World Snake Day

July 16, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning herpetologists. Today is Saturday, July 16th. The holidays today are:

World Snake Day

Snakes have had a bad reputation ever since that whole Garden of Eden fiasco way back when…you know when mankind was doomed to mortality because some lowly snake tricked that naive young woman into eating the forbidden fruit. Snakes are one of the oldest mythological characters and have fascinated civilizations worldwide for millennia. There are about 3,458 known species of snakes living in almost every climatological region, ranging from the semi-frozen tundra of northern Canada to the steamy jungles of the equator and in most of the world’s oceans. Snakes are highly effective predators and play a vital role in maintaining the balance of nature in each of these ecosystems. Snakes are also fascinating in that they have a prehistoric lineage, thus giving us a glimpse back to a prehistoric time when the earth was ruled by reptiles—they are, after all, the living, breathing cousins of dinosaurs.
World Snake Day was created to help people learn more about these animals and the vital role they play in the balance of nature. Fortunately, snakes are not widely hunted, but their numbers are dwindling due to deforestation and climate change causing the deterioration of their habitats and a declining amount of available prey.
Snakes range in size from several inches to 30 feet long, and while some are friendly and docile others are aggressive and deadly. It seems that people are most fascinated by the snakes that do them the most harm; the King Cobra, the largest venomous snake in the world; the Rattlesnake, the fastest striking poisonous snake in the world; and the Reticulated Python, the world’s longest snake, that hugs its prey to death.
Snake Factoids:

  1. Snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica.
  2. Snakes live in a variety of topographical areas; mountains, forests, fields, prairies, deserts, and even in rivers and oceans.
  3. Snakes eat many different animals including insects, small rodents, and frogs. Larger snakes can even eat small deer, pigs, monkeys, and even primates.
  4. Snakes eat their prey whole because their lower jaw can separate from the upper jaw.
  5. Snakes rely on the environment to regulate their body temperature. They spend as long in the warm sun as they need to in order to get warm, and when they become too warm, they find shade to cool off.
  6. Snakes are generally not aggressive unless they are hunting or feel like they need to defend themselves.
  7. Snakes shed their skin three to six times a year.
  8. Snakes use a variety of techniques defend themselves, including camouflage, biting and envenoming those they feel are threatening them. Most often, though, they simply curl up in a tight ball and hope not to be seen.

Guinea Pig Appreciation Day

The Guinea Pig is one of the world’s longest domesticated animals, having been domesticated in South America for about 5000 years. They are among the most beloved pets in America.
Guinea Pig Appreciation Day highlights the positive aspects of owning Guinea Pigs as pets. They are some of the most loving and attentive pets you can own, and relatively easy to care for.
While we normally think of Guinea Pigs as adorable little pets, in Peru, they are considered a delicacy…much in the way we regard Filet Mignon or Lobster. In 2014, Peruvians consumed 11 tons of these cute, cuddly little critters.

National Woodie Wagon Day

Woodie Wagons, aka Woodies, came into existence in the 1940’s due to the shortage of steel during WWII. Steel was being salvaged for the war effort, so car manufacturers turned to wood as a replacement. The wood was placed along the sides of the ‘wagon’ to add structural support, but it also gave these wagons a unique aesthetic. Woodies became quite popular in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s and became an iconic part of the American landscape. But, beginning in the later part of the 1950’s their popularity began to wane, and as the demand decreased and the prices dropped, woodies gained a new generation of aficionados… surfers, who started buying them because they were relatively cheap, and could haul their surfboards – and the woodie revival was born. Today, they are quite rare and if you can find one in good shape, you’ll have to pay a hefty price for it.

Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day

Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday in July. It is the brainchild of author and motivational speaker Martha J. Ross-Rodgers.
This holiday urges you to let go of the past and live for the present. Find a paper and pen, write down your “could haves” and “should haves” and then throw the list away. Once you’ve done that, make the following resolution:

“From this day forward, I choose not to live in the past. The past is history that I can not change. I can do something about the present; I choose to live in the present.”

Begin taking care of yourself and your health and start living for the “now”. Do your best to make each and every day count.
To celebrate, let go of the things that have been burdening you and live in the present.

