“There’s Something Fishy Going On Around Here Today”

June 18, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fishermen. Today is Saturday, June 18th.

Go Fishing Day 

Fishing is as popular as ever and is one of America’s favorite leisure activities. As with so many such holidays, the origins and creator of Go Fishing Day are obscure at best. One source suggested that the first American fly-casting tournament, held in Utica, NY. on this date in 1861, might the genesis of this holiday. Another source used a bit of levity, claiming that they had found the adderss of the creator, but when they arrived at his house to interview him, there was a note on the door that read, “Gone fishin’ – sorry I missed you.”
With that said, if you enjoy fishing, then Go Fishing Day is the holiday for you. Visit your favorite fishing hole and drown a few worms. Good luck — Just please don’t regale me with your tales of the “one that got away”. I’m of the philosophy that, “No fish, no picture…didn’t happen.”
I personally don’t see the appeal of fishing. I guess that my dislike of seafood extends to the actual catching of the fish as well.

Clean Your Aquarium Day

From a goldfish in a bowl on a coffee table, to elaborate 100+ gallon heated saltwater aquariums with a small school, fish have always been popular as pets. They provide hours of enjoyment for their owners. But, just like Fluffy and Fido, their environment needs to be cleaned once in a while. Clean Your Aquarium Day serves as a reminder to give your aquarium a good cleaning.
Not cleaning your tank can lead to some serious problems for fish, including a low oxygen level in the water, illness of the gills and overall poor health and sluggishness. In addition to regular cleaning – at least once a year is recommended, but more often is even better, you can often offset the build-up of algae and scum by ensuring you have algae eaters…snails in particular are good for this purpose, and can help to keep your tank clean and free of algae. In saltwater tanks, there are varieties of shrimp that are perfect for sweeping up the debris in your tank.
To clean your aquarium, you first have to remove your fish to a suitable container filled with water of about the same temperature from which you are removing them (don’t rely on your finger, use a thermometer). Next, remove any decor items in your tank and give them a good scrub and rinse to remove any algae accumulation. Then carefully empty the water and remove the aquarium rocks in the bottom. wipe down all of the surfaces inside the aquarium. Try to avoid using any kind of detergent, as that could harm your fish when you return them to their home. Also, rinse the rocks and again avoid using detergent. If you feel that the rocks need detergent, just replace them instead. After everything is clean, put the rocks and decor back into your aquarium, fill it with water (again, pay attention to the temperature of the water), then finally put your fish back into their clean home.

International Sushi Day 

Sushi really has nothing to do with raw fish. It refers to the vinegar-seasoned rice used in making what we refer to as sushi. There are so many types of this dish that are generically (often wrongly) called “sushi”.
Sashimi is simply slices of raw fish (often salmon or tuna). It is not served with the sushi rice. Nigiri is made from forming a handful of rice into a mound, and placing a piece of seafood over the top. Maki rolls are made from wrapping sushi rice and various fillings inside a seaweed wrapper. Maki rolls have had the most variations created in Western society. For example, the “California Roll” is made with avocado, imitation crab, and cucumber. There is also the inside-out California Roll that has the rice on the outside. The “Philadelphia Roll” has smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber. the “Texas Roll” has tuna, avocado, cucumber, and is rolled in crushed French fried onions.
I will not be celebrating this holiday. If I won’t eat fish when it’s cooked, I darn sure won’t eat the bait with which you catch it.

National Splurge Day 

If you’re tired of moderation, endless budgeting and taking the frugal option, then National Splurge Day is for you. For the rest of the year you may be a model of financial prudence, but this holiday is an opportunity to let your hair down and spend some of that money you’ve saved.
National Splurge Day encourages you to be a little extravagant today. Go off your budget and buy that new recliner; break your bland diet and have that high-calorie dessert; go to the steak house instead of the franchised fast-food place down the street. Live it up a little, you’re worth it. You can always worry about your budget again tomorrow.

