Life Day 24156: Lawyer Jokes.

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

Today is Saturday, August 31, 2013.
Good morning lovers of jurisprudence. The first holiday today is Love Litigating Lawyers Day. Love Litigating Lawyers Day salutes those oft maligned members of the bar who act as our representatives in court. Lawyer jokes abound, and those lawyers who get national attention in the media usually do little to mitigate the stereotype of lawyers being soulless, smarmy, bottom-feeding scum bags.
With that said, should you (God forbid) ever need the services of a good litigator, these are the exact same type of people you would choose to represent you. Litigating lawyers, get a bad rap, but then, you don’t go to lawyers when you’re are having a good day. You seek them out when you need help, and/or guidance. The truth is that a vast majority of litigating lawyers work hard every day to right wrongs, make a difference, and help their clients. It’s just that the bad lawyers get all the press.
I’m at a loss for suggestions at to how you should celebrate this holiday, but, I guess, the least you could do is refrain from telling any ‘lawyer jokes’ today.

The other holiday today is Franchise Appreciation Day. The goal of Franchise Appreciation Day is to create awareness to increase customers knowledge of the importance of using social media networks and location-based services to connect with, and continue to support local franchises.
A franchise is a right granted to an individual or group to market a company’s goods or services within a certain territory or location. Some examples of today’s popular franchises are McDonald’s, Subway, and Domino’s Pizza.
A franchisee is an individual who purchases the rights to use a company’s trademarked name and business model to do business. The franchisee purchases a franchise from the franchisor. The franchisee then must follow certain rules and guidelines already established by the franchisor, and in most cases, the franchisee must pay an ongoing franchise royalty fee to the franchisor.
The number of franchise establishments in this country is over 800,000, and the number of jobs provided within and because of franchised businesses over 17 million. Franchised businesses account for nearly 50% of all retail sales in the United States, and the annual gross revenue derived from franchises is around 1.2 trillion dollars. Franchises annually pay out a bit over 300 billion dollars in salaries, wages, and benefits.
To celebrate this holiday, support as many local franchises as you can today.

The first food-related holiday today is Eat Outside Day. Eat Outside Day (aka dining al-fresco) encourages you to eat at least one meal outside today. Today is the last day of August, which makes this a very timely celebration. It’s the perfect opportunity to take your breakfast, lunch, or dinner into the great outdoors and enjoy the last few days of warm summer weather. Soon autumn weather will be upon us and the temperatures will begin to cool, making dining outside uncomfortable.
Al-fresco dining first became popular in the 18th century. Patrons who enjoyed eating their meals in the open air could visit tea gardens, seashore resorts, or rooftop restaurants. Eating outside was considered a tourist activity up until the early 1900’s. Around that time, the first sidewalk cafes appeared on the streets of Manhattan.
There are many ways that you can participate in this holiday. Eat at your favorite outdoor restaurant, enjoy a popsicle on your porch, organize a barbecue in your backyard, or have a picnic at a local park. Whatever you decide to do, just be sure to enjoy at least one of your meals outside today.

The other food-related holiday today is National Trail Mix Day. National Trail Mix Day celebrates Trail Mix: a high energy, tasty treat for the trail or snacks. You can buy packages of pre-made trail mix at a store, or you can make up your own, using the ingredients you like best.
Trail Mix is a mixture of salty, sweet, and crunchy, and somewhat healthy ingredients; such as cereal, nuts, pretzels, raisins, dried fruit, M&Ms, etc. There are about a bazillion different types of Trail Mix, if you include the homemade ones. If you prefer to make your own, it is best to avoid messy foods that will leave your hands sticky. It is also recommended that you avoid too many salty items as well. However, you are the arbiter of your homemade Trail Mix. Use the portable foods that you like best.
To celebrate this holiday, make/buy some Trail Mix, and go for a hike.

