Life Day 25048: “Take Me To Your Leader”

February 9, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Greetings Earthlings. Today is February 9th (by your simplistic means of time measurement). The first “holiday” today is Extraterrestrial Culture Day. In 2003, the New Mexico legislature passed a resolution (not law) proclaiming that the second Tuesday in February be set aside as Extraterrestrial Culture Day. It is a day to “celebrate and honor all past, present and future extraterrestrial visitors in ways to enhance relationships among all citizens of the cosmos, known and unknown. New Mexico is recognized worldwide as a nexus of sightings and unexplained mysteries. This, of course, all stems from the famous Roswell UFO Incident which occurred on July 8th, 1947 near Roswell, NM. I leave it for you to decide whether or not the birth of yours truly a mere 5 days later and a scant one thousand miles away is a matter of coincidence or inevitability.

The next “holiday” today is Read in the Bathtub Day. There are many simple pleasures in life, but very few holidays that give you license to celebrate more than one at a time. Read in the Bathtub Day lets you enjoy a good book, a hot bath, and a little bit of peace and quiet all at the same time. If you want to have your hands free for, perhaps, a glass of wine, you may want to look into purchasing a bathtub reading caddy. Make your book selection wisely. I couldn’t ascertain the origins of this “holiday”, but I suspect a corporate conspiracy between a bathtub manufacturers and publishing companies is responsible this one.

The third “holiday” is Toothache Day. Almost everyone has had a toothache, regardless of how meticulous their dental hygiene regimen. Toothache Day is not a day to celebrate toothaches, but rather a day to learn more about their causes and ways to prevent them. There are many causes for toothaches such as cavities, gum disease, the emergence of wisdom teeth, a cracked tooth, infected dental pulp, jaw disease, or exposed tooth root. A toothache may also be a symptom of diseases of the heart, such as angina or a myocardial infarction, due to referred pain. Use this holiday to examine your own dental care regimen to ensure that you are doing all that you can to maintain healthy teeth and gums. You only get one set of teeth, so take care of them.

Another “holiday” today is Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet Day began as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and grew rapidly. It is now celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide, and across all continents. From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. For 2016, the focus is “Play your part for a better internet”. It reflects the fact that all internet users have a role to play in keeping the internet safe.

The final group of “holidays” today all center around a common theme…indulging oneself before Lent. I will list them below individually, and, naturally, provide a link where you can obtain specific information for each.

The first food-related “holiday” today is Bagels and Lox Day. A bagel topped with lox (thinly sliced cured salmon) is an iconic Jewish-American dish. Once found only in New York delis, this delicious sandwich is now popular all across the country. Bagels originated in Poland in the early 17th century. Jewish families often ate bagels on Saturday evenings at the conclusion of the Sabbath because the bagels could be baked very quickly. The bagel symbolizes the circle of life. Lox, which symbolizes the saltiness of tears, is an entirely American invention. It became a popular sandwich filling in the mid-1800’s when the transcontinental railroad began shipping barrels of salted salmon to the East Coast. For more information on bagels, click this link.

The other food-related “holiday” is Pizza Pie Day. The history of pizza as we know it today is relatively recent. As far back as 8000 B.C., mankind knew how to mix flour with water into dough, season it with herbs and heat it on a hot stone to create a flatbread., and the earliest recorded making of cheese began about 5500 B.C. However, the key elements that turned baked flat bread with toppings into what we know today as pizza was the tomato, which was brought to Europe from the Americas in the 16th century. As a member of the Nightshade family of plants, tomatoes were believed by many Europeans to be poisonous. During a famine in the 18th century, the starving poor gambled and ate the fruit. No one was poisoned; in fact, a delicious new foodstuff was discovered. The poor in the area around Naples then added tomato to their flat bread, often serving it as their main meal with melted cheese and/or anchovies. Thus, the pizza was born.

On this day in 1894 – The Hershey Chocolate Company was founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While the Hershey brand is known worldwide for its chocolate products, the company’s creator, Milton Hershey, actually found his first success with a different kind of candy, caramels.Other significant events in history that occurred on this date are:

Other significant events in history that occurred on this date are:

  • In 1825 – The U.S. House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president. No candidate had received a majority of electoral votes.
  • In 1861 – The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis as its president.
  • In 1870 – The United States Weather Bureau was authorized by Congress. The bureau is officially known as the National Weather Service.
  • In 1895 – Volley Ball was invented by W.G. Morgan.
  • In 1900 – Dwight F. Davis put up a new tennis trophy to go to the winner in matches against England. The trophy was a silver cup that weighed 36 pounds. It is now known as “The Davis Cup”.
  • In 1932 – America entered the 2-man bobsled competition for the first time at the Olympic Winter Games held at Lake Placid, NY.
  • In 1942 – Daylight-saving “War Time” went into effect in the U.S.
  • In 1943 – During World War II, the battle of Guadalcanal ended with an American victory over Japanese forces.
  • In 1950 – U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists.
  • In 1960 – The first star was placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was for Joanne Woodward.
  • In 1969 – The Boeing 747 flew its inaugural flight.
  • And, in 1997 – “The Simpsons” became the longest-running prime-time animated series. “The Flintstones” held the record previously.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following distinguished people:

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