Life Day 24128: International Tree Climbing Championships

August 3, 2013 at 12:04 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Saturday, August 3, 2013.
Good morning ‘tree huggers’. The only ‘regular’ holiday I could find today is the International Tree Climbing Championships. The International Tree Climbing Championships are sponsored each year by the ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) and held on the first full weekend in August. This year’s competition is being held, as we speak, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. To prove that they technically live up to their “International” title, last years competition was held in Portland, Oregon.
Professional tree climbing competitions are held around the world to provide a platform for arborists to learn about the latest in climbing techniques and innovations in equipment. They showcase the highest level of professional skills and safety, providing a competitive learning environment for those working in the industry. The competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field. Male and female competitors perform five different events during preliminary rounds. Each event tests a competitor’s ability to professionally, and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner. Competitive tree climbing also introduces the public to the skills professional tree climbing arborists must use for safe, professional tree work.

The first food-related holiday might sound a bit nutty to you, but today is Grab Some Nuts Day. Nuts are considered to be a superfood: They’re high in protein and contain monounsaturated fat, which can decrease a person’s risk of heart disease and help boost their good cholesterol levels. Their portability also makes them a fantastic on-the-go snack. In fact, it’s been shown that crunchy snacks, like nuts, help improve mood and alertness. A good way to boost nuts’ natural goodness is by roasting them. Try tossing a variety of nuts in a little bit of vegetable oil, some brown sugar, cayenne for spice and an earthy herb like rosemary. They burn quickly, so keep an eye on them. Nuts are high in oil content, which means they can also spoil quickly. To prevent your stash from going bad, store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

The next food-related holiday is National Watermelon Day. Watermelon is a delicious summer fruit that has become a staple at family picnics and cookouts. They are about 92% water, which is why they are so refreshing, especially when chilled.
There are around 300 different varieties of watermelon in the U.S. and Mexico. You can find red, pink, white, and yellow varieties in various sizes and shapes. Watermelons are usually quite large, and many county fairs award prizes for the biggest ones. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest watermelon weighed 268.8 pounds.
Watermelon is thought to have originated in the Kalahari Desert of Africa. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt and is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics on walls of their ancient buildings. From there, they were spread as nomadic people carried them in their wanderings, eventually spreading out to China, the Middle East, and eventually Europe. Historians believe that watermelons made their way to America via the slave trade in the 17th century.

The final food-related holiday today is National Mustard Day. National Mustard Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in August. It was created by the National Mustard Museum in Mount Horeb, Wi. in 1991.
Mustard is considered by many as the “King of condiments”. Not only is an essential part of hot dogs, sausages, and a wide variety of other sandwiches; it is an integral part of many recipes and sauces as well.
Mustard has been spicing up meals for thousands of years. Mustard isn’t just that plain old yellow variety anymore. In recent history, many different varieties of mustard have become available at your local markets; including Honey Mustard, Bold and Spicy, Sharp, Creamy, and of course, Dijon Mustard. Take a trip down the mustard aisle in your supermarket and you’ll probably find a few more varieties that I have not listed here.
How many different kinds of mustard are in your refrigerator right now? My current favorite is Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard, but like most American households, there is also a bottle of good ole French’s Yellow Mustard as well.

On this date in 1981 – U.S. traffic controllers with PATCO, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, went on strike. They were fired just as President Reagan had warned.
Also on this date in history:
1492 – Christopher Columbus left Palos, Spain with three ships. The voyage would lead him to what is now known as the Americas. He reached the Bahamas on October 12.
1880 – The American Canoe Association was formed at Lake George, NY.
1900 – Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. was founded.
1914 – Germany declared war on France. The next day World War I began when Britain declared war on Germany.
1923 – Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the U.S. after the sudden death of President Harding.
1933 – The Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced for the price of $2.75.
1936 – Jesse Owens won the first of his four Olympic gold medals.
1943 – Gen. George S. Patton verbally abused and slapped a private. Later, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered him to apologize for the incident.
1949 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed. The league was formed by the merger between the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League.
1958 – The Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater. The mission was known as “Operation Sunshine.”
1984 – Mary Lou Retton won a gold medal at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.
1985 – Mail service returned to a nudist colony in Paradise Lake, FL. Residents promised that they’d wear clothes or stay out of sight when the mail person came to deliver.
1988 – The Iran-Contra hearings ended. No ties were made between President Reagan and the Nicaraguan Rebels.
1988 – The Soviet Union released Mathias Rust. He had been taken into custody on May 28, 1987 for landing a plane in Moscow’s Red Square.
1990 – Thousands of Iraqi troops pushed within a few miles of the border of Saudi Arabia. This heightened world concerns that the invasion of Kuwait could spread.
1992 – The Senate voted to restrict and eventually end the testing of nuclear weapons.
1995 – Eyad Ismoil was flown from Jordan to the U.S. to face charges that he had driven the van that blew up in New York’s World Trade Center.
And, in 2004 – In New York, the Statue of Liberty re-opened to the public. The site had been closed since the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

If you were born on this date,, you share a birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals.
Ernie Pyle 1900 – Journalist.
John T. Scopes 1900 – Teacher.
Margaret Kuhn 1905 – Activist.
Dolores Del Rio 1905 – Actress.
P.D. James 1920 – Author.
Marilyn Maxwell 1921 – Actress.
Leon Uris 1924 – Author.
Tony Bennett 1926 – Singer.
Alex Cord 1931 – Actor.
Elsa Martinelli 1933 – Actress.
Martin Sheen 1940 – Actor.
Lance Alworth 1940 – Football player.
Martha Stewart 1941 – Entrepreneur.
John Landis 1950 – Director.
JoMarie Payton 1950 – Actress.
Jay North 1951 – Actor.
John McGinley 1959 – Actor.
And finally, Evangeline Lilly 1979 – Actress.

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