Out of This World

July 2, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning conspiracy theorists. Today is Saturday, July 2nd. The holidays today are:

World UFO Day

World UFO Day seeks to get governments to fess up to the existence of UFOs. Many people believe that UFOs from outer space have already visited us, and a big, government cover-up is hiding the facts from the public.
On this date in 1947, Mac Brazel, a rancher located just northwest of Roswell, New Mexico, discovered the wreckage of a metallic object on his ranch. The wreckage and the metal it was made of was strange. He contacted military authorities who investigated the site and removed the wreckage. The first military reports referenced a mysterious, Unidentified Flying Object. These reports were later rescinded, leading to wide speculation and claims of a massive government cover-up of  the discovery of UFOs from outer space. It also sparked fear of a UFO invasion and rumors of other incidents. That speculation is alive and well today.
Astute observers of history since the Roswell Incident can come to only one conclusion. Aliens have visited Earth, and, in fact, have entrenched themselves in all echelons of our government; federal, state, local, and community. Only people not of this Earth could conceive of some of the otherworldly laws, regulations, and interpretations of our constitution made recently.
Authors Note: I leave it for you to decide whether or not the fact that yours truly was born a mere 1000 miles away, and 11 days after the Roswell Incident, is coincidental.

Made in the USA Day 

Made in the USA Day is sponsored by the Made in the USA Foundation, and encourages people to buy products made in America.
The Made in the USA Foundation is dedicated to promoting products manufactured in the United States, as well as products assembled here. They strive to create a community of USA success stories. Their online platform serves as a tool for shoppers, and as a resource for manufacturers. The Foundation also pursues litigation and legislative activity to strengthen and uphold labeling laws and standards. They hope to encourage American values around the world, raising the bar concerning minimum wages, environmental standards, labor rights, and human rights, including eliminating child labor. Most importantly, they work to create good-paying jobs in the USA and a sustainable, environmentally sound, and healthy economy.
To celebrate this holiday today (and hopefully, every other day as well, strive to only buy products made in here in the good ole USA — Buy American people!

Hop-A-Park Day

Hop-A-Park Day is always celebrated on the first Saturday in July. It encourages people to leave their electronic devices behind and take advantage of as many of the parks, green spaces, and other outdoor venues provided by their community as possible today.
As I interpret it, Hop-A-Park Day means that you should “hop” from park to park enjoying as many as possible…but that doesn’t sound like much fun to me. I think a more practical, and relaxing way to celebrate this holiday is to visit your favorite park with your family today and enjoy some quality time amongst the flora and fauna. Whether you decide to relax in the shade with a good book or take a more active approach by tossing around a frisbee or football, or playing on the playground, the point is to get out of your house and spend some time outside today.
The first public park in America was created by in 1686 when Governor Thomas Dongan of New York granted the Dongan Charter. A portion of that charter stated that “areas of vacant land should be set aside and maintained by the city for public use.”

International Cherry Pit Spitting Day

International Cherry Pit Spitting Day (yes, you read that right) is an event held on the first Saturday in July each year in the town of Eau Claire, Michigan. The Cherry Pit Spit began in 1974, when Herb Teichman, a Michigan cherry farmer, was looking for “something to do” with cherry pits. Growing from a neighborhood get-together to an international competition, the Cherry Pit Spit is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as an official competition. Each July hundreds of people from across the country and around the world gather for the Championship. The contest marks the beginning of the harvest of tart cherries in southwest Michigan.
If you somehow missed the opportunity to view or participate in the competition this year, but you still want to celebrate this holiday, don’t despair. Book your reservations now for the event next year…then, go buy some cherries and hold your own “cherry pit spit” in your own backyard this year for practice.
There’s a world record for just about any contest you can think of these days…and cherry-pit spitting is no exception. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the current record for this event is 100 feet 4 inches. Can you beat it?

I Forgot Day

Oops, I almost forgot. The next holiday today is I Forgot Day. I Forgot Day can have two distinct interpretations:

The first is that this holiday is a day to forget. Forget about something bad, or negative that brings you down. Just let it pass like it never happened.The other interpretation is that it is a day to  express regret or remorse for forgetting something important to someone special; a day to repair relationships.

The other interpretation is that it is a holiday to  express regret or remorse for forgetting something important to someone special; a day to repair relationships.

You are the arbiter of which way you interpret this holiday. Only you know which one is the most applicable to your circumstances. Either way, after you’re done celebrating, fuggedaboutit.

National Anisette Day 

If you’re the one who hoards all of the black jelly beans at Easter, you might enjoy celebrating National Anisette Day. Anisette is an anise-flavored (licorice-flavored) liqueur. It is most popular in France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. It is sweeter than most anise-flavored liqueurs (such as pastis) and also has a lower alcohol content (typically 25% by volume, versus 40%). It was first created to replace absinthe, which was banned in many countries due to reported Psychedelic effects. It is made by distilling aniseed (the seed of the Mediterranean anise plant, a member of the parsley family). Sometimes a sugar syrup is also added. It is a colorless alcoholic beverage that tastes somewhat like licorice.
Pure Anisette should not be drunk straight as it can cause irritation to the throat. However, mixing it with coffee, gin, bourbon or water will bring out a bit of a sweet flavor.
Not being a fan of either licorice or alcohol, I will just skip celebrating this holiday.

Freedom From Fear of Speaking Day

International Day of Cooperatives

World Sports Journalists Day

On this date in:

  • 1776 – Richard Henry Lee’s resolution that the American colonies “are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States” was adopted by the Continental Congress
  • 1850 – B.J. Lane patented the gas mask.
  • 1857 – New York City’s first elevated railroad officially opened for business.
  • 1881 – President James A. Garfield was assassinated by Charles J. Guiteau in Washington, DC.
  • 1890 – Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act.
  • 1926 – Congress established the Army Air Corps.
  • 1937 – American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappeared in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world at the equator.
  • 1939 – At Mount Rushmore, Theodore Roosevelt’s face was dedicated.
  • 1964 – President Lyndon Johnson signed the “Civil Rights Act of 1964” into law. The act made it illegal in the U.S. to discriminate against others because of their race.
  • 1976 – The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty was not inherently cruel or unusual.
  • 1976 – North Vietnam and South Vietnam were reunited.
  • 1980 – President Jimmy Carter reinstated draft registration for males 18 years of age.
  • 1985 – General Motors announced that it was installing electronic road maps as an option in some of its higher-priced cars.
  • 1995 – “Forbes” magazine reported that Microsoft’s chairman, Bill Gates, was the worth $12.9 billion, making him the world’s richest man. By 1999, he was worth about $77 billion.
  • 1998 – Cable News Network (CNN) retracted a story that alleged that United States Army commandos had used nerve gas to kill American defectors during the Vietnam War.

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