LIFE DAY 24092: A CAPITAL IDEA

June 28, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

TODAY IS FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013.
GOOD MORNING LOVERS (OR HATERS) OF IMPROPER CAPITALIZATION. THE FIRST HOLIDAY TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY. INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY IS AN ENTIRE DAY DEDICATED TO SOMETHING THAT DRIVES NORMAL PEOPLE BONKERS; PEOPLE WHO TYPE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. THIS HOLIDAY WAS CREATED IN 2000 BY DEREK ARNOLD OF IOWA. IT WAS INTENDED TO POKE FUN AT THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO UNNECESSARILY CAPITALIZE LETTERS, WORDS, PHRASES, SENTENCES, OR ENTIRE PARAGRAPHS. THE DAY BECAME SO POPULAR WITH INTERNET USERS THAT IT IS NOW CELEBRATED TWICE A YEAR: ON JUNE 28TH AND AGAIN ON OCTOBER 22ND. SO, HIT YOUR CAPS LOCK KEY AND TYPE TO YOUR HEARTS CONTENT. USE IT ESPECIALLY TO ANNOY YOUR FRIENDS ON THE SOCIAL MEDIA SITES WHERE THIS EGREGIOUS BEHAVIOR IS MOST COMMONLY USED: TWITTER AND FACEBOOK. OK, I’M DONE WITH THIS.

The next holiday is Paul Bunyan Day. Paul Bunyan is one of the best-known heroes in American folklore. This legendary lumberjack (and his faithful companion Babe the Blue Ox) starred in many of the “tall tales” told in the Midwest during the 1800s. According to the stories, Bunyan was a giant man with incredible physical strength. He single-handedly established the logging industry, cleared North and South Dakota of its forests for farming, scooped out Lake Superior to water Babe, and even trained carpenter ants to help his fellow loggers.  It is said that Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes were created by Babe’s footprints.
French Canadians were believed to have originated Paul Bunyan during the Papineau rebellion of 1837.  While he may have been created in Canada, Paul Bunyan quickly became a huge American legend. Many of the tales of Paul Bunyan originated in lumberjack industry and logging communities. Like all good folklore, it was passed from generation to generation by word of mouth. Over campfires, his legend grew, and tales were created.
A young woman named K. Bernice Stewart was the first person to write down the original Bunyan tales. Stewart collected the stories from local loggers while studying at the University of Wisconsin in 1914. Today, Paul Bunyan is mentioned in more than 1,000 books and has become one of the most widespread icons in American culture. It is unclear why today is Paul Bunyan Day.

The last holiday today is Insurance Awareness Day. Geez. Do you think that this holiday is sponsored by the Insurance industry? Insurance is nothing more than a legally sanctioned form of gambling. If you buy insurance, you are gambling that something will go wrong. If you don’t buy insurance, you are gambling that something will not go wrong. Insurance, whether life, homeowners, automobile, or disaster (flood, fire, tornado, etc, etc,) offers peace of mind that in the event something does occur, you will be financially protected. Life situations change over time. Do you have another child? Have all of your children grown up and moved out? To celebrate this holiday, take time today to go over all the insurance coverage that you have and make sure it is still adequate for your needs. You might be able to reduce or eliminate some coverages and save a little money; much to the chagrin of your Insurance agent.

The first food-related holiday today is National Tapioca Day. When most people, including me, see the word ‘tapioca’, they immediately think of pudding. At first glance, I thought that this holiday was going to be the third pudding-related holiday in a row, but then I noticed that there was no mention of it in the title.
Tapioca is a flavorless, colorless, odorless starch extracted from the root of the cassava plant. Gluten free, it is used worldwide as a thickening agent. The starch is processed into several forms: fine or coarse flakes or flour/meal, tiny round pearls, powder and rectangular sticks; the products are traditionally white, but sticks and pearls may be colored brown or vibrant pastels. The form most familiar to American consumers is white pearl tapioca. All forms except flour and powder must be soaked prior to cooking, to rehydrate them; they absorb water equal to twice their volume or more. In all forms, tapioca is opaque before cooking; after cooking it becomes translucent.

The other food-related holiday today is National Ceviche Day. Ceviche (pronounced say-VEE-chay), is shellfish cured by acidic citrus juice. It has been popular in Latin America for many centuries. In the early 1500s, the Spanish conquistadors wrote of an Inca dish of raw fish marinated in chicha, a fermented maize beer that dates back some 2,000 years. The concept evolved into ceviche raw fish or shellfish cured with citrus juice.
A chemical process occurs when the fish/shell fish is marinated in the highly acidic citrus juice, which denatures the protein. The result is similar to what happens when the fish is cooked with heat. Instead of “cooking,” however, the fish is cured in the marinade, which adds its own delicious flavors.
Both Ecuador and Peru claim to have originated ceviche: Both were part of the Incan Empire. But why quibble: Today, ceviche, or seviche or sebiche, depending on the country, is so popular that there are cevicherias, restaurants that specialize in ceviche. The Spanish brought the lime and onion that is integral to modern ceviche. In fact, the term “ceviche” is thought to come from the Spanish escabeche, meaning marinade. Others argue that the word comes from the Quechua (Incan) word siwichi—although we could not find this word in different Quecha dictionaries that we consulted. There’s a whole menu of ceviche, from types of fish and seafood to country-specific preparations. Each country adds its own spin based on local seafood and preference for ingredients, like avocado.
Because of my dislike of seafood in general, I will not be celebrating this holiday.