On this date in 1990 – U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar met with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz to try and negotiate a solution to the crisis in the Persian Gulf.
Also on this date in history:
1852 – The first pre-stamped envelopes were created with legislation of the U.S. Congress.
1881 – The first tennis championships in the U.S. were played.
1887 – The kinetoscope was patented by Thomas Edison. The device was used to produce moving pictures.
1920 – The first news program to be broadcast on radio was aired. The station was 8MK in Detroit, MI.
1935 – The act of exporting U.S. arms to belligerents was prohibited by an act signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1950 – Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers hit four home runs in a single game off of four different pitchers.
1959 – Sandy Koufax set a National League record by striking out 18 batters.
1962 – The Caribbean nations Tobago and Trinidad became independent within the British Commonwealth.
1964 – California officially became the most populated state in America.
1965 – The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was created by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.
1990 – East and West Germany signed a treaty that meant the harmonizing of political and legal systems.
1994 – A ceasefire was declared by the Irish Republican Army after 25 years of bloodshed in Northern Ireland.
1994 – Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltics after a half-century.
1998 – A ballistic missile was fired over Japan by North Korea. The missile landed in stages in the waters around Japan. There was no known target.
And, in 1998 – “Titanic” became the first movie in North America to earn more than $600 million.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of distinguished denizens.
Caligula 0012 – Roman Emperor.
Frederic March 1897 – Actor.
Arthur Godfrey 1903 – Broadcaster.
Daniel Schorr 1916 – Journalist.
Richard Basehart 1919 – Actor.
Buddy Hackett 1924 – Comedian.
James Coburn 1928 – Actor.
Frank Robinson 1935 – Baseball player.
Eldridge Cleaver 1935 – Political activist.
Itzhak Perlman 1945 – Violinist.
Van Morrison 1945 – Musician.
Richard Gere 1949 – Actor.
Edwin Moses 1958 – Olympic athlete.
Chris Whitley 1960 – Musician.
And finally, Debbie Gibson 1970 – Singer.

Life Day 24155: We’re #1

August 30, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Friday, August 30, 2013.
Good morning good morning lovers of “firsts”. The first holiday today is First Presidential White House Baby Day. They love “firsts” at the White House; from first ladies to first children to first dogs, to first cats, ad infinitum. First Presidential White House Baby Day celebrates the birth of the first baby born to the wife of a sitting President at the White House. On this date in 1893, the wife of President Grover Cleveland, Frances Folsom Cleveland, gave birth to their daughter, Esther Cleveland, in the White House.
Note: The first baby ever born in the White House was Thomas Jefferson’s grandson; born in 1806.

The next holiday is National Holistic Pet Day. National Holistic Pet Day is a day to celebrate the growing interest in natural/holistic medicine and the animals that are treated holistically. Just as you should lead a healthy lifestyle, so should your pets. This holiday urges people to examine the environment they provide for their pets. Do you keep their living area clean? Do you use any harsh cleaning products that could harm your pet? Do you feed your pet good quality, nutritionally balanced, natural food without added preservatives? Do you regularly exercise your pet? Do you bond with your pet through daily massage?  A holistic approach raising your pet will lead to a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling relationship with your “baby”. If you are taking a holistic approach to your life, why would you not do the same for your pet.

The third holiday today is International Whale Shark Day. International Whale Shark Day was created back in 2008 by over 40 countries who were participating in the International Whale Shark Conference. The goal of this holiday is to raise awareness, and provide a deeper understanding of this unique species, and an appreciation for the importance and need of preserving it.
Whale Sharks are a harmless animals that reach lengths up to almost 50 feet, feed on plankton. The Whale Sharks impressive size and ample mouths, which open to about 5 feet, make them an awesome sight to behold.
To celebrate this holiday, learn more about Whale Sharks.

Another holiday today is National College Colors Day. The fall semester will be starting soon. National College Colors Day is an annual celebration dedicated to promoting the traditions and spirit that embody the college experience. It encourages students and alumni across America to show their college spirit by wearing their college or universities colors throughout the day. Go Renegades! RAH, RAH, RAH!

