Life Day 24057: Man, I’m Gonna Wig Out

May 24, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my depilated friends. Today is Friday, May 24, 2013. The first holiday today is National Wig Out Day. National Wig Out Day is similar to Halloween, except for wigs only. Have you ever wanted to dye your hair a different color or try out a new hairstyle, but were too scared to take the risk? If so, then today is your day. If, like me, you are not burdened with hair of your own, today is your chance to see what might have been; were it not for genetics. National Wig out Day encourages people to don wigs and strut around proudly in them all day. This holiday was created in 2006 by Kate and Alice Clark. The sisters were able to inspire the residents of Bellingham, Washington to go to work wearing all different types of crazy wigs and then gather downtown at the end of the day for a party. Since then, Wig Out Day has grown and spread throughout the nation. So go ahead and stop by your local wig shop or shop for wigs online. Your wig can be anything anything you choose; from a mullet to a 70’s style afro. Whatever you decide to wear on your head is OK, just be sure to Wig Out today.
Note: “Wig Out” is also a term used to describe the unnecessary feelings of anxiety and paranoia often caused by the use of marijuana, and other psychotropic drugs. People can also “wig out” in times of extreme stress; such as the loss of a job, a divorce or break-up, or even a death in the family. So, if you aren’t going to celebrate this holiday, don’t “wig out” on someone who is secure enough with themselves to actually participate in National Wig Out Day.

The next holiday is Brother’s Day. Brother’s Day refers not only to your biological male siblings, but also to fraternity brothers and brothers bonded by union affiliation, or life experiences; such as comrades in arms. Reach out to as many of your brothers as you can today; whether genetically linked, or linked by common life experiences.

The next two holidays are related. They are  Don’t Fry Day and Heat Awareness Day. Don’t Fry Day and Heat Awareness Day both serve as reminders to take precautions while exposed to the sun this time of year. We had a similar holiday, May Ray Day, last Sunday as well.
Don’t Fry Day is sponsored by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, and is concerned primarily with steps you can take to avoid melanoma and other types of skin cancer.
Heat Awareness Day is sponsored by the good people at N.O.A.A. (aka: the National Weather Service). They reiterate that overexposure to heat is the number 1 cause of weather-related death.

The final holiday today is International Tiara Day. International Tiara Day, hopefully, is of interest only to my female readers, so I am not going to dwell on it. This link will tell you everything you need to know about this holiday. If you are a consummate multi-tasker, I assume that you could combine the celebration of this holiday with today’s first holiday.

The food-related holiday is National Escargot Day. Escargot are univalve mollusks with a spiral shell. Escargot is the French word for snail. Of the various varieties, the vineyard snail, which feeds on grape leaves, is considered the best eating; but it grows slowly and is difficult to raise. It has a dull, yellowish-brown streaked shell with a blotchy flesh, and grows to approximately 1- 1/2 to 1-3/4 inches in size. The French petit-gris is a smaller variety, growing to about 1 inch, and is currently grown in the United States. Its shell and flesh are brownish-gray in color. Fresh snails can be found in specialty markets throughout the year and are generally boiled first and then baked or broiled in the shell. Canned and packaged snail shells are also available in many supermarkets. I WILL NOT BE CELEBRATING THIS HOLIDAY. The only way I enjoy snails is watching them dissolve when I pour salt on them.

On this date in 1844 – Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America’s first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD. The message was “What hath God wrought?”
Other significant historical events which happened on this date are:
1543 – Copernicus published proof of a sun-centered solar system.
1624 – After years of unprofitable operation Virginia’s charter was revoked and it became a royal colony.
1689 – The English Parliament passed Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants. Roman Catholics were specifically excluded from exemption.
1738 – The Methodist Church was established.
1830 – The first passenger railroad service in the U.S. began service.
1878 – The first American bicycle race was held in Boston.
1883 – After 14 years of construction the Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic.
1899 – The first public garage was opened by W.T. McCullough.
1930 – Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly from England to Australia.
1931 – B&O Railroad began service with the first passenger train to have air conditioning throughout. The run was between New York City and Washington, DC.
1935 – The Cincinnati Reds played the Philadelphia Phillies in the first major league baseball game at night. The switch for the floodlights was thrown by President Franklin Roosevelt.
1954 – The first moving sidewalk in a railroad station was opened in Jersey City, NJ.
1958 – United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
1962 – The officials of the National Football League ruled that halftime of regular season games would be cut to 15 minutes.
1967 – California Governor Ronald Reagan greeted Charles M. Schulz at the state capitol in observance of the legislature-proclaimed “Charles Schulz Day.”
1976 – Britain and France opened trans-Atlantic Concorde service to Washington.
1983 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had the right to deny tax breaks to schools that racially discriminate.
1994 – The four men convicted of bombing the New York’s World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
2000 – Five people were killed and two others wounded when two gunmen entered a Wendy’s restaurant in Flushing, Queens, New York. The gunmen tied up the victims in the basement and then shot them.
2000 – The U.S. House of Representatives approved permanent normal trade relations with China. China was not happy about some of the human rights conditions that had been attached by the U.S. lawmakers.
And, in 2001 – Temba Tsheri, age 15, became the youngest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following luminaries:
Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit 1686 – Physicist.
Emanuel Leutze 1816 – Artist.
Lilli Palmer 1914 – Actress.
Tommy Chong 1938 – Comedian.
Bob Dylan 1941 – Musician.
Gary Burghoff 1943 – Actor.
Patti LaBelle  1944 – Singer.
Alfred Molina 1953 – Actor.
Rosanne Cash 1955 – Singer.
Kristin Scott Thomas 1960 – Actress.
John C. Reilly 1965 – Actor.
Erin Close 1967 – Actor.
And finally, Tommy Page 1967 – Singer.

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