Life Day 25065: For Pete’s Sake

February 26, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Oh, for Pete’s sake, good morning already. Today is February 26th. The first “holiday” today is For Pete’s Sake Day. For Pete’s sake is a euphemism — a word or phrase used in place of a more profane or vulgar phrase that is not accepted in polite society. Perhaps because profanity and vulgarity are more accepted by society these days, one seldom hears the phrase anymore, except maybe in the “Bible Belt”; but those who are from my generation (Baby Boomers) are quite familiar with the expression. For Pete’s sake was more often used to convey anger or frustration at an object, person or circumstance. For example: “For Pete’s sake, how do any of these intellectually vapid Presidential candidates even think that they are qualified to run the most powerful nation on Earth?” Or: “Oh for Pete’s sake, I dropped my keys in the toilet.”
You may be wondering where the term “for Pete’s sake” originated. Many Christians believe that using this phrase instead of cursing will garner favor with Saint Peter, thus giving them a better chance to enter Heaven. However, they are wrong. All of my research indicates that it is nothing more than a corruption of the term “for pity sake”. As for poor Pete, no one knows why he was singled out.
If you want to learn more about this phrase, or other similar euphemisms, for Pete’s sake, look it up yourself…you can’t expect me to do everything for you.

The next “holiday” is Levi Strauss Day. Today marks the 143rd anniversary of the day, in 1873, that Levi Strauss applied for his patent for the “copper rivet” design of one of the most durable and popular articles of clothing ever manufactured. The history of jeans dates as far back as 16th century Europe. Soldiers from Genoa, Italy wore the blue fabric as a part of their uniforms. The word ‘jeans’ is derived from the French phrase: bleu de G nes, which literally translates to ‘the blue of Genoa’.
It wasn’t Levi Strauss who originally thought of the brand’s (Levi’s) trademark feature: metal rivets. One of Strauss’ customers, a tailor by the name of Jacob Davis, had the idea to use copper rivets to reinforce points of strain, such as the pocket corners and at the top of the button fly. As Davis did not have the required capital to purchase a patent, he suggested to Strauss that they both go into business together. The two men received the patent on May 20, 1873.
Levi’s are always in style, no matter what the occasion (except formal functions). Ya gotta love Levi’s.
Author’s Note: Coincidently, today also happens to be the birthday of Levi Strauss, who was born on this date in 1829.

The third “holiday” today is Carnival Day.  Each year, millions of Americans flock to carnivals and put down big bucks to be entertained by death-defying feats, clowns, elephants, lions, animal acts, and so much more. Carnivals are not limited to those big traveling spectaculars. There is a wide range of summer and winter carnivals across America. School carnivals are popular. Towns and even businesses hold carnivals of all types. Personally, I enjoyed carnivals as a kid, but these days, not so much.

Yet another “holiday” today is Tell A Fairy Tale Day. To qualify as a fairy tale, a story does not have to begin with “Once upon a time…..”, but, they often do. Nor does the story have to end with “and they all lived happily ever after”, but again, they often do. ‘Fairy Tales’ are a form of folk tales, passed down both orally and in printed form generation to generation. Before the 17th century, fairy tales often had themes unsuitable for children and were written mostly for adults. However, today, fairy tales are considered to be children’s literature and the term fairy tale is used to refer to happy events and happening, such as a fairy tale romance or a fairy tale ending.
To celebrate, cozy up under a blanket with your children of grandchildren and read from a book of fairy tales. Libraries and schools will often mark this day with special fairy tale readings and story hours as well.

The last “holiday” today is International Stand Up to Bullying Day. Bullying seems to be rampant in today’s society, and with the rapid expansion of the internet in the 21st century, cyber-bullying has also become a real problem. The anonymity of the internet allows people to threaten and harass anyone with whom they disagree or simply don’t like; no matter how hurtful…or even untruthful.
International Stand Up to Bullying Day is a semi-annual holiday celebrated on the last Friday in February and again on the third Friday in November.  Participants sign up and wear a pink “pledge shirt” to take a visible, public stance against bullying. The event takes place in schools, workplaces, and organizations in 25 countries around the globe. The first International Stand Up to Bullying Day took place in February 2008, when 236 schools, workplaces, and organizations representing more than 125,000 students and staff registered in the inaugural event.

The food-related “holiday” today is National Pistachio Day. The pistachio is a small bushy tree native to the Middle East. It produces bunches of fruit (similar to grapes) and the pistachio nut is the seed of that fruit. Pistachios have more antioxidants per serving than green tea and are also an excellent source of fiber, copper, manganese, and Vitamin B6.
Pistachios are not just eaten as roasted as a snack food, they are also used in cooking. Their sweet flavor most often finds them used in desserts, such as baklava or even pistachio ice cream, but they can be used in savory dishes as well.
The largest producer of pistachio nuts today is Iran but they are also grown in other areas, including California and Mediterranean Europe. The Chinese are the greatest consumers of the nut. It is thought that pistachio nuts have been eaten by humans for at least 9000 years.
Here are a few more interesting facts about pistachios.

  • They are native to the Middle East.
  • In the Middle East, people call them the “smiling nut”.
  • In China, they are called the “happy nut”.
  • It takes 7-10 years for a pistachio tree to mature.
  • California is the major producer in the U.S.
  • Pistachios are harvested in September by machines that shake the trees.
  • The red dye is added to the nuts is only due to consumer demand for the color.
  • The pistachio’s open hull is unique. The nut is fully ripe only when the hull splits open.

Pistachios are one of my favorite nuts. They are delicious and nutritious. Enjoy some in one form or another as a snack today. You can bet that I will.

On this date in 1993 – Six people were killed and more than a thousand were injured when a van exploded in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center in New York City. The bomb had been built by Islamic extremists.

Other historic events which happened on this date are:

  • In 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the Island of Elba. He then began his second conquest of France.
  • In 1863 – President Lincoln signed the National Currency Act.
  • In 1870 – New York City, opened the first pneumatic-powered subway line to the public.
  • In 1907 – Congress raised their own pay to $7500.
  • In 1919, – In Arizona, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park with an act of the U.S. Congress.
  • In 1929 – President Coolidge signed a bill creating the Grand Teton National Park.
  • In 1930 – New York City installed traffic lights.
  • In 1933 – A ground-breaking ceremony was held at Crissy Field for the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • In 1952 – British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed an atomic bomb.
  • In 1987 – The Tower Commission rebuked President Reagan for failing to control his national security staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.
  • In 1991 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announced on Baghdad Radio that Iraqi troops were being withdrawn from Kuwait.
  • In 1998 – A Texas jury rejected an $11 million lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey for a price drop after her on-air comment about mad-cow disease.
  • In 1998 – An Oregon health panel ruled that taxpayers must help to pay for doctor-assisted suicides.
  • In 2009 – The Pentagon reversed its 18-year policy of not allowing media to cover returning war dead. The reversal allowed some media coverage with family approval.

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

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