In the Pink

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

Good morning my pink-cheeked pals. Today is Thursday, June 23rd. The holidays today are:

National Pink Day

National Pink Day is celebrated annually on this date…but no one seems to know why. This holiday is listed in a majority of my sources, but none offered any reason regarding its origins or significance. One source did posit that it had to do with the wearing of a pink ribbon to raise awareness about breast cancer but offered no explanation as to why pink, or why it is celebrated on this date.
Pink is one of the most common colors of flowers. It is thought that pink serves to attract the insects and birds which are necessary for pollination. In English, the word pink is thought to be derived from the Dutch flower, pinken, dating back to 1681.
The color pink is a combination of the colors red and white and came into vogue in the latter part of the 17th century. In the Middle Ages, pink was not a common color. Occasionally it was seen in women’s fashion and religious art. In the 13th and 14th century, the Christ child was sometimes portrayed dressed in pink, the color associated with the body of Christ. Pink was mainly used for the flesh color of faces and hands during the Renaissance. The Rococo Period (1720-1777) was the golden age for the color pink. Pastel colors became very fashionable in all the courts of Europe during this time. Madame de Pompadour (1721-1764), the mistress of King Louis XV of France, was known for wearing the color pink, often combined with light blue. At one point in time, Ms. Pompadour had a particular tint of pink made specifically for her.
Surveys taken in both the United States and Europe agree that the color pink combined with white or pale blue is most commonly associated with femininity, sensitivity, tenderness, childhood and the romantic…while pink, when combined with violet or black is associated with eroticism and seduction.
The association of the color pink with femininity is a fairly recent occurrence…dating back to the 1920’s. Prior to that, pink associated more with boys than girls. Pink ribbons or decorations were worn by young boys in 19th century England. The men in England wore red uniforms and since boys were considered small men, boys wore pink.
The word pink has many different connotations in the modern lexicon.

In the pink – To be in top form, in good health, in good condition.
To see pink elephants – To hallucinate from alcoholism.
Pink slip – To be given a pink slip means to be fired or dismissed from a job. First recorded in 1915 in the United States.
Pink-collar worker – Persons working in jobs conventionally regarded as “women’s work”
Pink Money – the pink pound or pink dollar is an economic term which refers to the spending power of the LGBT community.
Tickled pink – means extremely pleased.

To celebrate National Pink Day, you can do the obvious and wear something pink. Additionally, you could also celebrate by listening to Pink Floyd or the pop star P!nk. You could watch Pink Panther movies or cartoons, give someone a pinky swear, or, if you want to carry your celebration to the extreme, you could use food coloring to turn your food pink.  To be safe (and Politically Correct), you could wear a pink ribbon to help fight breast cancer, and make a small donation to the cause…or for that matter any other charitable organization with the word pink in its name.

Typewriter Day 

Typewriter Day celebrates that archaic machine that, in its era, revolutionized the business industry, and made communicating with others easier. On this date in 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for the typewriter, which he called a Type-Writer. Other types of typewriters had been around since the early 1700′s, but his was the first to be both practical and commercially successful. Part of that invention was his creation of the QWERTY system of arranging the keys. I’m reasonably sure that Mr. Sholes didn’t coin the phrase QWERTY for his systematic arrangement of the keys on his typewriter, but his arrangement of the keys put the most commonly used letters (in the English alphabet) at the user’s fingertips. Unlike Mr. Sholes and for all intents and purposes the typewriter, the QWERTY keyboard is still around to this day and is the standard on every computer keyboard manufactured today.
How many of you still have a typewriter in your home? My old Royal portable, which got me through high school, college, and my first few years in the military using the tried and true “hunt & peck” method, served me well but has long since been retired.

