Life Day 25096: Wow! Far Out Man

March 28, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my hippie friends. Today is March 28th. The first holiday today is Weed Appreciation Day. Before you start salivating in anticipation, I should warn you that this holiday does not refer to that kind of ‘weed’ (that holiday comes next month). Weed Appreciation Day refers to your common, run-of-the-mill, everyday garden variety of weed.
Weeds are and important part of the ecosystem. Many birds and insects rely on weeds as their primary source of food. Did you know that many varieties of weeds, such as Dandelion, are edible and rich in vitamins and minerals? I suggest, however, that before you run willy-nilly through your yard picking weeds for your dinner salad, you do extensive research first. Some are poisonous.
Someone once told me that there are no such thing as weeds…merely plants which you deem unworthy of being in your yard. In the interest of inclusion, my entire lawn is comprised mostly of weeds…who am I to judge which plant is worthy of a place in my yard.

The next holiday  today is Barnum and Bailey Day. On this date in 1881, P.T. Barnum and James A. Bailey merged their circuses to form the “Greatest Show on Earth.” They parted ways in 1885, but again re-united in 1888. In 1907, the Ringling Brothers purchased the Barnum and Bailey Circus, however, they ran them independently. When running them this way became too expensive, they decided to merge them again. So, in 1919, on the 38th anniversary of their original merger, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus that we all know and love today, was created; much to the delight of children of all ages.

The third holiday today is Dyngus Day (or Dingus Day). Dyngus Day is a fun Polish holiday always celebrated on Monday after Easter. It is celebrated primarily in Poland and in a few cities with a large population of people with Polish ancestry. After the long Lenten holiday, Dyngus Day is a day of fun, and perhaps even a little romance.
The roots of Dyngus Day, seem to point to the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko I in 966 A.D. Baptism with water signifies cleansing, fertility, and purification. Somewhere along the way, the tradition of tossing water on the girls evolved. On this holiday, guys get to wet the ladies down. Sprinkling or drenching girls with water is the goal. Young men chase after the ladies with squirt guns, buckets, or other containers of water. Leave it to the Polish to turn something as sacred as a baptism into a “wet t-shirt contest”.
[Aplolgies to any of my readers of Polish lineage].

The next holiday today is National Hot Tub Day. Spring has sprung, the weather is getting warmer, but it still may be a bit nippy in the evening. Winter is over, and everything is showing new signs of life and rejuvenation. Why should you be any different? What better time to enjoy a relaxing soak in your hot tub? Turn on some calming music, set the ambiance with some mood lighting, and you have the right ingredients to finally escape from the doldrums of winter.  Sit back, chill and feel all the tensions of the world melt away in the warm embrace of the bubbles and steam. Sip one of your favorite beverages, adult of otherwise, and relax until you become a “happy prune”.

Another holiday today is Children’s Picture Book Day. Many of our fondest lie in images of our own favorite picture books or the picture books we read to our children.. From Dr. Seuss and classic fairy tales, to books about curious monkeys, engines that could, magic dragons and even a big red dog, picture books captured and catapulted our imaginations and those of our children to a world beyond. Picture books are usually the first books children “read.” Picture books show creativity and humor in pictures and often include a valuable life lesson for young readers. These beautifully illustrated books help children begin their life-long love of reading.
In honor of Children’s Picture Book Day, why not take revisit one or two of your favorite picture books for old-times’-sake? Pictrure books prove the old adage that, “A picture is worth 1,000 words.”

