It’s a “Guy Thing”

June 22, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning guys.Today is Wednesday, June 22nd. The holidays today are:

Stupid Guy Thing Day 

Since I began covering holidays on a daily basis in this BLOG, I’ve discovered some really nonsensical holidays, but I think that Stupid Guy Thing Day just catapulted to the top of the list. Granted, guys sometimes do some really stupid things like not being attentive or not asking for directions, but they certainly don’t have a monopoly. Women do some pretty stupid things too.
In today’s politically correct society, how can a holiday like this even exist? Was this holiday created by divorce lawyers? The answer to that last question is no., the creators of this sexist holiday, say that you ladies should celebrate this holiday by compiling a list of all the stupid things that men do, then show it to the men in your life. Be forewarned, if any of you ladies do compile a list, don’t show it to me unless you’re prepared for a reality check. I am compiling my own list of stupid things that women do, and I’ll match you tit-for-tat.

National Onion Rings Day 

Onion rings are a snack food, fast food, side dish or appetizer made from circles of sliced onion coated in a batter or breading, and deep-fried. They are most well known in Western countries and a few Asian countries, where they are often served as part of fast food meals and sometimes restaurant meals.
It is not known when onion rings were first created, but the first published recipe for onion rings was published in 1802, in ”The Art of Cookery Made Easy and Refined”. This recipe describes a process of dipping halved onion rings into a rather flavorful mixture of flour, with creams and cheeses, and then boiling (deep-frying) them in a vat of lard. Following on the heels of this was a suggestion to serve it with a sauce made of a mixture of mustard and butter. The first ‘modern-day’ recipe for onion rings appeared in a Crisco Shortening advertisement in the New York Times in 1933.
Since then there have been many refinements of the onion rings recipe, with a great debate existing on the proper method and what brings out the best flavor. There are hundreds of recipes involving different mixtures of batter to coat them in, different sauces to dip them in, and even the type of onions you use to prepare them. As if that wasn’t complicated enough, there’s even a variety of onion rings that’s made from an onion paste formed into a ring instead of an actual slice of onion.
I’m not a fan of onion rings, but if you are, by all means enjoy some today.

National Chocolate Eclair Day 

An Eclair is a finger-shaped pastry filled with custard or whipped cream. The dough used is called pâte à choux which is carefully baked to allow for a hollow interior. Then cream, custard, or purée is piped into its center and it is topped off with fondant icing.
Eclair is the French word for lightning. It is suggested that the pastry received its name from the “flash” of frosting or confectioner’s glaze that glistens across its top, though the direct connection between lightning and Eclairs is unclear.
Eclairs are known to have originated in France around the turn of the 19th century. However, many food historians speculate that the eclairs that we enjoy today were created by Marie-Antoine Carême (1874-1933) – the first “celebrity chef,” and considered to be the architect of French haute cuisine. The Oxford English Dictionary traces the term “eclair” in the English language to 1861. The first known recipe for eclairs appears in the 1884 edition of the Boston Cooking-School Cookbook.
Now, I don’t claim to be psychic, but I do predict that a trip to Happy Donut is in my immediate future…just as a trip to your favorite bakery or donut shop should be in yours.

On this date:

  • In 1611 – English explorer Henry Hudson, his son and several other people were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers.
  • In 1868 – Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.
  • In 1870 – Congress created the Department of Justice.
  • In 1874 – Dr. Andrew Taylor Still began the first known practice of osteopathy.
  • In 1909 – The first transcontinental auto race ended in Seattle, WA.
  • In 1933 – The German government declared that the National Socialist (NAZI) Party was the only “legal” political party. Included in this decree was the creation of the German State Secret Police (the Gestapo), and the banning of all trade unions. The death penalty was declared for all non-fascists.
  • In 1934 – Work on the first prototypes for “Peoples Car” (later the V W Beetle) was begun by Ferdinand Porshe; however, a working model wasn’t ready until 1936.
  • In 1939 – The first  water-ski tournament in the United Stated was held at Jones Beach, on Long Island, New York.
  • In 1942 – A Japanese submarine shelled Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River.
  • In 1944 – President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, better known as the G.I. Bill of Rights. This comprehensive legislation was created to thwart a return to the “Great Depression” after WW II. Among many other benefits, it provided for low-interest loans to returning soldiers for housing, education, and job training.
  • In 1970 – President Nixon signed a bill to lower the legal voting age to 18 years of age in all federal, state and local elections. The bill also extended the 1965 Voting Rights Act for another five years.
  • In 1946 – Jet airplanes were used to transport mail for the first time.
  • In 1959 – Eddie Lubanski rolled 24 consecutive strikes in a bowling tournament in Miami, FL.
  • In 1964 – The Supreme Court voted that Henry Miller’s book, “Tropic of Cancer”, could not be banned.
  • In 1978 – James W. Christy and Robert S. Harrington discovered the only known moon of Pluto. The moon is named Charon.
  • In 1992 – The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that hate-crime laws that ban cross-burning and similar expressions of racial bias violated free-speech rights.
  • In 1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that evidence illegally obtained by authorities could be used at revocation hearings for a convicted criminal’s parole.
  • In 1999 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that persons with remediable handicaps cannot claim discrimination in employment under the Americans with Disability Act.

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