International Picnic Day

It’s often claimed that life is no picnic – but International Picnic Day seeks to disprove that theory…at least for one day out of the year. Picnics are a popular way to spend time with those about which you care.
The origin of the concept of a picnic may have been the social banquets held outdoors by wealthy people in medieval times. The earliest picnic gatherings were also probably related to an outdoor feast held after a successful hunt. In reality, any individual, couple, family, or group who ever enjoyed eating outdoors for any reason was having a picnic, whether or not they had a specific word for it at the time. The origin of the word picnic is most likely the French word piquer, which can mean to pick or peck. It was probably joined with the rhyming obsolete word nique, meaning trifle, to convey the idea of multiple guests bringing different foods. In this way, all guests can make a meal of picking at small or trifling amounts of each dish or option, rather than only eating the food they have brought. This suggests that the original use of the word picnic may have referred more to the idea of sharing a variety of dishes between people, as with a potluck meal. It is possible that picnics in the past were based more on this idea, and by often implementing the idea outdoors, the meaning of the word gradually moved towards sharing a meal socially outdoors.  Some sources talk about picnics as they occurred in the Victorian era, where it appears that they rose in popularity. There is a theory that this occurred partly as a way to enjoy eating socially, without the restrictive rules of etiquette which applied to indoor social dining occasions. It seems that other factors which may have added to the appeal were viewing the outdoor scenery, and holding a gathering in connection with hunting parties. The Victorians also believed there was an association that had been made between good health and fresh air, which may also have led to the picnic’s rise in popularity.
I don’t know about where you live, but here in Palo Alto, it is perfect picnic weather. Plan a picnic today. Just keep an eye out  for Yogi Bear and/or Boo Boo; lest your pic-a-nic basket come up missing.

National Hollerin’ Contest Day

Each year since 1969, the sleepy hamlet of Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina, population 50, has been host to National Hollerin’ Contest. For this one day, an estimated 5,000-10,000 people come to enjoy this event. There are different types of hollers. This link will give you insight on the different types, and their purpose.
If for some odd reason you can’t make it to Spivey’s Corner this year, but still want to participate, celebrate this holiday by revving up your vocal cords and commence to hollerin’. However, if you’re like me, you probably don’t give a hoot and holler about this holiday. It’s nothing to shout about.

Autistic Pride Day

International Panic Day

World Juggling Day

On this date:

  • In 1621 – The first duel in America took place in the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts.
  • In 1778 – Britain evacuated Philadelphia during the U.S. Revolutionary War.
    In 1812 – The War of 1812 began as the United States declared war against Great Britain. The American declaration of war, which was opposed by a sizable minority in Congress, was called in response to the British economic blockade of France, the induction of American seamen into the British Royal Navy against their will, and the British support of hostile Indian tribes along the Great Lakes frontier. The war was ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium on Christmas Eve, 1814. However, the famous Battle of New Orleans (considered America’s greatest victory in the war), was fought two weeks later, on January 8, 1815, because word of the war’s end had not yet reached the troops stationed there.
  • In 1815 – At the Battle of Waterloo Napoleon was defeated by an international army under the Duke of Wellington. Napoleon abdicated on June 22.
  • In 1873 – Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote.
  • In 1898 – Atlantic City, NJ, opened its Steel Pier.
  • In 1925 – The first degree in landscape architecture was granted by Harvard University.
  • In 1928 – The Checker Cab company produced their first taxi in Kalamazoo, MI.
  • In 1936 – Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano was found guilty on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution.
  • In 1936 – The first bicycle traffic court was established in Racine, WI.
  • In 1942 – The United States Navy commissioned its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.
  • In 1959 – A Federal Court annulled the Arkansas law allowing school closings to prevent integration.
  • In 1959 – The first telecast received from England was broadcast in America over NBC-TV.
  • In 1961 – “Gunsmoke” was broadcast for the last time on CBS radio.
  • In 1966 – Samuel Nabrit became the first African American to serve on the Atomic Energy Commission.
  • In 1982 – The Senate approved the renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act for an additional twenty-five year period.
  • In 1983 – Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
  • In 1998 – “The Boston Globe” asked Patricia Smith to resign after she admitted to inventing people and quotes in four of her recent columns.
  • In 2009 – Greenland assumed control over its law enforcement, judicial affairs, and natural resources from the Kingdom of Denmark. Greenlandic became the official language.

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