Life Day 24035: Point of Order

May 2, 2013 at 12:10 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning structured meeting enthusiasts. Today is Thursday, May 2, 2013. The first holiday today is Robert’s Rules of Order Day. Robert’s Rules of Order Day celebrates the birth of Henry Martyn Robert, who was born on this date in 1837. In 1876, he published the definitive book concerning  rules of order for deliberative assemblies which was later adopted as parliamentary authority for such assemblies. The procedures outlined in the first edition of the book, whose full title was Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies, were loosely modeled after those used in the United States House of Representatives, with such adaptations as Robert saw fit for use in ordinary societies.  The most recent edition (the 11th) was published in 2011 was re-edited with an expanded and updated treatment of many topics. In other words, it in no way resembles the original book.

The next holiday is Brothers and Sisters Day. Brothers and Sisters Day celebrates that special bond between siblings. Let’s face it, sometimes you cherish them, and other times, you want to disown them. If you have siblings, use today to reach out to them. If they live nearby, pay them a visit. If you are geographically separated, write them a letter or send them a card. If you need instant gratification, call them on the telephone, email them, IM them, Tweet them, or use whatever other means of instant communication you choose. The point is to reach out to them today. You’ll be glad you did.

The third holiday today is Scurvy Awareness Day. If you’re like me, you thought that Scurvy had been eradicated a couple of centuries ago. Evidently, that is not the case. In nations where fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful, and where Vitamin C is added to processed foods, Scurvy has, in fact, all but been eliminated. But in poor nations that lack a source of fresh fruits and vegetables, Scurvy is still a problem. Scurvy is a condition caused by a lack of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) in the diet. Even if you live in a “developed” country, you could still be at risk for Scurvy if you are on a very restricted diet, you are under severe physiological stress (for example, during an infection or after an injury), or you are a chronic alcoholic. The symptoms for Scurvy are lethargy, slow wound healing, swollen and/or bleeding gums, and muscle and joint pain. Purplish red blood-blisters on the skin of the legs is also a common symptom. I guess the point here is “watch your diet”; make sure that you get enough Vitamin C, either through consuming fresh fruits and vegetables, or through supplements.

Another holiday today is National Play Your Ukulele Day. Play Your Ukulele Day is a chance to ‘change the world four strings at a time’ by playing your ukulele, sharing it, and teaching others to play. That is, presuming that you own one, and can play it. If you don’t own a ukulele and/or can’t play one, you can still enjoy this holiday. Just search “ukulele” on YouTube. It is full of videos of ukulele players; some of which can even be viewed and listened to without permanent damage to your eyes and/or ears.

The remainder of today’s holidays are of no particular interest to me. Nonetheless, I will provide a link to each of them in case you are interested in one of them.
Baby Day.
Martin Z. Mollusk Day.
National Day of Prayer.
National Day of Reason.

The food-related holiday today is National Truffle Day. There is some confusion as exactly to which “truffle” this holiday refers; the ganache-filled confection or the extravagantly priced fungus. One of my sources says it is the confection and one says it is the fungus. Since I have previously expounded upon “chocolate-covered cashew truffles” (re: truffles) in a post last month, today I will expound upon the fungus.
A truffle is one of a type of subterranean mushroom, or the fruiting body of such a mushroom. Spore dispersal is accomplished through fungivores, animals that eat fungi. Almost all truffles have a symbiotic relationship with trees; and are therefore usually found in close proximity to trees. There are hundreds of species of truffles. The fruiting body of some (mostly in the genus Tuber) are highly prized as a food: French gourmand Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin called them “the diamond of the kitchen”. Edible truffles are held in high esteem in Middle Eastern, French, Spanish, Italian and Greek cooking, as well as in international “haute cuisine”. The mycelia (roots) of truffles form symbiotic relationships with the roots of several tree species including beech, poplar, oak, birch, hornbeam, hazel, and pine. They prefer argillaceous or calcareous soils which are well drained and neutral or alkaline. Truffles fruit throughout the year, depending on the species and can be found buried between the leaf litter and the soil. Truffles are difficult to cultivate. Past attempts to cultivate them have been only moderately successful. Searching for truffles in open ground is almost always carried out with specially trained pigs (truffle hogs) or, more recently, dogs. The Lagotto Romagnolo is currently the only dog breed recognized for sniffing out truffles (although virtually any breed could be trained for this purpose). There are pro and cons to using each. Truffle hogs have a keen sense of smell, and an innate ability to sniff out truffles. The only drawback is that they tend to want to eat the truffles as soon as they find them. Truffle dogs also have a keen sense of smell, and they are also easier to control. The only drawback to using them is that they have to be trained to find the truffles. The female pig’s natural truffle seeking, as well as her usual intent to eat the truffle, is due to a compound within the truffle similar to androstenol, the sex pheromone of boar saliva, to which the sow is keenly attracted. In Italy the use of the pig to hunt truffles is prohibited since 1985 due to damage caused by animals to truffle’s mycelia during the digging that dropped the production rate of the area for some years.
You will have to be the arbiter of which, if any (or both), type of truffle you celebrate today. Do you want to visit your local candy shop and buy some of the ganache-filled confection variety? Or, do you want to take a second mortgage out on your house, go to a specialty food store, and buy an ounce or two of the fungal variety?

