Bee Careful, Don’t Step On That Bee!

July 10, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning apiary lovers. Today is Sunday, July 10th. The holidays today are:

Don’t Step on a Bee Day 

Having stepped on more than a few bees in my youth, I can attest to the fact that not stepping on a bee is sound advice every day of the year. But, apparently, it especially so on Don’t Step on a Bee Day. No good comes from stepping on a bee. It can be painful for you if you are barefoot, and is fatal to the poor bee.
Don’t Step on a Bee Day seeks to highlight the plight of bees worldwide. It is vital that we take care to keep up bee populations. Without bees, there will be no natural pollination, which is essential for growing crops. And, without bees, honey production will stop, and honey is the most healthy natural foods . Bee populations are rapidly diminishing globally at an alarming rate. Bee populations have been halved in the last decade for no clear reason.
Really? I don’t think it is coincidental that the decimation of bee populations just happens to coincide with the increase in the production of genetically modified foods. Government officials and global agri-businesses deny that there is any connection, but government long ago sold its soul big business. Any studies they offer as evidence should be suspect. These days, scientists’ conclusions seem to be tailored to mirror the viewpoint of whichever agency signs their paycheck. True science seems to have lost out to political expediency.

Clerihew Day 

Cleri-what? Cleri-who? Clerihew? Let me Cler-ify that for you. A Clerihew is a whimsical, four-line biographical poem invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley; who was born on this date in 1875.
A “Clerihew” has the following properties:

  1. It is biographical and usually whimsical, showing the subject from an unusual point of view; it pokes fun at mostly famous people.
  2. It has four lines of irregular length and meter (for comic effect).
  3. The first line consists solely of the subject’s name.
  4. The rhyme structure is AA/BB (meaning that the first two lines rhyme; and the third and fourth lines also rhyme, but not with the first two lines).
  5. The subject and wording are often humorously contrived to achieve a rhyme, including the use of phrases in Latin, French, and other non-English languages.

The first ever clerihew was written in 1901 when he (Bentley) was just 16 years old. It was written about Sir Humphry Davy. He eventually published it in 1905:

Sir Humphry Davy
Abominated gravy.
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium.

To further illustrate what a Clerihew is, I am going to take poetic license and write one about myself. I realize that I am violating a couple of the tenets of a Clerihew as outlined above — The part about it being biographical (this is autobiographical), the whole being famous thing, and the humorous part…but this is all in fun anyway; so here goes.

Ernie Wood
He always strived to do good
For 20 years he served his Nation
Then he worked in transportation.

Celebrate Clerihew Day by writing a Clerihew of your own.

Barn Day

Barn Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in July each year.
Barns have been a part of the American landscape since it was first settled. Barns were traditionally built first, even before the dwelling, so the livestock could have shelter. Often, communities would welcome new arrivals with a “barn raising”. Men would do the construction, women would provide the food, and children would play at a safe distance. This gave everyone, young and old, a chance to get to know each other.
Most barns consist of a two-tier plan — The bottom floor is used to house the livestock, while the upper level is used for storage.
These days, many old barns have become local landmarks. They represent the history of the area.

Teddy Bear Picnic Day 

Stuffed Teddy Bears have long been a favorite toy for small children. Children receive Teddy Bears early in their childhood. Some Teddy Bears survive through their owners cling teenage years, and a few are cherished, even as their owners reach adulthood. Do you know where your teddy bear is right now?
Teddy Bear Picnic Day encourages you to make some PBJ sandwiches, some cookies, and perhaps some Kool Aid™. Then, you and your children or grandchildren can take a blanket out under a shade tree and have a picnic with your Teddy Bear(s). It’s perfect weather for a picnic.
My research could not find a definitive reason for, nor the origins of, this holiday, but it has been suggested that it might have something to do with the 1950’s television show “Teddy Bear’s Picnic”.
Teddy Bear Fact: During the early 1900’s, President Theodore Roosevelt was  President of the United States. He was an avid hunter, and while hunting in Mississippi in 1902, he refused to shoot a small bear. The Washington Post picked up on this story and made a cartoon of the event. After reading the article, toy store owners, Morris and Rose Michtom, wrote to President Roosevelt for permission to call their stuffed bears “Teddy Bears”. Teddy bears became wildly popular. Their company went on to become the Ideal Toy Company, one of the largest toy companies in the world.

Piña Colada Day 

The Piña Colada has a long, albeit sketchy history. Piña Coladas are said to have originated around San Juan, Puerto Rico. The first and oldest story of the Piña Colada is that it was born in the Caribbean waters around Puerto Rico in the early 19th century aboard a pirate ship Captained by Roberto Cofresi. He used the drink to boost the morale of his minions. There are different claims to the re-invention of the Piña Colada beginning in 1952 in San Juan. The truth is that pineapple and rum have been together from the beginning of the distillation of rum.  The first written reference to a Pina Colada was in 1922. This recipe, however, did not include coconut.
In Spanish, the term, “piña colada” literally means “strained pineapple”.  A traditional recipe calls for strained pineapple juice, light rum, and coconut cream poured over crushed ice.
So, if you like Piña Coladas (“and gettin’ caught in the rain!”), enjoy one of these frosty adult beverages this evening. If, like me, you don’t partake of strong spirits, do not despair. You can always omit the rum. In  either case, don’t forget the traditional “tiny umbrella”.

On this date in:

  • 1679 – The British crown claimed New Hampshire as a royal colony.
  • 1776 – The statue of King George III was pulled down in New York City.
  • 1821 – United States troops took possession of Florida. The territory had been sold to the United States by Spain.
  • 1866 – Edison P. Clark patented his indelible pencil.
  • 1890 – Wyoming became the 44th state.
  • 1900 – ‘His Master’s Voice’, was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo of the Victor Recording Company, and later, RCA Victor, shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.
  • 1913 – The highest temperature ever recorded in the United States, 134 degrees Farenheit, was recorded in Death Valley, CA.
  • 1919 – The Treaty of Versailles was hand-delivered to the Senate by President Wilson.
  • 1928 – George Eastman first demonstrated color motion pictures.
  • 1938 – Howard Hughes completed a 91-hour flight around the world.
  • 1949 – The first practical rectangular television was presented. The picture tube measured 12 by 16 and sold for $12.
  • 1962 – The Telstar Communications satellite was launched. The satellite relayed TV and telephone signals between Europe and the United States.
  • 1973 – Britain granted the Bahamas their independence after three centuries of British colonial rule.
  • 1984 – Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden, of the New York Mets, became the youngest player to appear in an All-Star Game as a pitcher. He was 19 years, 7 months, and 24 days old.
  • 1985 – Coca-Cola resumed selling the old formula of Coke, it was renamed “Coca-Cola Classic.” It was also announced that they would continue to sell “New” Coke.
  • 1991 – President H. W. Bush lifted economic sanctions against South Africa, citing its “profound transformation” toward racial equality.
  • 1997 – Scientists in London said DNA from a Neanderthal skeleton supported a theory that all humanity descended from an “African Eve” 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
  • 1998 – The U.S. military delivered the remains of Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Blassie to his family in St. Louis. He had been placed in Arlington Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown in 1984. His identity had been confirmed through DNA tests.

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