Life Day 23936: Something’s afoot.

January 23, 2013 at 12:02 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. Today is Wednesday,  January 23rd, 2013. The first “holiday” today is Measure Your Feet Day. Why? I don’t know. Maybe something to do with shoe retailers, or Podiatrists. Anyway, when is the last time you measured your feet? Did you know that about 60% of people have different sized feet, with the left foot usually being the larger by up to a half size. Here are a few other interesting facts about feet.
All babies have flat feet.
25% of the bones in your body are in your feet.
One human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and 250,000 sweat glands.
The average person walks about 10,000 steps each day.
Toenails grow more slowly than fingernails.
In America, the most common shoe size for women is 8 1/2 and for men it is 10 1/2.
Stinky feet aren’t caused by sweat. They are the result of odor-causing bacteria that get trapped by socks and shoes. The bacteria then thrive in the moist, warm environment and begin to stink.
Your feet are actually larger at the end of the day. This is due to increased blood flow due to walking.

Today’s second ‘holiday” is National Handwriting Day. In 1977, the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) as a reminder about the importance of handwriting. It is celebrated on the 23rd of January because that is birthday of John Hancock, whose signature on the Declaration of Independence is perhaps one of the most famous signatures of all time. Take the time today to send hand-written letters to family and friends, that is if you still remember how.

The food-related “holiday” today is National Pie Day. If you like pie, and frankly who doesn’t, then today is the day to enjoy a slice, or two, of your favorite. Do you prefer a decadent slice of rich cheesecake, a slice of a flaky-crusted fruit pie, or a slice of a banana cream pie, coconut cream pie, or chocolate cream pie in a graham cracker crust? My answer is YES PLEASE!

On this date in 1789, Georgetown College (now Georgetown University) was established as the first Catholic college in the United States. The school is in Washington, DC.
Some other significant historical events which occurred on this date are:
In 1845, the U.S. Congress decided all national elections would be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. {In my opinion, election day should be held on the first Saturday and Sunday after the April 15th Income Tax deadline.  The polls should be open for 24 hours,  from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday}.
In 1849, English-born Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to receive medical degree. It was from the Medical Institution of Geneva, NY.
In 1907, Charles Curtis, of Kansas, began serving in the United States Senate. He was the first American Indian to become a U.S. Senator. He resigned in March of 1929 to become President Herbert Hoover’s Vice President.
In 1943, Duke Ellington and the band played for a black-tie crowd at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time.
In 1960, the U.S. Navy bathyscaphe Trieste descended to a record depth of 35,820 feet (10,750 meters) in the Pacific Ocean.
In 1964, ratification of the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was completed. This amendment eliminated the poll tax in federal elections.
In 1968, North Korea seized the U.S. Navy ship Pueblo, charging it had intruded into the nation’s territorial waters on a spying mission. The crew was released 11 months later.
In 1971, in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the united states was reported as minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
In 1973, President Nixon announced that an accord had been reached to end the Vietnam War.
In 1975, “Barney Miller” made his debut on ABC-TV.
In 1977, the TV mini-series “Roots,” began airing on ABC. The show was based on the Alex Haley novel.
In 1983, “The A-Team” debuted on TV.
And, in 2002, John Walker Lindh returned to the United states under FBI custody. Lindh was charge with conspiring to kill U.S. citizens, providing support to terrorists and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban while a member of the al-Quaida terrorist organization in Afghanistan.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals:
John Hancock, 1737.
Randolph (early movie cowboy) Scott, 1903.
Dan (actor) Duryea, 1907.
Ernie (comedian) Kovacs, 1919.
Chita (singer, dancer, actress) Rivera, 1933.
Johnny (country singer/songwriter) Russell, 1940.
Rutger (actor) Hauer, 1944.
Richard Dean (MacGyver) Anderson, 1950.
Princess Caroline of Monaco, 1957.
And finally, Mariska (Law and Order: SVU)  Hargitay, 1964.

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