Life Day 23950: It’s a Pretty Lame Day.

February 6, 2013 at 12:54 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning quack pots. Today is Wednesday, February 6th, 2013. I could only find reference to one “holiday” today, and it’s pretty lame. Today is Lame Duck Day. I don’t think that this day refers to a Mallard or Merganser with an injury. Rather, this day is to commemorate the 1933 ratification of the 20th Amendment about presidential succession. After each election there is a period of out with the old, in with the new, where the old president does his best to seem useful while the new one gets all the attention. It also refers to a person who is in a position of nearing retirement, or being “phased out” of their job, or given notice of termination for some other reason. If this pertains to you, kick back and have a little fun today. If, in fact, you are a duck, and have an injury, seek medical attention immediately. If you are a human who thinks that they are a duck, seek psychiatric help immediately.

The food-related “holiday” is pretty lame too since it doesn’t pertain to any food or even drink for that matter. It pertains to a utensil. Yes, today is National Chopsticks Day. Chopsticks were developed about 5,000 years ago in China. The pieces of food were small enough that they negated the need for knives at the dinner table, and chopsticks became staple utensils. Chinese chopsticks, called kuai-zi, are usually 9 to 10 inches long and rectangular with a blunt end. By 500 AD, chopstick use had spread from China to present-day Vietnam, Korea, and Japan. In Japan, chopsticks were originally considered precious and were used exclusively for religious ceremonies. The earliest chopsticks used for eating looked like tweezers; they were made from one piece of bamboo that was joined at the top. By the 10th Century, chopsticks were being produced in two separate pieces. Japanese chopsticks differed in design from Chinese chopsticks in that they were rounded and came to a point; they were also shorter (7 inches long for females and 8 inches long for males). The Japanese usually made their chopsticks out of wood.The Japanese were also the first to create disposable wooden chopsticks (called wari-bashi), which appeared in 1878. I could never master the art of using chopsticks. Instead, I use them to drum on objects on the table until my food arrives, then ask for a fork. Do you know how to use those infernal things?

Here are five fun chopsticks facts:
In Chinese the word for chopstick,  筷子, means quick little bamboo fellow.
The English word “chopstick” was apparently derived from the Chinese Pidgin English words “chop chop”, which means fast.
In Japanese, chopsticks are called hashi.
Chopsticks are traditionally held in the right hand, even by left-handed people. Although chopsticks may now be deployed by either hand, left-handed chopstick use is considered improper. This practice prevents a left-handed chopstick user from accidentally elbowing a right-handed user seated nearby.
It is a huge breach of chopstick etiquette to impale a piece of food with one.

On this date in 1971, NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon. )He over shot the hole by 387 yards).
Other significant events that occurred on this date are:
In 1778, the United States gained official recognition from France as the two nations signed the Treaty of Amity and Commerce and the Treaty of Alliance in Paris.
In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1815, the state of New Jersey issued the first American railroad charter to John Stevens.
In 1899, the U.S. Senate ratified a peace treaty between the U.S. and Spain.
In 1900, the Holland Senate ratified the 1899 peace conference decree that created in international arbitration court at The Hague.
In 1911, the first old-age home for pioneers opened in Prescott, AZ.
In 1926, the National Football League adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college class graduated.
In 1932, dog sled racing happened for the first time in Olympic competition.
In 1937, K. Elizabeth Ohi became the first Japanese woman lawyer when she received her degree from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL.
In 1952, Britain’s King George VI died. His daughter, Elizabeth II, succeeded him.
In 1956, St. Patrick Center opened in Kankakee, IL. It was the first circular school building in the United States.
In 1959, the U.S., for the first time, successfully test-fired a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.
In 1972, over 500,000 pieces of irate mail arrived at the mail room of CBS-TV, when word leaked out that an edited-for-TV version of the X-rated movie, “The Demand,” would be shown.
In 1987, President Ronald Reagan became the oldest U.S. President in history when he celebrated his 76th birthday.
In 1998, Washington National Airport was renamed for U.S. President Ronald Reagan with the signing of a bill by U.S. President Clinton.
In 1999, excerpts from former White House intern Monica Lewinsky’s videotaped testimony were shown at President Clinton’s impeachment trial.
In 2000, then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton formally declared that she was a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from the state of New York. (She had that goofy New York Yankees baseball cap to prove her residency).
And, in 2002, a federal judge ordered John Walker Lindh to be held without bail pending trial. Lindh was known as the “American Taliban.”

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following noteworthy individuals:
Aaron Burr, 1756 – Founding father.
George Herman “Babe” Ruth, 1895 – Baseball icon.
Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1911 – 40th President.
Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1919 – Actress.
Patrick Macnee, 1922 – The Avengers.
Rip Torn, 1931 – Actor.
Mamie Van Doren, 1933 – Actress.
Mike Farrell, 1939 – Actor.
Tom Brokaw, 1940 – Newscaster.
Fabiano Anthony Forte, 1943 – Fabian.
Michael Tucker, 1944 – LA Law.
Bob Marley, 1945 – Musician.
Natalie Cole, 1950 – Singer.
Kathy Najimy, 1957 – Actress.
And finally, Axl Rose, 1962 – Musician.

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