Life Day 25099: It’s a Cray-Cray Day

March 31, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning waxy chalk fans. Today is March 31st. The first holiday today is National Crayola Crayon Day. Crayola Crayon Day celebrates the day Crayola Crayons were first released to the public, on this date, in 1903.
A crayon is a stick of colored wax, made mostly of paraffin wax. The wax is heated and cooled to achieve the correct temperature in which a usable wax substance can be dyed.
The idea to combine a form of wax with pigment actually dates back thousands of years; Egyptians, Romans, Greeks all had methods of using colored wax for creating art. Contemporary crayons originated in Europe where the first cylinder shaped crayons were made with charcoal and oil mixed with wax.
But I digress, Crayola Crayon Day refers to Crayola, a specific brand of crayon. Crayola is a brand of artists’ supplies manufactured by Crayola, LLC (formerly Binney & Smith Company) and best known for its crayons. The company is based in Forks Township Pennsylvania. Since 1984, Crayola has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Hallmark Cards. Originally an industrial pigment supply company, Crayola soon shifted its focus to art products for home and school use, beginning with chalk, then crayons followed later by colored pencils, markers, paints,modeling clay, and other related goods including Silly Putty. All Crayola-branded products are non-toxic and safe for use by children, and most Crayola crayons are manufactured in the United States. The word Crayola was derived from the French word “craie”, meaning “chalk,” and “ola” meaning “oleaginous”, or “oily.” Crayola claims 99% name recognition and crayons are sold in over 80 countries worldwide.
Since their introduction in 1903, Crayolas have been manufactured in over 400 different shades of colors, but as new colors were added, others were discontinued. There are currently 170 different colors being manufactured. According to a study conducted by Crayola Crayons in 2000, “blue” was the most popular color, followed, oddly enough,  by “Cerulean” second and “Purple Heart” third.
Crayons come in a wide variety of multi-packs; from the 4-crayon packs targeted at establishments such as hotels and restaurants, to hand out to their young guests, to the 832-crayon “Classpack” bulk boxes marketed to schools.
Author’s note: Remember how awesome it was to get a full box of 64 crayons; the one with the built-in sharpener? I was never artistic, by any sense of the imagination…It takes me three tries to draw a “happy face”. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed coloring in coloring books. I hope to soon be able to stay within the lines, and make appropriate color choices for what the picture in the coloring book is supposed to depict.

The next holiday today is Bunsen Burner Day. German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen was born on this date 1811; and, you guessed it, von Bunsen created the Bunsen Burner. For all of you non-chemists, a Bunsen Burner is a device used to create flame using gas and air used in Laboratories everywhere to conduct experiments requiring a controlled heat source. Bunsen burners (along with Teclu burners and Meker burners) produce a smokeless blue flame at very high temperatures. Scientists use these types of burners for heating, combustion, and sterilization.
In 1852, Robert Bunsen began working at the University of Heidelberg. He was trying to isolate chemical substances and soon became frustrated with the inefficient and smoky heat sources that were available in the laboratory. To solve the problem, he drew up plans for a burner that would mix gas and air prior to ignition. The result was the Bunsen burner, which is now used in laboratories all over the world.
If it has been a while since your high school chemistry class, spend a few minutes today to reflect upon the value of this important scientific tool.

The third holiday today is National “She’s Funny That Way” Day. Some women, just like men, are born with an innate sense of humor. They are just naturally funny. Lucille Ball, Carol Burnette, and Betty White immediately come to mind. But not all funny women are famous. We all know a woman who makes us smile as soon as she enters the room…because we know that soon we’ll be laughing hysterically at something that she says and/or does. National “She’s Funny That Way” Day pays tribute to all of the women we know that make us laugh, be it mother, sister, niece, cousin, wife, or friend. Show appreciation today for the humorous women in your life. What quirky, eccentric things do the women in your life do to make you laugh?

