Life Day 24183: Can It

September 27, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Friday, September 27, 2013.
Good morning environmentally conscious fans of mashed metal. Today’s first holiday is National Crush A Can Day. As you might suspect, National Crush A Can Day encourages you to gather your recyclable cans together today and take them to your recycling center. Although this holiday specifies cans, it is probably a good idea to gather all of your recyclables, (plastic, paper and glass), together as well and make one trip (it’s better for the environment because one trip saves gas).
There are a number of ways to crush your cans. In my research today, I discovered a scientific way to crush your aluminum cans. This link will give you insight on how to perform this method. Although impractical and not actually environmentally friendly, it seems impressive nonetheless. There are more practical, albeit less impressive, ways to crush your cans. First, you can invest in (or make) a can crusher. This is the method that I recommend. The second way is to crush them with a heavy object; such as a coffee can filled with cement with a handle embedded into the cement. You could also stomp on them with your feet, crush them in your hands or smash them on your forehead. However, personally, I don’t recommend any means of crushing cans that involves the use of body parts; as they could easily go awry and involve you a trip to the Emergency Room.
No matter the method you use to crush your cans, take your recyclables to the recycling center today.

The next holiday is Ancestor Appreciation Day. Ancestor Appreciation Day encourages you to get in touch with your roots. Knowing where you came from and who your ancestors were can give you insight into your family’s values and traditions and perhaps even make you appreciate how far you family has come. It can also give you “bragging rights” if you chance across someone famous (or infamous) in your family tree.
It can also benefit you medically. Knowing if there is a history of heart disease, cancer, or any one of a number of genetic diseases in your family can provide you and your doctor with vital information necessary for your preventive health regimen.
So, I hope that you start looking into your ancestry today, if you haven’t already; and that your family tree more resembles a spreading oak than a totem pole.

The third holiday today is Save The Koala Day. The purpose of Save the Koala Day is to raise awareness of the plight of the Koala. Like many other species these days, Koalas in the wild face problems as their habitat is cleared to make way for “progress”. As humans encroach on their habitat, there is increased risk of dog attacks and road accidents. Also, 80% of Koala habitat is on private land. The public needs to be educated on how to help to keep the koala habitat alive and safe. Something as simple as planting new and maintaining existing trees that Koalas need to survive will go a long way toward their preservation.

The remaining holidays today fall into that esoteric “who cares” category of sappy U.N. type holidays. Links are provided below anyway.
World Tourism Day.
Hug A Vegetarian Day.
Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The first food-related holiday today is National Corned Beef Hash Day. Corned Beef Hash Day celebrates, oddly enough, corned beef hash. Corned beef hash is a favorite dish here in America. I’m not talking about that putrid looking food-like substance you buy in cans at the supermarket. I’m talking about real corned beef sliced from a brisket, then chopped or ground and fried with diced potatoes, onions and bell pepper. Although traditionally served as a breakfast dish, corned beef hash also makes an excellent dinner served with some type of green vegetable. Heck, I’ve even made a sandwich out of it for lunch.
Corning beef refers to curing or pickling the meat in a seasoned brine. The word refers to the “corns” or grains of kosher (or other coarse) salt that is mixed with water to make the brine. Typically, brisket is used to make corned beef. The dish has many regional variations and seasonings.
Note: Smoking a corned beef, and adding extra spices, produces pastrami.

The other food-related holiday today is National Chocolate Milk Day. Chocolate milk is a refreshing treat enjoyed by millions of Americans each day. Many people like to have it with cookies [I like to dip Graham Crackers into mine].
Chocolate milk was invented in the late 1600’s by Sir Hans Sloane, for whom London’s Sloane Square is named (and whose collection of art objects and curiosities became the foundation of the British Museum). Sloane devised a means of mixing the ground cacao beans with milk, to make it more pleasant. He brought both cacao and his recipe (most likely unsweetened) back to England. As a physician, Sloane was initially interested in the medicinal properties of cacao; he thought chocolate milk had soothing qualities. The recipe was initially sold in apothecary shops before Cadbury chocolate started adding sugar and marketing it as an “anytime beverage; soothing to the stomach”.
Anyway, grab the box of cookies out of the cupboard and enjoy some chocolate milk as a treat today.

On this date in 2004 – North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Su Hon announced that North Korea had turned plutonium from 8,000 spent nuclear fuel rods into nuclear weapons. He also said that the weapons were to serve as a deterrent against increasing U.S. nuclear threats and to prevent nuclear war in northeast Asia. The U.S. State Department noted that the U.S. has repeatedly said that the U.S. has no plans to attack North Korea.
Other significant events which occurred on this date are:
1779 – John Adams was elected to negotiate with the British over the American Revolutionary War peace terms.
1825 – George Stephenson operated the first locomotive that hauled a passenger train.
1928 – The U.S. announced that it would recognize the Nationalist Chinese Government.
1940 – The Berlin-Rome-Tokyo Axis was set up. The military and economic pact was for 10 years between Germany, Italy and Japan.
1954 – The “Tonight!” show made its debut on NBC-TV with Steve Allen as host.
1962 – The U.S. sold Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Israel.
1968 – The U.K.’s entry into the European Common Market was barred by France.
1979 – The Department of Education, the 13th Cabinet position, was established after the final approval from Congress.
1982 – Italian and French soldiers entered the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps in Beirut. The move was made by the members of a multinational force due to hundreds of Palestinians being massacred by Christian militiamen.
1989 – Two men went over the 176-foot-high Niagara Falls in a barrel. Jeffrey Petkovich and Peter Debernardi were the first to ever survive the Horseshoe Falls.
1991 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush eliminated all land-based tactical nuclear arms and removed all short-range nuclear arms from ships and submarines around the world. Bush then called on the Soviet Union to do the same.
1994 – More than 350 Republican congressional candidates signed the Contract with America. It was a 10-point platform they pledged to enact if voters sent a GOP majority to the House.
1995 – The U.S. government unveiled the redesigned $100 bill. The bill featured a larger, off-center portrait of Benjamin Franklin.
And, in 1998 – Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) set a major league baseball record when he hit his 70th home run of the season.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of luminaries:
Thomas Nast 1840 – Political cartoonist.
Jayne Meadows 1920 – Actress.
William Conrad 1920 – Actor.
Sada Thompson 1929 – Actress.
Kathleen Nolan 1933 – Actress.
Greg Morris 1934 – Actor.
Wilford Brimley 1934 – Actor.
Kathy Whitworth 1939 – Pro Golfer.
Randy Bachman 1943 – Musician.
Liz Torres 1947 – Actress.
A Martinez 1948 – Actor.
Mike Schmidt 1949 – Baseball player.
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagaw 1950 – Actor.
Marvin Lee Aday 1951 – Musician, actor.
Shaun Cassidy 1958 – Actor, singer.
Amanda Detmer 1971 – Actress.
Gwyneth Paltrow 1972 – Actress.
And finally, Avril Lavigne 1984 – Singer.

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