Life Day 25103: Liar, Liar! Pants On Fire

April 4, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning prevaricators. Today is, truly, April 4th. The first holiday today is Tell A Lie Day. I don’t make these holidays up folks, I just do research, and report the results, and that wasn’t a lie. I could not find the origins of this holiday or the reason for it. Nonetheless, it is listed in two of my sources. Tell A Lie Day makes it OK to spin a tall tale or two without guilt.
If someone tells you that they don’t lie, they are lying to you. Everyone tells a “white lie” occasionally, even if only to spare someone’s feelings. So feel free to spin a few yarns, stretch the truth, or exaggerate to your hearts content. Just remember, you’ll probably be seeing these same people tomorrow, so don’t go too overboard.
Who knows, if you become adept enough at lying, it could set you on a whole new career path; in Politics!

The next holiday today is Square Root Day. Although I can’t verify it, it seem obvious to me that Square Root Day was created by a group of “matheletes” who became bored with solving complex equations and needed a little diversion; however, reviewing my sources, I couldn’t find any individual or group of individuals willing to take credit for creating it.
Square Root Day is celebrated in years when both the day and month are the square root of the last two digits of the year. For example, March 3, 2009 (3·3·9) was the last Square Root Day, and the next will be May 5, 2025 (5·5·25).
Like Pi Day (3·14) and a few other holidays spread out over the year, Square Root Day is mostly for math geeks, but you don’t have to be a mathematician to celebrate. You can start by making sure you eat 3 square meals today. Don’t forget to include a root vegetable like potatoes, turnips, beets, or carrots (naturally cut quadrilaterally) in each meal. Desert could include Brownies or cake…cut into squares of course. Then, to work off some of the excess calories, you could go square dancing…or sneak onto the elementary school grounds and play a little 4-square.

Another nerdy holiday today is 404 Day. If you’ve ever spent any length time surfing the internet, you have undoubtedly encountered error message 404 –  computer is not able to communicate with a server or server can’t find the information requested. Since the decimal equivalent of today’s date is 4.04, 404 Day is celebrated each year on this date.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation takes 404 Day a step further. They use this holiday to organize a day of action against censorship in public and school libraries. According to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) public and school libraries have to censor and restrict access to the websites, that might include obscene or pornography images, harmful to minor images in exchange for federal funding. Unfortunately, these filters also block the constitutionally protected websites, like the websites containing vitally important health information, and websites of art museums. Due to keyword blocking the filters also block access to medical information about breast cancer and chicken breasts. And, these filters are not always reliable, since they often do not block thumbnails of an explicit adult sexual nature. 404 Day action against censorship in libraries tries to raise public awareness of filters and unnecessary restrictions.

The fourth holiday is Vitamin C Day. On this date in 1932, Professor C. Glen King isolated Vitamin C at the University of Pittsburgh, after 5 years of research. If you missed your glass of Orange Juice with breakfast this morning, don’t despair. There are many other good sources for Vitamin C, such as any other citrus juice, kale, red yellow or green peppers, leeks, chives, parsley, apple cider, and guavas. Be sure to have something today that contains Vitamin C.

The next holiday today is School Librarian Day. School Librarian Day recognizes those patient, selfless, yet tireless individuals who perform a vital service to our children. They provide guidance in finding reading and research materials. They never get tired of answering your questions, and they seem to know everything, or at least, can tell you where to look for the answer. Take time out to show some appreciation for the School Librarian in your child’s school toady. Send them a “Thank You” card, or better yet, stop by the library and thank them in person.

The sixth holiday is Walk Around Things Day. Walk Around Things Day encourages you to skirt around anything that may pose a problem today. This does not apply only to physical obstacles which could present danger. You should also tread lightly around topics, issues, or problems which could provoke an argument or have no immediate solution.

Another holiday today is World Rat Day. World Rat Day is a holiday to recognize the ‘fancy rat’ as a wonderful pet and companion animal for people of all ages. Most people think of rats as disgusting, filthy, disease-ridden rodents, and most common household variety rats are. But, ‘fancy rats’ are intelligent, devoted, clean, gentle, lovable, and make wonderful pets. This holiday was created by “The Rat List”, the longest standing mailing list on the internet dedicated to the topic of the pet rat. I do not know why they selected this date as the day to celebrate pet rats, but they did.

The rest of today’s holidays are so esoteric or inane that they deserve only passing mention. They are listed below, with a link provided for more information, should one pique your interest.
Hug a Newsman Day.
Victims of Violence Wholly Day.
International Day for Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action.
National D.A.R.E. Day.

