“Caution, You Are About To Enter The Twilight Zone”

May 11, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my surrealistic friends. Today is Wednesday, May 11th. Today’s holidays are:

Twilight Zone Day

Twilight Zone Day celebrates that mysterious, weird, surreal and sometimes scary television show that aired from 1959 until 1964 on CBS. If you are like me, you waited in eager anticipation each week to see the latest episode. It was very popular and stretched the imagination of its viewers. Rod Serling created, produced, hosted and often wrote the show. Watch a few episodes today to celebrate. You can find old episodes here.
This holiday does not represent the date of birth or death of Rod Serling, nor does it represent the date that the show originally aired, nor the date the show ended. In fact, in my research, I found no logical explanation or reason for Twilight Zone Day being celebrated on May 11th. Perhaps that is the reason today was chosen; because, in keeping with the surreal nature of the show, it has no connection to the series or its creator. Am I in “The Twilight Zone”?

Donate a Day’s Wages to Charity Day

Donate a Day’s Wages to Charity Day is an annual event, sponsored by  “One Day’s Wages.org” and celebrated since 2009 on the second Wednesday in May. It urges you to give one day’s wages, which amounts to about 0.4% of your yearly income, to charity.
Below are a few statistics that offer suggestions as to where to direct your donation. You, of course, can make your donation to any cause, or organization you consider appropriate. In lieu of cash, you can also give services in kind by volunteering your time or expertise.

Each day, 14,000 children under the age of 5 die each day from mostly preventable diseases.

Every year, 3.2 million die from water-related diseases — Unsafe water and lack of sanitation cause 80% of sicknesses, killing more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

Nearly 1 billion people entered the 21st  century unable to read a book or sign their names.

National Third Shift Workers Day

National Third Shift Workers Day is a day to show appreciation for, and to honor, those often-forgotten workers who toil through the night to keep countless companies and businesses running smoothly. The most common occupations that require one to work 3rd shift are emergency personnel (police, fire, medical, etc), military, manufacturing, maintenance crews, and convenience stores. I know from many personal experiences throughout both my military and truck driving careers just how arduous working 3rd Shift, Graveyard Shift, Midnight Shift, or whatever else one calls it, can be. It can take weeks for your body to adjust to working 3rd shift when every synapse in your brain is telling your body that you should be asleep.
Aside from disrupting your normal sleep patterns, there are also a number of health risks associated with shift work. If you work 3rd shift, your chances of contracting diabetes, becoming obese due to irregular diet, having a heart attack, becoming depressed, and injury on the job increase significantly.

National School Nurses Day 

National School Nurses Day, part of National Nurses Week, celebrates School nurses. School nurses not only perform the vital role in keeping students and faculty healthy while at school, they have a number of other responsibilities. They teach students basic classes in hygiene, which can help students learn about the proper way to decrease germ transmission or how best to avoid sexually transmitted disease. They administer health care screening tests, which may include screenings for otherwise unnoticed health care problems such as scoliosis, eye problems, malnutrition or physical abuse; they can also offer referrals if students require them for conditions such as speech problems that may need further medical intervention to correct.
School nurses also assume a leadership role in the case of an emergency, such as a fire, bus crash or a natural (or manmade) disaster; and aid faculty members and students in coping with the emergency. They can administer medication and treat any resulting injury, and help students cope with any trauma as a result. Kudos to them.

Receptionist Day

Don’t confuse this holiday with Secretary Day, which we celebrated last month. Except in small businesses, the two positions are usually different and totally unrelated.
Receptionist Day honors those office “first responders” who are the first person that visitors meet. Often, they are also the person who answers your phone call and connects you to the proper agency, department or person. A cheerful, yet knowledgeable receptionist is vital to any office. The purpose of Receptionist Day is to promote pride and professionalism in the position. On this holiday, treat your Receptionist with flowers, candy, or a lunch; and a big Thank You.

National Root Canal Appreciation Day

Despite the advances in modern dentistry, root canals, and other invasive oral procedures are still a cause for fear among many people. They remain the punch line of jokes that perpetuate the negative stereotype and false images of dentists and dental care in general.
Don’t worry, National Root Canal Appreciation Day doesn’t recommend that you schedule an unnecessary dental procedure just to celebrate. Instead, is serves to remind people that dentistry has progressed a long way since it was practiced by barbers in the 19th century. The stereotypical dental experience these days, although not totally painless, is certainly less painful and traumatic than it was even two decades ago. It’s too bad the public hasn’t caught up with the progress made by the dental profession.
By the way, is it time for your annual or semi-annual check-up and cleaning? Mine is scheduled for next month.

