Life Day 25125: Don’t Horse Around

April 26, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning equine enthusiasts. Today is April 26th. The first holiday today is National Help a Horse Day. Horses are a popular pet that give joy, affection, and companionship to their owners. However, in recent years, some owners have found the cost of caring for and maintaining them too prohibitive to cope with. Stories of their neglect and abandonment have continued to rise. National Help a Horse Day seeks to raise awareness about the plight of these majestic animals. So, stop horsing around and be a good neeeiiighbor and find a way to help. Donate to an equine care charity and give these horses a second chance at a good life.

The next holiday is Richter Scale Day. On this date in 1900, Charles Richter was born. He created the Richter Scale in 1935. The Richter Scale measures the amount of energy an earthquake releases by measuring the magnitude or seismic waves produced by an earthquake. The Richter Scale measures from 0 to 9. On the scale, each increase in a number represents an earthquake 10 times more powerful. At 4.5, an earthquake can damage buildings and structures. At 7 on the Richter scale, severe and catastrophic damage can occur.
Factoid: There are over 9,000 earthquakes every day. Most are unnoticeable, and thanks to Mr. Richter, today we can at least detect them.

The third holiday today is National Kids and Pets Day. National Kids and Pets Day celebrates that special bond between children and their pets. Children that grow up with pets learn responsibility and compassion, and having pets helps them develop social skills. This holiday also encourages parents who feel their family is ready for a pet. And please, if you’re ready to adopt, adopt from a shelter rather than buy from a pet store or breeder. Adopt don’t shop.

Another holiday today is Hug a Friend Day. Hugs are usually given to greet someone, to congratulate someone, in  sympathy, to show support, as a form of gratitude, or as a sign of affection. Hug A Friend Day encourages you to let as many of your friends as possible know how you feel about them by giving them a hug.
If you aren’t the hugging type of person, consider this: Hugs can be beneficial to your health and the health of the recipient. Hugs lasting 20 seconds or more release a “bonding” hormone called oxytocin. This hormone can help lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, reduce the stress hormone cortisol, and improve your mood. So, do yourself and your friends a favor and give them a hug today.

The fifth holiday today is Audubon Day. On this day in 1785, John James Audubon, America’s foremost ornithological illustrator was born. His book, Birds in America contains 435 hand-colored plates. It was published in “elephant folio” format to accommodate the life-sized portrayals of birds upon which he insisted. It wasn’t until after his death in 1851, that a former student of his wife, George Bird Grinnell, started the Audubon Society.

The next holiday today is School Bus Driver’s Day. As a former school bus driver, School Bus Driver’s Day hearkens me back to my first real  job (other than farm work and mowing lawns during the summer). I drove a school bus for two years while attending junior college.
School bus drivers not only have to be skilled, safe drivers, they have to exhibit patience toward students, parents and school staff in the course of their everyday duties. In addition to changing traffic patterns, weather conditions, and unexpected road hazards, school bus drivers must also learn to deal with unruly students and try to guide them to appropriate behavior. It is no easy task. So, when you send little Johnny or Suzie off to school today, walk them to their bus stop and thank their school bus driver for all that he/she does.

The last holiday today is World Intellectual Property Day. In today’s computer age, intellectual property rights are often disregarded. People think nothing of “copying and pasting” someone else’s work or downloading free music or books from websites that pirate other peoples work. World Intellectual Property Day strives to remind people about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity. It explores the future of creative culture in the digital age: how we create it, how we access it, how we monetize it. World Intellectual Property Dayalso seeks a flexible intellectual property system to help ensure that the artists and creative industries are properly paid for their work, so they can keep creating. You don’t work for free, so why do you expect creators to do so.

The food-related holiday today is National Pretzel Day. Pretzels date back to 610 AD in France. Catholic monks created the first pretzels from scraps of leftover dough. The unique knot shape represented the Holy Trinity and resembled the shape of a child’s arms folded in prayer, but the significance of this symbol has evolved over the course of history. During the 17th century, pretzels symbolized the bond of marriage. This is where the phrase “tying the knot” originated. Pretzels were originally soft, and today traditional soft pretzels are still popular at sporting events, carnivals, and festivals.
Hard pretzels are a fairly new invention compared to the original soft pretzels. According to legend, in the late 1600s a Pennsylvania baker forgot a batch of pretzels in the oven. The over-baked treats were dark and hard, but the baker sampled one anyway. He was pleasantly surprised by the crunchy deliciousness. Hard pretzels are now one of the most popular snack foods.
How do you like your pretzels? Twisted or straight, soft or crispy, thick or thin, salted or unsalted. No matter. All that matters is that you have some of your favorite variety today.
On this date:

  • In 1514 – Copernicus made his first observations of Saturn.
  • In 1607 – The British established an American colony at Cape Henry, Virginia. It was the first permanent English establishment in the Western Hemisphere.
  • In 1819 – The first Odd Fellows lodge in the U.S. was established in Baltimore, MD.
  • In 1865 – John Wilkes Booth was killed by the U.S. Federal Cavalry.
  • In 1906 – In Hawaii, motion pictures were shown for the first time.
  • In 1921 – Weather broadcasts were heard for the first time on radio in St. Louis, MO.
  • In 1929 – First non-stop flight from England to India was completed.
  • In 1931 – New York Yankee Lou Gehrig hit a home run but was called out for passing a runner.
  • In 1937 – “LIFE” magazine was printed without the word “LIFE” on the cover.
  • In 1941 – An organ was played at a baseball stadium for the first time in Chicago, IL.
  • In 1954 – Grace Kelly was on the cover of “LIFE” magazine.
  • In 1968 – Students seized the administration building at Ohio State University.
  • In 1986 – The world’s worst nuclear disaster to date occurred at Chernobyl, in Kiev. Thirty-one people died in the incident and thousands more were exposed to radioactive material.

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

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