The final holiday today is Frankenstein Day. Frankenstein Day marks the anniversary of the birth, in 1797, of Mary Wollenstone Shelly; author of the epic novel, “Frankenstein”. First published in 1818, “Frankenstein” has become a classic novel in the genre of the macabre. “Frankenstein” has had numerous movie adaptations, some dating back as far as the silent movie era.
To celebrate this holiday, read this classic novel, or watch one of the “Frankenstein” movies.

The food-related holiday today is National Toasted Marshmallow Day. With summer coming to a close, today is the perfect opportunity to invite friends and family to gather around a campfire and toast up some marshmallows.
The history of the marshmallow dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians harvested the sweet gooey extract of the mallow plant and used it to make candy. It was a very special treat reserved exclusively for gods and royalty. The modern-day marshmallows we know and love today emerged during the 19th century, and are a confection made from egg whites, water, and sugar or corn syrup.
To celebrate this holiday, toast up some marshmallows. All you need is a heat source and some marshmallows.

On this date in 1994 – Rosa Parks was robbed and beaten by Joseph Skipper. Parks was known for her refusal to give up her seat on a bus in 1955, which sparked the civil rights movement.
Also on this date in history:
1146 – European leaders outlawed the crossbow.
1645 – American Indians and the Dutch made a peace treaty at New Amsterdam. New Amsterdam later became known as New York.
1682 – William Penn sailed from England and later established the colony of Pennsylvania in America.
1780 – General Benedict Arnold secretly promised to surrender the West Point fort to the British army.
1862 – The Confederates defeated Union forces at the second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, VA.
1905 – Ty Cobb made his major league batting debut with the Detroit Tigers.
1928 – The Independence of India League was established in India.
1951 – The Philippines and the United States signed a defense pact.
1956 – In Louisiana, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opened.
1960 – A partial blockade was imposed on West Berlin by East Germany.
1963 – The “Hotline” between Moscow and Washington, DC, went into operation.
1965 – Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the first black justice to sit on the Supreme Court
1983 – The space shuttle Challenger blasted off with Guion S. Bluford Jr. aboard. He was the first black American to travel in space.
1984 – President Ronald Reagan, and several others, were inducted into the Sportscasters Hall of Fame.
1994 – The largest U.S. defense contractor was created when the Lockheed and Martin Marietta corporations agreed to a merger.
1996 – An expedition to raise part of the Titanic failed when the nylon lines being used to raise part of the hull snapped.
And, in 1999 – The residents of East Timor overwhelmingly voted for independence from Indonesia. The U.N. announced the result on September 4.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of luminaries.
Emily Bronte 1818 – Author.
Huey P. Long 1893 – Politician.
Raymond Massey 1896 – Actor.
Shirley Booth 1907 – Actress.
Fred MacMurray 1908 – Actor.
Joan Blondell 1912 – Actress.
Julie Bishop 1914 – Actress.
Ted Williams 1918 – Baseball player.
Kitty Wells 1919 – Country singer.
Bill Daily 1928 – Actor.
John Phillips 1935 – Musician.
Elizabeth Ashley 1939 – Actress.
Ben Jones 1941 – Actor, politician.
Jean-Claude Killy 1943 – Professional skier.
Peggy Lipton 1947 – Actress.
Timothy Bottoms 1951 – Actor.
David Paymer 1954 – Actor, director.
Michael Chiklis 1963 – Actor.
Michael Michele 1966 – Actress.
Sherrie Austin 1971 – Actress, singer.
Cameron Diaz 1972 – Singer.
And finally, Lisa Ling 1973 – Journalist, writer.

