Life Day 25078: Awesome!

March 10, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my awesome friends. Today is March 10th. The first holiday today is (The) International Day of Awesome. International Day of Awesome affords us the opportunity to celebrate every person, place, thing, or idea in the world that is awesome. As the official tagline points out, “No one is perfect, but everyone can be awesome.” A man named Kevin Lawver declared the need for an International Day of Awesomeness in 2007. He was working with an intern who suggested that the office should celebrate Lawver’s awesomeness. Lawver replied that there should be an International Day of Awesomeness. He posted the idea to Twitter and the rest is history.
This is the day to release your inner ‘awesome’.  To celebrate the occasion, organize a group of friends and perform feats of awesomeness.

Here are the answers to the six basic questions about International Day of Awesome:

  1. What: International Day of Awesome.
  2. When: Always March 10th.
  3. Where: Everywhere
  4. Who: Everyone.
  5. How: By being as awesome as you can be.
  6. Why: Because March 10th is the birthday of Chuck Norris…and who is more awesome than Chuck Norris?

Have an awesome day.

The second holiday today is Nametag Day. Nametag Day is the fifth holiday in “Celebrate Your Name Week”. You guessed it,  today’s celebration of names stipulates that wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you wear a “Hello, My name is [your name here] name-tag. If you are in a whimsical mood, use a name other than your own, or make up a name for yourself. I think I’ll wear a name tag today that says “Hello, My name is Cur Mudgeon”.

The next holiday is Land Line Telephone Day. For my troglodyte friends who still use this archaic, crude, and cumbersome form of communication, today marks the 140th anniversary of the day that Alexander Graham Bell uttered the immortal words “Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you” using the first telephone. [Shortly thereafter, he allowed Mrs. Bell to call Mrs. Watson…and the world was forever changed.]

The fourth holiday today is U.S. Paper Money Day. U.S. Paper Money Day commemorates the date on which the united States first issued paper money as legal tender. Although banks began issuing paper money as early as 1690 in the United States, it wasn’t until this date in 1862 that the U.S. Government first began issuing its own paper money. The denominations of the first bills were $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, $1000.

Another holiday today is Festival of Life in the Cracks Day. After 987,654,321 Google searches, I still can’t find a definitive answer as to who created Festival of Life in the Cracks Day, why it was created, how it is meant to be celebrated, or to what it even pertains. So, let me posit a couple of theories of my own.
My first theory takes the literal approach. Go out today and examine any cracks and crevices you encounter (ie: cracks in your driveway, a crevice in a piece of  old wood, etc, etc) for signs of life (insects, mold, moss, etc).
My second theory is more esoteric. It takes a philosophical approach. My theory is that man exists in a void, or crack if you will. He spends his life in the rat-race trying to figure out how to escape that void. A few succeed, but most just exist in their own ‘crack’ and never realize the true meaning of life. Which do you think it is? Do you have an alternative theory of your own? I’d like to hear it.

The last holiday today is National Pack Your Lunch Day. Although National Pack Your Lunch Day implies the comsumption of food, I am classifing it as a ‘regular’ holiday because it really doesn’t pertain to the food itself, but the fact that you are to pack up the food and take it elsewhere to consume.
Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon character to appear on a lunchbox in the year 1935, but children and workers had been carrying their lunches in tin boxes or paper bags long before that. The advantages of packing your own lunch are obvious: you can eat whatever you like without being restricted by what’s available to buy; you know what is in your food; and over time, you’ll save a lot of money compared to buying lunch every day. If you are still encumbered by having to work for a living, why not pack a lunch today instead of buying it? If, like yours truly, you are retired, and have no job to go to, pack a lunch anyway. Go to a park and have a picnic.

The rest of today’s holidays, in my opinion, are too obscure to cover in any great detail, but they are listed in many of my sources, so I will mention them. Again, I will provide a link to each of them to enable you to research them on you own, if one piques your interest.

The first food-related holiday today is National Popover Day. Basically, a quick-bread, the popover is an Americanization of Yorkshire Pudding. In the America, they’re often served as a substitute for a roll or biscuit and are often served at brunch with butter or jam (although they are quite yummy on their own). A popover is an egg batter cooked in custard cups or muffin tins to produce a very light, hollow roll—essentially, an eggy crust. The name comes from the fact that the batter swells or “pops” over the top of the cup while baking. The outside crust is crispy, while the inside is light and airy. The recipe is pretty basic, with just a few ingredients. Popovers need to be eaten as soon as they come out of the oven. They deflate as they cool, and tend to become rubbery.

