Life Day 24026: Forsooth, ‘Tis Talketh Like the Bard Day

April 23, 2013 at 11:25 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

I desireth that thou cousins fare well on this morn. Today is Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The first holiday today is Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Yes, 449 years ago today William Shakespeare was born. Since imitation is the best form of flattery, what better way to honor “the Bard” than to speak like him on his birthday. If you are unsure how to talk like a character in a Shakespearean play, here are a few pointers to help you in that endeavor.
1) Instead of ‘you’ say thee or thou. Instead of ‘you all’ say ye.
2) Don’t waste time saying “it”, just use the letter “t” instead as in ‘tis, , ‘twill, I’ll do’t, etc.
3) When in doubt, add the letters ‘eth’ to the end of verbs, as I just dideth.
4) To add weight to your opinions, preface your arguments with methinks, mayhaps, in sooth, or wherefore.
5) Men are Sirrah, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin.
6)Instead of cursing, try calling your tormentors jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous bunch-back’d toads. Haveth merriment whilst ye engageth in this frivolity.

The next holiday is Lover’s Day. Lover’s Day,  like Valentine’s Day, is a day to express your feelings to the one you love. Unlike Valentine’s Day, you aren’t necessarily obligated to spend a fortune on candy, flowers, jewelry, and an extravagant dinner. Today a simple “I Love You because ……..” will suffice.

The third holiday today is Take A Chance Day. Take A Chance Day may seem familiar to you. We have already covered a number of holidays that express a similar sentiment in the past. I just go by what my sources tell me, so if this seems repetitive, don’t blame me. Take A Chance Day is a day to take a risk. Go “all in”, “draw to the inside straight”, “double down”, “let it ride”. Life is nothing but a “Crap Shoot” anyway. Today also applies to matters of the heart and business as well. If you have been reluctant to ask that “special someone” out, today is the day to take the chance. If you want that promotion at work, let your boss know.

Another holiday today is World Laboratory Day. World Laboratory Day celebrates those dedicated, often quirky, people who work in laboratories. Not all people who work in laboratories are like Dr. Frankenstein. Most of the world’s greatest medical treatments and cures were discovered and perfected in laboratories, after endless study and testing. Where would the World be without them? If you know a person who works in a laboratory, or if you encounter such a person today, be sure to wish them “Happy World Laboratory Day”.

The remaining holidays today are worthy of mention, but little else. As always, I will provide a link to them, in case you disagree with me.
National Teach Your Children To Save Day.
World Book & Copyright Day.
World Book Night.

The first food-related holiday today is National Picnic Day. People have been eating their meals outside in the beauty of nature for centuries. In fact, our modern-day idea of a picnic evolved from Medieval hunting feasts and Victorian garden parties. These were usually quite sophisticated affairs, which involved multiple courses and elaborate preparations. During the early 19th century a group of wealthy London citizens formed “The Picnic Society” to promote picnics as social gatherings. These picnics were potlucks, and each participant also had to provide a share of the entertainment. The society members drank from crystal goblets and listened to a live string quartet while eating their meal. Today, picnics are usually casual meals enjoyed on a comfortable picnic blanket in a park, on the beach, or even the back yard.

The next food-related holiday today is National Cherry Cheesecake Day. Savory cheesecake was popular in ancient Greece. Neufchatel, ricotta and other soft, fresh cheesecake-friendly cheeses have existed in Europe for centuries, engendering a variety of savory and sweet cheesecake recipes. But cream cheese was invented by accident in New York, in 1872, by a dairyman named William Lawrence. In 1880, he adopted the brand name “Philadelphia” because that city, not New  York was known at the time as a center of fine food. In the early 20th century, the company promoted the first cream cheese cake recipe, and and this iconic dessert was born.

And, the final food-related holiday today is National Zucchini Bread Day. Zucchini bread is sweet, cake-like bread that is very popular here in America. But why celebrate National Zucchini Bread Day this time of year? Well, the answer to that is simple. Zucchini plants are notoriously one of the most prodigious producers of fruit in the garden. Usually, by mid summer, most families are sick and tired of eating zucchini, yet the plant in their garden still keeps producing. They have exhausted all of their recipes, and have even resorted to leaving zucchini on their neighbors porch while they are gone just to get rid of it. The reason for celebrating National Zucchini Bread Day today is that it gives you a chance to actually enjoy some zucchini bread; before you get sick of all that zucchini from your garden this summer.

On this date in 2003 – President George W. Bush signed legislation that authorized the design change of the 5-cent coin (nickel) for release in 2004. It was the first change to the coin in 65 years. The change, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, was planned to run for only two years before returning to the previous design.
In 1789 – President George Washington moved into Franklin House, in New York City. It was the first executive mansion.
In 1872 – Charlotte E. Ray became the first black woman lawyer.
In 1896 – The Vitascope system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New York City.
In 1900 – The word “hillbilly” was first used in print in an article in the “New York Journal.” It was spelled “Hill-Billie”.
In 1908 – President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve.
In 1924 – The U.S. Senate passed the Soldiers Bonus Bill.
In 1940 – About 200 people died in a dance-hall fire in Natchez, MS.
In 1954 – Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first major-league home run on this day.
In 1964 – Ken Johnson of the Houston Astros threw the first no-hitter for a loss. The game was lost 1-0 to the Cincinnati Reds due to two errors.
In 1968 – The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form the United Methodist Church.
In 1985 – The Coca-Cola Company announced that it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula. New Coke was not successful, which resulted in the resumption of selling the original version.
In 1985 – The U.S. House rejected $14 million in aid to Nicaragua.
In 1988 – A U.S. federal law took effect that banned smoking on flights that were under two hours.
In 1988 – In Martinez, CA, a drain valve was left open at the Shell Marsh. More than 10,000 barrels of oil poured into the marsh adjoining Peyton Slough.
In 1988 – Kanellos Kanelopoulos set three world records for human-powered flight when he stayed in the air for 74 miles and four hours in his pedal-powered “Daedalus”.
In 1989 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his last regular season game in the NBA.
1996 – A New York civil-court jury ordered Bernhard Goetz to pay $43 million to Darrell Cabey. Cabey was paralyzed when he was shot in subway car in 1984.
In 1997 – An infertility doctor in California announced that a 63-year-old woman had given birth in late 1996. The child was from a donor egg. The woman is the oldest known woman to give birth.
And, in 2005 – The first video was uploaded to YouTube.com.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notable people.
James Buchanan 1791 – 15th U.S. President.
Janet Blair 1921 – Actress.
Shirley Temple 1928 – Child actress.
Alan Oppenheimer 1930 – Actor.
Roy Orbison 1936 – Singer.
Ray Peterson 1939 – Singer.
David Birney 1939 – Actor.
Lee Majors 1940 – Actor.
Sandra Dee 1942 – Actress.
Hervé Villechaize 1943 – Actor.
Blair Brown 1948 – Actress.
Joyce DeWitt 1949 – Actress.
James Russo 1953 – Actor.
Judy Davis 1955 – Actress.
Jan Hooks 1957 – Actress.
Craig Sheffer 1960 – Actor.
Valerie Bertinelli 1960 – Actress.
George Lopez 1961 – Actor, comedian.
Melina Kanakaredes 1967 – Actress.
Scott Bairstow 1970 – Actor.
Kal Penn 1977 – Actor.
Daniela Hantuchova 1983 – Tennis player.
And finally, Rachel Skarsten 1985 – Actress.

 

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