Life Day 24207: Leapin’ Lizards

October 21, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Monday, October 21, 2013.
Good morning reptile lovers. The first holiday today is Reptile Awareness Day. According to the National Zoological Park at the Smithsonian, the world is home to 8240 species of reptiles. Every continent except Antarctica has reptiles. Reptile Awareness Day affords fans of reptiles the opportunity to share their passion for, and educate others about, these amazing creatures; and to bring to light the problems, such as habitat loss and threat of extinction, that many reptile species face in the wild. Dictionary.com defines reptile as: “any cold-blooded vertebrate of the class Reptilia, comprising the turtles, snakes, lizards, crocodilians, amphibians, tuatara, and various extinct members including the dinosaurs.” Translated into “English”, that means snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles, alligators, and crocodiles. Being cold-blooded, reptiles need an external source of heat, such as the sun, to maintain their body temperature.
Celebrate this holiday by learning more about reptiles, especially those native to your region.

The next holiday is Count Your Buttons Day. This definition of “button” from Dictionary.com will give you insight as to just how important buttons are in our everyday lives. They keep our shirts closed, and our pants secure. How could you “like” anything on Facebook, or send text messages or emails every 10 minutes without buttons?
The only correlation that I could find between buttons and this date is that on this date in 1963, the Trimline telephone was placed into service by the Michigan Bell Telephone Company. The Trimline telephone revolutionized the telephone industry. The dial and a hang-up button were no longer on a remote base, but instead integrated into the hand-piece, midway between the microphone and speaker. A call could thus be dialed from the hand-piece alone, which was more convenient in the kitchen or while in bed. It was dramatically different in style from earlier telephones, developed with the industrial design firm Henry Dreyfuss Associates. In 1977, Fortune magazine selected it as one of the country’s 25 best-designed products. Today we take the convenience of the hand-held, base-free phone for granted.

The third holiday today is National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day. Just as the top of your desk can occasionally become cluttered, your computer’s “desktop” can become cluttered with unnecessary or seldom used icons; which can significantly slow-down your computer. If your are smart, you already have some sort of anti-virus software program installed on your computer. These programs have “tools” for identifying broken links, registry errors, unnecessary icons, and a number of other things that effect the performance of your computer; and will correct them for you. So, run a full scan on your computer and optimize your computer’s performance today. If you don’t have anti-virus protection on your computer, stop being an idiot and buy an anti-virus program today, install it, then run a scan of your entire computer. There are many programs out there for around $40.00; which is a lot cheaper than the hundreds of dollars you will spend to replace your computer when it becomes infected.

Another holiday today is Babbling Day.  Babbling Day honors all those blatherskites out there who babble on incessantly about nothing at all. We all know someone like this. They babble on endlessly and never seem to stop talking. Perhaps it is out of nervousness, or perhaps they just love the sound of their own voice. In any case, they can be annoying at times. To help people like this, I recommend that someone start a support group. You could call it “Onandonandonanon”.

The fifth holiday today is Celebration of the Mind Day. There is not much information available about Celebration of the Mind Day. As near as I can determine, this holiday honors Martin Gardner, born on this date in 1914. Mr. Gardner was an esteemed mathematics and science writer who specialized in “recreational mathematics”. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 95. He encouraged people to find fun ways to enjoy math and science, by stretching the mind with puzzles and intricate games. I guess that you could say that he urged people to expand their minds through the Fun da Mentals of mathematics. (sorry, I just had to do it).

The final holiday today is Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders Prevention Day. In America, we take for granted that we get enough iodine in our diets. Most salt we use is iodized which gives us all the iodine we require. The same is not true globally.  About 30% of the world’s population live in areas where iodine deficiency and its related health problems are prevalent. Among the health problems associated with iodine deficiency are goiter, hyperthyroidism, a decrease in child survival rates, low birth weight, slow child development, and a lower IQ. Because of its profound health effects, iodine deficiency can have an detrimental effect on the social and economic development a country.