The next holiday today is Eiffel Tower Day. Eiffel Tower Day is a holiday that celebrates the spectacular monument that stands proudly in the city of Paris. Today marks the 127th anniversary of the date that the Eiffel Tower was  completed in 1889.
The Eiffel Tower took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days in total to build. It was constructed for the International Exhibition of Paris, during the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, and was named after the principal engineer, Gustave Eiffel. Besides being a national landmark in France, today the Eiffel Tower is home to numerous shops, restaurants and bars. The apartment that Gustave Eiffel kept near the top of the tower is now a museum of sorts. It is furnished with replicas of the furniture that Mr. Eiffel had in the apartment, and there is a wax figure of Gustave seated in one of the chairs. If you can’t jet off to Paris today, or if you can’t visit the scaled-down version of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas, celebrate today by learning about the history of the Eiffel Tower.

The last holiday today is World Backup Day. World Backup Day serves as a reminder to backup all of your important documents, pictures, and music files to a secondary hard-drive, and store it in a location other than your home. If you are like most computer users today, you pay little attention to backing up your files. A backup is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents and emails. But, why should you bother to backup your files? Losing your files is way more common than you’d think. Have you ever lost your phone, your camera,  your laptop, or your tablet? Your valuable data could have been saved if you had a backup. Here are more reasons to backup your data:

  • 30% of people have never backed up their computers.
  • 113 phones are  lost or stolen every minute.

  • 29% of disasters are caused by accidents such as dropping or spilling something on your device.

  • 1 in 10 computers are infected with some kind of virus each month, and, without a backup, all of your precious data can be lost when the virus is removed.

One small accident or failure could destroy all the important stuff you care about.
I speak from personal experience when I recommend that you back up your data. I lost all of my pictures and music files about 10 years ago because of a hard-drive crash on my computer.

The first food-related holiday today is Tater Day. Man, I loves me some taters. Hash browns, fried, boiled, baked, french fries, potato salad, home-made potato chips (stop me anytime). Tater Day celebrates all varieties of potatoes, including sweet potatoes. The lowly spud is an essential part of the diet providing essential vitamins, minerals and fiber. Although they are relatively inexpensive, they are comforting, filling and tasty. Enjoy some taters yourself today. You choose how healthy, or unhealthy, to make them.
Factoid:  Idaho Potatoes aren’t from Idaho. They are, in fact, the Burbank Potato which was created in Sonoma County California by the renowned botanist Luther Burbank. Idaho just happens to have the climate in which they thrive.

The other food-related holiday today is Oranges and Lemons Day. Oranges and lemons are the two most popular citrus fruits. They are full of all sorts of vitamins and minerals and other healthy things…and they are delicious. Hey, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If life gives you oranges, make fresh squeezed orange juice.

On this date in 1999 – Fabio was hit in the face by a bird during a promotional ride of a new roller coaster at the Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, VA. Fabio received a one-inch cut across his nose.

Other interesting historical occurrences which happened on this date are:

  • In 1492 – King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued the Alhambra edict expelling Jews who were unwilling to convert to Christianity.
  • In 1776 – Abigail Adams wrote to her husband John that women were “determined to foment a rebellion” if the new Declaration of Independence failed to guarantee their rights.
  • In 1870 – In Perth Amboy, NJ, Thomas P. Munday became the first black to vote in the U.S.
  • In 1880 – Wabash, IN, became the first town to be completely illuminated with electric light.
  • In 1889 – In Paris, the Eiffel Tower officially opened.
  • In 1900 – The W.E. Roach Company was the first automobile company to put an advertisement in a national magazine. The magazine was the “Saturday Evening Post”.
  • In 1906 – The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States was founded to set rules in amateur sports. The organization became the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1910.
  • In 1917 – The U.S. purchased and took possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark for $25 million.
  • In 1918 – For the first time in the U.S., Daylight Saving Time went into effect.
  • In 1923 – In New York City, the first U.S. dance marathon was held. Alma Cummings set a new world record of 27 hours.
  • In 1932 – The Ford Motor Co. debuted its V-8 engine.
  • In 1933 – The “Soperton News” in Georgia became the first newspaper to publish using a pine pulp paper.
  • In 1940 – La Guardia airport in New York officially opened to the public.
  • In 1949 – Newfoundland entered the Canadian confederation as its 10th province.
  • In 1958 – The U.S. Navy formed the atomic submarine division.
  • In 1966 – The Soviet Union launched Luna 10, which became the first spacecraft to enter a lunar orbit.
  • In 1976 – The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that Karen Anne Quinlan could be disconnected from a respirator. Quinlan remained comatose until 1985 when she died.
  • In 1980 – U.S. President Carter deregulated the banking industry.
  • In 1993 – Brandon Lee was killed accidentally while filming a movie.
  • In 1998 – Buddy Hackett received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • In 2004 – Air America Radio launched five stations around the U.S.
  • In 2004 – Google Inc. announced that it would be introducing a free e-mail service called Gmail.

