Git Free Chikin

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

Good morning chicken (or cow) lovers. Today is Tuesday, July 12, 2016. The holidays today are:

Cow Appreciation Day

As you might expect from their popular advertising campaign, Cow Appreciation Day is sponsored by Chick-fil-A restaurants. For today only, black and white spots, cow bells and furry ears will be appropriate attire at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the nation. Wear your full (head to toe) black and white spotted cow costume into any of their restaurants and receive a full meal (entrée, side, and a drink) for free from opening until 7:00 PM. Kids dressed like a cow may select a Kid’s Meal. Even if you only partially attire yourself in cow regalia (a black and white spotted hat, vest, etc) you will still receive a free entrée –anyone wearing anything cow-like – will receive a free entrée. You can choose from any breakfast, lunch or dinner entrée.
So, set aside your dignity, don your bovine-themed accouterments, and celebrate Cow Appreciation Day by taking advantage of this rare opportunity to score some free Chikin.
Factoid: The billboard advertising campaign using ‘illiterate’ cows to urge people to “eat mor chikin” began in 1995. The cow depicted in the ads was even given a name – Heff R. Jones (later changed to Eaton Bird).

Simplicity Day 

Simplicity Day serves as a reminder for people to simplify their lives. Simplifying your life does not mean living a life of poverty. It means that one should strive for balance in their lives by frugal consumption, personal growth, and ecological awareness.
Celebrating Simplicity Day is simplicity itself — Simply find ways to simplify and declutter your life. In other words, divest yourself from as much of the drama of everyday existence as you can.
This holiday was created to coincide with the birthdate of Henry David Thoreau, whose writings often echoed these sentiments.

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.”
Henry David Thoreau

Different Colored Eyes Day 

Different Colored Eyes Day celebrates the diversity of eye color, and, recognizes a condition known as Heterochromia. People who have this trait, have two different colors of eyes. One eye may be brown, while the other is blue. Famous people who have Heterochromia include David Bowie, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Walken. Eyes also can communicate feelings. By looking into a person’s eyes, you can detect what emotion they are feeling. Fear, hatred, and contempt; as well as sadness, love, and happiness are all conveyed in one’s eyes. The eyes are the window to the soul. You can tell much about a person by looking into their eyes.

Paper Bag Day

Consider if you will the lowly bag. Since mankind first discovered that they needed something in which to carry things, the need for bags became apparent…so the bag was invented.
Bags have gone through many evolutions throughout history. They were probably originally crudely constructed from animal skins. With the invention of textiles, bags began to be constructed from cloth. Paper bags have been around for well over a century. American inventor, Francis Wolle, received credit for his patent of the first paper bag machine in 1852. Margaret E. Knight became known as “the mother of the grocery bag” after she designed the square, flat bottom and the machine that would fold and paste them in 1870. Over the years, other inventors have received recognition and patents for their inventions of devices that improve the paper bag or its production.
Then, there is the invention of the convenient, but environmentally disastrous, plastic bag. Here in the Bay Area, many communities have banned the use of plastic bags entirely. When you go shopping here, you either have to bring your own commercially purchased or homemade cloth bag, or pay 10¢ each for a paper bag at checkout. So, as you can see, the evolution of bags has almost come full circle…from cloth back to cloth.
Paper Bag Day is celebrated annually on this date. Millions of people use paper bags every day. Readily recyclable, aside from carrying groceries, there are many alternative uses for paper bags. When I was growing up, we used them as trash bags. I also remember clearly constructing book covers out of paper bags to preserve my textbooks. We used them to make Halloween costumes. And these are just a few of the myriad uses for paper bags. Heck, the Unknown Comic made a career out of wearing  a paper bag over his head in his comedy routines.
Diligent research using all of my sources did not reveal a clue as to why Paper Bag Day is celebrated on this date, who created it, or when, or even why it was created. To celebrate Paper Bag Day, use a paper bag for something other than carrying groceries. Be creative.

Pecan Pie Day 

Pecan pie is a sweet dessert that originated in the cuisine of the southern United States. It consists primarily of corn syrup or molasses, and pecans. Most pecan pie recipes also include salt and vanilla as flavorings. Chocolate and bourbon whiskey are other popular additions to the recipe.
The history of pecan pie is difficult to determine. While claims have been made of the dish existing in the early 1800’s in Louisiana, (Some have stated that the French invented pecan pie soon after settling in New Orleans, after being introduced to the pecans by Native Americans), these claims are not backed up by recipes or literature. The earliest recipe is dated in 1897, and well-known cookbooks such as Fannie Farmer and The Joy of Cooking did not include this dessert before 1940. The makers of Karo syrup have claimed that the dish was a 1930’s “discovery” of a “new use for corn syrup” by a corporate sales executive’s wife. No matter the origin, enjoy a slice of Pecan Pie for dessert today. It’s relatively easy to make at home and is also a staple in many restaurants across America.

On this date in:

  • 1862 – Congress authorized the Congressional Medal of Honor.
  • 1912 – The first foreign-made film to premiere in America, “Queen Elizabeth”, was shown.
  • 1931 – A major league baseball record for ‘doubles’ was set as the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs combined for a total of twenty-three 2-base hits in one game.
  • 1933 – A minimum wage of 40 cents an hour was established in the United States.
  • 1954 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed a highway modernization program, with costs to be shared by federal and state governments.
  • 1957 – Surgeon General Leroy E. Burney reported that there was a direct link between smoking and lung cancer.
  • 1960 – The first Etch-A-Sketch went on sale.
  • 1974 – John Ehrlichman, a former aide to President Nixon, and three others were convicted of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg’s former psychiatrist.
  • 1982 – The last of the distinctive-looking Checker taxicabs rolled off the assembly line in Kalamazoo, MI.
  • 1984 – Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale named Representative Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running mate. Ferraro was the first woman to run for Vice President on a major party ticket.
  • 1998 – 1.7 billion people watched soccer’s World Cup soccer finals between France and Brazil. France won 3-0.
  • 2000 – Russia launched the Zvezda after two years of delays. The module was built to be the living quarters for the International Space Station.

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