On this date in 1941 – The Federal Communications Commission agreed to let regular scheduling of TV broadcasts by commercial TV stations begin on July 1, 1941. This was the start of network television.
In 1519 – Leonardo da Vinci died.
In 1670 – The Hudson Bay Company was founded by England’s King Charles II.
In 1865 – President Andrew Johnson offered $100,000 reward for the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
In 1885 – The magazine “Good Housekeeping” was first published.
In 1887 – Hannibal W. Goodwin applied for a patent on celluloid photographic film. This is the film from which movies are shown.
In 1890 – The Oklahoma Territory was organized.
In 1902 – “A Trip to the Moon,” the first science fiction film was released. It was created by magician George Melies.
In 1919 – The first U.S. air passenger service started.
In 1926 – In India, Hindu women gained the right to seek elected office.
In 1946 – Prisoners revolted at California’s Alcatraz prison.
In 1954 – Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals set a new major league record when he hit 5 home runs against the New York Giants.
In 1960 – Caryl Chessman was executed. He was a convicted sex offender and had become a best selling author while on death row.
In 1965 – The “Early Bird” satellite was used to transmit television pictures across the Atlantic.
In 1970 – Student anti-war protesters at Ohio’s Kent State University burn down the campus ROTC building. The National Guard took control of the campus.
In 1974 – Former U.S. Vice President Spiro T. Agnew was disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals.
In 1974 – The filming of “Jaws” began in Martha’s Vineyard, MA.
In 1993 – Authorities said that they had recovered the remains of David Koresh from the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, TX.
In 1994 – Nelson Mandela claimed victory after South Africa’s first democratic elections.
And, in 2002 – It was reported that Phyllis Diller had retired from touring.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following notables.
Catherine The Great 1729 – Russian leader Catherine II.
Hedda Hopper 1890 – Actress and gossip columnist.
Baron Von Richthofen 1892 – WWI German fighter ace.
Lorenz Hart 1895 – Composer.
Brian Aherne 1902 – Actor.
Dr. Benjamin Spock 1903 – Baby doctor, author.
Bing Crosby 1903 – Singer. (According to Bing Crosby his birthday is May 2nd; his birthday is actually May 3, real name: Harry Lillis Crosby).
Pinky Lee 1907 – Entertainer.
Nigel Patrick 1913 – Actor.
Theodore Bikel 1924 – Singer, actor.
Roscoe Lee Browne 1925 – Actor.
Francoise Fabian 1932 – Actress.
Link Wray 1935 – Musician.
Engelbert Humperdinck 1936 – Singer.
Lorenzo Music 1937 – Actor.
Bianca Jagger 1945 – Model.
Lesley Gore 1946 – Singer.
David Suchet 1946 – Actor.
Larry Gatlin 1948 – Singer.
Christine Baranski 1952 – Actress.
Elizabeth Berridge 1962 – Actress.
Dwayne Johnson 1972 – Wrestler, actor.
David Beckham 1975 – Soccer player.
Jenna Van Oy 1977 – Actress.
Gaius Charles 1983 – Actor.
Sarah Hughes 1985 – Figure skater.
Lily Allen 1985 – Singer.
And finally, Kay Panabaker 1990 – Actress.

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