Thread the Needle

July 25, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of ambiguity. Today is Monday, July 25th. The holidays today are:

Thread the Needle Day

Thread the Needle Day is an ambiguous holiday. The term thread the needle can be interpreted in a variety of ways. First, it could refer to the obvious literal interpretation of actually threading a needle with thread. Metaphorically, it could mean finding a path through two opposing views (often used by politicians). Another possible context for this holiday is the children’s’ game of  “thread the needle”. This is a game in which two of the players hold their arms up to form an arch, while the remaining players, in a line, run or creep under the arch. This is done repeatedly, the couples taking it in turn to form the “needle’s eye”. “Threading the needle” also means traversing a difficult course between two places. It is also a term used in pocket billiards to refer to a difficult shot between through a narrow pathway to the pocket. “Threading the needle” is also a term used in football and basketball. It  is even a yoga pose.
Since there are so many interpretations of “thread the needle, and the creator of this holiday cannot be determined, you are the arbiter of how you celebrate this holiday.

Carousel Day (or Merry-Go-Round Day)

Carousel Day (or Merry-Go-Round Day) salutes that dying breed of boardwalk rides, the carousel. On this date in 1871, William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa received a patent for the modern carousel.
The merry-go-round (also known as a carousel) is an amusement ride that consists of a rotating circular platform with seats on it for its riders. Its seats are traditionally in rows and are made up of wooden horses or other animals mounted on posts. Many of they animals are made to move up and down to stimulate galloping and are accompanied by circus music. Any rotating platform may also be called a merry-go-round. On a playground, it is usually a child-powered rotating platform with bars or handles to which children can cling while riding.
The earliest known depiction of the merry-go-round is in 500 A.D. in the Byzantine Empire, which depicts baskets, carrying riders, suspended from a central pole. In the 1840s, Franz Wiesenoffer created the first merry-go-round in the United States in Hessville, Ohio.
In their heyday from the late 1800’s to the 1940’s, carousels were one of the most popular attractions at many boardwalks, fairs, and carnivals. The intricate carvings of the wooden animals on these rides were works of art. In the late 1940’s to the 1960’s, many of the classic wooden animals were replaced with ones made of metal. These to were well crafted, but in my opinion, lacked the character of the classic wood-carved ones.
All types of animals, not just horses, are a popular theme for merry-go-rounds and carousels. More than simple child’s play, the carousel is part of our cultural history. Some carousels are considered National Historic Landmarks. National Merry-Go-Round Day is a day to celebrate the simple carousel, found on boardwalks, in museums, and at fairs around the world.
If you have the opportunity, ride one of these classic carousels today…or just go to a playground and ride one there.

Culinarian’s Day

You don’t have to be a gourmet chef or a graduate of a culinary institute to celebrate Culinarian’s Day. If you cook, you can enjoy this holiday. Prepare a special meal that highlights your best culinary techniques, then enjoy the results.

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

You don’t have to be a member of a “think tank” to figure out how to celebrate National Hot Fudge Sundae Day. As a part of National Ice Cream Month, this holiday is one of several ice cream related holidays we have celebrated this month.
The Guinness Book of World Records has documented several record-setting sundaes. For example, the most expensive sundae can be ordered at Serendipity 3 in New York City for the hefty sum of $1000. In 2009, the Kids Club in Brunswick, Georgia created the world’s longest sundae, which measured over 130 feet long.
There is little known about the origins of this holiday, but ice cream, in general, has been around since Colonial times. Both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington indulged in this cool dessert and offered it to guests. Colonists were, in fact, the ones to term the dish “ice cream,” and the very first ice cream parlor in the country opened its doors in 1776 in New York.

International Red Shoe Day

National Wine and Cheese Day

On this date in:

  • 1805 – Aaron Burr visited New Orleans with plans to establish a new country, with New Orleans as the capital city.
  • 1850 – In Worcester, MA, Harvard and Yale University freshmen met in the first intercollegiate billiards match.
  • 1850 – Gold was discovered in the Rogue River in Oregon.
  • 1861 – The Crittenden Resolution, which called for the American Civil War to be fought to preserve the Union and not for slavery, was passed by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1866 – Ulysses S. Grant was named General of the Army. He was the first officer to hold the rank.
  • 1868 – Congress passed an act creating the Wyoming Territory.
  • 1909 – French aviator Louis Bleriot flew across the English Channel in a monoplane. He traveled from Calais to Dover in 37 minutes. He was the first man to fly across the channel.
  • 1946 – The U.S. detonated an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. It was the first underwater test of the device.
  • 1952 – Puerto Rico became a self-governing commonwealth of the U.S.
  • 1978 – Louise Joy Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born in Oldham, England. She had been conceived through in-vitro fertilization.
  • 1978 – Pete Rose (Cincinnati Red) broke the National League record for consecutive base hits as he got a hit in 38 straight games.
  • 1984 – Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space. She was aboard the orbiting space station Salyut 7.
  • 1987 – The Salt Lake City Trappers set a professional baseball record as the team won 29 consecutive games to begin the season. [They went on to finish the season with a 49-21 record].
  • 2010 – WikiLeaks leaked to the public more than 90,000 internal reports involving the U.S.-led War in Afghanistan from 2004-2010.

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