Life Day 25086: Well, Now That’s Awkward

March 18, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my awkward acquaintances. Today is March 18. The first holiday is Awkward Moments Day. The consumption of alcohol  can often lead to some awkward moments, which is why I think that it is no coincidence that Awkward Moments Day is celebrated on the day after St. Patrick’s Day…a holiday where people often party and drink to excess. While the creators of this holiday are unknown, perhaps whoever created this holiday thought that people should embrace all the awkward moments in their lives and laugh at them.
Whether it is saying something totally inappropriate at the wrong time, tripping over something, or just doing something really dumb, everyone has, at one time or another, had an awkward moment. Celebrate the humor in life’s uncomfortable situations. Realize that those awkward moments that make you feel unsure or embarrassed are actually opportunities to harness the power of humor, laughter, and fun. Today is the day to just accept the fact that they are unavoidable, and move on with your life. After all, it is these moments that make the best stories and life lessons for the kids and the grandkids. Awkward Moments Day is a holiday where you are meant to share an awkward moment from your life with your family and friends.  You can all laugh, and you may discover that you are not the only awkward person in your family or circle of friends.

The next holiday today is National Biodiesel Day. Biodiesel is a clean-burning, domestically produced fuel which is derived from 100% renewable sources such as soybeans, canola, and mustard seed. Rudolph Diesel, the inventor of the diesel engine, was born on this date in 1858, which is why today is Biodiesel Day. [Rudolph] Diesel was also a pioneer in the development of non-petroleum based fuels as far back the late 19th century. Today, great strides are being made in this technology. Now, if only scientists would only develop a way to expand the technology to include the use of malted beverages as a fuel, maybe we could use all of that green beer left over from St. Patrick’s Day to help save the planet.

The third holiday today is Goddess of  Fertility Day. Goddess of Fertility Day celebrates Aphrodite and the numerous other gods and goddesses of fertility from ancient cultures. In ancient times, many cultures had multiple gods and goddesses. Each one represented various aspects of life. The ancient Greek goddess Aphrodite is by far the most well-known goddess of fertility. People would pray and make offerings to Aphrodite when seeking to create a family.
If you are looking to procreate, today might be a perfect time. However, if you are looking to avoid the unexpected pitter-patter of little feet, today may be a good day to practice abstinence.

The next holiday today is Forgive Mom and Dad Day. Parenting is an enormously challenging task and although some parents are better than others. At some point as adults, we need to stop blaming our parents for everything that has gone wrong in our lives and accept some responsibility for our own actions. Forgive Mom & Dad Day encourages us to stop living our lives as a reaction to what used to be, and concentrate more on the reality of what is.
Many of us may well have had crappy parents, but it’s time to stop dwelling on how bad they were and how they totally screwed up our lives, and take action to undo whatever perceived damage they may have done. Your parents’ behavior is only one factor in how you turned out. Society, your friends, your teachers, and many other factors all influenced your development as an individual. so blaming your parents for everything is just nonsense. Accept the fact that there may have been extenuating circumstances, such as money problems or marital strife, which caused your parents to behave in the manner that you perceive as “bad”. The first step is forgiveness. Forgive you parents for whatever mistakes they may have made and move forward.

Another holiday today is Supreme Sacrifice Day. Supreme Sacrifice Day honors those individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice for society — Servicemen, law enforcement, and everyday people who have given their lives to benefit society or save the life of someone else in need. These heroes deserve a special day to honor their memory, and this holiday serves that purpose.
Take time out today to reflect and offer thanks and appreciation to those who made the supreme sacrifice for you…perhaps some of these people were even friends or members of your own family.

The last holiday today is World Sleep Day. World Sleep Day is an annual event organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine in 2008. It is celebrated on the Friday of the second full week in March…the Friday before Vernal Equinox. It is aimed to celebrate the benefits of good and healthy sleep and to draw attention to the burden of sleep problems. World Sleep Day seeks to raise awareness of sleep disorders and gain a better understanding of how to prevent and reduce the burden of sleep problems on society which threaten health and quality of life for as much as 45% of the world’s population.

