Life Day 24018: Beware The Ides of April?

April 15, 2013 at 12:00 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning everyone. I hope that you are not feeling over-taxed. Today is Monday, April 15, 2013. The first holiday today is That Sucks Day. That Sucks Day is an umbrella-type holiday that incorporates a number of other different holidays or events, all of which occur (occurred) on April 15th, that can be deemed “to suck”.
The first and foremost of these is Tax Day. Tax Day is the day when Income Taxes are due in America. Today is the deadline for Americans to file and pay their taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, if they haven’t already done so. This tax money, and much more, is then squandered by their elected Representatives on meaningless “pet projects”, which are not meant not to benefit the citizenry they supposedly represent. Instead, they use this money to pay back all of the high-dollar contributors who donated to their campaigns (through back-door legislation which benefits them), to advance their own personal political agenda, to benefit themselves financially, to undermine the Constitution, to strip away the rights and freedoms of those citizens who elected them, and/or to subvert the law so that it is easier for them to get their corrupt, self-serving, sorry a$$es reelected in the future. THAT SUCKS!
The next holiday that falls under this umbrella is Titanic Remembrance Day. Titanic Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the date in 1912 when the Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank, killing 1517 people. THAT SUCKED! (On a more positive note, more than 700 people did actually survive the ordeal).
The third event under the umbrella is the death of Abraham Lincoln. On this date in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died as a result of the bullet wound inflicted by assassin John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theater the night before. THAT SUCKED!
Another “That Sucks Day”related holiday is McDonald’s Day. On this date in 1955, the first franchised McDonald’s™ restaurant opened in Des Plaines, Illinois. I have never liked McDonald’s™, but I may be in the minority on this issue. I find most of their menu items unpalatable. I can, in desperation, digest their Filet O’ Fish sandwich, their fries, and some of their breakfast items. Walter and Wolfie enjoyed the “Happy Meals” they got on their birthday, and the occasional pancake they got from there, but then again, they also enjoyed licking their own butts and genitalia, so draw your own conclusions. In my opinion, McDonald’s™ SUCKS too.
The final ‘holiday’ under the That Sucks Day umbrella is Avoid the Post Office Day.  Although it is not as significant as those above, Avoid the Post Office Day is still valid. With millions of people rushing to meet the midnight deadline for mailing their tax returns, it is only logical that anyone with an IQ above room temperature would avoid using the Post Office today, unless you absolutely have to go there; for example, if you are among those procrastinators who put off doing your taxes until the last possible minute. I dislike going to the Post Office in general. I celebrate Avoid the Post Office Day everyday. I lump going to the Post Office, trips to the DMV, root canals, and encountering a rabid wolverine into the same category: Something to be avoided at all costs. Going to the Post Office today for routine business would also REALLY SUCK!
William Shakespeare famously wrote in his play Julius Caesar: “Beware the Ides of March”. Well, with all of the ominous things which have occurred on this date, I would amend that quote to include: “Beware the Ides of April” as well.

There are also some holidays today that do not fall under the “That Sucks Day” umbrella. The first of these is Take a Wild Guess Day. Take a Wild Guess Day is a day honoring guesses, hunches, inspirations, speculations, and other forms of “intuitive intelligence.” The military uses the acronym WAG which stands for Wild A$$ed Guess. It is used to convey to others that the information you are about to relate to them is not a certainty, but is nonetheless, the best estimate you can give with the information you currently have.
For example: The Chief of Operations calls your shop and says, “We really need aircraft XYZ for tomorrow’s flight schedule. When will it be available?” You then consult the all of the information you have concerning that aircraft and reply, “My WAG is 0300 tomorrow morning. We still need to do this, that and the other; then it the blah blah shop, and the yada, yada yada shop need to do their thing. Our part will be complete by 1800. You’ll have to consult the other shops involved for their part. I have no control over them.”

The next holiday is Rubber Eraser Day. Rubber Eraser Day commemorates the date in 1770 when Joseph Priestly discovered that a “new” product imported from Brazil, rubber, could be used to “rub out” print from paper. But why not just plain old Eraser Day? Well, the fact is that even today a majority of erasers are still made from rubber. In fact, in England today, erasers are still referred to as ‘rubbers’. You could also ‘loosely’ correlate this holiday to Tax Day because there are probably thousands of people right now frantically using an eraser to correct a mistake on their tax forms.