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

Life Day 25098: “Let Me Pencil That In”

March 30, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning graphite-based writing implement fans. Today is March 30th. The first holiday today is Pencil Day. On this date in 1858, the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted the first-ever patent for a modern pencil with an eraser attached to it. Hymen Lipman created the wooden pencil and received high praise for how easy it was to use for writing and drawing.
Manufacturers painted the first pencils yellow because the color was associated with royalty and honor. People quickly began assuming that yellow pencils were the best type, and a majority of pencils produced to this day are still yellow. With all of the technological advances in ink, the ready availability of cheap ink pens, and the onset of the computer age, I am sad to report that I would be hard-pressed to find one of these remarkable devices in my humble abode. Perhaps I will rectify this oversight today, if only for the sake of nostalgia.
FACTOID: A single wooden pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a line that is 35 miles long. Additionally, a pencil can also write upside down, or in zero gravity, making it the ideal writing implement for recording your thoughts and observations during your next trip to the International Space Station.
ADDENDUM: I did manage to find a couple of pencils after all…relegated over time to the deepest, darkest recesses of my desk drawer. Alas, they are green, and not the preferred yellow color…but they are unused with their erasers still intact. Now, where did I put that pencil sharpener? Oh Well!

The second holiday today is Manatee Appreciation Day. Manatee Appreciation Day is devoted to raising awareness about these quirky creatures. Manatees are calm herbivores that spend most of their time eating, sleeping, and traveling. They are a migratory species, inhabiting the Florida waters during the winter and moving as far north as Virginia and as far west as Texas in the warmer summer months. They are also found in parts of Mexico and the Caribbean.
These gentle giants have a lifespan of about 60 years and have no known natural predators…except humans. In the past, manatees were exploited for their meat, fat, and hides. Although some poaching of manatees still exists, they are most often fatally injured these days in collisions with boats and becoming entangled in commercial fishing nets. Add to the mix the fact that their habitat is constantly being encroached upon by development, especially in Florida, and you can see why they are on the Endangered Species list.
As far back as the early 18th century, when America was still part of the British Empire, the English declared Florida a manatee sanctuary and made manatee hunting illegal. People have worked to protect this species ever since. And, their efforts have paid off. Through legislation, awareness programs, and other means, as of  January 7, 2016, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the West Indian manatee is proposed to be downlisted from ‘endangered‘ to ‘threatened‘ status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposal to downlist the manatee to threatened will not affect federal protections currently afforded by the ESA, and the Service remains committed to conservation actions to fully recover manatee populations.
Through conservation efforts, the minimum known population of manatees is estimated to be at least 13,000, with more than 6,300 in Florida. When aerial surveys began in 1991, there were only an estimated 1,267 manatees in Florida, meaning that over the last 25 years there’s been a significant increase in the species population in that state.
Authors Note: I have a soft spot in my heart for these lovable creatures. Manatees might not make the list of cutest animals, but their  immense size, jowly appearance, and gentle nature make them endearing. I lived in Florida from 1976 to 1979, and had the pleasure of actually interacting with a manatee in water park…I actually got to pet one. Bucket list checked off.

