Life Day 24046: “Leapin Horny Toads”, It’s Frog Jumping Day

May 13, 2013 at 12:03 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning toads. Today is Monday, May 13, 2013. The first holiday today is Frog Jumping Day. Frog Jumping Day can be traced back to Missouri author Mark Twain, and his first short story, “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog.” It’s also known as “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” as well as “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” The reason that Frog Jumping Day is celebrated on this date is a mystery. It is neither the date of the publication of the above mentioned short story, nor the anniversary of Mark Twain’s birth or death. Celebrate this holiday by learning more about frogs and/or toads.

The next holiday today is Leprechaun Day. Leprechaun Day is a dedicated to the little (some say, make-believe) elves of Ireland. According to Irish legend, or folklore, Leprechauns have a hidden pot of gold. If you catch a Leprechaun, he must give you his pot of gold. To celebrate, I suggest looking over your financial portfolio to see if there are ways that you can increase your own “pot of gold”. The alternative is to go out searching for a Leprechaun. Yeah! good luck with that.

The final holiday today is National Women’s Checkup Day. National Women’s Checkup Day encourages women schedule a checkup with their doctor as soon as possible.  Regular checkups are vital in detecting heart disease, cancer, and a plethora of other health problems in their early stages.

The first food-related holiday today is National Apple Pie Day. Apple pie is the quintessential American dessert. However, apple pie wasn’t even invented in the U.S. Rather it was invented in Europe sometime during the 14th century. The first apple pie recipe was printed by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1381 in England. The ingredients in the recipe included apples, spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron, and cofyn (a casing of pastry). Dutch apple pie recipes date back to the late 15th century. These recipes were similar to the English recipes except they included a scoop of ice cream placed on top of the pie before it was served. This tradition, apple pie à la mode, was eventually brought to America where most people continue to enjoy their apple pie topped with ice cream. Enjoy a slice of this iconic dessert after dinner tonight.

The other food-related holiday is National Fruit Cocktail Day. Fruit Cocktail is a dish consisting of various kinds of fruit, sometimes served in a liquid, either in their own juices or a syrup.  The use of the word “cocktail” in the name does not mean that it contains alcohol, but refers to the secondary definition “An appetizer made by combining pieces of food, such as fruit or seafood”. The most common variety of fruit cocktail is canned, although you could easily make a fresh version yourself at home. Here in America, the USDA stipulates that canned “fruit cocktail” must contain a certain percentage distribution of pears, grapes, cherries, peaches, and pineapples to be marketed as fruit cocktail. It must contain fruits in the following range of percentages:
30% to 50% diced peaches, any yellow variety
25% to 45% diced pears, any variety
6% to 16% diced pineapple, any variety
6% to 20% whole grapes, any seedless variety
2% to 6% cherry halves, any light sweet or artificial red variety (usually maraschino cherries).
I prefer my fruit cocktail served with a generous scoop of cottage cheese.

On this date in 1865 – The last land engagement of the American Civil War was fought at the Battle of Palmito Ranch in far south Texas, more than a month after Gen. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, VA.
Also on this date in history:
1607 – Jamestown, Virginia, was settled as a colony of England.
1821 – The first practical printing press was patented in the U.S. by Samuel Rust.
1846 – The U.S. declared that war already existed with Mexico.
1854 – The first big American billiards match was held at Malcolm Hall in Syracuse, NY.
1861 – Britain declared its neutrality in the American Civil War.
1867 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis became a free man after spending two years in prison for his role in the American Civil War.
1880 – Thomas Edison tested his experimental electric railway in Menlo Park.
1911 – The New York Giants set a major league baseball record. Ten runners crossed home plate before the first out of the game against St. Louis.
1913 – Igor Sikorsky flew the first four engine aircraft.
1940 – Winston Churchill made his first speech as the prime minister of Britain.
1958 – Vice President Nixon’s limousine was battered by rocks thrown by anti-U.S. demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela.
1967 – Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run.
1975 – Hailstones the size of tennis balls hit Wenerville, TN.
1981 – Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter’s Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca.
1982 – The Chicago Cubs became the first major league baseball team to win 8,000 games.
1985 – Tony Perez became the oldest major league baseball player to hit a grand slam home run at the age of 42 and 11 months.
And, in 1985 – A confrontation between Philadelphia authorities and the radical group MOVE ended as police dropped an explosive onto the group’s headquarters. 11 people died in the fire that resulted.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished people:
Maxine Sullivan 1911 – Singer.
Robert Middleton 1911 – Actor.
Joe Louis 1914 – Boxer.
Beatrice Arthur 1926 – Actress.
Johnny Roseboro 1933 – Baseball player.
Zohra Lampert 1937 – Actress.
Harvey Keitel 1939 – Actor.
Senta Berger 1941 – Actress.
Richie Valens 1941 – Singer.
Mary Wells 1943 – Singer.
Tim Pigott-Smith 1946 – Actor.
Franklin Ajaye 1949 – Actor, comedian.
Stevie Wonder 1950 – Musician.
Bobby Valentine 1950 – Baseball player, manager.
Frances Barber 1958 – Actress.
Julianne Phillips 1960 – Model, actress.
Dennis Rodman 1961 – Basketball player.
Tom Verica 1964 – Actor.
Stephen Colbert 1964 – Television host.
Darius Rucker 1966 – Musician.
Samantha Morton 1977 – Actress.
Hunter Parrish 1978 – Actor.
And finally, Robert Pattinson 1986 – Actor.

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