The sixth holiday today is The White House Easter Egg Roll. The White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition that has spanned more than 135 years and numerous Presidents. The event is held on the South Lawn of the White House on the Monday after Easter. The egg roll itself involves rolling a hard-boiled colored egg on the lawn with a large serving spoon, although the event now has many more activities for participants, such as musical groups, an egg hunt, sports, reading, cooking, and crafts, among other activities. For participating, each child is given a commemorative wooden Easter egg signed by the President and First Lady. Under current rules, a family must have at least one child 13 or under to attend.
The event originally began as an activity by children in Washington, D.C. casually showing up on Capitol Hill on their day off from school after Easter. Children having fun, the egg rolling, and related activities became too much for the ogres in Congress to bear, so it was banned by law. The event was moved to the White House in 1878 after President Hayes consented to let the children use the White House lawn and it has continued at the White House nearly every Monday after Easter since.

The final holiday today is Respect Your Cat Day. Anyone who is owned by a cat, or who has ever been owned by a cat, knows that every day is Respect Your Cat Day. Cats demand and expect respect at all times…regardless of the day, month or year.
This holiday is obviously an idea conceived by a cabal of felines who cast an evil spell on their owners and made them create Respect Your Cat Day to pay homage to them…and as just another step in their quest for world dominance.
To be safe, show your feline furbaby a little extra love, give them a few treats, and a little extra kibble today.

The first food-related holiday today is Something On A Stick Day. Americans love food on a stick. From lollipops, popsicles, and corn dogs, to gourmet shrimp skewers and Shish-Kabobs, almost any meat or vegetable can be eaten on a stick. You even eat those little cocktail wieners and cheese cubes from the appetizer tray are on toothpicks. Heck, the “trendy” thing these days is cake-pops (crumbled cake mixed with frosting, formed into a ball and put on a stick). JEEZ. Plan your own “food-on-a-stick” menu tonight. From appetizers to main course to dessert, everything you serve tonight should  be served on a stick. Be creative, and enjoy.

The other food-related holiday today is National Black Forest Cake Day. Black forest cake is a layered chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries in between each layer. The cake is decorated with whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and chocolate shavings on top. Black forest cake can be made with or without alcohol. Cake layers can be soaked with kirsch syrup before decorating. Kirsch (cherry brandy) is the common liquor used to make black forest cake, but kirsch can be replaced with rum. I don’t think that Black Forest Cake will pair well with ‘food-on-a-stick’ day, but feel free to try. Let me know how it works out.

On this date in  1898 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a child born in the U.S. to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen. This meant that they could not be deported under the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Other events worthy of mention that occurred on this date are:

  • In 1797 – Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine.
  • In 1834 – The U.S. Senate voted to censure President Jackson for the removal of federal deposits from the Bank of the United States.
  • In 1865 – Outdoor advertising legislation was enacted in New York. The law banned “painting on stones, rocks and trees.”
  • In 1885 – The Salvation Army was officially organized in the U.S.
  • In 1908 – Automobile owners lobbied the U.S. Congress, supporting a bill that called for vehicle licensing and federal registration.
  • In 1910 – The first seaplane took off from water at Martinques, France. The pilot was Henri Fabre.
  • In 1917 – During World War I the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was founded.
  • In 1921 – U.S. President Warren Harding named William Howard Taft as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.
  • In 1922 – Bradley A. Fiske patented a microfilm reading device.
  • In 1933 – In Germany, the Nazis ordered a ban on all Jews in businesses, professions and schools.
  • In 1938 – In Italy, psychiatrists demonstrated the use of electric-shock therapy for treatment of certain mental illnesses.
  • In 1945 – Germany launched the last of the V-2 rockets against England.
  • In 1947 – The American Helicopter Society revealed a flying device that could be strapped to a person’s body.
  • In 1962 – The U.S. Air Force announced research into the use of lasers to intercept missiles and satellites.
  • In 1968 – The U.S. lost its first F-111 aircraft in Vietnam when it vanished while on a combat mission. North Vietnam claimed that they had shot it down.
  • In 1974 – A streaker ran onto the set of “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.”
  • In 1979 – A major accident occurred at Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. A nuclear power reactor overheated and suffered a partial meltdown.
  • In 1990 – Jesse Owens received the Congressional Gold Medal from U.S. President George H.W. Bush.

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

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