Life Day 24125: Mutt’s Day

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

Today is Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
Good morning dog lovers. The first holiday today is Mutt’s Day. Mutt’s Day celebrates those adorable canine companions whose lineage is questionable. Whether you refer to them as mutts, mongrels, or mixed breeds, these dogs often make the best family pets. Mutts are loyal, intelligent, and happy to have a “forever” home.
When you choose a mutt, you are getting the best traits from all of its ancestors. Mixed breed dogs are often healthier because they’re less likely to be impacted by genetic defects common to certain purebred dogs. If you adopt from a shelter, you are probably saving a life, and dogs that are adopted from a shelter tend to be more street smart because they may have had to fend for themselves rather than being pampered by loving owners.
To celebrate this holiday, make a donation directly to your local S.P.C.A., Humane Society, or other “no kill” shelter that caters to “mutts”. Then, go home and watch the movie “Benji”.

The other holiday is Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day. Have you ever heard of a bubble organ, laser harp, clackamore, fluba, or a dulcimer. If not, don’t worry. Most people haven’t. Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day affords you the opportunity to learn about these and other musical instruments which are not commonly used. What about that timeless classic, the kazoo?
From seashells, to hollowed out logs, to animal skins stretched out over some kind of wooden form, Mankind has been making music with whatever objects were at hand since the dawn of time.  In Asuncion, Paraguay, a Paraguayan slum where people make a living out of picking through trash, there is a complete children’s orchestra that uses instruments made entirely from items found in the garbage. Their story of poverty and hope is being made into a documentary called “Landfill Harmonic.”
To celebrate this holiday, learn about as many obscure musical instruments as possible.

The first food-related holiday today is Jump for Jelly Beans Day. Jump for Jelly Beans Day is a day for candy lovers everywhere to celebrate that classic candy; jelly beans. Jelly beans evolved from an ancient confection called “Turkish delight,” which was one of the earliest forms of hard candy. Our modern-day jelly beans gained popularity during the American Civil War. A candy company in Boston began marketing jelly beans as the perfect treat to send to soldiers, and soon everyone was hooked. One of the most famous jelly bean fans was President Ronald Reagan. He served them at his inauguration.
Here are a few more interesting facts about President Reagan and his jelly beans.
1) Three-and-a-half tons of Jelly Bellies were served at the White House for the 1981 Inaugural festivities.
2) The Blueberry flavor was developed especially for his inauguration so that there would be red, white and blue jelly beans at the celebration.
3) His favorite jelly bean flavor was licorice.
Enjoy some as a treat today. There are a wide variety of flavors these days from which to choose.

The other food-related holiday is Cotton Candy Day. Cotton candy (aka: candy floss, or spun sugar) is air-spun evaporated cane juice and natural fruit and vegetable coloring. It is frequently cited that cotton candy first appeared at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, commonly known as the St. Louis World’s Fair. However, at least 150 years earlier, in the mid-18th century, master confectioners in Europe and America handcrafted spun sugar nests into Easter decorations and made webs of silver and gold spun sugar for elaborate dessert presentations. According to The Dictionary of American Food and Drink, the debut of the product we know as cotton candy took place in 1897 in Nashville. Candymakers William Morrison and John C. Wharton invented an electric machine that allowed crystallized sugar to be poured onto a heated spinning plate, pushed by centrifugal force through a series of tiny holes. In 1904, at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, Morrison and Wharton sold the product, then known as “fairy floss,” in cardboard boxes for 25 cents a serving. Though the price equaled half the admission to the fair itself, they sold 68,655 boxes.

On this date in 1928 – MGM’s Leo the lion roared for the first time. He introduced MGM’s first talking picture, “White Shadows on the South Seas.”
Also on this date in history:
1498 – Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, arrived at the island of Trinidad.
1790 – The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for his process for making potash and pearl ashes. The substance was used in fertilizer.
1792 – The cornerstone of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, PA, was laid. It was the first building to be used only as a U.S. government building.
1932 – Enzo Ferrari retired from racing. In 1950 he launched a series of cars under his name.
1948 – President Truman helped dedicate New York International Airport (later John F. Kennedy International Airport) at Idlewild Field.
1955 – Marilyn Bell of Toronto, Canada, at age 17, became the youngest person to swim the English Channel.
1961 – The first tie in All-Star Game major league baseball history was recorded when it was stopped in the 9th inning due to rain at Boston’s Fenway Park.
1964 – The American space probe Ranger 7 transmitted pictures of the moon’s surface.
1971 – Men rode in a vehicle on the moon for the first time in a lunar rover vehicle (LRV).
1981 – The seven-week baseball players’ strike came to an end when the players and owners agreed on the issue of free agent compensation.
And, in 991 – President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of luminaries.
George Liberace 1911 – Entertainer.
Milton Friedman 1912 – Economist.
William Todman 1913 – Producer.
Curt Gowdy 1919 – Sportscaster.
Hank Bauer 1922 – Baseball player.
Don Murray 1929 – Actor.
Geoffrey Lewis 1935 – Character actor.
France Nuyen 1939 – Actress.
Lobo 1943 – Singer, songwriter.
Susan Flannery 1943 – Actress.
Gary Lewis 1946 – Musician.
Barry Van Dyke 1951 – Actor.
Evonne Goolagong 1951 – Tennis player.
Alan Autry 1952 – Actor.
Wesley Snipes 1962 – Actor.
J.K. Rowling 1965 – Author.
And finally, Dean Cain 1966 – Actor.

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