Eat What You Want Day

It seems like a new fad diet or health food craze pops up every couple of weeks, and they all have one thing in common…they don’t work. Coupled with the fact that magazines are filled with male and female models with chiseled features and sculpted bodies, it is no surprise that so many Americans have body-image issues.
As it turns out, a gluten-free diet is not particularly good for those who aren’t actually allergic to gluten, juice cleanses deprive us of the protein and fat our bodies need to work properly, and taking too many vitamin supplements just makes your urine more expensive because our bodies naturally flush out the excess anyway. Dieting is a relatively new phenomenon. The first fad diet programs appeared in the United States during the 19th century and today people are still trying all sorts of crazy things to lose a few pounds. Our ancestors were concerned with getting more carbohydrates and fats into their systems for survival, not less.
You don’t have to be Kreskin to figure out what this holiday is about. Eat What You Want Day is the holiday to ignore your diet and indulge in the foods you love most. While junk food is certainly acceptable today, don’t forget to include your favorite meals as well. Perhaps you’d like to recreate Thanksgiving dinner or childhood favorites like mac and cheese or pigs-in-a-blanket. Or perhaps you would prefer to celebrate by splurging on a meal at a five-star restaurant. Go ahead and order that lobster tail, or those crab legs with your steak tonight.
Just keep your dietary restrictions in mind as you celebrate. Don’t put your health at risk just to take part in this holiday.
Can anyone say Buffet?

Hostess Cupcake Day

Today marks the 97th anniversary of the Hostess CupCake, which first went on sale on this date in 1919. According to author Andrew F. Smith, it was the first commercially produced cupcake, originally produced by the Taggart Bakery as the Chocolate Cup Cake.
Originally, two cupcakes were sold for five cents. Different flavors were offered during the early years, including cupcakes topped with vanilla or malted milk flavored icing. During the 1940’s, an orange flavored cupcake was developed, with orange cake and icing. But until 1950, the Hostess CupCake did not have any filling or the white squiggly line across the top. In 1947, D.R. “Doc” Rice, who started his career at Hostess in 1938 with a job that entailed dumping baked cakes on a table, was given the task of developing the Hostess CupCake further. These developments culminated in an updated cupcake in 1950. The white line consisting of squiggles was added to the top to distinguish the Hostess CupCake from other brands. The vanilla creme filling was also added. Rice got the idea for using a creme filling when a new machine for injecting filling into Hostess Twinkies became available. Improvements were also made to the cake mix and the chocolate icing in 1950.
Other flavors of Hostess CupCake that have been available at times have been a golden vanilla and strawberry, but they didn’t gain acceptance and were discontinued. The only flavors to survive were the original chocolate and the orange.
In 1988, 400 million Hostess CupCakes were sold. As of 2011 Hostess sold over 600 million CupCakes each year. Although Hostess Brands entered into bankruptcy protection in 2012, the company planned to continue making CupCakes and other snack cakes such as Twinkies and Sno Balls. These plans were derailed by the company’s liquidation and announcement that they are going out of business on November 16, 2012. The company officially restarted production of snack cakes on June 6, 2013, with products officially going on sale on July 15, 2013.

On this date:

  • In 1647 – Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam ( New York) to become governor.
  • In 1792 – The Columbia River was discovered by Captain Robert Gray.
  • In 1858 – Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state.
  • In 1910 – Glacier National Park in Montana was established.
  • In 1927 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
  • In 1934 – A severe two-day dust storm stripped the topsoil from the great plains of the U.S. and created a “Dust Bowl.” The storm was one of many.
  • In 1947 – The creation of the tubeless tire was announced by the B.F. Goodrich Company.
  • In 1949 – Siam changed its name to Thailand.
  • In 1960 – Israeli soldiers captured Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires.
  • In 1995 – The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was extended indefinitely. The treaty limited the spread of nuclear material for military purposes.
  • In 1996 – An Atlanta-bound ValuJet DC-9 caught fire shortly after takeoff from Miami and crashed into the Florida Everglades. All 110 people on board were killed.
  • In 1997 – Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, lost his first ever multi-game match. He lost to IBM’s chess computer Deep Blue. It was the first time a computer had beat a world-champion player.
  • In 2001 – U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced his decision to approve a 30-day delay of the execution of convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. McVeigh had been scheduled to be executed on May 16, 2001. The delay was because the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had failed to disclose thousands of documents to McVeigh’s defense team.

Celebrity Birthdays:

  • Irving Berlin 1888 – Composer, lyricist.
  • Salvador Dali 1904 – Surrealist painter.
  • Phil Silvers 1912 – Entertainer.
  • Foster Brooks 1912 – Actor, comedian.
  • Denver Pyle 1920 – Actor.
  • Mort Sahl 1927 – Comedian, actor.
  • Doug McClure 1938 – Actor.
  • Eric Burdon 1941 – Musician.
  • Dr. Robert Jarvik 1946 – Scientist.
  • Frances Fisher 1952 – Actress.
  • Shohreh Adhdashloo 1952 – Actress.
  • Boyd Gaines 1953 – Actor.
  • Martha Quinn 1959 – MTV VJ.
  • Natasha Richardson 1963 – Actress.
  • Jeffrey Donovan 1968 – Actor.
  • Austin O’Brien 1980 – Actor.
  • Jonathan Jackson 1982 – Actor.
  • Cory Monteith 1982 – Actor.
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