Life Day 24154: According to Hoyle

August 29, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Thursday, August 29, 2013.
Good morning card game enthusiasts. The first holiday today is “According To Hoyle” Day. In 1743, Edmond Hoyle published a book entitled “A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist: Containing the Laws of the Game and Also Some Rules”. Whist was a card game popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Although he made his living primarily as a tutor and attorney, he became famous for his expertise in the rules and strategies of card games and board games. The popularity of his treatise inspired him to write a book, expanding his treatise on Whist to include the rules and strategies of many other card games, and board games such as backgammon and chess. Over time, the phrase “according to Hoyle” has become synonymous with settling any disputes about the correct rules or procedures in any activity or game.
To celebrate this holiday, plan a family game night and play a few card or board games.

The next holiday is Individual Rights Day. Individual Rights Day celebrates the birth date, in 1632, of John Locke, the philosopher who first prominently argued that a human being has a basic property right based upon his status as a sovereign human being and that it is the government’s role to protect that right and not to treat its citizens as slaves. This holiday was created by Dr. Tom Stevens, the founder of the Objectivist Party. It was created so people can contemplate the importance of this concept and to use reason to ensure his own survival.

The final holiday today is International Day Against Nuclear Tests. This holiday is yet another of those insipid, meaningless United Nations “holidays”. In its usual verbose and haughty text, the United Nations basically calls for a ban on the testing of nuclear weapons. This link will give you all the information you need about this holiday.

The first food-related holiday today is More Herbs, Less Salt Day. More Herbs, Less Salt Day, surprisingly enough, promotes use of healthy herbs over salt. Sodium chloride (table salt) is an essential part of our diet. It maintains the balance of fluids in our bodies. However, too much salt in our diets can lead to some serious health problems; such as water retention, dehydration, and hypertension.
We want our food to taste good but we need to restrict our salt intake. What are we to do? Enter herbs. Herbs such as parsley, oregano, sage, cilantro, basil and many others add a lot of flavor, but don’t pose any serious health risks.
To celebrate this holiday, learn about different herbs and the flavors they impart into your food. Try to completely eliminate salt from your diet today.

The next food-related holiday is Lemon Juice Day. While I’m on the subject of imparting flavor without the use of salt, I would like to point out that lemon juice, used sparingly, is a great way to enhance flavor. Lemon juice is an incredibly versatile product that has many uses. Besides garnishing seafood and making lemonade, lemon juice can be used in a variety of dishes; sauces, seasoning vegetables, and baking.
Lemon juice also has many uses outside the kitchen. You can use it to lower your blood pressure, repel insects, create blond highlights, treat infections, and freshen your breath.
This link will give you the history of the lemon, and information on the many varieties of lemons.
To celebrate this holiday, try to find ‘other than traditional’ ways to use lemon juice. Or, just make some lemonade.

The final food-related holiday today is Chop Suey Day. Chop Suey is basically Chow Mein without the noodles. Chop suey, as we know it, is not an authentic Chinese dish. It is an American-Chinese creation. Credit for its invention is given to the personal chef of Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang, who is said to have created the dish in 1886 in New York City. While it is not a traditional Chinese dish, it may have been inspired by the the stir-fried vegetables Chinese farmers used to eat after a long day working in the fields. Here in America, meat like pork or chicken is often added for extra flavor.
You don’t need an advanced degree to figure out how to celebrate this holiday.