On this date in 1914 – Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was assassinated in Sarajevo along with his wife, Duchess Sophie. This incident was the start of WWI. Exactly five years later, on this date in 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed ending World War I. The treaty also established the League of Nations.
Also on this date in history:
1776 – American Colonists repulsed a British sea attack on Charleston, SC.
1778 – Mary “Molly Pitcher” Hays McCauley, wife of an American artilleryman, carried water to the soldiers during the Battle of Monmouth and, supposedly, took her husband’s place at his gun after he was overcome with heat.
1894 – Congress made Labor Day a U.S. national holiday.
1902 – Congress passed the Spooner bill, it authorized a canal to be built across the isthmus of Panama.
1911 – Samuel J. Battle became the first African-American policeman in New York City.
1938 – Congress created the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to insure construction loans.
1939 – Pan American Airways began the first transatlantic passenger service.
1942 – German troops launched an offensive to seize Soviet oil fields in the Caucasus and the city of Stalingrad.
1945 – General Douglas MacArthur announced the end of Japanese resistance in the Philippines.
1950 – North Korean forces captured Seoul, South Korea.
1954 – French troops began to pull out of Vietnam’s Tonkin Province.
1960 – In Cuba, Fidel Castro confiscated American-owned oil refineries without compensation.
1964 – Malcolm X founded the Organization for Afro American Unity to seek independence for blacks in the Western Hemisphere.
1965 – The first commercial satellite began communications service. It was Early Bird (Intelsat II).
1967 – Israel formally declared Jerusalem reunified under its sovereignty following its capture of the Arab sector in the June 1967 war.
1971 – The Supreme Court overturned the draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali.
1972 – U.S. President Nixon announced that no new draftees would be sent to Vietnam.
1976 – The first women entered the U.S. Air Force Academy.
1978 – The Supreme Court ordered the medical school at the University of California at Davis to admit Allan Bakke. Bakke, a white man, argued he had been a victim of reverse racial discrimination.
1996 – The Citadel voted to admit women, ending a 153-year-old men-only policy at the South Carolina military school.
1996 – Charles M. Schulz, creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip, got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1997 – Mike Tyson was disqualified for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear after three rounds of their WBA heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas, NV.
2000 – The Supreme Court declared that a Nebraska law that outlawed “partial birth abortions” was unconstitutional. About 30 U.S. states had similar laws at the time of the ruling.
2000 – Six-year-old Elián González returned to Cuba from the U.S. with his father. The child had been the center of an international custody dispute.
2001 – Slobodan Milosevic was taken into custody and was handed over to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. The indictment charged Milosevic and four other senior officials, with crimes against humanity and violations of the laws and customs of war in Kosovo.
2001 – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit set aside an order that would break up Microsoft for antitrust violations. However, the judges did agree that the company was in violation of antitrust laws.
2004 – The U.S. turned over official sovereignty to Iraq’s interim leadership. The event took place two days earlier than previously announced to thwart insurgents’ attempts at undermining the transfer.
And, in 2007 – The American bald eagle was removed from the endangered species list.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished people:
John Wesley 1703 – Theologian.
John Dillinger 1902 – Notorious bank robber.
Richard Rodgers 1902 – Composer. (“My Funny Valentine” and many more)
Ashley Montague 1905  – Anthropologist.
Eric Ambler 1909 – Author. (“A Night to Remember”)
Pete Candoli 1923 – Jazz trumpeter.
George Morgan 1925 – Mint engraver. (the Morgan dollar)
Mel Brooks 1926 – Writer, director, actor.
Pat Morita 1932 – Actor. (Happy Days, The Karate Kid)
Cathy Carr 1936 – Pop singer. (“Ivory Tower”)
John Byner 1937 – Comedian, impressionist.
David Knights 1945 – Musician (Procol Harum)
Gilda Radner 1946 – Comedian. (Saturday Night Live)
Bruce Davison 1946 – Actor.
Kathy Bates 1948 – Actress.
Alice Krige 1955 – Actress. (Chariots of Fire)
John Elway 1960 – Football player
Jessica Hecht 1965 – Actress. (Friends)
John Cusack 1966 – Actor.
Mary Stuart Masterson 1966 – Actress. (Fried Green Tomatoes)
Gil Bellows 1967 – Actor. (“Ally McBeal”)
Danielle Brisebois 1969 – Actress. (All in the Family, Archie Bunker’s Place)
And finally, Kellie Pickler 1986 – Country singer. (“American Idol”)

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