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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