Life Day 24101: And That’s the Truth (best Lily Tomlin impression)

July 7, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Sunday, July 7, 2013.
Good morning truth seekers. The first holiday today is Tell The Truth Day. Tell The Truth Day challenges everyone to tell the truth and be totally honest for an entire day. Every male that has ever been in a relationship that lasted longer than about ½ an hour knows that celebrating a holiday such as this is an impossibility. I could use the hackneyed joke, “Honey, do these jeans make my a$$ look fat?” to illustrate my point, but I won’t. How many of you have had a situation at work where your boss approaches you and says, “Smithers, how is the XYZ project coming along?”; and you reply, “I’m on it boss”, when if fact you haven’t even started it yet. People are constantly put in situations where they have to tell “little white lies” to spare the feelings of others, or to protect themselves. The only way to truly celebrate this holiday is to put yourself into total isolation and avoid all human contact today. That is just a consequence of being a ‘sentient being’.
I don’t think that anyone in today’s society wants, or expects the truth. One only need look at today’s political climate, or any recent “high profile” court case, to see that the “truth” is a matter of perception anyway. No matter what position you take on a particular issue, the opposition is going to claim that your position is fallacy or conjecture; and that their position is the “truth”. The only “absolute truth” is that there are no more “absolute truths”. Truth depends upon your perspective.
So, if you choose to celebrate this holiday, good luck. I hope it doesn’t do irreparable damage to your relationship, or cost you your job.

The next holiday is Father-Daughter Take A Walk Together Day. The bond between fathers and daughters is special. Father-Daughter Take A Walk Together Day encourages fathers and daughters to take advantage of the nice weather, and go for a stroll together. Whether you just take a walk around the block, go to a park, or go to  your favorite hiking trail, use this time to reconnect, or simply strengthen your relationship.

The final holiday today is Forgiveness Day. Forgiveness Day, although not affiliated with the United Nations, is in the same sappy, touchy-feely vane as the typical U.N. holiday which I rail about constantly in this Blog. Therefore, the only coverage of this holiday I am providing is this link. You  can use it to inform yourself more about this holiday if you are so inclined.

Since July is National Ice Cream Month, it is not surprising that today’s first food-related holiday is National Strawberry Sundae Day. National Strawberry Sundae Day is your opportunity to indulge yourself in this delicious, cool treat.
Strawberry plants are an easy to grow perennial. Therefore, they are one of the most common fruits in  home gardens.
There are two major varieties of strawberries. The first and most popular is June Bearing. It gets it’s names as these big and luscious fruit are harvested in June in most areas. They are the largest variety and to many, the sweetest. Producing a big and bountiful harvest, they are popular with people who want to make jams, jellies and for freezing. Everbearing Strawberries are the second major variety. These usually smaller berries will produce all season long. The harvest is usually smaller. If you want to have them all season long, fresh from the garden, grow a small row of this variety.
Strawberries are in season now, so in the preparation of your strawberry sundae, use strawberries fresh from your garden, or your local supermarket or Farmers market. Don’t forget the whipped cream.
Strawberry facts:
1) Strawberries are the only fruit that has seeds grow on the outside.
2) Michael Kent produced and displayed the first cultivated strawberry in 1806. Prior to that, strawberries were grown and picked in the wild.

The next food-related holiday is Chocolate Day. Chocolate is America’s favorite flavor. It’s the flavor of choice in candies, ice cream, cakes, breakfast cereal, toppings, and a whole host of desserts. Chocolate Day is the perfect opportunity to eat you favorite chocolates in ample portions; as if you need an excuse to eat chocolate. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out how to celebrate this holiday; eat some chocolate!
Chocolate fact: Chocolate is a vegetable. It comes from the Cacao tree found in rainforests (so that means it’s healthy, right?).

The final food-related holiday today is National Macaroni Day. National Macaroni Day falls on this date each year. It offers an excuse for lovers of macaroni to indulge in a heaping serving of their favorite dish.
Although macaroni is best known for its role in the classic dish macaroni and cheese, there are plenty of other uses for this versatile pasta. It is often seen in soups (such as minestrone), made into a casserole with tuna fish, and in macaroni salad. Heck, sometimes it’s even used in arts and crafts in its dried form.
The history of macaroni itself has been much debated. There are many stories about the origins of pasta; it has been said to have been invented in such places as Rome and Greece, and many speculate that it was brought to Europe from China by Marco Polo. However, the most likely explanation is thought to be that pastas were developed in Arab, Italian and Sicilian cultures in medieval times.
To celebrate this holiday, simply have some macaroni in your favorite dish today.

On this date in 1981 – U.S. President Reagan announced he was nominating Arizona Judge Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Also on this date in history:
1754 – Kings College opened in New York City. It was renamed Columbia College 30 years later.
1846 – U.S. annexation of California was proclaimed at Monterey after the surrender of a Mexican garrison.
1885 – G. Moore Peters patented the cartridge-loading machine.
1898 – The United States annexed Hawaii.
1930 – Construction began on Boulder Dam, later Hoover Dam, on the Colorado River.
1946 – Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini was canonized as the first American saint.
1950 – The U.N. Security Council authorized military aid for South Korea.
1969 – Canada’s House of Commons gave final approval to a measure that made the French language equal to English throughout the national government.
1983 – Eleven-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, left for a visit to the Soviet Union at the personal invitation of Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov.
1987 – Public testimony at the Iran-Contra hearing began.
1998 – A jury in Santa Monica, CA, convicted Mikail Markhasev of murdering Ennis Cosby, Bill Cosby’s only son, during a roadside robbery.
And, in 2011 – The world’s first artificial organ transplant was achieved. It was an artificial windpipe coated with stem cells.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday  with the following notable people.
Marc Chagall 1887 – Artist.
George Cukor 1899 – Director.
Satchel Paige 1906 – Baseball player.
Pierre Cardin 1922 – Fashion designer.
Mary Ford 1924 – Vocalist, guitarist.
Doc Severinsen 1927 – Bandleader.
Vincent Edwards 1928 – Actor.
Ringo Starr 1940 – Musician.
Joe Spano 1946 – Actor.
Shelley Duvall 1949 – Actress.
Jessica Hahn 1959 – Model, actress.
Billy Campbell 1959 – Actor.
Vonda Shepard 1963 – Singer, songwriter, actress.
Jim Gaffigan 1966 – Comedian.
Jorja Fox 1968 – Actress.
Cree Summer 1970 – Voice actress.
Kirsten Vangsness 1972 – Actress.
And finally, Michelle Kwan 1980 – Figure skater.


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