Life Day 23993: This Stinks

March 21, 2013 at 12:09 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning stinkers. Today is Thursday, March 21, 2013. The first holiday today is Fragrance Day. Please don’t raise a big ‘stink’ about my covering this holiday; I don’t make these holidays up, I just write about  them. You’re probably thinking that having a holiday about fragrance makes no sense, but actually, it is all about scents. (Yuk, yuk, get it)? Dictionary.com defines Fragrance as: a pleasant or sweet odor; scent. Fragrance Day celebrates cologne, perfume and all the things that are pleasant smelling, including potpourri, soaps, lotions, air-fresheners, scented candles, and even aromatherapy. I won’t go into any detail about the different types of scents and their sources, but this website will. Here are some ways to celebrate this holiday:
1) Take time to learn about scents and their origins. You might find it fascinating.
2) Take a field trip. Go outside and commune with nature. See how many different scents you can identify.
3) Schedule an aromatherapy session.
4) Send your friends scented  “Fragrance Day” cards.

The next holiday is National Common Courtesy Day. National Common Courtesy Day is the perfect day to start practicing new habits of common courtesy with everyone you meet. Much to the detriment of society, common courtesy isn’t all that common anymore. Rudeness seems to have become the norm. You see rudeness everywhere these days; in stores, restaurants, movie theaters,  while driving, and just about anywhere else people interact. I blame it on poor parenting skills, a sense of privilege, the anonymity of today’s society, and the acceptance of vulgarity and and deviant behavior as the norm. Sometimes I think we are all waiting for that chance to do something big, something wonderful, something heroic. Unfortunately, life  is made up of the small, the mundane, the almost meaningless, and these small things far outweigh the epic deed for which we hope to be remembered. Common courtesy consists of just these tiny, momentary deeds: holding a door open, proper table manners, saying hello and goodbye, giving up your seat to someone who needs it; the list goes on and on. Anyway, I digress.  Be courteous to everyone you meet today, even if they are being a total a$$hole. When you wave at them, use all five fingers; no matter how many they use to wave back.

Here is today’s list of holidays that bear mention, but little else. A link for you to obtain more information will be provided, as usual.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
World Down Syndrome Day.
Single Parents’ Day.
Brain Injury Awareness Day.
National Day of Action On Syringe Exchange.
Spring Fairy Fun Day.

Drat! I almost forgot. There is one more holiday today. Today is Memory Day. There is little information available about this holiday, but it is listed in two of my sources. Since they forgot to provide any information on why this is a holiday, I’ll posit a few explanations of my own. Mind you, these are strictly conjecture.
1) Could it have something to do with Alzheimer’s Disease awareness?
2) Could it have something to do with playing memory games like Concentration?
3) Could it have something to do with taking steps to improve your memory with things like Lumocity?
4) Could it have something to do with the memory on your computer; such as freeing up space or defragging?
I just don’t know.

The first food-related holiday today is National French Bread Day. French Bread, also known as a Baguette, is simply made from the following ingredients: flour, yeast, salt and water. The dough is then shaped into long, thin loafs with slits cut into the top of the bread. It is it’s shape that gives it a thick crispy crust. The long, thin loaves were popularized in 1920 when a French law banned workers from working before 4:00 am. The bakers often made baguettes as they would not be able to make their popular Boule (a thick round loaf) in time for their morning customers.
The other food-related holiday today is California Strawberry Day. It goes without saying that strawberries are one of America’s favorite berries, and California strawberries are just now coming to the market. California is the nation’s leading producer of strawberries. In California, strawberries are planted on more 38,300 acres. In 2011, more than 2.1 billion pounds of strawberries were harvested. That amounts to 88 percent of the country’s total fresh and frozen strawberries. California’s unique coastal environment with its western ocean exposure provides moderate temperatures year round. Warm sunny days and cool foggy nights are the perfect combination for growing strawberries. So, enjoy some sweet, succulent strawberries today. Can you say Strawberry Shortcake?

On this date in 1980 – President Jimmy Carter announced to the U.S. Olympic Team that they would not participate in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a boycott against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. In retaliation, the USSR and 14 other “Eastern Bloc” countries boycotted the next Olympics, held in Los Angeles, CA in 1984.
In 1788 – Almost the entire city of New Orleans, LA, was destroyed by fire. 856 buildings were destroyed.
In 1790 – Thomas Jefferson reported to U.S. President George Washington as the new Secretary of State.
In 1826 – The Rensselaer School in Troy, NY, was incorporated. The school became known as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was the first engineering college in the U.S.
In 1851 – Yosemite Valley was discovered in California.
In 1859 – In Philadelphia, the first Zoological Society was incorporated.
In 1871 – Journalist Henry M Stanley began his famous expedition to Africa.
In 1905 – Sterilization legislation was passed in the State of Pennsylvania. The governor vetoed the measure.
In 1906 – Ohio passed a law that prohibited hazing by fraternities after two fatalities.
In 1908 – A passenger was carried in a bi-plane for the first time by Henri Farman of France.
In 1910 – The U.S. Senate granted ex-President Teddy Roosevelt a yearly pension of $10,000.
In 1928 – President Calvin Coolidge gave the Congressional Medal of Honor to Charles Lindbergh for his first trans-Atlantic flight.
In 1935 – Incubator ambulance service began in Chicago, IL.
In 1946 – The United Nations set up a temporary headquarters at Hunter College in New York City.
In 1963 – Alcatraz Island, the federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, CA, closed.
In 1965 – The U.S. launched Ranger 9. It was the last in a series of unmanned lunar explorations.
In 1965 – More than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began a march from Selma to Montgomery, AL.
In 1972 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not require one year of residency for voting eligibility.
In 1980 – On the TV show “Dallas”, J.R. Ewing was shot.
In 1984 – A Soviet submarine crashed into the USS Kitty Hawk off the coast of Japan.
In 1989 – Randall Dale Adams was released from a Texas prison after his conviction was overturned. The documentary “The Thin Blue Line” had challenged evidence of Adams’ conviction for killing a police officer.
In 1991 – The U.N. Security Council lifted the food embargo against Iraq.
In 1995 – Tokyo police raided the headquarters of Aum Shinrikyo in search of evidence to link the cult to the Sarin gas released on five Tokyo subway trains.
In 1999 – Israel’s Supreme Court rejected the final effort to have American Samuel Sheinbein returned to the U.S. to face murder charges for killing Alfred Tello, Jr. Under a plea bargain Sheinbein was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
In 2000 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had overstepped its regulatory authority when it attempted to restrict the marketing of cigarettes to youngsters.
And, in 2002 – In Paris, an 1825 print by French inventor Joseph Nicephore Niepce was sold for $443,220. The print, of a man leading a horse, was the earliest recorded image taken by photographic means.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals:
Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 – Composer.
Florenz Ziegfeld 1867 – Broadway impresario.
Julio Gallo 1910 – Vintner.
Mort Lindsey 1923 – Composer.
James Coco 1929  – Actor.
Kathleen Widdoes 1939 – Actress.
Timothy Dalton 1944 – Actor.
Marie-Christine Barrault 1944 – Actress.
Rose Stone 1945 – Musician.
Eddie Money 1949 – Singer.
Sabrina LeBeauf 1958 – Actress.
Rosie O’Donnell 1962 – Comedian.
Matthew Broderick 1962 – Actor.
And finally, Cynthia Geary 1965 – Actress.

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