Life Day 24238: Alascattwhatalo Day?

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

Today is Thursday, November 21, 2013. Good morning humorous mythical creature fans. Today’s featured holiday is:

Alascattalo Day:

Alascattalo

Alascattalo Day is celebrated on November 21st every year. It is a day to honor humor in general and Alaskan humor in particular. The day is named after it’s mascot, the Alascattalo, a genetic cross between a walrus and a moose. Reminiscent of the Jackalope of western United States lore, an Alascattalo is a mythical creature conceived 25 years ago by Steven C. Levi, a commercial writer who works in Anchorage Alaska. Each year since, a parade has been held on this date to honor the creature. The parade is not publicized and attendance is discouraged. Attendees are shunned, so if you do attend, you are required to wear a disguise; such as  “Groucho glasses, a Zorro mask, or perhaps even an Alascattalo costume. Mr Levi describes it as “the longest running shortest parade in American history.” The parade runs one block in an alley behind Club Paris, a local comedy club in Anchorage. An award is given for the smallest and ugliest float (must be both to win).

Note: Mr. Levi even went so far as to have an asteroid named after the Alascattalo.

If, for some odd reason you are unable to attend the Alascattalo Day festivities in Anchorage, the rest of today’s holidays are listed below:

Great American Smokeout:

For the 36th consecutive year, I will not be participating in the Great American Smokeout. It’s not that I don’t realize that I should stop smoking; I do. It’s bad enough that the government inserts itself into every aspect of our lives with its Neo-Fascist Nannyism; telling us we can’t do this or we have to do that. I refuse to let a bunch of sanctimonious twerps tell me what I should or shouldn’t do.

The Great American Smokeout is an annual social engineering event on the third Thursday of November by the American Cancer Society.  The event encourages Americans, of whom 43.8 million still smoke as of June 2013, to stop tobacco smoking. The event challenges people to stop smoking cigarettes for 24 hours, hoping their decision not to smoke will last forever.

The first Great American Smokeout was held in San Francisco’s Union Square on November 16, 1977. The event evolved from a series of smaller-scale initiatives. In 1970, in Randolph, Massachusetts, Arthur P. Mullaney suggested people give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money to a local high school. In 1974, a “Don’t Smoke Day” (or “D-Day”) was promoted by Lynn R. Smith of the Monticello Times in Monticello, Minnesota. On November 18, 1976, the California Division of the American Cancer Society successfully prompted nearly one million smokers to quit for the day.

World Television Day:

World Television Day isn’t about your TV set. It doesn’t celebrate the first television broadcast, the date television was invented, or the person who invented it.

World Television Day, believe it or not, is a United Nations holiday that focuses on the contributions television makes in disseminating information to the huddled masses. This link will take you to their website where you can read the verbose verbiage they use to convey the same information I so succinctly and articulately outlined for you in the previous sentence.

World Hello Day:

World Hello Day was begun in response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973.  Since then, World Hello Day has been observed by people in 180 countries.

This holiday emphasizes the need to use communication rather than violence or war to resolve conflict.  As a global event World Hello Day joins local participation in a global expression of peace. It is an instrument for preserving peace and makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to the process of creating peace.   Brian McCormack, a Ph.D. graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard University, work together to promote this annual global event.

To celebrate this holiday, simply say hello to ten people today.

False Confession Day:

False Confession Day encourages you do confess to something that’s untrue. I must admit that I am baffled by this holiday. I can’t think of any reason to confess to something that you didn’t do. I guess that some confessions are told to protect someone else. I do remember one episode of “The Brady Bunch” where the other five children confessed to breaking their mother’s vase so that Peter could go on a planned camping trip, but that plot was thwarted in the end.

If you decide to celebrate this holiday, you need to keep a few things in mind. According mind to The Innocence Project “innocent defendants made incriminating statements, delivered outright confessions or plead guilty” in about 25 percent of DNA exoneration cases. So if you are going to confess to something you didn’t do, keep the confessions light and fun so you don’t create waves of discontent at home or in the workplace. Avoid any confessions related to crime and the law or you may find yourself in real trouble. You could also play “Three Lies and a Truth” on your favorite social network and keep your friends guessing.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day:

