Life Day 25079: Tool Time

March 11, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning handy-persons. Today is March 11th. The first holiday today is Worship of Tools Day.  To some people, a tool is just a natural extension of their arm. Whether your trade requires their use, or you are just a casual DIYer, everyone uses tools once in a while. Worship of Tools Day is the holiday to pay homage to those handy gadgets that make our lives so much easier. Show your tools some love today by cleaning those that need cleaning, sharpening those that need sharpening, and oiling those that need oiling. Then go out and fix or build something. The best way to worship your tools is to use them for their intended purpose.

The second holiday today is Middle Name Pride Day. Middle Name Pride Day is the sixth holiday of “Celebrate Your Name Week”.   Today’s name celebration requires honesty and possibly some courage. Reveal your middle name, whether you like it or not, to three people who don’t already know it. My middle name is McCutcheon (my mother’s maiden name). Mission accomplished. Now, it’s your turn.

Another holiday today is Johnny Appleseed Day. Johnny Appleseed Day honors one of America’s greatest legends. Johnny Appleseed was a real person, John Chapman (September 26, 1774, to March 11, 1845). He was a nurseryman by trade and planted and sold apple trees in New York and Pennsylvania. On his trek westward, (at the time, “the west” was places like West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana) he began to plant apple trees along his route. The further west he went, the larger his legend grew. A devout Christian, he was also known for his preaching, his generosity, and his love of animals. Some historians also believe that there is some link between Johnny Appleseed and very early Arbor Day celebrations, but ‘legends’ sometimes become larger than life, and there is no documentation to verify this contention.
Sadly, Johnny Appleseed Day celebrates the approximate date of his death. [Historians dispute this date as his actual date of his death, but it is known that he died sometime near this date of a “winter plague” in 1845, but the actual date of his death was never recorded].
Author’s Note: In some areas of the country, Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated on September 26th, the anniversary of his birth, which is not in dispute.

The fourth holiday today is Dream Day. Dream Day does not necessarily refer to the dreams that you have when you’re asleep, but rather to your desires or aspirations. Virtually every successful venture began with a dream. Dreams are what inspire and motivate us to move ahead, create new things, and imagine a better life for ourselves. So, on Dream Day, dream big and celebrate the power of your imagination.

The next holiday today is World Plumbing Day. World Plumbing Day is an international event started by the World Plumbing Council to celebrate the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society. The aftermath of 2010’s devastating earthquake in Haiti, the 2011 tsunami in Japan, “Superstorm Sandy”, and other natural disasters show how easy it is to take the availability of safe drinking water and sufficient sanitation systems  for granted…until they break down. History shows that great leaps in mankind’s advancement, both physically and socially, have been tied to advances in plumbing technology. Plumbers play an important role in keeping our drinking water safe, and keeping our sewer systems functioning properly. Now, if we could only convince them to provide their services out of a sense of altruism, and not profit.

The last “holiday” today is Debunking Day. Debunking Day was listed in only one of my sources, and a Google search revealed no further information about this holiday. Therefore, I am going to “debunk” the credibility, even the existence, of this holiday, and move on with the rest of this post.

The food-related holiday today is Oatmeal-Nut Waffle Day. Waffles became a popular baked treat during the Middle Ages. The original recipe called for just flour and water, so vendors sold waffles on the streets during the religious fasting season. Bakers branded the waffles with coats of arms, religious symbols, and the traditional honeycomb pattern we are accustomed to today. Eventually, people began adding other ingredients like eggs, butter, milk, and honey.
Nutritionists say that we need three portions of whole grains daily.Oatmeal waffles are a good, and tasty way to start. Nuts, while they are somewhat high in calories and fat, contain protein plus the good, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (omega-3), which have all been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. Almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, some pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts are approved by the FDA since they contain less than 4g of saturated fats per 50g. Walnuts are better yet—they are more heart-healthy than olive oil and have bone-healthy alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid).
Oats are a whole grain and an excellent source of fiber.
Oatmeal-Nut Waffles are easy to make by simply adding quick-cooking oats and some of your favorite type of chopped nuts to your regular waffle batter. Here is one recipe. Toppings are a matter of personal preference. I like mine with butter and maple syrup. Do your body a favor and try some oatmeal-nut waffles today. Waffles — They aren’t just for breakfast anymore.

On this date in 1998 – The International Astronomical Union issued an alert that said that a mile-wide asteroid could come very close to, and possibly hit, Earth on Oct. 26, 2028. The next day NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that there was no chance the asteroid would hit Earth.

Other significant historical occurrences which happened on this date are:

  • In 1302 – The characters “Romeo and Juliet” were married this day according to William Shakespeare.
  • In 1791 – Samuel Mulliken became the first person to receive more than one patent from the U.S. Patent Office.
  • In 1810 – The Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria.
  • In 1824 – The U.S. War Department created the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Seneca Indian Ely Parker became the first Indian to lead the Bureau.
  • In 1861 – A Confederate Convention was held in Montgomery, Alabama, where a new constitution was adopted.
  • In  1865 – Union General William Sherman and his forces occupied Fayetteville, NC.
  • In 1901 – U.S. Steel was formed when industrialist J.P. Morgan purchased Carnegie Steel Corp. The event made Andrew Carnegie the world’s richest man.
  • In 1907 – President Theodore Roosevelt induced California to revoke its anti-Japanese legislation.
  • In 1927 – The Flatheads Gang stole $104,250 in the first armored-car robbery near Pittsburgh, PA.
  • In 1930 – President Howard Taft became the first U.S. president to be buried in the National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
  • In 1941 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the Lend-Lease Act, which authorized the act of providing war supplies to the Allies.
  • In 1948 – Reginald Weir became the first black tennis player to participate in a U.S. Indoor Lawn Tennis Association tournament.
  • In 1965 – The Rev. James J. Reeb, a white minister from Boston, died after being beaten by whites during a civil rights disturbances in Selma, Alabama.
  • In 1966 – Three men were convicted of the murder of Malcolm X.
  • In 1985 – Mikhail Gorbachev was named the new chairman of the Soviet Communist Party.
  • In 1990 – Lithuania declared its independence from the Soviet Union. It was the first Soviet republic to break away from Communist control.
  • In 1992 – Former U.S. President Nixon said that the Bush administration was not giving enough economic aid to Russia.
  • In 1993 – Janet Reno was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become the first female attorney general.
  • In 2002 – Two columns of light were pointed skyward from ground zero in New York as a temporary memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • In 2004 – In Madrid, Spain, several coordinated bombing attacks on commuter trains killed at least 190 people and injured more than 2,000.

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

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