Life Day 24242: Blasé Day

November 25, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Monday, November 25, 2013. Good morning my weary friends. The featured holiday today is:

Blasé Day:

Blasé Day is the perfect holiday for the world-weary to revel in their apathy. The definition of blasé is:

1. Uninterested because of familiarity, frequent exposure or indulgence.
2. Unconcerned; nonchalant: He had a blasé attitude about housecleaning.
3. Very sophisticated.

Synonyms for blasé include apathetic, jaded, cloyed, sated, glutted, world-weary.

In a world where we are barraged with outrageous behavior from our government and some of those around us, it is easy to become blasé about certain aspects of lives. We think: “Why should I care about ___, nothing I do is going to change it anyway.”

What I glean from the context of my sources is that Blasé Day is a day to just let go of your crusading nature for one day, and join the rest of the huddled masses in their ennui. You can resume your battle with “the man” tomorrow.

The rest of the holidays for today are listed below.

Shopping Reminder Day:

Shopping Reminder Day is always celebrated on the 25th of November. It serves as a reminder that Christmas is only a month away and, if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to start “making your list and checking it twice.”

International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day:

The good ole’ U.N. is at it again with another of its esoteric, verbose, touchy-feely holidays: but this time at least it is for good cause. Violence against women has reached epidemic proportions the world over.

* Violence against women is a human rights violation
* Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women
* Violence against women impacts on, and impedes, progress in many areas, including poverty eradication, combating HIV/AIDS, and peace and security
* Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. Prevention is possible and essential
* Violence against women continues to be a global pandemic. Up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime.

The date of November 25 was chosen as International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day to commemorate the Mirabal sisters, three political activists from the Dominican Republic who were ordered to be brutally assassinated by, then ruler of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Trujillo on this date in 1960.

National Parfait Day:

The word “parfait” means “perfect” in French.  A parfait consists of  layers of ice cream, whipped cream, and any combination of syrups and fruits.  Yes, it’s basically a fancy-schmancy word for a sundae.  Parfaits were originally served on decorative plates, but today they are typically layered in tall, thin glasses.

There are many variations on the original parfait recipe, which originated in France in the 19th century. American parfaits are usually made by layering ice cream with granola, nuts, yogurt, fresh fruits, and whip cream. You choose the components of each layer. The possibilities are endless.

On this date in:

1715 – Sybilla Thomas Masters became the first American to be granted an English patent for cleaning and curing Indian corn.

1758 – During the French and Indian War, the British captured Fort Duquesne at what is now known as Pittsburgh.

1783 – During the Revolutionary War, the British evacuated New York. New York was their last military position in the U.S.

1837 – William Crompton patented the silk power loom.

1850 – Texas relinquished one-third of its territory in exchange for $10 million from the U.S. to pay its public debts and settle border disputes.

1867 – Alfred Nobel patented dynamite.

1884 – J.B. Meyenberg received the patent for evaporated milk.

1920 – The first play-by-play broadcast of a football game was aired in College Station, TX. The game was between the University of Texas and Texas A&M.

1947 – Movie studio executives meeting in New York agreed to blacklist the “Hollywood 10,” who were cited a day earlier and jailed for contempt of Congress when they failed to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee.

1955 – In the U.S., the Interstate Commerce Commission banned racial segregation on interstate trains and buses.

1957 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a stroke.

1983 – Mediators from Syria and Saudi Arabia announced a cease-fire in the PLO civil war in Tripoli, Lebanon.

1985 – Ronald W. Pelton was arrested on espionage charges. Pelton was a former employee of the National Security Agency. He was later convicted of ‘selling secrets’ to Soviet agents.

1986 – U.S. President Reagan and Attorney Gen. Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to rebels in Nicaragua. National Security Advisor John Poindexter resigned and Oliver North was fired.

1990 – Poland held its first popular presidential election.

1992 – The Czech parliament voted to split the country into separate Czech and Slovak republics beginning January 1, 1993.

1993 – Egyptian Prime Minister Atef Sedki escaped an attempt on his life when a bomb was detonated by Islamic militants near his motorcade.

1995 – Serbs protested in the streets of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo The protest was against a peace plan.

1998 – Britain’s highest court ruled that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, whose extradition was being sought by Spain, could not claim immunity from prosecution for the crimes he committed during his rule.

1998 – President Jiang Zemin arrived in Tokyo for the first visit to Japan by a Chinese head of state since World War II.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Andrew Carnegie 1835 – Industrialist, philanthropist.

Carry Nation 1846 – Radical Temperance Movement activist.

Joe DiMaggio 1914 – Baseball center fielder.

Augusto Pinochet 1915 – Former dictator of Chile.

Ricardo Montalban 1920 – Actor.

Etta Jones 1928 – Jazz singer.

Nat Adderley 1931 – Jazz trumpeter.

Kathryn Crosby 1933 – Actress, singer.

Matt Clark 1936 – Actor.

Percy Sledge 1940 – Soul singer.

Tracey Walter 1942 – Character actor.

Ben Stein 1944 – Actor, lawyer, author, political commentator.

Bob Lind 1944 – Musician.

Bev Bevan  1946 – Musician. (Electric Light Orchestra)

John Larroquette 1947 – Actor.

Amy Grant 1960 – Singer.

John F. Kennedy, Jr. 1960 – Socialite, lawyer, publisher.

Bernie Kosar 1963 – Football quarterback.

Dougray Scott 1965 – Actor.

Stacy Lattisaw 1966 – R&B and Gospel singer.

Christina Applegate 1971 – Actress.

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