Although technically Beaujolais is a part of Burgundy,  it is regarded as a separate region concerning wines. Gamay grapes (the grapes used to make Beaujolais) are grown in the southern part of Burgundy. The Beaujolais region is 34 miles long from north to south and 7 to 9 miles wide and home to nearly 4,000 vineyards which produce twelve officially-designated types of Beaujolais. The grapes that go into Beaujolais Nouveau are handpicked in the Beaujolais province of France. The wine actually originated about a century ago as a cheap and cheerful drink produced by locals to celebrate the end of the harvest season. Beaujolais Nouveau owes its easy drinkability to a winemaking process called carbonic maceration, also known as whole-berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the grapes without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins. Beaujolais Nouveau is not aged long, and is meant to be consumed within a few months of production.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is celebrated on the third Thursday in November. Under French law, the new crop of Beaujolais wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine’s grapes have been harvested. Parties are held throughout the country and elsewhere to celebrate the first wine of the season.

Gingerbread Day:

Gingerbread, like hamburgers and Grape Nuts, is a misnomer. It is a tasty treat that bears little resemblance to bread at all. Gingerbread is most commonly made into cakes and cookies. According to Foodtimeline, Gingerbread dates back to  Medieval times. It was called  gingerbras (meaning preserved ginger).

After the publication of the Grimm  Brothers’ story “Hansel and Gretel”, German bakeries began to capitalize on the story’s popularity by offering elaborately decorated gingerbread houses with icing snow on the roofs, along with edible gingerbread Christmas cards and finely detailed molded cookies; and gingerbread houses and gingerbread men were born.

Recipes for gingerbread cookies were brought to America by German immigrants.They were popular in early American cookbooks. The cookies became popular, especially around the Christmas season.

To celebrate this holiday, enjoy some gingerbread today.

On this date in:

1620 – The Mayflower reached Provincetown, MA. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, on December 26, 1620.

1783 – The first successful flight was made in a hot air balloon. The pilots, Francois Pilatre de Rosier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d’Arlandes, flew for 25 minutes and 5½ miles over Paris.

1789 – North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1871 – M.F. Galethe patented the cigar lighter.

1877 – Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.

1922 – Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve as a member of the U.S. Senate.

1934 – The New York Yankees purchased the contract of Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League.

1942 – The Alaska highway across Canada was formally opened.

1963 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, arrived in San Antonio, TX. They were beginning an ill-fated, two-day tour of Texas that would end in Dallas.

1973 – U.S. President Richard M. Nixon’s attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, announced the presence of an 18½-minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate case.

1979 – The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, was attacked by a mob that set the building afire and killed two Americans.

1980 – An estimated 83 million viewers tuned in to find out “who shot J.R.” on the CBS prime-time soap opera Dallas. Kristin was the character that fired the gun.

1980 – 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

1982 – The National Football League resumed its season following a 57-day player’s strike.

1985 – Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Jay Pollard was arrested after being accused of spying for Israel. He was later sentenced to life in prison.

1986 – U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese was asked to conduct an inquiry of the Iran arms sales.

1987 – An eight-day siege began at a detention center in Oakdale, LA, as Cuban detainees seized the facility and took hostages.

1989 – The proceedings of Britain’s House of Commons were televised live for the first time.

1992 – U.S. Senator Bob Packwood, issued an apology but refused to discuss allegations that he’d made unwelcome sexual advances toward 10 women in past years.

1993 – The U.S. House of Representatives voted against making the District of Columbia the 51st state.

1995 – France detonated its fourth underground nuclear blast at a test site in the South Pacific.

1999 – China announced that it had test-launched an unmanned space capsule that was designed for manned spaceflight.

2000 – The Florida Supreme Court granted Al Gore’s request to keep the presidential recounts going.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

François-Marie Arouet Voltaire 1694 – Author, philosopher.

Rene Magritte 1898 – Artist.

Stan Musial 1920 – Baseball outfielder, first baseman.

Vivian Blaine 1921 – Actress.

Joseph Campanella 1927 – Actor.

Jean Shepard 1933 – Country singer.

Laurence Luckinbill 1934 – Actor.

Marlo Thomas 1938 – Actress.

Dr. John 1940 – Singer, songwriter.

Natalia Makarova 1940 – Ballet dancer.

Juliet Mills 1941 – Actress.

Harold Ramis 1944 – Actor.

Goldie Hawn 1945 – Actress.

Livingston Taylor 1950 – Singer, songwriter.

Lorna Luft 1952 – Actress.

Cherry Jones 1956 – Actress.

Nicollette Sheridan 1963 – Actress.

Troy Aikman 1966 – Football quarterback.

Ken Griffey Jr. 1969 – Baseball outfielder.

Jena Malone 1984 – Actress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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