The next holiday is National Doctor’s Day. National Doctor’s Day was created to show appreciation to doctors everywhere. Doctors’ Day observances date back to March 30, 1933. It was started by Eudora Brown Almond of Winder, Ga. This holiday marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia (ether) in surgery by Dr. Crawford W. Long on this date in 1842.
On March 30, 1958, the United States House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctors’ Day. In 1990, the congress and the senate approved legislation establishing National Doctors Day. The resolution designating March 30 as National Doctors’ Day was signed by President George Bush.
Doctors perform a vital service to all of us, albeit with a notable lack of the altruism exhibited by the doctors of yore. Still, take time out today, or on your next scheduled appointment, to thank your physician for what he/she does for you and your family.

Another holiday today is I am in Control Day. This holiday does not refer to some new-age mantra. Instead, it refers to the date, March 30, 1981, when President Ronald Reagan was wounded in an assassination attempt. Quite naturally, lots of confusion prevailed. In the White House, then Secretary of State Alexander Haig was taken out of context when he said, “I am in control here”. Instead of focusing upon Secretary Haig’s entire statement, certain people and the press, deliberately, in my opinion, focused on these few words and tried to make it sound as if he were trying to usurp control of the government. Other “mainstream” media outlets ran with the story until the deliberate misinformation became “fact”. In a propaganda coup for the left, Secretary Haig was eventually forced to resign as a result.

The fifth holiday today is The Grass Is Always Browner On the Other Side of the Fence Day. No, this holiday does not refer to the abundance of dog excrement in your neighbor’s backyard. The Grass Is Always Browner On the Other Side of the Fence Day celebrates those of us who are satisfied with our lives, and not fooled by those, so called, “greener pastures” that lie on the ‘other side of the fence’. It is a day to celebrate the fact that you are satisfied with what you have.

The last holiday today is Take A Walk In the Park Day. Walking is one of the healthiest and most enjoyable forms of exercise. Take a Walk in the Park Day is an opportunity to get some low-impact exercise and relax for a little while. Are you stressed out from work, school or things at home? A walk in the park might be just what the doctor ordered. Walking is calming and therapeutic. It helps clear your mind and re-energizes you at the same time. A walk in the park could very well be the most enjoyable part of your day. Just be sure to keep your eyes open and pay attention to where you are going. In addition to preventing a fall, open eyes will allow you to take in the beauty of nature’s wonders: flowers, and trees, birds, and wildlife. Take time today to stroll through your favorite park and commune with nature, breathe in the fresh spring air, and clear your head. The exercise probably won’t kill you either.

The food-related holiday today is Turkey Neck Soup Day. The thought of Turkey Neck Soup might cause a few people to raise their eyebrows. Sure, this stock is made by slow simmering the tough, yet flavorful meat of actual turkey necks, but once it is strained of bones and cooked with vegetables and rice, your family will regard it simply as a delicious dinner of turkey soup. If you still have a turkey neck in your refrigerator left over from your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, you should discard it immediately, it’s probably long past rotten. After you have done that, proceed to your local butcher shop, purchase a ‘fresh’ turkey neck…then make some Turkey Neck Soup for dinner tonight. Enjoy.

On this date in 1981 – President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington, DC, by John W. Hinckley Jr. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady were also wounded.

Other events of importance which occurred on this date are:

  • In 1822 – Florida became a U.S. territory.
  • In 1842 – Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while his patient was anesthetized by ether.
  • In 1855 – About 5,000 “Border Ruffians” from western Missouri invaded the territory of Kansas and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature. It was the first election in Kansas.
  • In 1867 – The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
  • In 1870 – The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by Congress.
  • In 1870 – Texas was readmitted to the Union.
  • In 1909 – The Queensboro bridge in New York opened linking Manhattan and Queens. It was the first double decker bridge.
  • In 1909 – In Oklahoma, Seminole Indians revolted against meager pay for government jobs.
  • In 1916 – Pancho Villa killed 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.
  • In 1941 – The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel began its first offensive against British forces in Libya.
  • In 1946 – The Allies arrested 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.
  • In 1950 – The invention of the photo-transistor was announced.
  • In 1950 – President Truman denounced Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
  • In 1964 – John Glenn withdrew from the Ohio race for U.S. Senate because of injuries suffered in a fall.
  • In 1972 – The Eastertide Offensive began when North Vietnamese troops crossed into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the northern portion of South Vietnam.
  • In 1982 – The space shuttle Columbia completed its third and its longest test flight after 8 days in space.
  • In 1993 – In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown hit his first home run.

