Life Day 24136: What a Joke

August 11, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Sunday, August 11, 2013.
Good morning humor lovers. The first holiday today is Presidential Joke Day. Presidential Joke Day is celebrated every year on August 11. It marks the anniversary of the day when President Reagan joked during a soundcheck before a speech: “My fellow Americans. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve signed legislation outlawing the Soviet Union. We begin bombing in five minutes.” He was unaware that the feed was live. Although his joke did not go live, the quote was leaked to the media.
Presidential Joke Day is not a day to crack jokes about the president. Lord knows we have enough fodder for that the other 364 days of the year. This is a day to appreciate the humor of some of the more witty Chief Executives in our history.
Below are a few more examples.
1)  ”In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.”  —President John Adams
2) “When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘present’ or ‘not guilty.'” —President Teddy Roosevelt
(Side note: It’s sad to see that things haven’t changed much since then).
3) “Being president is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening.” —President Bill Clinton
4) “These stories about my intellectual capacity really get under my skin. You know, for a while I even thought my staff believed it. There on my schedule first thing every morning it said, ‘Intelligence Briefing.'” —President George W. Bush

The other holiday today is Play in the Sand Day. Play in the Sand Day encourages young and old alike to get out and play in the sand today. There’s no denying that it’s beach weather throughout most of the country, so if at all possible today is the day to go. Whether you want to construct an elaborate sand sculpture, help your kids with their sand castle, or just wiggle your toes in the sand, there is no better day than today to do so. If going to the beach isn’t an option, at least try to find a sandbox at a playground and play for a while.

Once again, raspberries are the focal point in today’s food-related holiday. This time it is National Raspberry Tart Day. There are big differences between a pie and a tart.
The crust itself is the first difference. Tart crusts are traditionally made with butter to achieve a buttery pastry flavor. Although made with basically the same ingredients, the tart crust is firm such that the tart can stand independently when removed from the tart pan. Pie crusts are thin, soft, flaky pastry that can be made with different types of shortening as well as butter. The pie is meant to be served from the pie pan. A pie can have a top crust, a lattice top crust, or no top crust at all. A tart only has a bottom crust.
The type of pan is also different. The sides of a pie dish or pan are sloped and the dish can be made from a variety of material, such as ceramic, glass or metal. A tart pan has straight or straight fluted side with a removable bottom. A pastry ring atop a baking sheet can also be used.
Another difference is the consistency of the filling. Pie fillings can be loose (fruit pie) or firm (custard pie and pecan pie). Tarts have firm fillings, based on more eggs (custard) or other binders which is poured over the main ingredient and garnished with more of the main ingredient. This is especially important since the tart is free-standing; no pie plate for juices to run onto.
So enjoy a raspberry tart today. If you don’t feel like making one yourself, you should be able to find one at a bakery.

On this date in 1975 – The U.S. vetoed the proposed admission of North and South Vietnam to the United Nations. The Security Council had already refused to consider South Korea’s application.
Also on this date in history:
1860 – The first successful silver mill in America began operations. The mill was in Virginia City, NV.
1874 – A patent for the sprinkler head was given to Harry S. Parmelee.
1877 – The two moons of Mars were discovered by Asaph Hall, an American astronomer. He named them Phobos and Deimos.
1896 – Harvey Hubbell received a patent for the electric light bulb socket with a pull-chain.
1909 – The American ship Arapahoe became the first to ever use the SOS distress signal off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC.
1924 – Newsreel pictures were taken of U.S. presidential candidates for the first time.
1934 – Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay, received federal prisoners for the first time.
1945 – The Allies informed Japan that they would determine Emperor Hirohito’s future status after Japan’s surrender.
1951 – The first major league baseball game to be televised in color was broadcast. The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Boston Braves 8-1.
1984 – Carl Lewis won his fourth gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics.
1988 – Dick Thornburgh was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the next attorney general. He succeeded Edwin Meese III.
1992 – In Bloomington, MN, the Mall of America opened. It was the largest shopping mall in the United States.
1994 – A U.S. federal jury awarded $286.8 million to about 10,000 commercial fishermen for losses as a result of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
1995 – All U.S. nuclear tests were banned by President Clinton.
1997 – U.S. President Clinton made the first use of the line-item veto approved by Congress, rejecting three items in spending and tax bills.
And, in 2002 – US Airways announced that it had filed for bankruptcy.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of notables.
Robert Ingersoll 1833 – Orator.
Lloyd Nolan 1902 – Actor.
Alex Haley 1921 – Author.
Mike Douglas 1925 – Entertainer.
Arlene Dahl 1928 – Actress.
Jerry Falwell 1933 – Televangelist.
Virna Lisi 1937 – Actress.
John Conlee 1946 – Country singer.
Ian Charleson 1949 – Actor.
Steve Wozniak 1950 – Co-founder of Apple Computers.
Terry Bollea 1953 – Professional Wrestler.
Charlie Sexton 1968 –Guitarist.
And finally, Will Friedle 1976 – Actor.

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