Life Day 24237: That’s Absurd

November 20, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Good morning my logical friends. Today’s featured holiday is:

National Absurdity Day:

National Absurdity Day is a holiday to just let go of logic and reason and see how much more fun it is to revel in nonsense and illogical behavior. This holiday was created as a day to recall and note some of the totally and absolutely absurd things in history, in our country and in our lives. We’ve all engaged in absurd behavior at some point in our lives, but with maturity comes wisdom and responsibility, and most of us outgrow our absurd behavior. Today, we are all encouraged to just go with the flow and do whatever absurd things that come to mind. Wear that gaudy tie you got for Christmas last year. Wear different colored socks. Wear that lavender leisure suit that has been hanging in your closet since 1968. Wear both suspenders and a belt… etc, etc. Don’t be shackled by the bonds of convention and “normalcy”. Don’t worry about what others may think, this is your day to stand out from the crowd. Feel free to do things that you have always wanted to do, but that make absolutely no sense at all. Like misery, absurdity loves company, so encourage your friends to do likewise on this absurd day.

Alas, no one is better at absurd behavior than our current gaggle of elected officials. To them, every day is National Absurdity Day. That is the only possible explanation for some of the irrational and illogical laws that are being passed which seek to control every aspect of our daily lives.

The remainder of today’s holidays are listed below.

Name Your PC Day:

Anyone who has owned a computer knows that each computer has a unique personality; sometimes operating like a well oiled machine doing exactly what you tell it to do, and other times conspiring against you to thwart your every move. If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time on your computer, so why not give it a name. I would tell you what I call my computer, but I don’t use words like that in mixed company. Suffices to say that because I’m a troglodyte and have a hard time with technology in general, it isn’t complementary.

Universal Children’s Day:

In 1954, that the United Nations adopted a resolution that each country should institute a Universal Children’s Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. This explains why there are so many different “Children’s Day” observances each year.

The date, November 20th, marks the anniversary of the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day:

I guess I should first explain exactly what the heck a geographic information system is. A geographic information system (GIS)  integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. It helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared. GIS technology can be integrated into any enterprise information system framework.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day provides an international forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications that are making a difference in our society. The first formal GIS Day took place in 1999. Ralph Nader is credited with being the person who inspired the creation of GIS Day. He considered GIS Day a good initiative for people to learn about geography and the uses of GIS. He wanted GIS Day to be a grassroots effort and open to everyone to participate.

Africa Industrialization Day:

Within the framework of the Second Industrial Development Decade for Africa (1991-2000), the UN General Assembly, in 1989, proclaimed 20 November Africa Industrialization Day (resolution 44/237). The Day is intended to mobilize the commitment of the international community to the industrialization of Africa.

This year’s Africa Industrialization Day highlights the crucial role of job creation and entrepreneurship in eradicating poverty.

National Educational Support Professionals Day:

Education Support Professionals Day focuses on the importance of educational support professionals who take care of students every day, making sure they have the tools they need to succeed in school. Today’s support professionals provide invaluable services that enable students to learn in positive, supportive environments. Educational support professionals are equal and essential partners in the education process. Educational support professionals comprise more than 40 percent of the total K-12 education workforce.

This holiday was first celebrated in 1987, after the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly called for the creation of a way to honor the contributions of school support staff.

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day:

Peanut butter has been a staple in American kitchens for more than a century. It can be served in a sandwich, mixed with ice cream, combined with chocolate, or whipped into fudge. Peanut butter fudge is the perfect treat for anyone with a sweet tooth and a love for rich, decadent desserts.

According to legend, the origin of fudge can be traced back to the 1800’s when people used the word “fudge” to mean “cheat” or “mess up.” One day, a chef accidentally “fudged” a batch of caramel he was trying to make, inventing the delicious confection we know and love it today.

Fudge is now made in many heavenly flavors, including the rich peanut butter variety. Try your hand at making a homemade batch of Peanut Butter Fudge today. Recipes are available online.

On this date in:

1789 – New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

1818 – Simon Bolivar formally declared Venezuela independent of Spain.

1873 – Budapest was formed when the rival cities of Buda and Pest were united to form the capital of Hungary.

1901 – The second Hay-Pauncefoot Treaty provided for construction of the Panama Canal by the U.S.

1943 – During World War II, U.S. Marines began their landing on Tarawa and Makin atolls in the Gilbert Islands.

1945 – Twenty four Nazi leaders went before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.

1959 – Britain, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark and Sweden met to create the European Free Trade Association.

1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis ended. The Soviet Union removed its missiles and bombers from Cuba and the U.S. ended its blockade of the island.

1962 – Mickey Mantle was named the American League Most Valuable Player for the third time.

1969 – The Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phase out of the substance.

1970 – The majority in U.N. General Assembly voted to give China a seat, but two-thirds majority required for admission was not met.

1977 – Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to address Israel’s parliament.

1983 – An estimated 100 million people watched the controversial ABC-TV movie “The Day After.” The movie depicted the outbreak of nuclear war.

1986 – Dr. Halfdan Maher, the director of the World Health Organization, announced the first coordinated global effort to fight the disease AIDS.

1987 – Police investigating the fire at King’s Cross, London’s busiest subway station, said that arson was unlikely to be the cause of the event that took 31 lives.

1988 – Egypt and China announced that they would recognize the Palestinian state proclaimed by the Palestine National Council.

1989 – Over 200,000 people rallied peacefully in Prague, Czechoslovakia, demanding democratic reforms.

1990 – Saddam Hussein ordered another 250,000 Iraqi troops into the country of Kuwait.

1990 – The space shuttle Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral, FL, after completing a secret military mission.

1992 – A fire seriously damaged the northwest side of Windsor Castle in England.

1993 – The U.S. Senate passed the Brady Bill and legislation implementing NAFTA.

1995 – Princess Diana admitted being unfaithful to Prince Charles in an interview that was broadcast on BBC Television.

1998 – Afghanistan’s Taliban militia offered Osama bin Laden safe haven. Osama bin Laden had been accused of orchestrating two U.S. embassy bombings in Africa and later terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.

1998 – Forty-six states agreed to a $206 billion settlement of health claims against the tobacco industry. The industry also agreed to give up billboard advertising of cigarettes.

2001 – The U.S. Justice Department headquarters building was renamed the Robert F. Kennedy building by President George W. Bush. The event was held on what would have been Kennedy’s 76th birthday.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Edwin Hubble 1889 – Astronomer.

Chester Gould 1900 – Cartoonist. (Dick Tracy)

Alistair Cooke 1908 – Journalist.

Evelyn Keyes 1919 – Actress.

Robert F. Kennedy 1925 – Senator, assassinated presidential candidate.

Kaye Ballard 1926 – Actress, comedienne.

Estelle Parsons 1927 – Actress.

Richard Dawson 1932 – Actor, game show host.

Dick Smothers 1939 – – Musician, comedian, (The Smothers Brothers)

Norman Greenbaum 1942 – Musician.

Veronica Hamel 1943 – Actress.

Judy Woodruff 1946 – Journalist, TV news anchor.

Duane Allman 1946 – Musician. (Allman Brothers)

Joe Walsh 1947 – Musician. (James Gang, Eagles)

Richard Masur 1948 – Actor.

Bo Derek 1956 – Actress, model.

Jim Brown 1957 – Musician. (UB40)

Sean Young 1959 – Actress.

Todd Nance 1962 – Musician. (Widespread Panic)

Ming-Na Wen 1967 – Actress.

Marisa Ryan 1974 – Actress.


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