Life Day 24135: Lazy Day

August 10, 2013 at 12:02 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Saturday, August 10, 2013.
Good morning slackers. The first holiday today is National Lazy Day. National Lazy Day puts to rest the old adage that; “there are no lazy days, just lazy people” once and for all. If those summer chores aren’t done yet, they will have to wait one more day. On this holiday, try to avoid physical exertion whenever possible. Try to make ‘going to the refrigerator for another cold drink’ the most strenuous thing you do today. Go outside and relax in the hammock under a shade tree. Go for a leisurely walk. Only eat “delivery food” all day. And, above all else, listen to this song over and over, preferably on repeat in your mp3 player so you don’t have to get up and keep starting it again. Remember the words of Jules Renard: “Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.”

The next holiday is Duran Duran Appreciation Day. Duran Duran Appreciation Day is celebrated today because on this date in 1985, lead singer Simon Le Bon survived the capsizing of his yacht during a race. Entertainment Weekly, and their own website acknowledge the existence of this holiday.
One of the premier “hair bands” of the 1980’s, Duran Duran sold more than 100 million records during their heyday. Due to their sense of fashion and boyish good looks, they were dubbed the “the prettiest boys in rock”. Although their music videos were groundbreaking and their “sound” was cutting edge, their lyrics were sometimes indecipherable. As proof, I offer the following examples:
1)  UNION OF THE SNAKE: “The union of the snake is on the climb. It’s gonna race, it’s gonna break, gonna move up to the borderline.”
2)  NIGHT BOAT: “Shadows all through me shudder away echo me echo me. Am I alone or is the river alive cause it echoes me, echos me, echos me.”
3)  PLANET EARTH: “I heard you making patterns rhyme, like some new romantic looking for the TV sound.”
4)  A VIEW TO A KILL: “A sacred why? A mystery gaping inside. The weekends why?”
5)  THE REFLEX: “Every little thing the reflex does leaves you answered with a question mark.”
If you’re a Duran Duran fan, or even if you’re not, listen to some of their music today. Better yet, for the full effect, watch some of their videos. You can find them all over YouTube.

The third holiday today is Smithsonian Day. Smithsonian Day marks the anniversary of the date in 1846 when the Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the U.S. Congress, thanks to a $500,000 donation by an obscure English chemist and mineralogist, James Smithson. According to the Smithsonian’s website, Smithson’s bequest was specifically intended to “found at Washington D.C., under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.” This website will give you the full history of the creation of the Smithsonian Institution.
Today, the Smithsonian is comprised of 19 museums and galleries including the recently announced National Museum of African American History and Culture, nine research facilities throughout the United States and the world, and the national zoo. If you can’t visit all of them today, at least try to increase and expand your knowledge of some subject you’ve always been curious about.

Yet another holiday today is Skyscraper Appreciation Day. Skyscraper Appreciation Day marks the anniversary of birth of William Van Alen in 1883. Van Alen was the primary architect behind the construction of the Chrysler Building, arguably the most popular skyscraper in New York City. This holiday was created in 2009 by Dr. Tom Stevens, the founder of the Objectivist Party. It was created so people can appreciate the engineering and architectural marvels we know as skyscrapers, which represent the triumph of reason and of man’s industrial nature.
Celebrate Skyscraper Appreciation Day by visiting an interesting skyscraper near your home or researching the history of skyscrapers.

The final holiday today is National Garage Sale Day.  National Garage Sale Day is always celebrated on the second Saturday in August. This holiday celebrates the coming together of those with belongings they no longer want and those with a want for belongings they don’t have.
Garage sales are a common sight on almost every weekend day with fair weather across America. Nationwide, the average selling price of items at a garage sale is 85¢. To paraphrase a famous politician: “85¢ here, and 85¢ there, and soon you’re talking real money.” According to the website StatisticBrain.com, garage sales generate nearly 5 million dollars in revenue annually.
So, if you’re out and about today, keep an eye open for those “garage sale” signs. Who knows, you might just find that treasured item from your childhood that you regret throwing away.

The first food-related holiday today is National S’mores Day. The first recipe for S’mores was published in the 1927 edition of the Girl Scout Handbook. Since then, they have become America’s favorite campfire treat.
To make S’mores all you need are three basic ingredients; graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars. Oh yeah, you’ll also need an open flame source and some skewers to toast the marshmallows.
And, in case you were wondering, the name is derived for everyone’s reaction when the first taste this scrumptious treat: ” Give me S’more.” So, enjoy some S’mores today.

The other food-related holiday today is National Banana Split Day. The traditional banana split consists of three scoops of ice cream (one each of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) placed atop a banana that has been split in half lengthwise and placed in a long dish called a boat. Pineapple topping is spooned over the strawberry ice cream, chocolate syrup over the vanilla, and strawberry topping over the chocolate. It is garnished with crushed nuts, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries. There are of course many variations on this recipe. If you’re making them at home, your only limitation is your imagination, and the ingredients you have at hand. So why not be creative when you enjoy your banana split today.

On this date in 1965 – In Austin, TX, a fire burned part of the 20th floor of the 27-story University of Texas main building. A collection that contained items once owned by escape artist Harry Houdini and circus magnate P. T. Barnum were damaged by smoke and water.
Also on this date in history:
1821 – Missouri became the 24th state to join the Union.
1869 – The motion picture projector was patented by O.B. Brown.
1885 – The first electric streetcar, to be used commercially, was operated in Baltimore, MD, by Leo Daft.
1921 – Franklin D. Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio.
1927 – Mount Rushmore was formally dedicated. The individual faces of the presidents were dedicated later.
1945 – The day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan announced they would surrender. The only condition was that the status of Emperor Hirohito would remain unchanged.
1947 – William Odom completed an around-the-world flight. He set the solo record by completing the flight in 73 hours and 5 minutes.
1948 – On ABC, “Candid Camera” made its TV debut. The original title was “Candid Microphone.”
1949 – The National Military Establishment had its name changed to the Department of Defense.
1954 – Construction began on the St. Lawrence Seaway.
1981 – Pete Rose hit a single and broke the National League all-time hit record with his 3,630 hit.
1988 – President Reagan signed a measure that provided $20,000 payments to Japanese-Americans who were interned by the U.S. government during World War II.
1994 – President Clinton claimed presidential immunity when he asked a federal judge to dismiss, at least for the time being, a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Paula Jones.
1995 – Norma McCorvey, “Jane Roe” of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, announced that she had joined the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue.
And, in 2003 – Ekaterina Dmitriev and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko were married. Malenchenko was about 240 miles above the earth in the international space station. It was the first-ever marriage from space.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals.
Herbert Hoover 1874 – 31st POTUS.
Leo Fender 1909 – Inventor.
Jeff Corey 1914 – Actor.
Rhonda Fleming 1923 – Actress.
Claus Von Bulow 1926 – Socialite.
Jimmy Dean 1928 – Country singer, entrepreneur.
Eddie Fisher 1928 – Singer.
Rocky Colavito 1933 – Baseball player.
Bobby Hatfield 1940 – Singer.
Ronnie Spector 1947 – Singer.
Ian Anderson 1947 – Musician.
Daniel Hugh Kelly 1952 – Actor.
Rosanna Arquette 1959 – Actress.
Antonio Banderas 1960 – Actor.
And finally, Angie Harmon 1972 – Model, actress.

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