – Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 female and black American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
  • In 1988 – Benazir Bhutto became the first woman leader of an Islamic country. She was elected in the first democratic elections in Pakistan in 11 years.
  • In 1989 – The so-called Velvet Revolution began. A week after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a demonstration by students commemorating International Students Day in Prague was violently shut down by riot police. The incident led to mass strikes around the country that ended communist rule in Czechoslovakia and paved the way for the first democratic elections in the country in 41 years.
  • In 1990 – A mass grave was discovered by the bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. The bodies were believed to be those of World War II prisoners of war.
  • In 1990 – The Soviet government agreed to change the country’s constitution.
  • In 1997 – 62 people were killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt. The attackers were killed by police.
  • In 2003 – Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as the Governor of California.
    The bodybuilder and actor best known for his role as a cyborg in the science fiction movie, The Terminator, replaced then-Governor Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger was elected for another term as governor in 2007.
  • In 2010 – Researchers trapped 38 antihydrogen atoms. It was the first time humans had trapped antimatter.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

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