The other food-related holiday today is Popcorn Lovers Day. Popcorn Lovers Day is celebrated annually on the second Thursday in March. It not only celebrates popcorn, but the people who love it. Popcorn is most often enjoyed at home, and, if you’re independantly wealthy, at sporting events, and in movie theaters. It is usually served salted, with butter, but sweetened versions, such as caramel corn and kettle corn, are also readily available.
Popcorn is a type of corn that expands from the kernel and puffs up when heated. There are many techniques for popping corn. Commercial large-scale popcorn machines were invented by Charles Cretors in the late 19th century. Many types of small-scale home methods for popping corn also exist, along with prepackaged popcorn…however, my favorite way to pop corn is still in a large, deep cast-iron skillet.
Depending on how it is prepared, popcorn can be healthy…if you eliminate the bad stuff like butter, salt, and sugar. On its own, popcorn is naturally high in dietary fiber, low in calories and fat, and free of sugar and sodium. So basically, if you make it inedible, you can eat all of the popcorn you want. I’ll keep on having mine with plenty of butter and salt, thank you…just not as often as I’d like.

On this date in 2002 – The Associated Press reported that the Pentagon informed the U.S. Congress in January that it was making contingency plans for the possible use of nuclear weapons against countries that threaten the U.S. with weapons of mass destruction, including Iraq and North Korea.

Other notable events which occurred on this date are:

  • In 1629 – England’s King Charles I dissolved Parliament and did not call it back for 11 years.
  • In 1656 – In Virginia, suffrage was extended to all free men regardless of their religion.
  • In 1776 – “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine was published.
  • In 1785 – Thomas Jefferson was appointed the minister to France. He succeeded Benjamin Franklin.
  • In 1804 – The formal ceremonies transferring the Louisiana Purchase from France to the U.S. took place in St. Louis.
  • In 1848 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the war with Mexico.
  • In 1849 – Abraham Lincoln applied for a patent for a device to lift vessels over shoals by means of inflated cylinders.
  • In 1864 – Ulysses S. Grant became commander of the Union armies in the U.S. Civil War.
  • In 1880 – The Salvation Army arrived in the U.S. from England.
  • In 1893 – New Mexico State University canceled its first graduation ceremony because the only graduate was robbed and killed the night before.
  • In 1902 – Tochangri, Turkey, was entirely wiped out by an earthquake.
  • In 1902 – U.S. Attorney General Philander Knox announced that a suit was being brought against Morgan and Harriman’s Northern Securities Company. The suit was for the enforcement of the Sherman Antitrust Act. Northern Securities loss in court was upheld by the Supreme Court on March 14, 1904.
  • In 1903 – Harry C. Gammeter patented the multigraph duplicating machine.
  • In 1903 – In New York’s harbor, the disease-stricken ship Karmania was quarantined with six people dead from cholera.
  • In 1912 – China became a republic after the overthrow of the Manchu Ch’ing Dynasty.
  • In 1913 – William Knox rolled the first perfect 300 game in tournament competition.
  • In 1924 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a New York state law forbidding late-night work for women.
  • In 1933 – Nevada became the first U.S. state to regulate drugs.
  • In 1945 – American B-29 bombers attacked Tokyo, Japan, 100,000 were killed.
  • In 1947 – The Big Four met in Moscow to discuss the future of Germany.
  • In 1949 – Nazi wartime broadcaster Mildred E. Gillars, also known as “Axis Sally,” was convicted of treason in Washington, D.C. She served 12 years in prison.
  • In 1966 – France withdrew from NATO’s military command to protest U.S. dominance of the alliance and asked NATO to move its headquarters from Paris.
  • In 1969 – James Earl Ray pled guilty in Memphis, TN, to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Ray later repudiated the guilty plea and maintained his innocence until his death in April of 1998.
  • In 1971 – The U.S. Senate approved an amendment to lower the voting age to 18.
  • In 1981 – The U.S. Postal Service announced an increase in first class postage from 15 to 18 cents.
  • In 1994 – White House officials began testifying before a federal grand jury about the Whitewater controversy.
  • In 1998 – U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf began receiving the first vaccinations against anthrax.

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

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