Life Day 24064: Save Your Hearing Day

May 31, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning audiophiles. Today is Friday, May 31, 2013. The first holiday is Save Your Hearing Day. Save Your Hearing Day serves as a reminder that our hearing is vital, and needs to be protected. Hearing loss can be attributed to a number of causes including health, genetic, and environmental. Environmental causes are the ones over which you have the most control. If you job requires you to be around high-decibel noise for prolonged periods of time, be sure to wear adequate hearing protection. Around your home, don’t blare your music at a volume which can be registered on the Richter Scale. The same thing applies when you are driving in your car. Never put anything smaller than your thumb into your ears to clean them. Take time today to learn other ways to prevent hearing loss. It is also a good day to schedule a hearing test with your Healthcare professional.

The next holiday is Speak in Complete Sentences Day. Speak in Complete Sentences Day is a day set aside to celebrate the increasingly lost art of speaking, and writing, properly. As slang, informalism, and social media lingo continue their assault on proper language, this holiday reminds us of the importance of good language skills. Feel free to be the ‘grammar Nazi’ today.

The third holiday today is What You Think Upon Grows Day. Legendary thinkers throughout history have often said that “thoughts are things”, and “what a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”. It is also said that “men are makers of themselves”. The gist of all this hoopla is that you control your own destiny. If you think negative thoughts, negative things will happen to you, therefore the converse must also be true. So, Think Positively.

Today’s final holiday is  World No Tobacco Day. World No Tobacco Day brings awareness of the health issues, and dependency issues related to tobacco use; and stresses the importance of making people all over the world aware of the health dangers of using tobacco.  According to the World Health Organization’s website: The Member States of the World Health Organization created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1987, the World Health Assembly passed Resolution WHA40.38, calling for 7 April 1988 to be a “a world no-smoking day.” In 1988, Resolution WHA42.19 was passed, calling for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day, every year on 31 May.
And for the 26th consecutive year, I will not be participating. I tend to ignore ‘holidays’ with the words World, Global, or International in the title as a general rule anyway. I know that I should quit smoking, and someday I will. But it won’t be because of some International holiday. This holiday is not to be confused with the Great American Smokeout which happens in November each year.

The food-related holiday today is National  Macaroon Day. “Macaroon” means different things to different people. To some, it’s a big ball of coconut, to others, a delicate, airy meringue. This link will provide you with the history of both types. Whichever kind of macaroon you like, have some today.

On this date in 2003 – In North Carolina, Eric Robert Rudolph was captured. He had been on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list for five years for several bombings including the 1996 Olympic bombing.
Also on this date in history:
1859 – In London, Big Ben went into operation. The name Big Ben initially referred to the bell inside the tower but later came to refer to the tower.
1870 – E.J. DeSemdt patented asphalt.
1879 – New York’s Madison Square Garden opened.
1880 – The first U.S. national bicycle society was formed in Newport, RI. It was known as the League of American Wheelman.
1884 – Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented “flaked cereal.”
1907 – The first taxis arrived in New York City. They were the first in the United States.
1909 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its first conference.
1913 – The 17th Amendment went into effect. It provided for popular election of U.S. senators.
1915 – A German zeppelin made an air raid on London.
1927 – Ford Motor Company produced the last “Tin Lizzie” in order to begin production of the Model A.
1941 – The first issue of “Parade: The Weekly Picture Newspaper” went on sale.
1955 – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered that all states must end racial segregation “with all deliberate speed.”
1962 – Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel. Eichmann was a Gestapo official and was executed for his actions in the Nazi Holocaust.
1977 – The trans-Alaska oil pipeline was finished after 3 years of construction.
And, in 1994 – The U.S. announced it was no longer aiming long-range nuclear missiles at targets in the former Soviet Union.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals:
Walt Whitman 1819 – Poet.
Fred Allen 1894 – Comedian.
Norman Vincent Peale 1898 – Author.
Don Ameche 1908 – Actor.
Denholm Elliot 1922 – Actor.
Prince Rainier III 1923 – Monaco.
Clint Eastwood 1930 – Actor.
Jim Hutton 1934 – Actor.
Keir Dullea 1936 – Actor.
Johnny Paycheck 1938 – Country singer.
Peter Yarrow 1938 – Musician.
Joe Namath 1943 – Football player.
Sharon Gless 1943 – Actress.
John Bonham 1948 – Musician.
Tom Berenger 1949 – Actor.
Gregory Harrison 1950 – Actor.
Roma Maffia 1958 – Actress.
Chris Elliot 1960 – Comedian.
Lea Thompson 1961 – Actress.
Brooke Shields 1965 – Actress.
And finally, Colin Farrell 1976 – Actor.

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