On this date in 1991 – The Communist Party in the Soviet Union had its bank accounts frozen and activities were suspended because of the Party’s role in the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev.
Also on this date in history:
1828 – A patent was issued to Robert Turner for the self-regulating wagon brake.
833 – The “Factory Act” was passed in England to settle child labor laws.
1885 – The first prize fight under the Marquis of Queensberry Rules was held in Cincinnati, OH. John L. Sullivan defeated Dominic McCaffery in six rounds.
1892 – Pop (Billy) Shriver (Chicago Cubs) caught a ball that was dropped from the top of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC.
1945 – U.S. General Douglas MacArthur left for Japan to officially accept the surrender of the Japanese.
1949 – At the University of Illinois, a nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients.
1957 – Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the U.S. when he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes.
1962 – The lower level of the George Washington Bridge opened.
1965 – Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles (“Pete”) Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space.
1967 – The final episode of “The Fugitive” aired.
1971 – Hank Aaron became the first baseball player in the National League to bat in 100 or more runs in each of 11 consecutive seasons.
1977 – Lou Brock brought his total of stolen bases to 893. The record he beat was held by Ty Cobb for 49 years.
1983 – The anchor of the USS Monitor, from the U.S. Civil War, was retrieved by divers.
1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq.
1992 – The U.N. Security Council agreed to send troops to Somalia to guard the shipments of food.
And, in 2004 – India test-launched a nuclear-capable missile able to carry a one-ton warhead. The weapon had a range of 1,560 miles.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of noteworthy individuals.
Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809 – Poet, author.
Preston Sturges 1898 – Playwright, director.
Barry Sullivan 1912 – Actor.
Ingrid Bergman 1915 – Actress.
George Montgomery 1916 – Actor.
Isabel Sanford 1917 – Actress.
Dinah Washington 1924 – Singer.
Elliott Gould 1938 – Actor.
William Friedkin 1939 – Director.
Ellen Geer 1941 – Actress.
Robin Leach 1941 – Entertainment reporter.
Deborah Van Valkenburgh 1952 – Actress.
Michael Jackson 1958 – Pop icon.
Rebecca DeMornay 1962 – Actress.
Liz Fraser 1963 – Singer.
And finally, Carla Gugino 1971 – Actress.

Life Day 24153: Dream On

August 28, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment
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Today is Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
Good morning dreamers. The first holiday today is Dream Day. Dream Day celebrates the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial on this date in 1963 before more than 200,000 people. It is considered to be one of the greatest political speeches of all time. In this speech, Dr. King advocated peace, and hope for a better future for African-Americans, and thus everyone, in America.
Although the speech was powerful and awe inspiring, it seems to have gone unheeded. Racism is still prevalent today. On the surface, great strides have been made regarding racial equality: The Equal Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are good examples. However, as long as people can profit financially, or politically, (or both) from racism, it will remain firmly entrenched in the fabric of our society.
Celebrate this holiday by re-reading Dr. King’s speech. Better yet, watch this.

The next holiday is Radio Commercial Day. On this date in 1922, the first radio commercial was broadcast on New York radio station WEAF. The commercial was broadcast by Queensboro Realty, and was a whopping 10 minutes long and cost $100. Although today’s radio commercials are much shorter (about 30 seconds on average), they are not any less annoying, and there are more of them. Our first instinct is to change the station when a radio commercial comes on, but some  commercials can be quite entertaining.
To celebrate this holiday, listen to the radio commercials while driving your car rather than changing the station, or go here for some award winning radio commercials.

The last holiday today is National Bow Tie Day. Bow ties, in one form or another, have been around since the 17th century when scarves tied around the neck were first worn Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian Wars. From the height of their popularity in the 1940’s and 1950’s when they were seen under some pretty famous faces, such as Winston Churchill, to their inclusion as part of the iconic Playboy Bunny uniform , the bow tie has had many lives. In more recent history, Pee Wee Herman has added some gravitas to the wearing of bow ties. Mickey Mouse and his pal Donald Duck almost always sported a bow tie in their cartoons.
Bow ties are often seen as attire for nerds and the socially awkward, but in fact, formal Black Tie affairs require the wear of a black bow tie. Most formal military mess dress occasions also incorporate a black bow tie as well.
Bow ties aren’t just for men either. Women can wear bow ties on occasion too. You can use a bow tie to accent your outfit, or to just make a fashion statement. Don’t be a slave to convention.
To celebrate this holiday, simply wear your bow tie today.

