Life Day 25122: Forsooth, ‘Tis Talketh As Shakespeare Day

April 23, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

I desireth that thou cousins fare well on this morn. Today is April 23rd. The first holiday today is Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Yes, 452 years ago today William Shakespeare was born. Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, what better way to honor “the Bard” than to speak like him on his birthday. If you are unsure how to talk like a character in a Shakespearean play, here are a few hints that will help you in that endeavor.

  1. Instead of ‘you’ say thee or thou. Instead of ‘you all’ say ye.
  2. Don’t waste time saying “it”, just use the letter “t” instead as in ‘tis, , ‘twill, I’ll do’t, etc.
  3. When in doubt, add the letters ‘eth’ to the end of verbs, as I just dideth.
  4. To add weight to your opinions, preface your arguments with methinks, mayhaps, in sooth, or wherefore.
  5. Men are Sirrah, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin.
  6. Instead of cursing, try calling your tormentors jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous bunch-back’d toads.

Haveth merriment whilst ye engageth in this frivolity.

The next holiday is Lover’s Day. Lover’s Day,  like Valentine’s Day, is a day to express your feelings to the one you love. Unlike Valentine’s Day, you aren’t necessarily obligated to spend a fortune on candy, flowers, jewelry, and an extravagant dinner. Today a simple “I Love You because ……..” will suffice.

The third holiday today is Take A Chance Day. Take A Chance Day may seem familiar to you. We have already covered a number of holidays that express a similar sentiment in the past. I just go by what my sources tell me, so if this seems repetitive, don’t blame me. Take A Chance Day is a day to take a risk. Go “all in”, “draw to the inside straight”, “double down”, “let it ride”. Life is nothing but a “Crap Shoot” anyway. This holiday applies to matters of the heart and business as well. If you have been reluctant to ask that “special someone” out, today is the day to take the chance. If you want that promotion at work, make your case to your boss.

Another holiday today is International Marconi Day. International Marconi Day is a 24-hour amateur radio event which celebrates the career of Italian wireless communications pioneer and Nobel laureate Guglielmo Marconi. It is celebrated annually on the Saturday closest to his birthday (April 25, 1874).
Fans use HF (high-frequency) radio to make direct point-to-point contact between stations, relying on the same technology developed by Marconi. Although these days the internet is the medium of choice for global communications, the idea behind International Marconi Day is to keep the spirit of invention and creativity alive. International Marconi Day also harkens back to the days when a globally-connected planet was nothing more than a dream and only a few visionaries, such as Marconi, saw the value in it.

The fifth holiday today is World Laboratory Day. World Laboratory Day celebrates those dedicated, often quirky, people who work in laboratories. Not all people who work in laboratories are like Dr. Frankenstein. Most of the world’s greatest medical treatments and cures were discovered and perfected in laboratories, after endless study and testing. Where would the World be without them? If you know a person who works in a laboratory, or if you encounter such a person today, be sure to wish them “Happy World Laboratory Day”.

Yet another holiday today is Lost Dog Awareness Day. Lost Dog Awareness Day seeks to highlight the large numbers of lost dogs around the world, and in particular to highlight the efforts of organizations like the Lost Dogs of America, which help to reunite pets with their owners. Charities and communities come together to help distribute fliers, to locate missing animals, and to celebrate the thousands of lost dogs who are successfully reunited with their families each year.

The remaining holidays today are worthy of mention, but little else. As always, I provide a link to them, in case you disagree with me.

The first food-related holiday today is National Picnic Day. People have been eating their meals outside in the beauty of nature for centuries. In fact, our modern-day idea of a picnic evolved from Medieval hunting feasts and Victorian garden parties. These were usually quite sophisticated affairs, which involved multiple courses and elaborate preparations. During the early 19th century a group of wealthy London citizens formed “The Picnic Society” to promote picnics as social gatherings. These picnics were potlucks, and each participant also had to provide a share of the entertainment. The society members drank from crystal goblets and listened to a live string quartet while eating their meal. Today, picnics are usually casual meals enjoyed on a comfortable picnic blanket in a park, on the beach, or even the back yard.

The next food-related holiday today is National Cherry Cheesecake Day. Savory cheesecake was popular in ancient Greece. Neufchatel, ricotta and other soft, fresh cheesecake-friendly cheeses have existed in Europe for centuries, engendering a variety of savory and sweet cheesecake recipes. But cream cheese was invented by accident in New York, in 1872, by a dairyman named William Lawrence. In 1880, he adopted the brand name “Philadelphia” because that city, not New  York was known at the time as a center of fine food. In the early 20th century, the company promoted the first cream cheese cake recipe, and and this iconic dessert was born. It is unknown who first thought to top this delicious dessert with cherries.

And, the final food-related holiday today is National Zucchini Bread Day. Zucchini bread is sweet, cake-like bread that is very popular here in America. But why celebrate National Zucchini Bread Day this time of year? Well, the answer to that is simple. Zucchini plants are notoriously one of the most prodigious producers in the garden. Usually, by mid summer, most families are sick and tired of eating zucchini, yet the plant in their garden still keeps producing. They have exhausted all of their recipes, and have even resorted to leaving zucchini on their neighbor’s porch while they are gone just to get rid of it. The reason for celebrating National Zucchini Bread Day today is that it gives you a chance to actually enjoy some zucchini bread; before you get sick of all that zucchini from your garden this summer.

On this date:

  • In 1789 – President George Washington moved into Franklin House, in New York City. It was the first executive mansion.
  • In 1872 – Charlotte E. Ray became the first black woman lawyer.
  • In 1896 – The Vitascope system for projecting movies onto a screen was demonstrated in New York City.
  • In 1900 – The word “hillbilly” was first used in print in an article in the “New York Journal.” It was spelled “Hill-Billie”.
  • In 1908 – President Theodore Roosevelt signed an act creating the U.S. Army Reserve.
  • In 1924 – The U.S. Senate passed the Soldiers Bonus Bill.
  • In 1940 – About 200 people died in a dance-hall fire in Natchez, MS.
  • In 1954 – Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit his first major-league home run.
  • In 1964 – Ken Johnson of the Houston Astros threw the first no-hitter for a loss. The game was lost 1-0 to the Cincinnati Reds due to two errors.
  • In 1968 – The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged to form the United Methodist Church.
  • In 1985 – The Coca-Cola Company announced that it was changing its 99-year-old secret formula. “New Coke” was not successful, which resulted in the resumption of selling the original version.
  • In 1985 – The House of Representatives rejected $14 million in aid to Nicaragua.
  • In 1988 – A U.S. federal law took effect that banned smoking on flights that were under two hours.
  • In 1988 – In Martinez, CA, a drain valve was left open at the Shell Marsh. More than 10,000 barrels of oil poured into the marsh adjoining Peyton Slough.
  • In 1988 – Kanellos Kanelopoulos set three world records for human-powered flight when he stayed in the air for 74 miles and four hours in his pedal-powered “Daedalus”.
  • In 1989 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played his last regular season game in the NBA.
  • In 1996 – A New York civil-court jury ordered Bernhard Goetz to pay $43 million to Darrell Cabey. Cabey was paralyzed when he was shot in subway car in 1984.
  • In 1997 – An infertility doctor in California announced that a 63-year-old woman had given birth in late 1996. The child was from a donor egg. The woman is the oldest known woman to give birth.
  • In 2003 – President George W. Bush signed legislation that authorized the design change of the 5-cent coin (nickel) for release in 2004. It was the first change to the coin in 65 years. The change, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, was planned to run for only two years before returning to the previous design.
  • In 2005 – The first video was uploaded to YouTube.com.

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

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