The food-related holiday today is Oatmeal Cookie Day. Oatmeal cookies have been around since the late 1800’s. They originated in England and evolved from a savory oatcake to the sweet treat we enjoy today. In the Middle Ages, soldiers carried oatcakes with them as a way to get a quick boost of energy during battle. Although our modern-day version is much sweeter, oatcakes and oatmeal cookies share many of the same ingredients including spices, nuts, and raisins.
Oats are an excellent source of iron and fiber.
Most oatmeal Cookies are Drop Cookies – cookies made from a relatively soft dough that is dropped by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet. During baking, the mounds of dough spread and flatten. My mother had an excellent recipe for Sour Cream Oatmeal cookies which includes chocolate chips, raisins, and pecans. I should probably make some. If you would like to make some too, here is her recipe.

On this date in 1954 – RKO Pictures was sold for $23,489,478. It became the first motion picture studio to be owned by an individual. The person was Howard Hughes.

Other historic occurrences on this date were:

  • In 1541 – Hernando de Soto observed the first recorded flood of the Mississippi River.
  • In 1673 – Lord Berkley sold his half of New Jersey to the Quakers.
  • In 1692 – William Penn was deprived of his governing powers.
  • In 1813 – David Melville patented the gas streetlight.
  • In 1818 – The U.S. Congress approved the first pensions for government service.
  • In 1834 – The first railroad tunnel in the U.S. was completed. The work was in Pennsylvania.
  • In 1850 – Henry Wells & William Fargo founded American Express.
  • In 1874 – Hawaii signed a treaty giving exclusive trading rights with the islands to the U.S.
  • In 1881 – Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth opened in Madison Square Gardens.
  • In 1891 – Britain became linked to the continent of Europe by telephone.
  • In 1905 – Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt were married.
  • In 1909 – Einar Dessau of Denmark used a shortwave transmitter to become the first person to broadcast as a “ham” operator.
  • In 1911 – Theodore Roosevelt opened the Roosevelt Dam in Arizona. It was the largest dam in the U.S. at the time.
  • In 1911 – North Dakota enacted a hail insurance law.
  • In 1922 – Princeton and Yale played the first intercollegiate indoor polo championship.
  • In 1931 – Schick Inc. displayed the first electric shaver.
  • In 1942 – The third military draft began in the U.S. because of World War II.
  • In 1945 – 1,250 U.S. bombers attacked Berlin.
  • In 1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was ratified.
  • In 1959 – President Eisenhower signed the Hawaii statehood bill.
  • In 1963 – The U.S. Supreme Court handed down the Miranda decision concerning legal counsel for defendants.
  • In 1965 – Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov became the first man to spacewalk when he left the Voskhod II space capsule while in orbit around the Earth. He was outside the spacecraft for about 20 minutes.
  • In 1969 – President Nixon authorizes Operation Menue. It was the ‘secret’ bombing of Cambodia.
  • In 1970 – The U.S. Postal Service experienced the first postal strike.
  • In 1971 – U.S. helicopters airlifted 1,000 South Vietnamese soldiers out of Laos.
  • In 1974 – Most of the Arab oil-producing nations ended their five-month embargo against the United States, Europe and Japan.
  • In 1981 – The U.S. disclosed that there were biological weapons tested in Texas in 1966.
  • In 1986 – 1986 – The U.S. Treasury Department announced that a clear, polyester thread was to be woven into bills in an effort to thwart counterfeiters.
  • In 1987 – The U.S. performed nuclear tests at a Nevada test site.
  • In 1989 – A 4,400-year-old mummy was discovered at the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt.
  • In 1990 – In Tampa, FL, a little league player was killed after being hit with a pitch.
  • In 1992 – Leona Hemsly was sentenced to 4 years in prison for tax evasion.
  • In 1994 – Zsa Zsa Gabor filed for bankruptcy.

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

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