Life Day 24176: This is Gibberish

September 20, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment
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Today is Friday, September 20, 2013.
Good morning gobbledegook fans. The first holiday today is Gibberish Day. Dictionary.com defines gibberish as meaningless, unintelligible, obscure, pretentious, or technical talk or writing. I can think of no more appropriate time to celebrate Gibberish Day. Some comedians, Norm Crosby for example, have made a career out of speaking gibberish. The same holds true for our government officials and their minions. With the daily dose of claptrap coming from our government concerning Syria, Obamacare, the sequester, blah, blah, blah, most of us have already had our fill of gibberish lately. This holiday affords you the opportunity to join in and celebrate with a little gibberish of your own.This holiday is easy to celebrate,simply spout out a little gibberish. If you are still unclear as to exactly what speaking gibberish entails, merely watch the news on your favorite network, listen to talk radio, or reread this Blog.

The next holiday is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed on the third Friday in September. It honors those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools, veterans’ facilities, the post office and most other federal government buildings. This observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag. The others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.

The third holiday today is National Tradesmen Day. National Tradesmen Day is an annual national celebration to honor the men and women who work with their hands to build our country and keep it running strong.  It occurs annually on the 3rd Friday in September. Tradesmen contribute  to our lives in so many ways. From building our homes, schools, and churches; to keeping our cars running; to keeping our lights on and keeping us warm; to fixing our leaky pipes,  professional tradesmen are the backbone of our nation. This holiday was created, and is sponsored by, Irwin Tools. It was first cerebrated in 2011.

Another holiday today is National Farm Safety Day. The United States was once an agrarian society and  has a long and proud history steeped in agriculture. Unfortunately, however, due to the small size and lack of regulation of a lot of family farms, farm work accidents tend to be high and significant. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, farm work-related health issues and accidents claim 1,300 lives and cause 120,000 injuries each year in America. Tractor accidents cause the highest mortality rates on farms, with 44 percent resulting from tractors which have overturned. Farm injury rates are highest among children age 15 and younger and adults older than 65. It is estimated that the use of safety equipment such as seat belts could prevent up to 40 percent of all farm work-related injuries.
To celebrate this holiday, let all the family farmers in your area know how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication. Also remind them to be safe and not to take shortcuts on important safety precautions when using their equipment.

The final holiday today is Clean Up The World Weekend. Clean Up the World Weekend, held on the 3rd weekend in September each year. This holiday encourages people to organize the clean up of a neighborhood park, beach, hiking trail, or other public areas. Help provide a clean and safe environment for everyone who uses these facilities.

The food-related holiday today is National Punch Day. Oddly enough, it celebrates the meaning of the word “punch”. The word “punch” allegedly comes from the Hindustani word “panch,” which means “five.” In the early 1600’s, sailors and employees of the British East India Company brought a new exotic drink from India to England. The beverage was made with five ingredients, spirits, lemon, sugar, water, and tea. “Punch” spread from country to country and became one of the most popular party drinks in the world. Today there are hundreds of different punch recipes. Many of them though still incorporate the five key ingredients: base (alcohol), citrus, sugar, water, and spice.
To celebrate this holiday, make a batch of your favorite punch today. Be sure to make a “kid friendly” batch also so your whole family can celebrate with you.
Note: A couple of my sources referred to this holiday as National Rum Punch Day.

On this date in 1519 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan left Spain to find a route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. Magellan was killed during the trip, but one of his ships eventually made the journey.
1870 – The Papal States came under the control of Italian troops, leading to the unification of Italy.
1881 – Chester A. Arthur became the 21st president of the U.S. President James A. Garfield had died the day before.
1884 – The Equal Rights Party was formed in San Francisco, CA.
1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival premiered. The original premier was delayed in 1939 due to World War II.
1962 – James Meredith, a black student, was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Governor Ross R. Barnett. Meredith was later admitted.
1963 – President John F. Kennedy proposed a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition to the moon in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
1977 – The first of the “boat people” arrived in San Francisco from Southeast Asia under a new U.S. resettlement program.
1982 – President Ronald Reagan announced that the U.S., France, and Italy were going to send peacekeeping troops back to Beirut.
1984 – “The Cosby Show” premiered on NBC-TV.
1989 – F.W. de Klerk was sworn in as president of South Africa.
1991 – U.N. weapons inspectors left for Iraq in a renewed search for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
And, in 1995 – The House of Representatives voted to drop the national speed limit. This allowed the states to decide their own speed limits.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of distinguished individuals.
Upton Sinclair 1878 – Author.
Chuck Dressen 1898 – Baseball player, coach.
Peg Phillips 1918 – Actress.
Gogi Grant 1924 – Singer.
Rachel Roberts 1927 – Actress.
Dr. Joyce Brothers 1927 – Psychologist.
Anne Meara 1929 – Comedienne.
Sophia Loren 1934 – Actress.
John Panozzo 1947 – Musician.
Guy LaFleur 1951 – Hockey player.
Betsy Brantley 1955 – Actress.
Gary Cole 1957 – Actor.
Alannah Currie 1957 – Musician.
Crispin Glover 1964 – Actor.
Kristen Johnston 1965 – Actress.
And finally, Gunnar and Matthew Nelson – 1967 – Musicians.

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