Life Day 25056: Crustaceans Are People Too

February 17, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my crabby friends. Today is Sunday, February 17, 2013. The first “holiday” today is National Crab Races Day. Many coastal communities host some sort of Crab race event today. Many also involve the eating of copious amounts of crabs. While I enjoy a good crustacean as much as anyone else, I do not advocate or condone their exploitation. If you want to eat some tasty crab, then eat some crab, but don’t make them compete first. I don’t understand some people’s need to entertain themselves at the expense of animals…no matter how unattractive or awkward the animals may be. Crabs were not meant to compete with each other, except maybe for food or territory; and they certainly were not meant to compete in a contest of speed. I am sad to see that the human race has devolved to such an extent. The more I learn about human nature, the more I like dogs.
Author’s Note: Although this holiday involves crabs, and the possible eating thereof, I classified it as a regular holiday instead of food-related because it is more about the exploitation of crabs rather than their consumption.

This next “holiday” is the diametrically opposite to the holiday above. The second “holiday” today is Random Acts of Kindness Day. Common  courtesy and civility seem to have all but vanished from today’s society. Everyone seems to be ‘looking out for #1’ and to heck with anyone or anything else. Yesterday, I urged you to be kind to a specific segment of our society, grouches. Today, you should be kind to everyone. Do something kind for a friend, or a complete stranger, and for that matter, for anyone you encounter today…for no reason at all. Put some humanity back into humanity.

Another “holiday” which seems diametrically opposite to Crab Races Day is World Human Spirit Day. OK, so here is what I gleaned from my sources about this holiday. At noon today (PST) we are all supposed to observe two minutes of silent meditation, throughout the world and beyond, to focus on the true spirit that flows through everything in order to bring ourselves closer together as a species. Ommm! So, you now know the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” to celebrate this holiday. The “if” is entirely up to you.

The fourth “holiday today is Digital Learning Day. Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. In the fast-paced, technology-driven, society in which we live, it is often difficult for students, and teachers, to keep apace of all of the changes. Digital learning encompasses many different tools and applications to support teachers and students, including online courses, blended or hybrid learning, or digital content and resources. Additionally, digital learning can be used for professional learning opportunities for teachers and to provide personalized learning experiences for students. Digital Learning Day encourages school reform to design a curriculum that will increase access to educational opportunities, improve effectiveness and productivity of teachers and administrators, provide student-centered learning to ensure college and career readiness for all students, through the use of digital technology.

The last “holiday” today is My Way Day. My Way Day is not a day to be a bratty, whiny jerk…that “play the game my way or I’ll take my ball and go home” kind of person. The essence of this holiday is to have an assertive, but not pushy, attitude. Don’t be afraid to express your ideas, stand up for what you believe in, and do everything in your own unique way. It is a day to be stalwart, and firm of conviction. Don’t let the actions or opinions of others sway your decisions or deter you from enjoying your day, on your terms.

The first food-related “holiday” today is National Indian Pudding Day. Indian pudding is a baked custard with milk, butter, molasses, eggs, spices, and cornmeal. Although the name would suggest that this pudding is of Native American origin, that is not the case. Early American settlers were accustomed to warm plum puddings, bread puddings and the like, but wheat flour was in short supply. The name is likely derived from the cornmeal (which they called Indian meal) that they used as a flour substitute in some of their traditional dishes.

The next is Café au Lait Day. Café au Lait is a French coffee drink, consisting of coffee with hot milk added. The name is literally translated from French as “coffee with milk.” In Europe, café au lait is usually prepared using an espresso machine, mixing espresso with steamed milk. In contrast, the United States version of café au lait is usually made using a dark roasted drip or French press prepared coffee with steamed milk added. So basically, Café au Lait is nothing more than ½ strong coffee and ½ scalded milk. I dislike coffee, so I’ll celebrate today as I do every other coffee related “holiday”; with a hot steamy cup of Constant Comment® tea.

The last food-related “holiday” is National Cabbage Day.  The word cabbage is a derivation of the French word caboche, a colloquial word for head.  The cabbage family is wide and varied.  Cabbage itself comes in many forms- the shapes can be flat, conical, or round, the heads compact, or loose and the leaves plain or curly.  In the United States, the most widely used cabbage comes in compact heads of waxy, tightly wrapped leaves that range in color from almost white to green and red. I am not a big fan of cabbage in any form, except sauerkraut, so I guess I’ll have a kraut dog for lunch. Look out Costco, here I come.

On this date in 1897, the National Congress of Mothers was organized in Washington, DC, by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst. It was the forerunner of the National PTA. Sadly, membership in this worthwhile organization is dwindling. Membership in the late 1960’s was around 12 million. Today, even with far more children enrolled in school (hence, more parents), membership is just a little over 5 million.Other significant historical events which occurred on this date are:

Other significant historical events which occurred on this date are:In 1801, the U.S. House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Jefferson was elected president and Burr became vice president.

  • In 1801 – The U.S. House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Jefferson was elected president and Burr became vice president.
  • In 1817 – The first gas-lit streetlights appeared on the streets of Baltimore, MD.
  • In 1865 – Columbia, SC was burned as the Confederate forces were evacuating and the Union Forces were moving in.
  • In 1878 – San Francisco, CA became the first large city to open a telephone exchange. It had only 18 phones.
  • In 1924 – Johnny Weissmuller (later Tarzan) set a world record in the 100-yard freestyle. He did it with a time of 57-2/5 seconds in Miami, FL.
  • In 1933 – “Newsweek” was first published.
  • In 1933 – Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead three years after Chic Young’s popular strip first debuted.
  • In 1934 – The first high school automobile driver’s education course was introduced in State College, PA. (It is not true that the first movie shown in the class was “Signal 30”. Heck, these days you can see gorier footage on the nightly news).
  • In 1944 – During World War II, the Battle of Eniwetok Atoll began. U.S. forces won the battle on February 22, 1944.
  • In 1947 – The “Voice of America” began broadcasting to the Soviet Union.
  • In 1964 – The Supreme Court ruled that congressional districts within each state had to be approximately equal in population. (Westberry v. Sanders)
  • In 1992 – In Milwaukee, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison. In November of 1994, he was beaten to death in prison. And good riddance.
  • In 1995 – Colin Ferguson was convicted of six counts of murder in the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings. He was later sentenced to a minimum of 200 years in prison.
  • In 1996 – World chess champion Garry Kasparov beat the IBM supercomputer “Deep Blue” in Philadelphia, PA.
  • In 1997 – Pepperdine University announced that Kenneth Starr was leaving the Whitewater probe to take a full-time job at the school. Starr reversed the announcement four days later.
  • In 2005 – President George W. Bush named John Negroponte as the first National Intelligence Director.

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

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