“Hot Enough For Ya?”

July 23, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning sweltering sidekicks. Today is Saturday, July 23rd. Today’s holidays are:

“Hot Enough For Ya” Day

Hot Enough For Ya Day is pretty much self-explanatory. In most parts of the United States summer is in full swing. Record high are being broken at an alarming rate, so the best thing you can do to avoid the oppressive heat is to stay inside. If you have to venture outside, wear light clothing and a hat. And, don’t forget to greet all of the other unfortunates you encounter while ‘out and about’ on this scorcher, with a hearty, “Hot Enough For Ya”?

Gorgeous Grandma Day

Gorgeous Grandma Day celebrates those gorgeous women who still live life to its fullest and don’t let things like grandchildren or their age slow them down. Whether they are the keeper of the ‘secret’ family recipes, ride a Harley, or run a 10k’s for breast cancer, they want to get the most out of every day of their life. They cherish themselves as much as they cherish their loved ones. They love life and let everyone know it.
Chances are that most of you won’t have to look past your own family to find a gorgeous grandma, so today, let her know how much you appreciate her and all that she does; that is if you can catch her. Who knows, maybe you are one yourself.

National Day of the Cowboy

National Day of the Cowboy was started as a way to preserve the traditions of America’s rich cowboy heritage and is celebrated on the fourth Saturday in July.
The era of the cowboy began after the Civil War in Texas. Cattle were herded long before this time, but in Texas, they grew wild and largely unchecked. As the country expanded, the demand for beef in the northern territories and states increased. With nearly 5 million head of cattle, cowboys moved the herds on long drives to where the profits were.
Since there was very little law on the frontier, cowboys established their own “Cowboys’ Code of Conduct”. The lack of any  written law in the Wild West made it very important for cowboys to create their own guidelines on how to live. These rules became known as the “Code of the West” – rules that were not written statutes but were always respected on the range.
In honor of National Day of the Cowboy, try to live up to these 10 codes of conduct:

  • Live each day with honesty and courage.
  • Take pride in your work. Always do your best.
  • Stay curious. Study hard and learn all you can.
  • Do what has to be done and finish what you start.
  • Be tough, but fair.
  • When you make a promise, keep it.
  • Be clean in thought, word, deed, and dress.
  • Practice tolerance and understanding of others.
  • Be willing to stand up for what is right.
  • Be an excellent steward of the land and its animals.

Yada, Yada, Yada Day

The word yada is a transliteration of the ancient Hebrew word (yaw-dah’) and is translated “to know”. It is first used in Genesis 4:1 “The man knew (yaw-dah) his wife and she conceived.” Basically, it was a euphemism for sex in ancient Hebrew literature. It has had many variations since then, including yadda and yatta, and was used by comedian Lenny Bruce in the 1950’s, 1930’s vaudeville and some say even earlier than that.
The usage of “yada, yada, yada” with which most of us are familiar became a part of our culture in the episode of the TV show “Seinfeld” (season 8, episode 19). In the episode, George’s new girlfriend, Marcy, uses “yada yada yada” to shorten her stories. George becomes suspicious when Marcy tells him that her ex-boyfriend had visited her the night before “and yada yada yada, I’m really tired today.” George later consults Jerry and Elaine, suspecting that Marcy used “blah blah” to cover up sex with her ex-boyfriend, and Elaine believes that this is possible.
Yada, Yada, Yada Day is an “internet holiday” and had it’s beginnings on Facebook in 2015. My research revealed no clues regarding why this holiday is celebrated on this particular date. The “Seinfeld” episode first aired on April 24, 1997, and has no correlation to today’s date. None of the main characters on the show were born on this date, and likewise for the writers or producers, so your guess is as good as mine – yada, yada , yada.

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day celebrates one of Americas favorite ice cream flavors. Vanilla ice cream may not be the favorite flavor of ice cream (chocolate has that distinction) but vanilla is a close second and is more refreshing and more versatile. Vanilla ice cream is a classic ice cream choice with a rich history. Though vanilla ice cream was not introduced in the United States until the 1780’s when Thomas Jefferson brought the recipe over from France, vanilla had been used as a flavoring ingredient by the Aztec people as early as the 1500’s.
Whether you prefer a cone, a dish, an ice cream soda, a shake, a sundae, or a float, have some vanilla ice cream today – ant the great thing about vanilla ice cream is that you have such a wide variety of flavorings with which to top it if it is otherwise too bland for your palate.

On this date in:

  • 1715 – The first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction at Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts.
  • 1829 – William Burt patented the typographer, which was the first typewriter.
  • 1877 – The first municipal railroad passenger service began in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 1938 – The first federal game preserve was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The area was 2,000 acres in Utah.
  • 1945 – The first passenger train observation car was placed in service by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
  • 1954 – A law is passed that states that “The Secretary of the Navy is authorized to repair, equip, and restore the United States Ship Constitution, as far as may be practicable, to her original appearance, but not for active service, and thereafter to maintain the United States Ship Constitution at Boston, Massachusetts.”
  • 1958 – The submarine Nautilus departed from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, under orders to conduct “Operation Sunshine.” The mission was to be the first vessel to cross the north pole by ship. The Nautilus achieved the goal on August 3, 1958.
  • 1962 – The “Telstar” communications satellite sent the first live TV broadcast to Europe.
  • 1972 – The United States launched Landsat 1 (ERTS-1). It was the first Earth-resources satellite.
  • 1984 – Miss America, Vanessa Williams, turned in her crown after it had been discovered that nude photos of her had appeared in “Penthouse” magazine. She was the first to resign the title.
  • 1986 – Britain’s Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson at Westminster Abbey in London. They divorced in 1996.
  • 1998 – Scientists at the University of Hawaii turned out more than 50 “carbon-copy” mice, with a cloning technique.

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