Life Day 25024: Much Ado About Nothing

January 16, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning idlers. Today is January 16. The first “holiday” today is Nothing Day. It is quite simply… a day for nothing. The purpose is to provide Americans with one  day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything. It was created by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin in 1973. Please note that this is not “do nothing” day. You still have to fulfill you daily obligations like going to work or school. Other than that, have an uneventful day.

If you absolutely feel the need to celebrate something today anyway, today’s second “holiday” is Appreciate a Dragon Day. The purpose of this ‘holiday’ is to boost children’s literacy by encouraging them to read and create things about their favorite fictional dragons. The dragon is a powerful symbol in mythology all over the world, from Europe to Asia and beyond. This day encourages the exploration of the cultural significance of the dragon in our society and history.

The third “holiday” is Book Publisher’s Day. This holiday celebrates book publishers; from the big powerhouses like Random House and Penguin to the smaller publishing houses to the independent online publishers. They all provide us with countless hours of enjoyment. To celebrate this holiday, simply pick up a book and start reading.

Yet another “holiday” today is Prohibition Remembrance Day. On this date in 1919, the 36th state (Nebraska) ratified the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, making it law. One year later, it went into effect. It was later repealed by the 21st Amendment. To celebrate this holiday, either abstain from partaking in alcoholic beverages, or have an alcoholic beverage or two in defiance…your choice.
*Author’s Note: Always drink responsibly.

A couple of other less significant “holidays” (in my opinion) exist today. They are listed below, complete with a link for your own edification if you so desire.

The first food-related “holiday” today is International Hot and Spicy Food Day. Archeological evidence suggests that people have been using hot spices in their recipes for over 6000 years. The hottest chili pepper in the world is the Naga Jolokia. On average, one of these peppers is over 170 times spicier than a jalapeno. Throughout the world, there are hundreds of different spices that contribute to an array of hot flavored foods. Hot foods can actually be very good for you because of their medicinal and antimicrobial properties. Garlic, chilies, onions, allspice, and oregano all kill bacteria and make food safer to consume. To celebrate this holiday, spice up your life with a few hot peppers or hot sauces with your meals today.

Finally, if your taste buds demand something blander, today’s second food-related “holiday” is Fig Newton Day. I personally dislike any kind of ‘Newton’ cookie, but especially Fig Newtons.
Popular myth has it that Nabisco’s chewy cookies were named after Sir Isaac Newton. In reality, they were named after their birthplace of Newton, Massachusetts. Nabisco makes ‘Newton-type’ cookies in 4 varieties aside from original fig; including strawberry, apple & cinnamon, sweet peach & apricot, and triple berry. This popular snack food was created by Charles M. Roser. He sold the recipe to the Kennedy Biscuit Works (which later became Nabisco) located in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. They were known for naming many of their cookies after neighboring towns – the “Newton” in Fig Newton is a nod to the nearby town. They rank as the 3rd most popular cookie in the United States, with over 1 billion eaten each year.  was a cookie maker born in Ohio. He won fame for creating the Fig Newton recipe before selling it to the Kennedy Biscuit Works (later called Nabisco).

On this date in 2002 – U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that John Walker Lindh would be brought to the United States to face trial. He was charged in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA, with conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens, providing support to terrorist organizations, and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban of Afghanistan.
Other significant events that happened on this date are:
In 1517, Ivan the Terrible was crowned Czar of Russia.
In 1866, Mr. Everett Barney patented the metal screw, clamp skate.
In 1883, the United States Civil Service Commission was established as the Pendleton Act went into effect.
In 1896, the first five-player college basketball game was played at Iowa City, IA.
In 1925 – Leon Trotsky was dismissed as Chairman of the Revolutionary Council of the USSR.
In 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower took command of the Allied invasion force in London.
In 1961, Mickey Mantle signed a contract that made him the highest paid baseball player in the American League at $75,000 for the 1961 season.
In 1964, “Hello Dolly!” opened at the St. James Theatre in New York City.
In 1985, “Playboy” magazine announced its 30-year tradition of stapling centerfold models in the bellybutton and elsewhere would come to an immediate end.
In 1988 – Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder was fired as a CBS sports commentator one day after telling a TV station in Washington, DC, that, during the era of slavery, blacks had been bred to produce stronger offspring.
In 1991 – The White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm. The operation was designed to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.
And finally, in 1997,  Bill Cosby’s only son, Ennis, 27, was shot to death while changing a flat tire on a dark road in Los Angeles, CA.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following illustrious individuals:
Andre Michelin, 1853.  (Michelin Tires)
Frank Joseph Zamboni,  1901. (inventor of the ice resurfacing machine)
Ethel Merman, 1909. (entertainer)
Jay Hanna (“Dizzy”) Dean, 1910. (baseball pitcher)
Susan Sontag, 1933. (writer and filmmaker)
A. J. Foyt, 1935. (racecar driver)
Ronnie Milsap, 1943. (country singer)
Jim Stafford, 1944. (singer -“I Don’t Like Spiders and Snakes”)
And finally, Kate Moss, 1974. (model)


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