Life Day 24234: Take A Hike Pal

November 17, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment
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Today is Sunday, November 17, 2013. Good morning nature walking enthusiasts. Today’s holidays are:

National Take A Hike Day:

Hiking is an excellent way to get exercise, and get into shape. Hikes are distinguished from walks, in that they are taken in the woods, hills, mountains, or somewhere else in a nature setting. Hikes not only give you exercise, they also provide scenic sites and vistas, that are good for relaxation of the mind and soul.

Hiking can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, lower the risk of some forms of cancer, decrease cholesterol levels, reduce depression and stress. It can also help prevent diabetes, improve arthritis and bone health and tone up that body. Additionally, hiking is free of charge and almost anyone can do it.

To celebrate this holiday, simply take the first step, followed by another, then another, then another…

Author’s note: You could also interpret this holiday to mean telling someone to “take a hike”. If you choose this interpretation, you do so at your own risk; especially if your boss is the one whom you tell to “take a hike”.

National Unfriend Day:

November 17 marks the second annual National Unfriend Day, a time for Facebook users to unfriend those Facebook friends who clutter up your feed and generally aren’t really, well you know, your friends.

The concept for this holiday was originated by host Jimmy Kimmel last year when he challenged people to do some Facebook friend spring cleaning.

To celebrate this holiday, go through your “friends” list on Facebook and “unfriend” anyone you don’t really know. I hope I make the cut.

Electronic Greeting Card Day:

Christmas Card season is nigh upon us and it is time for us to decide to whom we are going to send a card this year. Did ___ send me a card last year? Do I really know ___ well enough to send them a card?

Like it or not, Electronic Greeting Cards are a fact of life today. I’m on the fence about them myself. Little effort is required to send an E-card. All you need do is visit one of the myriad E-card websites, select an appropriate card, choose the recipient, click “send”, and within milliseconds, the card arrives in their e-mail inbox. And, many of them are free.

While Electronic Greeting Cards are convenient for the sender, they lack that “personal touch” you get with a paper card. There is something special about receiving a card in the mail that someone has taken the time to select specifically for you, often with a hand-written a personal message to you inscribed on the inside.

So, to sum up, using Electronic Greeting Cards is a matter of personal choice. In my opinion, if you care about the person, you will take the time to send them a paper card. If they are just a casual acquaintance, then perhaps an Electronic Greeting Card is appropriate.

Although no documentation exists, I am fairly certain that this holiday was created one or more of the Electronic Greeting Card websites.

World Prematurity Day:

World Prematurity Day is sponsored by the March of Dimes organization and is celebrated annually on November 17th. On this date, the March of Dimes joins with parent groups and organizations in countries around the world to raise awareness about premature birth and how it can be prevented. Premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death each year.  Many of the causes of premature birth are still unknown. The March of Dimes has launched a major new research initiative to find the causes of premature birth. they are creating a network of five Prematurity Research Centers. Two centers are already at work, with hundreds of researchers working as a team to uncover the causes of premature birth.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims: (Third Saturday in November).

This holiday is another one of those “busy work” holidays created by the United Nations to justify their existence. This link will give you more information than you need about this holiday.

World Peace Day:

Another touchy-feely holiday; this time, surprisingly, not created by the U.N. This link will tell you how you should feel about “World Peace”.

Homemade Bread Day:

Nothing beats the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through the air. For millenia, baking fresh bread was part of the daily routine for most families. Estimates date it’s origin back to 5000-10,000 B.C.

Modern day lifestyles have relegated homemade bread to the world of specialty baking and holiday baking. People just don’t seem have time to bake homemade bread anymore. We turn to a quick trip to bakeries and grocery stores, for our bread needs. Today, homemade bread making has been simplified by the invention of the bread maker machine.  This appliance was first released in Japan in 1986. Since then, its popularity has spread worldwide to Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Although it’s time consuming, you still have time to bake a loaf of bread for dinner tonight. Find a recipe for your favorite type of bread and try your hand at some old-fashioned homemade bread baking. To steal a phrase from a Pillsbury commercial a few decades ago, “Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven.” And, what better “something” than a loaf or two of freshly baked homemade bread?

National Baklava Day:

Please don’t confuse baklava with balaclava. Baklava is a rich sweet dessert of layered pastry dough, butter, citrus, honey and chopped nuts. A balaclava is a ski mask. Although suitable for its intended purpose, a balaclava is not nearly as tasty as baklava.

Baklava originated around 800 B.C. in northern Mesopotamia, when the Assyrians layered very thin pieces of dough with nuts and honey, and baked them in wood-burning ovens. Phyllo dough, the leaf-thin layers of dough used to make baklava today; was created by Athenian artisan bakers around 300 B.C. Baklava spread quickly throughout the Middle East, and sailors helped spread it around the rest of the world, with each country adapting the recipe to suit its taste. German “strudel” was adapted from baklava.

To celebrate this holiday, have some baklava today. Just remember it’s a rich dessert; a little goes a long way.

On this date in:

1558 – Elizabeth I ascended the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary Tudor.

1603 – Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial for treason.

1800 – The U.S. Congress held its first session in Washington, DC, in the partially completed Capitol building.

1869 – The Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas.

1880 – The first three British female graduates received their Bachelor of Arts degrees from London University.

1903 – Russia’s Social Democrats officially split into two groups – Bolsheviks and Mensheviks.

1913 – The steamship Louise became the first ship to travel through the Panama Canal.

1913 – In Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm banned the armed forces from dancing the tango.

1922 – Siberia voted for union with the U.S.S.R.

1962 – Washington’s Dulles International Airport was dedicated by U.S. President Kennedy.

1968 – NBC cut away from the final minutes of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a TV special, “Heidi,” on schedule. The Raiders came from behind to beat the Jets 43-32.

1970 – The Soviet Union landed an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the moon, the Lunokhod 1. The vehicle was released by Luna 17.

1973 – U.S. President Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, FL, “people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”

1979 – Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13 female and black American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

1988 – Benazir Bhutto became the first woman leader of an Islamic country. She was elected in the first democratic elections in Pakistan in 11 years.

1990 – A mass grave was discovered by the bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. The bodies were believed to be those of World War II prisoners of war.

1990 – The Soviet government agreed to change the country’s constitution.

1997 – 62 people were killed by 6 Islamic militants outside the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt. The attackers were killed by police.

2010 – Reasearchers trapped 38 antihydrogen atoms. It was the first time humans had trapped antimatter.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Bernard Law Montgomery 1887 – British WWII General.

Lee Strasberg 1901 – Actor, director.

Rock Hudson 1925 – Actor.

Bob Mathias 1930 – Olympic athlete, Congressman.

Gordon Lightfoot 1938 – Singer, songwriter.

Gene Clark 1941 – Musician. (The Byrds)

Martin Scorsese 1942 – Director.

Danny DeVito 1944 – Actor.

Lauren Hutton 1944 – Model, actress.

Lorne Michaels 1944 – Television producer. (Saturday Night Live)

Tom Seaver 1944 – Baseball pitcher.

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio 1958 – Actress.

William Moses 1959 – Actor.

RuPaul 1960 – “Drag Queen”, entertainer.

Dylan Walsh 1963 – Actor.

Daisy Fuentes 1966 – TV hostess, model.

Leslie Bib 1973 – Actress, model.

Brandon Call 1976 – Actor.

Isaac Hanson 1980 – Musician. (Hanson)

Justin Cooper 1988 – Child actor.

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