Life Day 24165: Weirdos

September 9, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Monday, September 9, 2013.
Good morning my way-out, wacky friends. The first holiday today is Wonderful Weirdos Day. We all know a few. Those people whose normal antics fall just outside the box and defy convention. Wonderful Weirdos Day salutes these quirky people and all of their eccentricities. This holiday also encourages you to embrace your inner weirdo and join your peculiar pals in their erratic behavior. According to Dictionary.com, weird  can mean something akin to the unearthly, supernatural, or mysterious. More often than not, however, it is used to describe something or someone who is odd, strange or different; behavior that deviates from the “norm” (whatever that means). Who is the arbiter of “normal” anyway?
I strive to live my life “in-bounds”. I try to dress and act in a manner that doesn’t put me at odds with the rest of society. Therefore, it will be difficult for me to celebrate this holiday. For the rest of you reading this, however, to celebrate this holiday, dress and act as you normally would.

The next holiday is National Boss /Employee Exchange Day. Although it might seem like a good idea to swap places with your boss for a day, it is probably impracticable. National Boss /Employee Exchange Day encourages the free-flow of ideas between management and workers to improve productivity for the mutual benefit of all parties. It gives bosses and laborers the opportunity to address the unique challenges that each face on a daily basis. Communication is the key to any successful business. This holiday affords bosses the opportunity to view the job from a worker’s perspective, and vise versa. Airing the grievances is only the beginning though. Both parties must follow-up by upholding their end of the bargain if there is to be any significant change.

The third holiday today is National Teddy Bear Day. I covered a little bit about the origins and history of the Teddy Bear a couple of months ago in this post. Finding the origins and history of National Teddy Bear Day is proving far more difficult. There appears to be no record of the origin of this holiday or why this particular date was chosen. Nonetheless, this holiday is listed in all three of my primary sources.
Teddy Bears are not just for children anymore. They are becoming collectibles. Old Teddy Bears in good condition are highly prized by collectors; especially those manufactured by reputable companies such as Steiff or Gund. Cottage industries like the Vermont Teddy Bear Company are doing a booming mail-order business by making custom-ordered Teddy Bears that have the same quality and plushness of the Teddy Bears of old.
To celebrate this holiday, find your old Teddy Bear and reminisce about the simpler times when he was your best friend.

Another holiday today is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day is a disease-specific holiday, therefore I won’t cover it in  depth. This link will provide those interested with all of the information they need about this holiday.

Today’s final holiday is not really a holiday at all. Today marks the 163rd anniversary of the date that California became the 31st state. It is my humble opinion that the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1849, the year prior to statehood in 1850, hastened California’s entry into the Union by at least 2 decades.
California, despite being a Neo-Fascist Nanny-state, remains at the pinnacle of agriculture, industry, manufacturing, and tourism in the United States. California makes some of the best wines in the world; it has always been the epicenter of the movie industry; it is one of the nations leading producers of oil; it is among the world’s leading growers of almonds, avocados, artichokes, and garlic, among many other types of produce; it has a thriving beef and dairy industry; and it is the hub technology and technology related products. It has some of the best beaches on Earth and some of the most rugged, yet picturesque, coastline at the same time; it has some of the most majestic forests; it has two major mountain ranges; it is home to nine National Parks, more than any other state, and 118 State Parks.
If you live in, or were born in, California celebrate this momentous day by contemplating all the wonders of this glorious state.

The food-related holiday today is Wienerschnitzel Day. I am surprised by the number of people who still think that Wienerschnitzel is some kind of German sausage (thanks for that Der Wienerschnitzel). In actuality, Wienerschnitzel is a tenderized veal cutlet, breaded, then fried in oil. Wienerschnitzel Day celebrates this classic Viennese dish, and all of it’s incarnations; breaded veal cutlets, pork fritters, chicken fried steak, and chicken fried chicken.
Wienerschnitzel translates to “Viennese cutlet”, and was named after it’s city of origin, Vienna, Austria. But, like many dishes, it has mixed origins. According to some, the dish originated in Constantinople, where meats were covered in gold flakes as a testament to the city’s wealth and opulence. As the recipe spread throughout Europe, common folk replaced gold flakes with affordable breadcrumbs. Today, the veal cutlets are thin-cut, fried with a simple crust of flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs, and served with lemon slices, and sometimes anchovies, capers or hard-boiled egg. When veal proves too expensive, some Europeans would substitute pork, although German law prohibits the pork-based alternative from touting itself as “Wienerschnitzel” on menus. The dish evolved further once it arrived in Texas with migrant German settlers of the 1840’s. As beef was cheaper, and infinitely more available in the cattle state, it often replaced veal in the dish’s preparations, paving the way for what we currently call Chicken Fried Steak.
To celebrate this holiday, enjoy the breaded, tenderized, fried meat product of your choice.

On this date in 1965 – French President Charles de Gaulle announced that France was withdrawing from NATO to protest the domination of the U.S. in the organization.
Also on this date in history:
1776 – The second Continental Congress officially made the term “United States”, replacing the previous term, “United Colonies.”
1836 – Abraham Lincoln received his license to practice law.
1904 – Mounted police were used for the first time in the City of New York.
1919 – The majority of Boston’s police force went on strike.
1919 – Alexander Graham Bell and Casey Baldwin’s HD-4, a hydrofoil craft, set a world marine speed record.
1926 – The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was created by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA).
1942 – Japan dropped incendiaries over the Northwest in an attempt to set fire to the forests in Oregon and Washington. The forest did not ignite.
1948 – North Korea became the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea.
1950 – Sal Maglie (New York Giants) pitched a fourth consecutive shutout. Only four other pitchers in the National League had ever accomplished this feat.
1957 – The first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction was signed into law by President Eisenhower.
1965 – Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitched the eighth perfect game in major league baseball history.
1979 – Tracy Austin, at 16, became the youngest player to win the U.S. Open women’s tennis title.
1986 – Ted Turner presented the first of his colorized films on WTBS in Atlanta, GA.
1987 – Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer aired for the last time on CBS.
1993 – Israeli and PLO leaders agreed to recognize each other.
1994 – The U.S. agreed to accept about 20,000 Cuban immigrants a year. This was in return for Cuba’s promise to halt the flight of refugees.
1995 – Amtrak’s Broadway Limited service made its final run between New York City, NY and Chicago, IL.
1997 – Sinn Fein, the IRA’s political ally, formally renounced violence as it took its place in talks on Northern Ireland’s future.
1998 – Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr delivered to the U.S. Congress 36 boxes of material concerning his investigation of U.S. President Clinton.
And, in 1998 – Four tourists who had paid $32,500 each were taken in submarine to view the wreckage of the Titanic. The ship is 2 miles below the Atlantic off Newfoundland.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of  illustrious individuals.
Frank Chance 1877 – Baseball player.
Harland Sanders 1890 – Businessman.
Jimmy Snyder 1923 – Sports commentator.
Jane Greer 1924 – Actress.
Cliff Robertson 1925 – Actor.
Sylvia Miles 1932 – Actress.
Otis Redding 1941 – Singer.
Dee Dee Sharp 1945 – Singer.
Billy Preston 1946 – Musician.
Joe Thiesman 1949 – Football player, sportscaster.
Tom Wopat 1951 – Actor.
Angela Cartwright 1952 – Actress.
Hugh Grant 1960 – Actor.
Adam Sandler 1966 – Actor, comedian.
Scott DeFreitas 1969 – Actor.
Henry Thomas 1971 – Actor.
And finally, Michelle Williams 1980 – Actress.

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