Life Day 24100: Pucker Up People

July 6, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Saturday, July 6, 2013.
Good morning smooching aficionados. The first holiday today is International Kissing Day. Kissing Day has been celebrated on this date in England for quite some time, but about 20 years ago, it was adopted by the United Nations and made an International holiday. The underlying idea behind formulating International Kissing Day is that most people have forgotten and overlooked the mere pleasure affiliated with kissing for the sake of kissing; rather than  kissing as a social formality or just an overture to other actions. This holiday is designed to promote the fact that kissing can be an enjoyable experience, instead of  just a formality of greeting. No one can be sure of the origin of the ‘kiss’; or the origin of the word ‘kissing’. That is impossible to determine since one form of kissing or another has been around since the dawn of time.
The current record for a single kiss is currently held by a married couple from Thailand, Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat. At an event held in Pattaya, Thailand on Feb 12-14 of this year they kissed for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. Holy chapped lips, Batman! (And you wussies thought you were breaking records with your marathon make-out sessions at the drive-in).
To celebrate this holiday, just find your partner and smooch away.

The next holiday is Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day. Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day was created by those techie-type people at It encourages you to keep the person running your website happy by making sure he or she is well fed. It makes them feel loved and gives them the energy and motivation to fix all those typos that you have when you add content to your site.
I’m sure that, like me, most of don’t have a webmaster. You are the master of your own web. In that case, to celebrate this holiday, pry yourself away from your computer for a while today and take yourself out to a nice leisurely lunch. If you have a significant other who also uses your computer, take them along and try to get them to pay the check. That’s the best suggestion I can give you.

The third holiday today is International Day of Cooperatives. International Day of Cooperatives is another one of those sappy, touchy-feely U.N. holidays. Other than to tell you that it is always held on the first Saturday in July, that it was proposed and passed on December 16th, 1992, and that this years theme is “Cooperative enterprise remains strong in time of crisis”, I won’t go into any detail. This link will tell you the rest of the story.

Todays final holiday is yet another one that is on the cusp of being a food-related holiday. It is International Cherry Pit Spitting Day. (Yes, you read that right). International Cherry Pit Spitting Day is an event held each year in the town of Eau Claire, Michigan. The Cherry Pit Spit began in 1974, when Herb Teichman, a Michigan cherry farmer, was looking for “something to do” with cherry pits. Growing from a neighborhood get-together to an international competition, the Cherry Pit Spit is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as an official competition. Each July hundreds of people from across the country and around the world gather for the Championship. The contest marks the beginning of the harvest of tart cherries in southwest Michigan.
If you somehow missed the opportunity to view or participate in the competition this year, but you still want to celebrate this holiday, don’t despair. Book your reservations now for next years event. Then, go buy some cherries, and hold your own “cherry pit spit” in your own backyard this year.
There’s a world record for just about any contest you can think of these days; even cherry-pit spitting. The current record for this event is 100 feet 4 inches. Can you beat it?

The actual food-related holiday today is National Fried Chicken Day. National Fried Chicken Day honors one of America’s favorite finger-lickin’ foods, fried chicken. American fried chicken has its roots in the Southern United States, but Europeans have been eating fried chicken since the Middle Ages. During that time period, cooks discovered that covering meat in flour and spices before cooking it helped seal in the flavor. We all know that fried foods are not good for us, but fried chicken tastes so good that we just can’t resist having it occasionally.
I’m a pretty fair country cook, but for some reason, a good recipe and technique for fried chicken has thus far eluded me. Therefore, I leave it to the professionals. Thank God for KFC, Bojangles, Churches, and Chick-fil-A.
There is but one way to celebrate this holiday; have some fried chicken. Either visit one of the professionals, or use your own recipe and make some at home. Then pass your recipe on to me.

On this date in 2000 – A jury awarded former NHL player Tony Twist $24 million for the unauthorized use of his name in the comic book Spawn and the HBO cartoon series. Co-defendant HBO settled with Twist out of court for an undisclosed amount.
Also on this date in history:
1699 – Captain William Kidd, the pirate, was captured in Boston, MA, and deported back to England.
1777 – British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolution.
1854 – In Jackson, MI, the Republican Party held its first convention.
1858 – Lyman Blake patented the shoe manufacturing machine.
1885 – Louis Pasteur successfully tested his anti-rabies vaccine. The child used in the test later became the director of the Pasteur Institute.
1905 – Fingerprints were exchanged for the first time between officials in Europe and the U.S. The person in question was John Walker.
1917 – During World War I, Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) captured the port of Aqaba from the Turks.
1919 – A British dirigible landed in New York at Roosevelt Field. It completed the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship.
1923 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was established.
1933 – The first All-Star baseball game was held in Chicago. The American League beat the National League 4-2.
1942 – Anne Frank and her family took refuge from the Nazis in Amsterdam.
1945 – Nicaragua became the first nation to formally accept the United Nations Charter.
1957 – Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title. She was the first black athlete to win the event.
1983 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that retirement plans could not pay women smaller monthly payments solely because of their gender.
1983 – Fred Lynn (California Angels) hit the first grand slam in an All-Star game. The American League defeated the National League 13-3.
1988 – Several popular beaches were closed in New York City due to medical waste and other debris began washing up on the seashores.
And, in 1989 – The Army destroyed its last Pershing 1-A missiles at an ammunition plant in Karnack, TX. The dismantling was under the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of distinguished people:
John Paul Jones 1747 – Noted seaman.
Harold Vanderbilt 1884 – Railroad executive.
LaVerne Andrews 1911 – Singer.
Sebastian Cabot 1918 – Actor.
Nancy Reagan 1921 – Former First Lady.
William Schallert 1922 – Actor.
Merv Griffin 1925 – Television host.
Pat Paulsen 1927 – Comedian, satirist.
Janet Leigh 1927 – Actress.
Bill Haley 1927 – Musician.
Della Reese 1931 – Actress, singer.
Dalai Lama 1935 – Fourteenth Dalai Lama.
Ned Beatty 1937 – Actor.
Burt Ward 1946 – Actor.
Fred Dryer 1946 – Football player, actor.
Sylvester Stallone 1946 – Actor.
George W. Bush 1946 – 43rd President of the United States.
Nathalie Baye 1948 – Actress.
Shelley Hack 1952 – Actress, model.
Allyce Beasley 1954 – Actress.
Glenn Scarpelli 1968 – Actor.
Tia Mowry 1978 – Actress.
And, her twin sister, Tamera Mowry 1978 – Actress.


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