The first food-related holiday today is National Cordon Bleu Day. Cordon bleu means blue ribbon in French. In the 1500’s, the Order of the Knights of the Holy Spirit became known as “Les Cordon Bleus.” The knights used a blue ribbon to hang their talisman, and eventually the term became associated with distinction and honor. Today, we still award blue ribbons for excellence.
In the culinary world, cordon bleu is a savory roulade dish made with chicken (or veal), ham, and Swiss cheese. Contrary to popular belief, chicken cordon bleu did not originate at Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts school. As with most dishes, it evolved over time and first appeared in America during the 1960’s.

The other food-related holiday today is International Carrot Day. International Carrot Day is celebrated every year on April 4th by carrot lovers worldwide. Carrot Day was created in  2003 to spread knowledge about the carrot and its good attributes around the world. It is becoming is increasingly popular with celebrations now reported in France, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Australia, UK and Japan as well as here in America.
Carrots are a root vegetable, usually orange, though purple, black, red, white, and yellow varieties exist. The most commonly eaten part of a carrot is the root (taproot), although the greens are sometimes eaten as well. When carrots were first cultivated, they were grown for their aromatic leaves and seeds rather than their roots. Carrot seeds have been found in Switzerland and Southern Germany dating to 2000–3000 BC. Some close relatives of the carrot, such as parsley, fennel, dill and cumin, are still grown primarily for their leaves and seeds.
The wild ancestors of the carrot are likely to have come from Persia (regions of which are now Iran and Afghanistan). The carrots we eat today are a naturally occurring subspecies of the wild carrot, which have been selectively bred over the centuries to reduce bitterness, increase sweetness and minimise the woody core. Carrots are widely used in many cuisines, especially in the preparation of salads, and carrot salads are a tradition in many regional cuisines. Carrots gets their characteristic, bright orange colour from b-carotene, and lesser amounts of a-carotene, y-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin — a and b-carotenes are partly metabolized into vitamin A, providing more than 100% of the Daily Value per serving. Carrots are also a good source of vitamin K (13% Daily Value) and vitamin B6 (11% Daily Value), but otherwise have modest content of other essential nutrients. The lutein and zeaxanthin carotenoids characteristic of carrots are under study for their potential roles in vision and eye health.
Have some carrots today. Here are a couple of my favorite was to enjoy carrots.

On this date in 1841 – U.S. President William Henry Harrison, at the age of 68, became the first president to die in office. He had been sworn in only a month before he died of pneumonia.

Other events of significance which occurred on this date are:

  • In 1581 – Francis Drake completed the circumnavigation of the world.
  • In 1812 – The territory of Orleans became the 18th U.S. state and became known as Louisiana.
  • In 1818 – The U.S. flag was declared to have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars and that a new star would be added for the each new state.
  • In 1850 – The city of Los Angeles was incorporated.
  • In 1887 – Susanna M. Salter became mayor of Argonia, KS, making her the first woman mayor in the U.S.
  • In  1914 – The first known serialized moving picture opened in New York City, NY. It was “The Perils of Pauline”.
  • In 1917 – The U.S. Senate voted 90-6 to enter World War I on the Allied side.
  • In 1945 – Hungary was liberated from Nazi occupation.
  • In 1945 – During World War II, U.S. forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany.
  • In 1949 – Twelve nations signed a treaty to create The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
  • In 1967 – Johnny Carson quit “The Tonight Show.” He returned three weeks later after getting a raise of $30,000 a week.
  • In 1968 – Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated at the age of 39.
  • In 1969 – Dr. Denton Cooley implanted the first temporary artificial heart.
  • In 1974 – Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth’s major league baseball home-run record with 714.
  • In 1984 – President Reagan proposed an international ban on chemical weapons.
  • In 1988 – Arizona Governor Evan Mecham was voted out of office by the Arizona Senate. Mecham was found guilty of diverting state funds to his auto business and of trying to impede an investigation into a death threat to a grand jury witness.
  • In 1991 – Pennsylvanian Senator John Heinz and six others were killed when a helicopter collided with Heinz’s plane over a schoolyard in Merion, PA.
  • In 1995 – U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato ridiculed judge Lance Ito using a mock Japanese accent on a nationally syndicated radio program. D’Amato apologized two days later for the act.
  • In 1999 – The Colorado Rockies and the San Diego Padres played the first major league season opener to be held in Mexico. The Rockies beat the Padres 8-2.

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

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