Not A Senseless Holiday

June 24, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning sentient soulmates. Today is Friday, June 24, 2013. The holidays today are:

Celebration of the Senses Day 

Celebration of the Senses Day is a day to remind yourself of your body’s amazing sensory abilities. At any moment in time, you are bombarded with a multitude of  sensory experiences for your brain to process. Often, your senses become muddled as a result. Senses are often affected by each other. Taste is affected by the smell, texture, and temperature of our food. Sight is often affected by the noise around us.
To celebrate this holiday, try a few experiments at home this evening to put your senses into warp-drive. Blindfold yourself and try to identify different foods from your refrigerator. Listen to a piece of music in a pitch dark room. Look at things around you with a pair of binoculars. Basically, utilize your senses in an entirely different way.
Aristotle was the first person to categorize the five basic senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. However, many think that there are five more “secondary” senses as well. They are listed below. (Source: Wikipedia)
1)  Sense of balance and acceleration – the ability to sense body movement, direction, and acceleration, and to maintain balance and equilibrium.
2)  Temperature sense – the ability to sense heat and the absence of heat (cold).
3)  Kinesthetic sense – the ability of the brain to be aware of the relative positions of various parts of the body without sensing these via the ‘normal’ senses (like being able to touch your nose with your finger, with your eyes closed).
4)  Sense of Pain – the sense of pain was previously believed to be an overloading of pressure receptors, but it has since been identified as a distinct phenomenon that intertwines with the other senses, including touch.
5)  Sense of Time – the ability to perceive the passage of time, both short passages as well as longer time cycles.
On a personal note, I would like for some sciencey type person to develop a way for people to enhance their eleventh sense: Common Sense. Sadly, over the last few decades, this important “sense” has all but disappeared from society.

Take Your Dog to Work Day

Man’s relationship with dogs predates recorded history. From the very beginning, dogs worked alongside us, hunting and tracking and even keeping us safe at night by growling and barking when they sensed danger. As society evolved, this relationship was forgotten, and dogs are now left at home (often in cages) while their owners go about our daily business. Take Your Dog To Work Day seeks to revive dog’s role as  companions and partners in the workplace.
In 1999, Pet Sitters International created Take Your Dog to Work Day, and each year since, on the Friday after Father’s Day, thousands of offices nationwide participate in this event. The purpose of this holiday is to celebrate our canine companions and to encourage dog adoption from humane societies, breed rescue clubs, and animal shelters.
Even with such powerhouse corporations Google, Etsy, Mashable, and Ben and Jerry’s allowing pets in the workplace, as of 2015, only about 8% of companies nationwide allow you to bring your pet to work on a regular basis – but that is up from 5% in 2013. Take Your Dog to Work Day seeks to change that. Millenials will soon surpass baby boomers as the largest percentage of pet owners in America, and by 2020, will make up over 50% of the workforce. It is believed that more and more companies are likely to jump on the pet-friendly bandwagon as they seek to attract millennials into their fold.
The theme of Take Your Dog to Work Day for 2016 is, “Make it your business to help pets in need.”  It highlights the true purpose of the holiday and hopes that by witnessing the special bond between owners and their pets, it will encourage others to adopt a pet of their own.

Swim a Lap Day 

Humans have probably been swimming since their first encounter with a body of water, and there are ancient paintings and carvings depicting swimming dating back 7,000 years. Swimming is a popular activity done for both recreation and exercise, even among those individuals who are not physically active, or who are physically impaired.
Swim a Lap Day is a holiday that is self-explanatory – it encourages you to swim a lap, or two, or more today. Summer is officially here, and so is the need to get relief from the heat. Can you think of a better way to cool off than to go for a swim? Swimming is great exercise…and a lot of fun to boot; so do a few laps in a pool today. If you are a member of the 1%, take a few laps in your own pool. If you are a member of the 99%, take your family to a community swimming pool in your area, or buddy up to one of your 1% friends. Heck, pack a picnic lunch to take along, just remember to wait half an hour after you eat before you resume swimming.