The third holiday today is Patriot’s Day. Patriot’s Day is always celebrated on the third Monday in April. It commemorates the the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. This battle began the American Revolutionary War. It also honors the “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”, that evening when Paul Revere rode through town warning the colonists that  “The Red Coats are coming!”  Most of you probably know little or nothing about this holiday because it is not celebrated nationally. However, in New England states it is an official holiday, with a day off work for many people. Banks, schools, post offices, and many businesses are closed.
In addition, today is Boston Marathon Day. I don’t know if these two are linked in any other way, but both always fall on the third Monday in April. I think that perhaps they chose this day have the Boston Marathon because it affords the best opportunity for participation of both the athletes and the spectators. That’s just a WAG though.

The final non-That Sucks Day holiday today is Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) (at sundown). Try not to be confused. Yesterday was Yom HaZikaron (their Memorial Day). Anyway, my knowledge of all things Israeli and/or Jewish is woefully lacking, so this link will provide you with additional information if you are curious.

The food-related holiday today is National Glazed Spiral Ham Day. Gee, I wonder if this holiday was created by those good folks over at Honey Baked? If not, they are missing a golden opportunity. Ham is the upper haunch of the boar or pig. There are two basic types of ham. The first type is wet-cured ham. Wet-cured hams, while less expensive, are those briny, watery, tasteless hams that you find in most supermarkets. Many include other “pig parts” that are pressed together, injected with salt-water, then cured in even more salt-water. The second type of ham is dry-cured (as in smoked, aged, or country ham). Dry-cured hams are far more flavorful, well marbled, and juicy. You actually get to taste the meat rather than the brine. Although considerably more expensive, I think the extra cost for a dry-cured ham is worthwhile. Enjoy some ham for dinner tonight. Whether or not it is glazed and/or spiral-cut is entirely up to you.

On this date in 1989 – In Sheffield, England, 96 people were killed and hundreds were injured at a soccer game at Hillsborough Stadium when a crowd surged into an overcrowded standing area. Ninety-four died on the day of the incident and two more later died from their injuries.
In 1784 – The first hot-air balloon was flown in Ireland.
In 1817 – The first American school for the deaf was opened in Hartford, CT.
In 1850 – The city of San Francisco was incorporated.
In 1861 – U.S. President Lincoln mobilized the Federal army in preparation for the Civil War.
In 1871 – “Wild Bill” Hickok became the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.
In 1892 – The General Electric Company was organized.
In 1923 – Insulin became generally available for people suffering with diabetes.
In 1934 – In the comic strip “Blondie,” Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead welcomed a baby boy, Alexander. The child would be nicknamed, Baby Dumpling.
In 1945 – During World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.
In 1947 – Jackie Robinson played his regular season first major league baseball game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Previously he had only appeared in exhibition games.
In 1952 – U.S. President Harry Truman signed the official Japanese peace treaty.
In 1952 – The first B-52 bomber prototype was tested in the air.
In 1953 – Pope Pius XII gave his approval of psychoanalysis but warned of possible abuses.
In 1953 – Charlie Chaplin surrendered his U.S. re-entry permit rather than face proceedings by the U.S. Justice Department. Chaplin was accused of sympathizing with Communist groups.
In 1956 – The worlds’ first, all-color TV station was dedicated. It was WNBQ-TV in Chicago and is now WMAQ-TV.
In 1959 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro began a U.S. goodwill tour.
In 1967 – Richard Speck was found guilty of murdering eight student nurses.
In 1986 – U.S. F-111 warplanes attacked Libya in response to the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on April 5, 1986.
In 1987 – In Northhampton, MA, Amy Carter, Abbie Hoffman and 13 others were acquitted on civil disobedience charges related with a CIA protest.
In 1989 – Students in Beijing launched a series of pro democracy protests upon the death of former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang. The protests led to the Tienanmen Square massacre.
In 1994 – The World Trade Organization was established.
In 1997 – Christopher Reeve received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1998 – Pol Pot died at the age of 73. The leader of the Khmer Rouge regime thereby evaded prosecution for the deaths of 2 million Cambodians.
And, in 1998 -2000 – Six hundred anti-IMF (International Monetary Fund) protesters were arrested in Washington, DC, for demonstrating without a permit.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals:
Leonardo da Vinci 1452 – Artist.
Charles Peale 1741 – Artist.
Henry James 1843 – Author.
Hans Conried 1917 – Actor.
Michael Ansara 1922 – Actor.
Roy Clark 1933 – Country musician, singer.
Claudia Cardinale 1938 – Actress.
Julie Sommars 1942 – Actress.
Amy Wright 1950 – Actress.
Michael Tucci 1950 – Actor.
Emma Thompson 1959 – Actress.
Samantha Fox 1966 – Singer.
Seth Rogan 1982 – Actor.
And finally, Emma Watson 1990 – Actress.

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