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

What’s the Word #30 – Logophile

March 29, 2016 at 12:02 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

It is with a tinge of regret that I announce to you that I am suspending these “What’s the Word” posts, beginning tomorrow. This will be my last “What’s the Word” post…at least in this format.
As it turns out, I do have a life after all, and between my “Useless Fact of the Day” posts, and my “Today is” posts, and these “What’s the Word” posts, I am spending about 6 hours a day in front of my computer each day doing research and composing narrative. Something has to give, and I am choosing to eliminate these “What’s the Word” posts from the mix for now.
At some point, I may decide to start something entirely new and incorporate a scaled down version of all three into one daily post, but, I will continue the “UFotD” and “Today is” posts as usual until I figure out a way to accomplish the consolidation. Please bear with me until I get everything figured out, and I’m sorry if any of you are disappointed. Life goes on.

Now, the word that I chose to share with you today is logophile. Logophile is a noun which means:

  1. a lover of words.

Logophile comes from the Greek words lógos meaning “word, speech,discourse” and philos meaning “loving, dear.”

Example Sentence:

  • Although Ernie will no longer be posting a “What’s the Word” post each day, he will continue to be a logophile until he draws his last breath.

Life Day 25097: Vietnam Veterans Day

March 29, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning patriots. Today is March 29th. The first holiday today is Vietnam Veterans Day. On this date 43 years ago, in 1973, the last 2,500 troops were withdrawn from South Vietnam, thus ending military involvement in Viet Nam. At the time, it was the longest war in America’s history (since replaced by the war in Iraq). Vietnam Veterans Day honors all of those who served in Viet Nam and those who didn’t return.
Those of my generation remember how unpopular the Viet Nam war was here at home and the despicable way that the returning Viet Nam veterans were treated, but I won’t dwell any further on that subject. Most of us have family members who served during the Viet Nam era…father, grandfather, brother, uncle, or cousin. Regardless of your feelings about the war, celebrate this holiday by giving thanks to anyone you encounter today who served in Viet Nam and take a moment to honor those who didn’t return. This link offers statistics and clears up many of the misconceptions you might have, about the war.

The next holiday today is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. “Mom and pop” businesses are the backbones of this country. However, these days, the deck seems to be stacked  against them. The failure rate of a “mom and pop type of business is somewhere around 70% to 80%, yet still each day thousands of stalwart individuals take the plunge and start a new business. Today we celebrate that entrepreneurial spirit which made this great nation great. If you own a small business or have ever owned one, give yourself a pat on the back. If you have to shop for anything today, patronize the Mom & Pop store in your neighborhood rather than that National Chain or “Box Store”, even if you have to pay a little more.

Another holiday today is Smoke and Mirrors Day. Smoke and Mirrors Day is a day of illusions. The term is a euphemism used to describe the fact that things are not always as they seem. Magicians use this technique to perform most of their “magic tricks”. You see this every day in one form or another. The most obvious example of smoke and mirrors is ‘Legalese’, that incredibly convoluted language that lawyers use to make sure that no-one else understands what’s happening. Advertisers are adept at using “smoke and mirrors” as well…and politicians are experts at it. The media are not immune from using “smoke and mirrors” either. Whenever you are subjected to an abundance of “fluff pieces” culled from social media on your nightly newscast, rest assured that an unpopular decision is about to be made by the government and they don’t want to cover it.

The next holiday is Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day. Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day is celebrated by locals in the vicinity of Niagara Falls to commemorate the day, in 1848, that ice blockages caused rivers to run dry, and reduced the flow of water to such an extent that Niagara Falls’ 3,160 tons of water per second flow came to a halt (actually, the water was still flowing underneath the ice, but the surface of the ice was frozen solid). The flow over the falls was stopped for about 40 hours. It has never happened again, although it sometimes slows to a trickle during especially harsh winters.

