Life Day 25066: It’s a No Brainer

February 27, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning intellectuals. Today is February 27. You won’t be needing your intellect today because the first “holiday” today is No Brainer Day. By definition, a ‘no brainer’ is a task so simple that it requires no conscious thought to accomplish. If a project requires thinking, study, or analysis of any kind, put it off until tomorrow. Today is the day to do all of those simple, easy, obvious, and/or logical tasks that you have been putting off because they’re “no brainers”. Don’t even think about doing anything else.

The next “holiday” is Polar Bear Day.  Polar Bear Day was created to create awareness of the plight of polar bears due to loss of habitat. In 2008, polar bears were classified as a ‘threatened species’ under the Endangered Species Act. The new classification will strengthen already existing regulations concerning the killing of polar bears and the importing of related products to the United States.
Polar Bears are the world’s largest carnivores. They can reach up to nine feet tall when standing erect and weigh up to 1400 pounds. Polar Bears are native to Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia. Their primary source of food is Seals. The smartest way to celebrate Polar Bear Day is with a visit to a nearby zoo that has a Polar Bear Exhibit. Other ways to celebrate include researching polar bears online or at the library. Watching a documentary on polar bears on TV is another way. I strongly recommend that you do not attempt to celebrate this holiday by visiting them in their native habitat (especially in a seal skin coat). The reasons for this are threefold. First, they are huge. Second, they are carnivorous. And third, right now it’s flippin’ cold where they live.

The third “holiday” today is Anosomia Awareness Day. I know, at first, I misread it as ‘insomnia’ also. I was prepared to make the joke that I suffer from insomnia…but don’t lose any sleep over it — but that opportunity is gone now.
Anyway, Anosomia Awareness Day was created to increase awareness of anosmia — the loss of our sense of smell — which affects over six million Americans and many millions more worldwide. Many physicians, including those who specialize in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat disorders), have little understanding of the underlying biological mechanisms that cause the loss of our sense of smell. Researchers are using a variety of methods, including stem cell research, to try to determine the causes of anosmia and discover effective treatments.
Our sense of smell is more valuable than one might think. It is often the first indicator that there is danger…for instance smelling smoke when there is a fire. It is also linked to the pleasure centers in our brains…the aroma of a bouquet of roses, the aroma of ozone after a rain, the aroma of a candy shop, etc. I can’t even conceive a life without the sense of smell.

Another “holiday” today is  Open That Bottle Night. Created by columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher in 2000, Open That Bottle Night is an annual occasion celebrated on the last Saturday in February. It aims to motivate people to reconnect with each other over a cherished bottle of wine, champagne, and spirits. and create lasting memories with friends and family. Open That Bottle Night is dedicated to making sure that those bottles of fine wine put away for a special occasion, are used and enjoyed. You know the one. That bottle you bought at that quaint little wine shop in (fill in city here) on your honeymoon. Or the one that you bought when you toured California Wine Country a few years back and was a little to expensive to serve to your casual friends. Tonight is the night to open that symbolically significant bottle and share the memories and stories of that event again with the ones you love.

The last “holiday” today is International Sword Swallowers Day. First, I would like to ask you to please keep your tawdry sexual innuendos to yourselves…unless they are funny. International sword Swallowers Day is always held on the last Saturday in February. Its purpose is to honor veteran performers and to raise funds for esophageal cancer research.
Believe it or not, sword swallowers have even made contributions in the fields of medicine and science. Sword swallowers have been prodded and examined by doctors and scientists at medical centers over the past 150 years without recognition. In 1868, a sword swallower was used by Dr. Adolf Kussmaul in Freiburg Germany to develop the first rigid endoscopy. In 1906, a sword swallower underwent the first esophageal electrocardiogram in Wales.
International Sword Swallowing Day is sponsored by Ripley’s  “Believe It or Not!”. They will be holding events in Believe It or Not! “Odditoriums” world-wide.

The first food-related “holidays” today is National Strawberry Day. Strawberries are a unique berry in that it seeds grow on the outside of the fruit instead of the inside as do most berries. Food historians generally believe that strawberries were first cultivated in ancient Rome. In the United States, strawberries were first cultivated during the mid-1830’s in Massachusetts. Today strawberries grow in every US state and Canadian province. They are a good source of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. The fruit is fat-free and cholesterol-free. One cup of strawberries is only 49 calories, however, most of those calories come from sugars. When picking or buying strawberries choose only those that are plump, firm and completely red. Unless you are planning to freeze your strawberries or make jam be sure to not to buy more strawberries than you’ll be able to use up in two days as they mold quickly and only last a couple days in the refrigerator.

The second food-related “holiday” is National Kahlua Day. Kahlua is a rich, creamy alcoholic liqueur from Mexico. People enjoy it straight up, on the rocks, and mixed in coffee or cocktails (like the White Russian). Kahlua is also used to flavor desserts such as ice cream, cakes, and cheesecakes. The word “Kahlua” means “house of the Acolhua people” in the Nahuatl language. A company named Domecq has produced the drink since 1936 and named it for the native people of Veracruz. Kahlua is made with rum, Mexican coffee, sugar, and vanilla.

On this date in 1896 – The “Charlotte Observer” published a picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith. The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm. It was the first X-ray photograph to ever appear in a newspaper.

Other significant historical events which occurred on this date are:

  • In 1801 – The city of Washington, DC, was placed under congressional jurisdiction.
  • In 1827 – New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.
  • In 1867 – Dr. William G. Bonwill invented the dental mallet.
  • In 1883 – Oscar Hammerstein patented the first cigar-rolling machine.
  • In 1922 – The Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.
  • In 1939 – The Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.
  • In 1951 – The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting U.S. Presidents to two terms.
  • In 1973 – The American Indian Movement (AIM) occupied Wounded Knee in South Dakota.
  • In 1974 – “People” magazine was first issued by Time-Life (later known as Time-Warner).
  • In 1981 – Chrysler Corporation was granted an additional $400 million in federal loan guarantees. Chrysler had posted a loss of $1.7 billion in 1980.
  • In 1982 – Wayne B. Williams was convicted of murdering two of the 28 black children and young adults whose bodies were found in Atlanta, GA, over a two-year period.
  • In 1990 – The Exxon Corporation and Exxon Shipping were indicted on five criminal counts in reference to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.
  • In 1991 – President George H.W. Bush announced live on television that “Kuwait is liberated.”
  • In 1997 – Ireland finally legalized divorce.
  • In 1998 – Britain’s House of Lords agreed to give a monarch’s first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first-born son. This was the end of 1,000 years of male preference.
  • In 2002 – Twenty people working at Logan International Airport in Boston, MA were charged with lying to get their jobs or security badges.

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

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