Life Day 24023: The World Is Going To Pot

April 20, 2013 at 12:17 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my hippie-dippy friends. Today is Saturday, April 20, 2013. The first holiday today is National Pot Smokers Day (aka Weed Day, 420 Day). Today is a day where millions of people across the world celebrate in the conspicuous consumption of marijuana. In other words, just another ordinary day. But why 420? Well, the history of its origin is somewhat cloudy (perhaps because the ones who created this holiday did so in a cloud of marijuana smoke). According to the editor of High Times, Steven Hager, the term “420” originated at San Rafael High School, in 1971, among a group of about a dozen pot-smoking students who called themselves the Waldos. The term was shorthand for the time of day the group would meet, at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur, to smoke pot. Other versions say 420 originated from a police dispatch code that identified pot smokers, or that 420 was the number of chemical compounds that are found in pot. Whatever its true origin may be, National Pot Smokers Day (aka Weed Day, 420 Day) is now firmly implanted in the marijuana subculture. I can not, in good conscience, urge you to celebrate this holiday.

For the few of you who didn’t stop reading this BLOG after the first paragraph and immediately begin your celebration, I will continue with the rest of today’s holidays. The next holiday is Look Alike Day. Look Alike Day is precisely what the name implies. Choose someone you admire and respect (or someone that you just want to look like), then do your best to emulate their appearance. Style your hair to match theirs and choose clothing similar to what they normally wear. You don’t have to worry about acting or speaking like they do. Today is Look Alike Day; not Imitate Day.

Are you still with me? The third holiday today is Volunteer Recognition Day. Volunteer Recognition Day honors the legions of volunteers who dedicate themselves to causes and helping others. Volunteers make a big difference in the lives of so many people. They provide comfort, improve lives and in some instances, save lives. And, they seldom ask for recognition. You can celebrate this holiday by thanking volunteers for their work; getting involved in a volunteer activity yourself; or donating to a volunteer group.

Another holiday today is Auctioneers Day. Auctioneers Day is recognized by auctioneers as a day to reflect back on one of history’s oldest professions and celebrate the industry’s future. The last bastion of the competitive free enterprise system, auctions and the age-old profession of auctioneering continues to grow every year. It is estimated that about a quarter-trillion dollars in goods and services are sold by professional auctioneers every year in the United States. Whether online or on the lawn, auctions continue to grow in popularity with consumers. Celebrate this holiday by attending an auction today if there is one near you.

The fifth holiday is Husband Appreciation Day. Again, the name of this holiday tells the story. This is all about showing a little appreciation to your husband for all the little things he does for you. Make him his favorite meal. Take him out to a movie, and let him pick which one you see for a change.

The next holiday is Record Store Day. Record Store Day celebrates independently-owned record stores and their unique culture. Many independent stores will join forces to plan events that may include special issue vinyl records and CD’s, performances by artists, DJ’s spinning records, and even cook-outs and meet & greets. If there is such an event in your area, try to attend. If not, why not visit your favorite indepentent record store to see what treasures you can add to your collection.

The final holiday today is Spring Astronomy Day. Spring Astronomy Day occurs between mid April and mid May on a Saturday near or before the 1st quarter Moon. This year it falls on April 20th. Astronomy Day events take place at hundreds of sites across Canada, England, the United States, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Malaysia, Iran, Ireland, plus many other countries. Astronomy Day was first celebrated in California in 1973, when Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California, decided that rather than try to entice people to travel long distances to visit observatories, they would set up telescopes closer to busy public locations like street corners, libraries and shopping malls. Check for an event such as this in your area tonight, and if you find one try to attend. If not, find your binoculars and do a little star-gazing on your own tonight.

For those of you who are still with me and not busy making a batch of “Brownies” or scarfing down junk-food due to your cannabis induced case of the “munchies”, here are today’s food-related holidays. The first is National Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day. Pineapple Upside-down Cake is a cake made by putting the topping in the pan first. Fruit, most popularly pineapple rings, are set into the bottom and the batter is poured on top. After the cake is baked it is inverted, and the fruit that was once at the bottom forms a decorative topping.  For best results, the pan should be non-stick to avoid parts of the cake sticking to the pan which would have an unpleasant effect on the cakes appearance. The first Pineapple Upside-down cake recipe was likely one found in a 1924 fund-raising cookbook published in Seattle. However, the Dole company is credited for popularizing the cake during the 1940’s.

The other food-related holiday today is Lima Bean Respect Day. Lima beans are incredibly good for you. They are filled with nutritious fiber, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese. Lima beans are also low in fat and contain protease inhibitors that stall the development of cancerous cells. Humans have been cultivating lima beans since 6000 BC. Today, people use them in recipes for soups, spreads, casseroles, and salads. In Japan, green baby lima beans are an important ingredient in bean paste, which is a popular dessert. Succotash, a dish usually found in the southern region of the United States, combines lima beans, corn, and chili peppers. Lima beans may not be your favorite healthy vegetable, but today is the day to show them some respect.

On this date in 1999 – In Littleton, CO, 13 people were killed at Columbine High School when two teenagers opened fire on them with shotguns and pipe-bombs. The two gunmen then killed themselves.
In 1775 – American troops began the siege of British-held Boston.
In 1832 – Hot Springs National Park was established by an act of the U.S. Congress. It was the first national park in the U.S.
In 1836 – The U.S. territory of Wisconsin was created by the U.S. Congress.
In 1841 – In Philadelphia, PA, Edgar Allen Poe’s first detective story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” was published in Graham’s Magazine.
In 1861 – Robert E. Lee resigned from U.S. Army.
In 1865 – Safety matches were first advertised.
In 1902 – Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium.
In 1912 – Fenway Park opened as the home of the Boston Red Sox.
In 1916 – Chicago’s Wrigley Field held its first Cubs game with the first National League game at the ballpark. The Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.
In  1934 – The movie “Stand Up And Cheer” opened. It was Shirley Temple’s debut.
In 1940 – The First electron microscope was demonstrated by RCA.
In 1953 – Operation Little Switch began in Korea. It was the exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war. Thirty Americans were freed.
In 1961 – FM stereo broadcasting was approved by the FCC.
In 1962 – The New Orleans Citizens’ Council offered a free one-way ride for blacks to move to northern states.
In 1971 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
In 1978 – The Korean Airliner Flight 902 was shot down while in Russian airspace. Two passengers were killed when the plane landed on a frozen lake.
In 1984 – Britain announced that its administration of Hong Kong would cease in 1997.
In 1988 – The U.S. Air Forces’ Stealth (B-2 bomber) was officially unveiled.
In 1989 – Scientist announced the successful testing of high-definition TV.
In 1991 – Mikhail Gorbachev became the first Soviet head of state to visit South Korea.
And, in 1999 – Jane Seymour received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished individuals:
Napoleon III 1808 – Emperor of France.
Adolf Hitler 1889 – German dictator.
Harold Lloyd 1893 – Comedian, actor.
Lionel Hampton 1908 – Bandleader.
Tito Puente 1923 – Jazz musician.
Nina Foch 1924 – Actress.
Elena Verdugo 1926 – Actress.
George Takei 1937 – Actor.
Johnny Tillotson 1939 – Singer.
Ryan O’Neal 1941 – Actor.
David Leland 1947 – Actor.
Jessica Lange 1949 – Actress.
Luther Vandross 1951 – Singer, songwriter.
Denis Leary 1958 – Comedian.
Clint Howard 1959 – Actor.
Crispin Glover 1964 – Actor.
Carmen Electra 1972 – Actress.
And finally, Joey Lawrence 1976 – Actor.

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