Life Day 24255: Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day

December 8, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Today is Sunday, December 8, 2013. Good morning astral travelers. The featured holiday today is:

Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day:

My usual sources offered no information regarding the origins, history, or reason for Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day, so I guess I can have a little fun with it. There are any number of ways you can celebrate this holiday.
You could pretend to be from some future Utopian society where everything is perfect. Conflict has been eliminated, everyone has enough to eat and adequate shelter. All disease has been conquered and the weather is always perfect. Or…
You could pretend to be from a future Dystopian society where the converse is true. There is anarchy and constant conflict. Famine is the norm, and finding  any sort of shelter virtually impossible. Disease is rampant, and nuclear winter covers the entire planet. Or…
You could pretend that you are from a past era or civilization. Any one will do; Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, Medieval times, the Renaissance, the Victorian era, the Wild West, or any other era or civilization that you desire. Or…
You could pretend that you are in the present time, but trapped in  a parallel universe where nothing makes sense: Much like how I feel every time our current government make a decision these days.

Everyone needs to escape from reality sometimes. This holiday affords you the opportunity to do so. The only limits are your imagination; and, of course, pertinent and prevailing laws. Have a nice trip! See you tomorrow.

The remainder of today’s holidays are listed below.

Take it in the Ear Day:

Once again, the origins, history and reason for this holiday are a mystery; yet references to this whimsical holiday abound in many of my sources. Neither can I gain any enlightenment or insight from the text of these different sources. After racking my brain for a considerable time, one possible explanation of this holiday occurred to me. Perhaps Take it in the Ear Day means that you should listen to what other people have to say; but there are far better was of expressing that sentiment than with this obscure reference.

The only way Take it in the Ear Day make any sense to me is  if someone made a typo when they were transcribing the title of this holiday; and inadvertently omitted a letter “R” from in front of the word “ear”. Then it makes complete sense, especially when applied in the context of our current political climate.

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day:

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day was created, and is sponsored by, The Compassionate Friends, an organization which lends comfort to families world-wide who have suffered the death of a child. This holiday is always celebrated on the second Sunday in December by lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon. It creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone.

Started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, Worldwide Candle Lighting Day has grown into what is now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting ceremony in the world. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands more informal candle lightings are conducted in individual homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.

If you have lost a child prematurely, or know someone who has, light a candle for that child at 7:00 PM tonight as a reminder of the light which child brought into the world while he or she was here.

National Chocolate Brownie Day:

The brownie, one of America’s favorite baked treats, was born in the U.S.A. It is a relatively recent entry to the food lexicon. The recipe first appeared in print in the early 20th century in one of America’s most famous cookbooks authors, “Fannie Farmer’s Cookbook”, published in 1906.

Brownies are classified as either cookies or fudge, and either is correct. Since brownies are meant to be eaten with the fingers rather than a fork, they are nor classified as a cake. It’s fairly obvious that the brownie gets its name from its dark brown color.

To celebrate this holiday, make a batch of brownies today; either from scratch or from your favorite brownie mix.

On this date in:

1776 – George Washington’s retreating army in the American Revolution crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.

1854 – Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. The theory holds that Mary, mother of Jesus, was free of original sin from the moment she was conceived.

1863 – President Abraham Lincoln announced his plan for the Reconstruction of the South.

1863 – Tom King of England defeated American John Heenan and became the first world heavyweight champion.

1886 – At a convention of union leaders in Columbus, OH, the American Federation of Labor was founded.

1941 – The United States entered World War II when it declared war against Japan. The act came one day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Britain and Canada also declared war on Japan.

1949 – The Chinese Nationalist government moved from the Chinese mainland to Formosa due to Communists pressure.

1952 – On the show “I Love Lucy,” a pregnancy was acknowledged in a TV show for the first time.

1953 – Los Angeles became the third largest city in the United States.

1962 – Workers of the International Typographical Union began striking and closed nine New York City newspapers. The strike lasted 114 days and ended April 1, 1963.

1980 – Zimbabwe’s manpower minister, Edgar Tekere, was found guilty in the killing of a white farmer. He was freed under a law that protected ministers acting to suppress terrorism.

1982 – Norman D. Mayer, demanding an end to nuclear weapons, held the Washington Monument hostage. He threatened to blow it up with explosives he claimed were inside a van. Ten hours later he was shot to death by police.

1984 – In Roanoke, Virginia, a jury found Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt innocent of libeling Reverend Jerry Falwell with a parody advertisement. However Falwell was awarded $200,000 for emotional distress.

1987 – President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev signed a treaty agreeing to destroy their nations’ arsenals of intermediate-range nuclear missiles.

1987 – The “intefadeh” (Arabic for uprising) by Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories began.

1989 – Communist leaders in Czechoslovakia offered to surrender their control over the government and accept a minority role in a coalition Cabinet.

1992 – Americans got to see live television coverage of U.S. troops landing on the beaches of Somalia during Operation Restore Hope. (Due to the time difference, it was December 9 in Somalia.)

1993 – U.S. President Clinton signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement.

1994 – Bosnian Serbs released dozens of hostage peacekeepers, but continued to detain about 300 others.

1994 – In Los Angeles, 12 alternate jurors were chosen for the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

1997 – Jenny Shipley was sworn in as the first female prime minister of New Zealand.

1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that police could not search a person or their cars after ticketing for a routine traffic violation.

1998 – The FBI opened its files on Frank Sinatra to the public. The file contained over 1,300 pages.

1998 – The first female ice hockey game in Olympic history was played. Finland beat Sweden 6-0.

1999 – In Memphis, TN, a jury found that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had been the victim of a vast murder conspiracy, not a lone assassin.

1999 – Russia and Belarus agreed in principle to form an economic and political confederation.

2000 – Mario Lemieux announced to the Pittsburgh Penguins that he planned to return to the National Hockey League as a player at age 35. He would be the first modern owner-player in U.S. pro sports.

Noteworthy Birthdays:

Horace 65 B.C. – Roman Poet.

Mary Stuart  1542 – Queen of Scots.

Bjornstjerne Bjornson 1832 – Nobel Prize winning author.

Diego Rivera 1886 – Painter.

James Thurber 1894 – Author.

Lee J. Cobb 1911 – Actor.

Floyd Tillman 1914 – Country singer

Sammy Davis, Jr. 1925 – Singer, dancer, actor.

Richard Fleischer 1926 – Director.

Maximillian Schell 1930 – Actor.

Flip Wilson 1933 – Comedian.

David Carradine 1936 – Adtor.

James MacArthur 1937 – Actor.

Jerry Butler 1939 – Singer, songwriter.

James Galway 1939 – Flutist.

Bobby Elliot 1942 – Musician. (The Hollies)

Jim Morrison 1943 – Musician. (Doors)

John Rubenstein 1946 – Actor.

Greg Allman 1947 – Musician. (Allman Brothers)

Kim Basinger 1953 – Actress.

Warren Cuccurullo 1957 – Musician. (Duran Duran)

Phil Collen 1957 – Musician. (Def Leppard)

Malcolm Gets 1963 – Actor.

Teri Hatcher 1964 – Actress.

Sinead O’Connor 1966 – Singer, songwriter.

Matthew Laborteaux 1966 – Actor.

Dominic Monaghan 1976 – Actor.

Ian Somerhalder 1978 – Actor.

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