Life Day 24065: Barefootin’

June 1, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning eschewers of footwear. Today is Saturday, June 1, 2013. The first holiday today is  National Go Barefoot Day. If you like going barefoot, today is the day to do so. Go to the beach and walk barefoot in the sand, or go to a park and walk barefoot in the grass. It might also be a good day to go through your collection of old pairs of shoes and donate the ones you never wear anymore to charity. Even as a child, I disliked going barefoot. Now, since I have diabetes, I never, ever go barefoot, so I won’t be celebrating this holiday with you.

The next holiday is Flip a Coin Day. Flip a Coin Day is for those who find it difficult to make even a minor decision. Many people find it difficult to make decisions. Flipping a coin is the easiest way to resolve a situation where the correct decision is unclear. The coin flip has been around for centuries. It is rumored that Julius Caesar often used a coin toss to make decisions. Perhaps this explains why the Roman Empire is where it is today. If you are faltering about whether or not to celebrate this holiday, perhaps you should just flip a coin. Heads you celebrate, tails you don’t.

The third holiday today is Dare Day.  Dare Day is a day to challenge someone to a dare, and in turn, do a dare yourself. It is thought to have originated in Dare County, England where they celebrate Dare Day on the first Saturday in June. If you decide to celebrate Dare Day, keep the dares within reason. Don’t, for instance, dare someone to juggle operating chain saws or to pluck a whisker from a live Wolverine. Instead, dare someone to stop smoking for the day, or to finish an uncompleted home project. Have fun.
Note: This holiday has nothing to do with the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program.

Today is also Heimlich Maneuver Day. The Heimlich Maneuver was created in 1974 by Dr. Henry Heimlich. There is controversy still today about whether or not he is the actual inventor if the Abdominal Thrust (aka Heimlich maneuver). Current choking guidelines call for first using five sharp blows to the back to dislodge the object blocking the airway, then if that fails to work, then use five abdominal thrusts. These should only be used on conscious victims. Whether you chose to call it the Heimlich maneuver or abdominal thrusts, it is a good thing to know, and I recommend that you learn how to properly perform the procedure.

The fifth holiday is National Trails Day. National Trails Day is sponsored by the American Hiking Society, and is held annually on the first Saturday in June. This link will provide you with information regarding how to find an event near you in which you can participate this year; or how to organize an event in your area for next year. If you can’t find an event near you this year, you can participate in a local hike, volunteer to perform maintenance on local hiking trails, go out and geocache, hit the bike trail, or just take a photo safari.. “Happy Trails to You”.

We’re not done yet folks. The next holiday is Drawing Day or Pencil Day. Drawing Day or Pencil Day is held on the first Saturday in June each year since 2008. The goal for Drawing Day is simple: To create enough drawings to make some noise worldwide for the sake of art. To join in on this event is as simple as picking up a pencil and drawing. However, the most important part is to then share your art with the world. The simplest way to do this is to scan your drawing(s) into your computer and upload them to this website: Drawing Day website. Happy sketching.

Yet another holiday today is Say Something Nice Day. Say Something Nice Day means exactly that: say something nice to someone today. This is a day to say thank you to those who make our lives better. A day to recognize those who contribute to our lives in specific ways. And a day to apologize for words spoken in frustration, anger or disappointment.

And finally, the final holiday today is Stand For Children Day. This is one of those hippie-dippy, nausea inducing holidays that I love so much. I like children as much as anyone else, but this holiday seems to be more about making those who celebrate it feel better about themselves by saying, “See, we care about children”. Here is a link to the website if you are interested.

The first food-related holiday today is National Hazelnut Cake Day. What’s not to like about this holiday. It combines two popular foods: hazelnuts and cake. Hazelnut cake is a cake that uses ground hazelnuts to replace some of the wheat flour, so it is even somewhat healthy. Enjoy some for dessert tonight.

The other food-related holiday today is National Doughnut Day. You don’t have to be a Police Officer to enjoy a good donut. A doughnut is a pastry, a small, fried ring of sweet, leavened dough. Doughnuts leavened with baking powder (cake doughnuts) are more dense than the fluffier, yeast-leavened (raised) doughnuts. There are many types of doughnuts. Just a few examples include bismarcks or jelly doughnuts, raised doughnuts leavened with yeast, squares and twists, crullers made from twisted cake-doughnut dough and French doughnuts made with cream-puff pastry dough. Doughnuts can be filled or unfilled, plain, glazed or iced. Originally a Dutch recipe without a hole, the dough is dropped into hot oil, and was originally called an olykoek, or oily cake. The first written reference to “doughnut” is in Washington Irving’s 1809 in History of New York, where he writes of “balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat, and called doughnuts, or olykoeks.” The first known printed record of the shortened “donut” appears in “Peck’s Bad Boy And His Pa,” a story by George W. Peck published in 1900. As the story goes, in 1847, 16-year-old American Hanson Gregory created the hole in the center of the doughnut. He used the top of a round tin pepper container to punch the holes, so the dough would cook evenly. And the rest is history. Enjoy a doughnut, or two, today.

On this date in 1961 – Radio listeners in New York, California, and Illinois were introduced to FM multiplex stereo broadcasting. A year later the FCC made this a standard.
Also on this date in history:
1774 – The British government ordered the Port of Boston closed.
1789 – The first U.S. congressional act on administering oaths became law.
1792 – Kentucky became the 15th state.
1796 – Tennessee became the 16th state.
1861 – The first skirmish of the Civil War took place at the Fairfax Court House, Virginia.
1869 – Thomas Edison received a patent for his electronic voting machine.
1877 – U.S. troops were authorized to pursue bandits into Mexico.
1935 – The Ingersoll-Waterbury Company reported that it had produced 2.5 million Mickey Mouse watches during its 2-year association with Disney.
1938 – Baseball helmets were worn for the first time.
1938 – Superman, the world’s first super hero, appeared in the first issue of Action Comics.
1939 – The Douglas DC-4 made its first passenger flight from Chicago to New York.
1944 – Siesta was abolished by the government of Mexico.
1954 – In the Peanuts comic strip, Linus’ security blanket made its debut.
1958 – Charles de Gaulle became the premier of France.
1963 – Democrat Governor George Wallace vowed to defy an injunction that ordered the integration of the University of Alabama.
1970 – Zimbabwe came into existence. It was formerly known as Rhodesia.
1978 – The United States reported the finding of wiretaps in the American embassy in Moscow.
1980 – Cable News Network (CNN) made its debut as the first all-news station.
1998 – The FDA approved a urine-only test for the AIDS virus.
And, also in 1998 – A $124 million suit was brought against Goodyear Tire & Rubber that alleged discrimination towards black workers.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of luminaries:
Brigham Young 1801 – Mormon pioneer.
Nelson Riddle 1921 – Band leader.
Andy Griffith 1926 – Actor.
Norma Jeane Mortenson 1926 – Actress.
Pat Boone 1934 – Singer.
Ron Wood 1947 – Musician.
Powers Boothe 1949 – Actor.
Lisa Hartman 1956 – Actress.
Teri Polo 1969 – Actress.
Heidi Klum 1973 – Model.
Alanis Morissette 1974 – Musician.
And finally, Justine Henin 1982 – Tennis player.

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