International Fairy Day 

International Fairy Day is the perfect opportunity to relive your childhood fantasies and celebrate the joy and magic of the fairy world. It  is a day for fairy believers young and old to celebrate the stories, magic, and history of the Fair Folk. For centuries, fairies have been an important part of Celtic culture. In all of the ancient legends, these mythological creatures are described as intelligent, mischievous, and magical. They have the ability to fly and cast spells. Mortals don’t often see fairies because of the division between the two worlds, but sightings can occur at twilight. In his 1904 play Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie wrote that when the first baby laughed, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and that was the beginning of fairies.
Read a classic fairy tale, or take a stroll through the woods at twilight. You never know when you might stumble across something magical.
Author’s Note: The term “fairy” used in the context of the above paragraph is in no way meant to refer to the pejorative term for a male homosexual, nor should the readers of this Blog make any such inferences.

Museum Comes To Life Day 

The only reason that I even mention this holiday is because it was listed in two of my sources. Museum Comes To Life Day is supposed to be a holiday where local museums all across the globe feature interactive exhibits and special programs for people of all ages. Unfortunately, I could not find one museum anywhere that is actually participating in this event. Many museums sponsor these types of events at varying times throughout the year, but none on this date. I suggest that you visit a favorite museum anyway, or explore one you’ve never been in. You can choose anything, from a local city/county history museum to a modern art gallery.

National Pralines Day 

Pralines were originally created in France by coating almonds in caramelized sugar. The praline got its name from French soldier and sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin, as it was his cook who invented it. The term praline has different meanings depending upon where you are. In France, they are as they were described above. In Germany and Belgium, a praline is any filled chocolate, many of which are filled with ground nuts (praline paste).  The recipe evolved when French settlers brought the recipe to Louisiana. In Louisiana and Texas today, a praline is a flat, round, creamy candy patty dotted with crunchy pecans. Early Creoles began using local pecans as the nuts, instead of the almonds or hazelnuts used in the French confection. The product evolved into a candy made of brown sugar, butter, and cream and cooked to a soft-ball stage like fudge, but filled with pecans and spooned onto wax paper to form patties. It is called a praline but has absolutely nothing in common with French, or any European; pralines, except for the use of sugar and nuts. It’s all too confusing to me. I guess I’ll just go to my local confectioners, ask for pralines, and take what I get and be happy. They all sound good to me anyway.

On this date:

  • In 1497 – Italian explorer John Cabot, sailing in the service of England, landed in North America in what is now Newfoundland.
  • In 1664 – New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey, was founded.
  • In 1844 – Charles Goodyear received patent #3,633 for his vulcanized rubber process. Although he is credited with its invention, modern evidence has proven that Mesoamericans used stabilized rubber for balls and other objects as early as 1600 BC.
  • In 1861 – Federal gunboats attacked Confederate batteries at Mathias Point, Virginia.
  • In 1896 – Booker T. Washington became the first African American to receive an honorary MA degree from Howard University.
  • In 1922 – The American Professional Football Association took the name of The National Football League.
  • In 1940 – TV cameras were used for the first time in a political convention as the Republicans convened in Philadelphia, PA.
  • In 1948 – The Soviet Union began the Berlin Blockade.
  • In 1964 – The Federal Trade Commission announced that starting in 1965, cigarette manufacturers would be required to include warnings on their packaging about the harmful effects of smoking.
  • In 1982 – The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that no president could be sued for damages connected with actions taken while serving as President of the United States.
  • In 1997 – The Air Force released a report on the “Roswell Incident,” suggesting the alien bodies witnesses reported seeing in 1947 were actually life-sized dummies.
  • In 2002 – The Supreme Court ruled that juries, not judges, must make the decision to give a convicted killer the death penalty.

Celebrity Birthdays:

  • Jack Dempsey 1895 – Prizefighter.
  • Al Molinaro 1919 – Actor. (Happy Days)
  • Billy Casper 1931 – Professional golfer.
  • Michele Lee 1942 – Actress. (The Love Bug)
  • Mick Fleetwood 1942 – Musician. (Fleetwood Mac)
  • Georg Stanford Brown 1943 – Actor. (The Rookies)
  • Jeff Beck 1944 – Musician. (The Yardbirds)
  • Colin Blunstone 1945 – Musician (The Zombies)
  • John Illsley 1949 – Musician. (Dire Straits)
  • Nancy Allen 1950 – Actress. (RoboCop Trilogy)
  • Danielle Spencer 1965 – Child actress. (What’s Happening)
  • Sherry Stringfield 1967 – Actress (ER, NYPD Blue)
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