The food-related holiday today is National Cherry Turnover Day. Turnovers are a delicious pastry that can be enjoyed for breakfast or dessert. They originated in ancient times and are classified as “portable pies.” Other dishes in this culinary family include pasties, empanadas, and spring rolls.
A traditional cherry turnover recipe calls for puff pastry, which is stuffed with a gooey cherry filling and then baked until golden brown. There are many variations on this classic treat though. Some recipes call for cream cheese, extra lemon juice, or even ice cream.
To celebrate this holiday, bake, and eat, a few cherry turnovers. If you are kitchen impaired, most supermarkets, bakeries, and donut shops sell them.

On this date in 1972 – Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. He set a world record when he completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes and 7/10ths of a second.
Also on this date in history:
1609 – Delaware Bay was discovered by Henry Hudson.
1774 – The first American-born saint was born in New York City. Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton was canonized in 1975.
1830 – “The Tom Thumb” was demonstrated in Baltimore, MD. It was the first passenger-carrying train of its kind to be built in America.
1907 – “American Messenger Company” was started by two teenagers, Jim Casey and Claude Ryan. The company’s name was later changed to “United Parcel Service.”
1922 – The Walker Cup was held for the first time at Southampton, NY. It is the oldest international team golf match in America.
1939 – The first successful flight of a jet-propelled airplane took place. The plane was a German Heinkel He 178.
1981 – “The New York Daily News” published its final afternoon edition.
1990 – Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th province.
1996 – A divorce decree was issued for Britain’s Charles and Princess Diana. This was the official end to the 15-year marriage.
And, in 2004 – George Brunstad, at age 70, became the oldest person to swim the English Channel. The swim from Dover, England, to Sangatte, France, took 15 hours and 59 minutes.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals.
Leo Tolstoy 1828 – Author.
Charles Boyer 1899 – Actor.
Nancy Kulp 1921 – Actress.
Donald O’Connor 1925 – Dancer, singer, actor.
Roxie Roker 1929 – Actress.
Ben Gazzara 1930 – Actor.
David Soul 1943 – Actor, singer.
Daniel Stern 1957 – Actor.
Scott Hamilton 1958 – Figure skater.
Emma Samms 1960 – Actress.
Shania Twain 1965 – Singer.
Jason Priestley 1969 – Actor.
Carly Pope 1980 – Actress.
And finally, LeAnn Rimes 1982 – Singer.

Life Day 24152: Forgive and Forget

August 27, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment
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Today is Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
Good morning everyone. The first holiday today is Global Forgiveness Day. Global Forgiveness Day is another one of many holidays each year that urge people to put petty differences aside and move forward. I can’t find any details about who started this holiday or when it was started, but most “forgiveness” holidays are created and/or sponsored by either the United Nations, or christian groups. Since the focus of this holiday seems to be on the forgiveness of individual slights and petty grievances, I suspect that it is sponsored by a religious group.
To celebrate this holiday, take steps to repair any broken relationships you might have. Don’t wait for the other person(s) to initiate the contact. Be the “bigger person”, then move on with your life, hopefully with a new “old friend”.

The next holiday is Just Because Day. Just Because Day affords you the opportunity to do something for no reason at all. Most people lead fairly structured lives. They do things because they have to, or because it is expected of them. They don’t have time for life’s “What if I” moments, or are afraid to act upon them. This holiday urges you to do something totally unexpected, something on a whim, or something out of the ordinary. Take a vacation day and go to a movie, or a museum. Visit someone you haven’t seen for a while. Buy something that you’ve always wanted, but don’t really need. Be spontaneous. Why? Just because.

The final holiday today is National Petroleum Day (aka National Oil & Gas Appreciation Day). National Petroleum Day (aka National Oil & Gas Appreciation Day) celebrates the contributions petroleum and natural gas to our global society. The Industrial Revolution would never have occurred without them.
The first successful attempt to extract crude oil from the ground using a drilling rig occurred on this date in 1859 in Titusville, Pennsylvania. Regardless of your feelings on the environment, there is no denying that this single event changed world history forever.
Author’s Note: Fossil fuels are a finite source of energy that will eventually be depleted. Alternative sources of energy need to be explored. I could go into a rant here about how the environmental extremists and the Government are impeding the process, but I won’t. Wind and solar technologies are in their infancy. With the events happening in Japan right now, nuclear energy doesn’t seem to be the answer either. Steps need to be taken to meet our future energy needs soon; but in a logical and rational way. Logic and rationality are not strong points of extremists, or Governments for that matter. I don’t claim to have any answers, but I do know that using energy as a “political football” is not the answer either.