National Hydration Day

National Hydration Day serves as a reminder to replace fluids lost on these hot summer days.
The human body contains more than 60 percent water. Maintaining a sufficient balance of water in the body, especially for physically active people, can be a challenge. Becoming overheated or dehydrated can lead to heat stroke and possibly death.
There are ways to help prevent dehydration, and chief among them is drinking plenty of fluids. Sports drinks contain electrolytes (Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium and Potassium) to replenish the essential minerals the body loses through perspiration, but they can also contain a lot of things, like sugar, which aren’t that good for you. Your best choice is probably good ole H2O.
For some sports, there is also a product like FuelGard™ Mouthgard and Electrolyte Tablets, which has the dual duty of protecting the athlete as well as providing essential electrolytes for maintaining hydration balance while the athlete trains. After the workout, your body will continue to need to replenish fluids.
National Hydration Day was created by SafeTGard Corporation to increase awareness of the importance of proper hydration to athletes everywhere, and to honor football Coach Victor Hawkins (September 1, 1964 – June 23, 2012) who invented a mouthguard that releases electrolytes to keep his players hydrated during games and practices. This holiday honors Coach Hawkins’ contributions to athlete health, safety and success.  It was approved by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in 2016.
To celebrate this holiday, stay hydrated…no matter your personal level of activity.

Let It Go Day 

Let It Go Day urges you to just let go of whatever emotional baggage, grudges, or other issues you’ve been hanging onto. Sometimes we hold on to feelings, incidents, or events to the point that it becomes disruptive. Holding on to feelings of anger, regret, or resentment can have a negative effect on you relationships at work, with your family, or with your friends; and in extreme cases, actually lead to health problems. You cannot change the past nor can you control the future. Learning how to let go of the things that cause you stress will free you to deal with your relationships in the present

Runner’s Selfie Day

Runner’s Selfie Day is an “internet-generated” holiday and is a newcomer to the list of holidays. On June 10th, 2014, Chase’s Calendar of Events recognized Runner’s Selfie Day as an annual event to be celebrated on June 23rd each year, beginning in 2015. The premise, I guess, is to go for a run today and document your progress with selfies along the way.
This holiday doesn’t make sense to me. The only possible reason that I can envision of for the average person to run is for exercise, to flee the scene of a crime, or to escape the Zombie Apocalypse or another such event…and in any of these scenarios, stopping along the way to take a selfie seems counter-productive.
Author’s Note: Before celebrating Runner’s Selfie Day, you might also want to refer to my post from a couple of days ago, June 21st, particularly the section on National Selfie Day, and specifically the link that I provided therein regarding selfie-related injuries and deaths.

National Pecan Sandy Day 

National Pecan Sandy Day pays tribute to  those fabulous shortbread cookies which are rich with both butter and toasted nuts.  They are perfect with iced tea or milk or coffee. A sandy is a cookie similar to shortbread. It consists mostly of sugar, flour, vanilla, and some form of fat. While shortbread recipes almost invariably use butter for their source of fat, sandies are often made with vegetable shortening, margarine, or oil. A pecan sandy contains finely chopped pecans, which seems to be the most common form of sandy. Enjoy one, or two, or three for a snack today.

 International Widows’ Day 

Pink Flamingo Day 

Public Service Day 

On this date:

  • In 1836 – Congress approved the Deposit Act, which contained a provision for turning over surplus federal revenue to the states. [which probably explains why the federal government hasn’t had surplus federal revenue since…they spend it all on their “pet projects” so as to leave nothing to turn over to the states].
  • In 1860 – The U.S. Secret Service was created to arrest counterfeiters.
  • In 1865 – Confederate General Stand Watie, who was also a Cherokee chief, surrendered the last sizable Confederate army at Fort Towson, in the Oklahoma Territory.
  • In 1904 – The first American motorboat race got underway on the Hudson River in New York.
  • In 1931 – Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off from New York on the first round-the-world flight in a single-engine plane.
  • In 1938 – Marineland opened near St. Augustine, Florida.
  • In 1947 – The Senate joined the House of Representatives in overriding President Harry S. Truman’s veto of the Taft-Hartley Act, which limits the activities and power of labor Unions, especially those which affect interstate commerce. It is the act that President Ronald Reagan used to break up the Air Traffic Controllers Union (PATCO) strike in the 1980′s.
  • In 1952 – The U.S. Air Force bombed power plants on Yalu River, Korea.
  • In 1956 – Gamal Abdel Nasser was elected president of Egypt.
  • In 1964 – Henry Cabot Lodge resigned as the U.S. envoy to Vietnam and was succeeded by Maxwell Taylor.
  • In 1989 – The movie “Batman” was released nationwide. [by far the best Batman movie, in my humble opinion].
  • In 2005 – Roger Ebert received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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