Life Day 25088: Feeling Froggy?

March 20, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning amphibian fans. Today is March 20th. The first holiday today is World Frog Day. World Frog Day recognizes the plight of Amphibians around the world. According to the National Aquarium, today is World Frog Day. Frogs are a good indicator of the health of an environment.  A lack of frogs in the ecosystem is a huge warning sign that things are not well and may need urgent attention. Sadly, frog populations are dwindling around the world, with a massive 200 species lost to us since 1980. They are affected by habitat loss, infectious disease, invasive species, climate change and pollution of water systems.
Frogs eat mosquitoes, which is useful in helping prevent the spread of many diseases. Frogs are also a food source for other animals, such as monkeys, snakes, birds, and fish. If you take frogs out of the equation you affect the entire food chain, so other species will also become extinct. Tadpoles keep water systems clean by eating algae, and this water is often a source of drinking water for humans, so something we do want to be clean. But frogs have permeable skin, which easily absorbs toxic chemicals, so because we are very good at putting chemicals into our environment, frogs are seriously affected.
So, if you like to eat, like to drink, and like being healthy, maybe you should actually consider celebrating World Frog Day instead of passing it off as another superfluous holiday. Support organizations who are trying to clean up our environment.
Note: Do not confuse this holiday with “World Save the Frogs Day” observed later this year.

The second holiday today is Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is a Christian holiday that falls on the Sunday before Easter. It commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem when palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday, an event mentioned in each of the four canonical Gospels. It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent. In many Christian denominations, worship services on Palm Sunday include a procession of the faithful carrying palms, representing the palm branches the crowd scattered in front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. The difficulty of procuring palms in unfavorable climates led to their substitution with branches of native trees, such as yew, willow, and olive branches.

The next holiday today is Extraterrestrial Abductions Day. If you believe in aliens from outer space, you’re not alone. Most of us at some point have at least considered the possibility that space aliens exist. More than a few people believe that some of the Seven Wonders of the World, such as the pyramids and Stonehenge, were built by alien species visiting Earth, but that the people of the time lacked the language to express it. Who knows? Why wouldn’t they return to research how we are doing and gather a few specimens from time to time?
I consider the possibility that aliens exist every time that I turn on my television and watch the election coverage of this year’s Presidential campaign or listen to a Hollywood pseudo-celebrity speak on any subject. Surely none of these people can be from this planet.

If you would actually like to be abducted by aliens, here are a few things you can do to increase your chances.

  1.  Reduce your IQ by about 50 percent.
  2.  Remove half of your teeth.
  3.  Move to a dilapidated trailer park (preferably in a remote area of the midwest or southeast).

If your taste in holidays runs more toward the terrestrial, the fourth holiday today is International Earth Day. International Earth Day is always celebrated on the day of the official Vernal Equinox. It was initiated to make earth inhabitants aware of their responsibility to care for the planet. This care includes environmental and natural resources. International Earth Day was founded by John McConnell, of Davis City, Iowa.
In September 1969, he proposed the establishment of Earth Day to the San Francisco, California Board of Supervisors. After approval, he gained support from many others, including then UN General Secretary, U Thant. In 1970, McConnell wrote an Earth Day Proclamation which was ultimately signed by UN Secretary-General U Thant on March 21, 1971.
Note: International Earth Day is different from the U.S. Earth Day, celebrated on April 22nd.

The next holiday today is Great American Meat Out Day. There is plenty of scientific evidence to support the fact that red meat consumption is bad for our health, and that we all need to eat less of it. These findings have spawned many organizations and events that promote healthy eating by reducing our consumption of meat. This year, on Great American Meat Out Day, you are encouraged to take a pledge to go meatless for the entire day. With that said, I believe that the best way to stay healthy is to eat a balanced diet, which includes red meat in moderation.

The last holiday that I am going to expound upon today is Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day. This holiday, of course, commemorates the birth on this date in 1928 of Fred McFeely Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers. Celebrate by wearing a sweater, doing something neighborly, reflecting on what we continue to learn from him, and by talking – very – slowly – with – meticulous – annunciation.

Bibliomania Day.
French Language Day.
International Day of Happiness.
Snowman Burning Day.
Bed-in For Peace Day.
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Kiss Your Fiancee Day.
World Day of Theater for Children and Young People.
World Sparrow Day.
World Storytelling Day.