The food-related holiday today is Banana Lover’s Day. Bananas are a delicious, sweet, healthy, edible fruit high in potassium. Bananas grow on plants, not trees, and the banana plant is the largest herbaceous flowering plant. The plants are tall and fairly sturdy. The fruit grows in clusters weighing from 65 to 100 pounds. Each cluster consists of tiers, (aka hands), which consist of an average of about 10 individual bunches. Each bunch has from 3 to 20 individual bananas, which generally weigh about a ¼ pound each.
It is believed that Southeast Asian farmers first domesticated and began cultivating bananas.  Recent archaeological discoveries near Papua New Guinea suggest that banana cultivation there goes back to at least 5000 BC, and possibly to 8000 BC. They slowly migrated to the rest of the world through trade, and it is believed tha Portuguese sailors brought them to the Americas from west Africa in the 16th century. North Americans began consuming bananas on a small scale at very high prices shortly after the Civil War, though it was only in the 1880’s that it became more widespread. As late as the Victorian Era, bananas were not widely known in Europe, although they were available. Jules Verne introduced bananas to his readers with detailed descriptions in “Around the World in Eighty Days”, published in 1872.  The vast majority of the world’s bananas today are cultivated for family consumption.
Bananas are naturally slightly radioactive, more so than most other fruits, because of their potassium content and the trace amounts of the isotope potassium-40 found in naturally occurring potassium. Don’t worry too much though, the amount of radiation found in bananas in inconsequential, and barely measurable.
Enjoy a banana or two today.

On this date in 1962 – Mariner 2 was launched by the United States. In December of the same year the spacecraft flew past Venus. It was the first space probe to reach the vicinity of another planet.
Also on this date in history:
1858 – The first cabled news dispatch was sent and was published by “The New York Sun” newspaper. The story was about the peace demands of England and France being met by China.
1894 – The Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act was passed by the U.S. Congress. The provision within for a graduated income tax was later struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
1921 – The owner of Acme Packing Company bought a pro football team for Green Bay, WI. The owner, J.E. Clair, paid tribute to those who worked in his plant by naming the team the Green Bay Packers.
1945 – American troops landed in Japan after the surrender of the Japanese government at the end of World War II.
1972 – North Vietnam’s major port at Haiphong saw the first bombings from U.S. warplanes.
1981 – Work began on recovering a safe from the Andrea Doria. The Andrea Doria was a luxury liner that had sank in 1956 in the waters off of Massachusetts.
1984 – President Ronald Reagan announced that the first citizen to go into space would be a teacher. The teacher that was eventually chosen was Christa McAuliffe. She died in the Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986.
1989 – The first U.S. commercial satellite rocket was launched. A British communications satellite was on-board.
1996 – California Governor Pete Wilson signed an order that would halt state benefits to illegal immigrants.
And, in 2001 – Work began on the future site of a World War II memorial on the U.S. capital’s historic national Mall. The site is between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of notables.
Charles Rolls 1877 – Automobile and aviation pioneer.
Lyndon B. Johnson (U.S.) 1908 – 36th POTUS.
Martha Raye 1916 – Actress, singer.
Tommy Sands 1937 – Singer, actor.
Daryl Dragon 1942 – Musician.
Tuesday Weld 1943 – Actress.
Barbara Bach 1947 – Actress.
Paul Reubens 1952 – Actor.
Diana Scarwid 1955 – Actress.
Dean Devlin 1962 – Producer, director.
And finally, Sarah Chalke 1976 – Actress.

 

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