Life Day 25064: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

February 25, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning engineers. Today is February 25th. The first “holiday” today is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Of course we should encourage young women to be engineers. It’s the 21st century for Pete’s sake, young women should be allowed to pursue any career they want. If young women want to drive trains, they should be allowed to drive trains. What? Wait. Oh, this holiday is about the other kind of engineer. (Best Emily Litella voice) “never mind!”
Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day is about encouraging young women to consider engineering as a career option, and inspiring a generation who might grow up to be the great innovators and problem solvers of the next generation. Engineering, though vastly diverse, still remains a typically male-dominated field. One reason for this probably has to do with female gender roles adopted in early in life. Instead of making progress in this area as one might think, there is evidence to suggest we are actually going backward. In 2009, only 17.9 percent of American undergraduate students enrolled in engineering programs were women. That’s an actual decline from 19.8 percent a decade earlier. To counter this sociological phenomenon, today we should show the young girls in our lives the myriad of career choices they can enjoy which are engineering-based. Beyond simply tinkering with and repairing equipment, engineering requires a flare for creativity, which women seem to possess naturally. [I know stereotyping is bad, but sometimes stereotypes are also true].

The next “holiday” today is The Great American Spit Out. This holiday, I believe, was intended to sound a bit gross. The Great American Spit Out encourages those who use smokeless tobacco to quit.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death, and the use of smokeless tobacco, including chewing tobacco, continues to be a problem. Many people believe that smokeless tobacco is less harmful than cigarettes. The truth is, smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative to cigarettes. At least 28 chemicals in smokeless tobacco have been found to cause cancer including oral, esophageal and pancreatic cancer. Using smokeless tobacco may also cause heart disease, gum disease, and oral lesions other than cancer, such as leukoplakia (precancerous white patches in the mouth).

The third “holiday” today is Let’s All Eat Right Day. Let’s All Eat Right Day honors Adelle Davis, one of the country’s best-known nutritionists. Adelle was born on this date in 1904 and was an advocate of the nutrition movement. She wrote a series of books about healthy living including the books: “Let’s Cook it Right”, “Let’s Have Healthy Children”, “Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit”, and “Let’s Get Well”. Adelle was a proponent for eating whole unprocessed foods. She criticized food additives and claimed that dietary supplements and other nutrients played a huge role in preventing diseases and restoring health when recovering from a disease. Use this holiday to consider your food choices and ways you can change your diet to eat healthier.

Another “holiday” today is Quiet Day. Quiet Day, as the name implies, is a day to lower the noise level of your surroundings. It originally started as a day in the Anglican church to focus on special devotions, meditations, and instructions; however today it is construed more generally to mean lowering the amount of noise you make. We can’t totally escape noise… it is all around us. But we can reduce the amount of noise we make as individuals.
Noise causes stress. Studies done at the Franklin Institute on stress and the adrenal glands show that even low-level chronic noise increases aggression and decreases cooperation and is associated with increased risk for such serious physiological problems as peptic ulcers, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Reducing the noise level in your immediate environment helps the body relax and lowers blood pressure and heart rate. It allows the mind to focus and be more creative. It can boost your immune system and decrease the amount of pain that we feel.

The first food-related “holiday” today is National Clam Chowder Day. While it might not appear in any dictionary, if you have ever spent any length of time in New England, you know that “cupachowda” is an actual word. There are two distinct types of clam chowder; New England and Manhattan. The New England style is a roux based chowder made with milk or cream whereas the Manhattan style is tomato based. The most popular of the two is the New England style, which originated in the Northeast in the early 1800’s. Since we celebrated New England Clam Chowder Day about a month ago, I won’t delve into the history of chowders again.

The next food-related “holiday” today is National Chili Day. There are almost as many recipes for chili as there are cooks…and almost everyone thinks theirs is the best. Contrary to popular belief, chili, like many other “Mexican” dishes here in America, does not come from Mexico. The recipe has certainly been influenced by Mexican culture, but it also incorporates elements from Native American and Spanish culinary traditions. Many historians believe chili originated in Texas where all three of these cultures intersected.
According to legend, Spanish priests called the first chili “the soup of the Devil” because they believed that chili peppers were an aphrodisiac. Have a bowl or two of chili today and check out the priests’ hypothesis.

The last food-related “holiday” today is Chocolate-Covered Nuts Day. Again, I ask you to please keep your tawdry sexual innuendos to yourself…unless they are funny. Chocolate-covered Nuts Day is pretty much self-explanatory. Any kind of nut will do, as long as it is covered in chocolate. Nuts are packed with protein, and moderate amounts of chocolate have been proven to have health benefits…so chocolate-covered nuts must be healthy, right? What is your favorite type of chocolate-covered nut?

On this date in 1836, Samuel Colt was issued a Patent (# 138) for the Colt Revolver, the first pistol with a revolving cylinder with multiple chambers for cartridges.

Other historic events that happened on this date are:

  • In 1570 – England’s Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V.
  • In 1751 – Edward Willet displayed the first trained monkey act in the U.S.
  • In 1793 – The department heads of the U.S. government met with President Washington for the first Cabinet meeting on record in the United States.
  • In 1837 – Thomas Davenport patented the first commercial electrical motor. There was no practical electrical distribution system available at the time, and Davenport went bankrupt.
  • In 1901 – The United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.
  • In 1913 – The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It authorized a graduated income tax.
  • In 1919 – The state of Nebraska became the first state to place a tax on gasoline. The tax was 1 cent per gallon.
  • In 1928 – The Federal Radio Commission issued the first U.S. television license to Charles Jenkins Laboratories in Washington, DC.
  • In 1930 – The bank check photographing device was patented.
  • In 1933 – The first aircraft carrier, Ranger, was launched.
  • In 1940 – The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens played in the first hockey game to be televised in the U.S. The game was aired on W2WBS in New York with one camera in a fixed position. The Rangers beat the Canadiens 6-2.
  • In 1948 – Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.
  • In 1956 – Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev criticized the late Josef Stalin in a speech before a Communist Party congress in Moscow.
  • In 1972 – Germany gave a $5 million ransom to Arab terrorist who had hijacked a jumbo jet.
  • In 1986 – Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule after a tainted election.
  • In 1999 – William King was sentenced to death for the racial murder of James Byrd Jr in Jasper, TX. Two other men charged were later convicted for their involvement.
  • In 2005 – Dennis Rader was arrested for the BTK (bind, torture, kill) serial killings in Wichita, KS. He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 life prison terms.

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

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