The final holiday today is Knights of Columbus Founders Day.  It was on this day in 1882 that Father Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, Connecticut. Knights of Columbus, a volunteer force of “Knights” and family members totaling nearly six million, is a Roman Catholic Fraternal Organization. They annually donate tens of millions of dollars and volunteer hours to countless charitable projects.

The food-related holiday today is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day. An insurance salesman, aptly named Harry Baker, invented chiffon cake in the 1920’s. He sold his cakes to the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles and all of the Hollywood elites fell in love with the dessert’s lighter-than-air texture. Baker carefully guarded the recipe for over twenty years before selling it to General Mills (home of the Betty Crocker brand) for an undisclosed amount. The recipe for chiffon cake debuted in a 1948 edition of Better Homes and Gardens. General Mills marketed it as “the first new cake in 100 years” and it quickly became a nationwide sensation. The secret recipe called for vegetable oil instead of butter or shortening and instructed the baker to beat the egg whites and egg yolks separately. There are many flavors of chiffon cake, but today’s reason to celebrate is; lemon.  However, if you choose to celebrate one of the other flavors; including chocolate, orange, walnut, and/or maple, no one will be the wiser.

On this date in 1971 – Lt. William Calley Jr., of the U.S. Army, was found guilty of the premeditated murder of at least 22 Vietnamese civilians. He was sentenced to a term of life imprisonment. The trial was the result of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968.

  • In 1638 – First permanent European settlement in Delaware was established.
  • In 1847 – U.S. troops under General Winfield Scott took possession of the Mexican stronghold at Vera Cruz.
  • In 1903 – A regular news service began between New York and London on Marconi’s wireless.
  • In 1906 – In the U.S., 500,000 coal miners walked off the job seeking higher wages.
  • In 1932 – Jack Benny made his radio debut.
  • In 1943 – America began rationing of meat, butter and cheese began during World War II.
  • In 1951 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. They were executed on June 19, 1953.
  • In 1961 – The 23rd amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment allowed residents of Washington, DC, to vote for president.
  • In 1962 – Cuba opened the trial of the Bay of Pigs invaders.
  • In 1962 – Jack Paar made his final appearance on the “Tonight” show.
  • In 1971 – A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. The death sentences were later commuted to live in prison.
  • In 1973 – The last U.S. troops left South Vietnam.
  • In 1974 – Mariner 10, the U.S. space probe became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury. It had been launched on November 3, 1973.
  • In 1974 – Eight Ohio National Guardsmen were indicted on charges stemming from the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. All the guardsmen were later acquitted.
  • In 1975 – Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal on June 5, 1975.
  • In 1979 – The Committee on Assassinations Report issued by U.S. House of Representatives stated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was the result of a conspiracy.
  • In 1992 – Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton said “I didn’t inhale and I didn’t try it again” in reference to when he had experimented with marijuana.
  • In 1993 – Clint Eastwood won his first Oscars. He won them for best film and best director for the film “Unforgiven.”
  • In 1995 – The U.S. House of Representatives rejected a constitutional amendment that would have limited terms to 12 years in the U.S. House and Senate.
  • In 1999 – The Dow Jones industrial average closed above the 10,000 mark for the first time.

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

What’s the Word #29 – Kenspeckle

March 28, 2016 at 12:02 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

The word today is kenspeckle (ken-spek-uh l). Kenspeckle is an adjective which means:

  1.  conspicuous; distinctive; easily seen or recognized.

Example sentences:

  • The kenspeckle trail of clues left by the culprits made it easy for the constabulary to apprehend them.
  • Ernie’s kenspeckle attire made him stand out in the crowd.

The origins of the word kenspeckle are unknown but believed to be from Scotland or Northern England. It is comparable to the Norwegian term kjennespak meaning “quick at recognizing”.  It entered English in the early 1700’s.

I chose the word kenspeckle today because it is a unique, odd-sounding word, yet has a simple meaning. It’s also fun to say.

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