National Personal Chef’s Day 

National Personal Chef Day is observed each year on this date and was created by the United States Personal Chef Association. This holiday celebrates the dedication and hard work of personal chefs across the United States who prepare delicious meals for households, seniors and in many other settings. It honors the personal chefs who provide delicious, affordable, custom-designed meals from fresh ingredients on a regular basis that may be enjoyed in the comfort of the client’s own home. A personal chef prepares meals in clients’ home kitchens, based on the client’s needs and preferences. A personal chef may also prepare dinner parties and other special events. A personal chef differs from a private chef in that the private chef is employed exclusively by one client and may even live in the clients home.

National Corn Fritters Day 

Corn fritters are sweet or savory bites of fried or baked corn batter; a mixture made with corn, egg, flour, milk, and melted butter. They can be eaten alone or served as a side dish, and often they are served with syrup, jam, or dusted with powdered sugar. You can also make them savory by adding peppers, onions, or herbs to the batter. I guess that how you make them depends upon what you are serving them with. Although corn fritters originated in the American south, other countries have similar dishes.
Corn fritters are often confused with Johnnycakes (a type of cornmeal flatbread) or hushpuppies (savory ball-shaped cornbread bites). Corn Fritters, contain corn kernels but are made with a flour-based batter. Here is a recipe if you want to celebrate National Corn Fritters Day at home today.

National Fresh Spinach Day

Spinach is a super food. It is high in iron and low in calories. Spinach is also a great source of fiber, protein, calcium, and vitamins C and A. Spinach helps build muscle (just ask Popeye) and it helps reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Some even believe that eating spinach on a regular basis can help reduce brain damage due to natural aging.
National Fresh Spinach Day urges you to give fresh spinach a try — Buy it from the produce section, don’t even think about getting it from the frozen foods or canned goods aisle.
Americans seem to have a love/hate relationship with spinach – some love it and some hate it. I happen to fall into the love category. My favorite way to prepare it is to steam it with lemon, then sprinkle a little lemon juice over the top before serving.

National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day

National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day has been celebrated on the third Saturday in July each year since 2013. In July of 2010, Maple River Winery in historic downtown Casselton, North Dakota, recieved the Double Gold Award at the Indy International Wine Competition for its Strawberry Rhubarb Wine.
There was some controversy surrounding awarding the Double Gold Award to Strawberry Rhubarb Wine. After all rhubarb is a vegetable and doesn’t belong in a wine. Although rhubarb is a tart perennial vegetable, when it is combined with strawberries, it has a unique flavor that some consider the perfect balance of tartness and sweetness. And since a New York court decided in 1947 that “rhubarb was sometimes used in the United States as a fruit, for the purposes of regulation and duties, it was to be counted as a fruit” the award stood. Based on the popularity of the Strawberry Rhubarb Wine and the significance of the Double Gold Award being presented in July, the Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the 3rd Saturday in July as National Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day in 2013.
Summer days were meant for enjoying a nice chilled glass of wine, so why not make it a glass Strawberry Rhubarb wine. It has a smooth and fruity taste perfect for a lazy summer day.

On this date in:

  • 1790 – The District of Columbia, or Washington, DC, was established as the permanent seat of the United States Government.
  • 1862 – David G. Farragut became the first rear admiral in the U.S. Navy.
  • 1912 – Bradley A. Fiske patented the airplane torpedo.
  • 1926 – The first underwater color photographs appeared in “National Geographic” magazine. The pictures had been taken near the Florida Keys.
  • 1935 – Oklahoma City became the first city in the United States to use parking meters.
  • 1942 – French police officers rounded up 13,000 Jews and held them in the Winter Velodrome. The round-up was part of an agreement between Pierre Laval and the Nazis. Germany had agreed to not deport French Jews if France arrested foreign Jews.
  • 1945 – The United States detonated the first atomic bomb in a test at Alamogordo, NM.
  • 1950 – The largest crowd in sporting history was 199,854. They watched the Uruguay defeat Brazil in the World Cup soccer finals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • 1951 – J.D. Salinger’s novel “The Catcher in the Rye” was first published.
  • 1957 – Marine Major John Glenn set a transcontinental speed record when he flew a jet from California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds.
  • 1964 – Little League Baseball Incorporated was granted a Federal Charter unanimously by the United States Senate and House of Representatives.
  • 1969 – Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, FL, and began the first manned mission to the moon.
  • 1981 – After 23 years with the name Datsun, executives of Nissan changed the name of their cars to Nissan.

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