The food-related holiday today is National Ravioli Day. Ravioli are basically pasta pillows stuffed with a variety of cheese, meat, seafood or vegetable fillings. Ravioli can be circular or square; specialty shapes like hearts and fish are also made. They are served with butter or olive oil, sauce, or in soups. Pasta is fairly simple to make from scratch, so why not try making some ravioli at home tonight? If your favorite cookbook doesn’t have a recipe, there are bazillions of ravioli recipes online. If you don’t want to bother making them from scratch, most supermarkets today have a wide variety of fresh Ravioli from which to choose.
Have some ravioli for dinner tonight, whether or not you make then from scratch. But please, please, please, no matter what you do, don’t serve that canned ravioli crap. I tried some once, and it was disgusting. I tried feeding the remainder to my dogs, and they wouldn’t even eat them…and they lick their butts.

The adult beverage-related holiday today is Bock Beer Day. If you’ve ever ordered a pitcher of bock beer, you may have noticed how full you can get simply by drinking it. That is because centuries ago, German monks created the hearty, dark brew, using all of the ingredients found in bread. They adopted it as a form of “liquid bread” to provide them with carbohydrates and calories as they fasted during Lent. Bock beer is a dark strong Lager beer. If you’re accustomed to the Kool-Aid like swill that domestic brewing companies call beer, you might have to acquire a taste for the much heartier bock beer, but don’t let that deter you from trying it.

On this date in 1865 – A plan by John Wilkes Booth to abduct U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was ruined when Lincoln changed his plans and did not appear at the Soldier’s Home near Washington, DC.

Other noteworthy events which happened on this date are:

  • In 1616 – Walter Raleigh was released from Tower of London to seek gold in Guyana.
  • In 1760 – The great fire of Boston destroyed 349 buildings.
  • In 1792 – In Paris, the Legislative Assembly approved the use of the guillotine.
  • In 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte entered Paris after his escape from Elba and began his “Hundred Days” rule.
  • In 1816 – The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed its right to review state court decisions.
  • In 1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” subtitled “Life Among the Lowly,” was first published.
  • In 1868 – Jesse James Gang robbed a bank in Russelville, KY, of $14,000.
  • In 1885 – John Matzeliger of Suriname patented the shoe lacing machine.
  • In 1886 – The first AC power plant in the U.S. began commercial operation.
  • In 1891 – The first computing scale company was incorporated in Dayton, OH.
  • In 1897 – The first intercollegiate basketball game that used five players per team was held. The contest was Yale versus Pennsylvania. Yale won by a score of 32-10.
  • In 1899 – At Sing Sing prison, Martha M. Place became the first woman to be executed in the electric chair. She was put to death for the murder of her stepdaughter.
  • In 1914 – The first international figure skating championship was held in New Haven, CT.
  • In 1922 – The USS Langley was commissioned. It was the first aircraft carrier for the U.S. Navy.
  • In 1932 – The German dirigible, Graf Zepplin, made the first flight to South America on regular schedule.
  • In 1933 – The first German concentration camp was completed at Dachau.
  • In 1934 – Rudolf Kuhnold gave a demonstration of radar in Kiel Germany.
  • In 1947 – A blue whale weighing 180-metric tons was caught in the South Atlantic.
  • In 1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson orders 4,000 troops to protect the Selma-Montgomery civil rights marchers.
  • In 1967 – Twiggy arrived in the U.S. for a one-week stay.
  • In 1969 – U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy called on the U.S. to close all bases in Taiwan.
  • In 1972 – 19 mountain climbers were killed on Japan’s Mount Fuji during an avalanche.
  • In 1976 – Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her role in the hold up of a San Francisco Bank.
  • In 1982 – U.S. scientists’ return from Antarctica with the first land mammal fossils found there.
  • In 1985 – Libby Riddles won the 1,135-mile Anchorage-to-Nome dog race becoming the first woman to win the Iditarod.
  • In 1987 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AZT. The drug was proven to slow the progress of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).
  • In 1989 – A Washington, DC, district court judge blocked a curfew imposed by Mayor Barry and the City Council.
  • In 1989 – It was announced that Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose was under investigation.
  • In 1991 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that employers could not exclude women from jobs where exposure to toxic chemicals could potentially damage a fetus.
  • In 1992 – Janice Pennington was awarded $1.3 million for accident on the set of the “Price is Right” TV show.
  • In 1993 – An Irish Republican Army bomb was detonated in Warrington, England. A 3-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy were killed.
  • In 1995 – In Tokyo, 12 people were killed and more than 5,500 others were sickened when packages containing the nerve gas Sarin was released on five separate subway trains. The terrorists belonged to a doomsday cult in Japan.
  • In 1996 – In Los Angeles, Erik and Lyle Menendez were found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of their parents.
  • In 1996 – The U.K. announced that humans could catch CJD (Mad Cow Disease).
  • In 2000 – Former Black Panther Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, once known as H. Rap Brown, was captured following a shootout that left a sherriff’s deputy dead.
  • In 2002 – Actress Pamela Anderson disclosed that she had hepatitis C.

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

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