The first food-related holiday today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. During the autumn months, festive pumpkin-flavored treats are everywhere. You can find all sorts of goodies like pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin soup, pumpkin beer, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, and (today’s reason to celebrate) pumpkin cheesecake. Pumpkin cheesecake is traditionally made with a graham cracker crust and a pumpkin purée cheesecake filling.
Factoid: Cheesecakes were popular in Greece as early as 2000 BC. Today there are hundreds of variations all over the world.

The other food-related holiday today is Caramel Apple Day. Apples are in season now, and what better way to enjoy an apple than covering it in caramel? Caramel apples are a seasonal favorite in America this time of year. They are relatively easy to make at home, and can be enjoyed by the whole family. For a change of pace, why not try using sturdy twigs from a tree in your backyard instead of those bland old Popsicle sticks.? Also, why not roll them in some chopped peanuts?

On this date in:

1797 – “Old Ironsides,” the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston’s harbor.

1858 – The Can-Can was performed for the first time in Paris.

1879 – Thomas Edison invented the electric incandescent lamp. It would last 13 1/2 hours before it would burn out.

1917 – The first U.S. soldiers entered combat during World War I near Nancy, France.

1918 – Margaret Owen set a typing speed record of 170 words per minute on a manual typewriter.

1925 – The photoelectric cell was first demonstrated at the Electric Show in New York City, NY.

1925 – The U.S. Treasury Department announced that it had fined 29,620 people for prohibition (of alcohol) violations.

1927 – Construction began on the George Washington Bridge.

1945 – Women in France were allowed to vote for the first time.

1959 – The Guggenheim Museum was opened to the public in New York. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

1967 – Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War.

1980 – The Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series.

1983 – The Pentagon reported that 2,000 Marines were headed to Grenada to protect and evacuate Americans living there.

1986 – Pro-Iranian kidnappers in Lebanon claimed that they had abducted American writer Edward Tracy. He was not released until August of 1991.

1986 – The U.S. ordered 55 Soviet diplomats to leave. The action was in reaction to the Soviet Union expelling five American diplomats.

1988 – Former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda, were indicted in New York on fraud and racketeering charges. Marcos died before his trial and Imelda was acquitted in 1990.

1991 – Jesse Turner, an American hostage in Lebanon, was released after nearly five years of being imprisoned.

1994 – North Korea and the U.S. signed an agreement requiring North Korea to halt its nuclear program and agree to inspections.

1994 – Rosario Ames, the wife of CIA agent Aldrich Ames, was sentenced to five years in prison for her role in her husband’s espionage.

1998 – The New York Yankees set a major league baseball record of 125 victories for the regular and postseason combined.

2003 – The U.S. Senate voted to ban what was known as partial birth abortions.

2003 – North Korea rejected U.S. President George W. Bush’s offer of a written pledge not to attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of prominent people:

Alfred Nobel 1833 – Creator of the “Nobel Prizes”.
Dizzy Gillespie 1917 – Jazz trumpeter.
Whitey Ford 1928 – Baseball pitcher.
Georgia Brown 1933 – Actress, singer.
Manfred Mann 1940 – Keyboardist.
Francis Fitzgerald 1940 – journalist.
Elvin Bishop 1942 – Musician.
Brian Picolo 1943 – Football running back.
Ron Elliot 1943 – Musician  (Beau Brummels).
Everett McGill 1945 – Actor.
Lee Loughnane 1946 – Musician  (Chicago)
Bill Russell  1948 – Baseball shortstop.
Benjamin Netanyahu 1949 – Israeli politician.
Charlotte Caffey 1953 – Musician  (Go-Go’s).
Carrie Fisher 1956 – Actress.
Steve Lukather 1957 – Musician  (Toto).
Jade Jagger 1971 – Socialite, model.
Jeremy Miller 1976 – Actor.
Will Estes 1977 – Actor.
Kim Kardashian 1980 – Socialite, “accidental” porn star.

 

 

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