Work Like A Dog

August 5, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of dog-like drudgery.  Today is Friday, August 5th. Today’s holidays are:

Work Like a Dog Day  

Often, the English language is perplexing. For instance, take these two idioms: “It’s a dog’s life” and “Work like a dog”. Both are in common use today, yet they have entirely different meanings. “It’s a dog’s life” refers to the ability of dogs (and certain people) to laze around and sleep all day without a care in the world. On the other hand, “Work like a dog” suggests the exact opposite. It means working to your maximum ability for an extended length of time. The origins of the phrase “Work like a dog” are not known, but most likely, it refers to actual working dogs. Sheepdogs, sled dogs, and service dogs are good examples. They are bred and trained to work hard and they derive pleasure from it.
Work Like a Dog Day honors those among us who seem to be in perpetual motion, working tirelessly from the time they arrive at work until quitting time. Some people skate by, doing as little as possible. Others, do only what they have to. Others still work like a dog. When there work is to be done, they dig in relentlessly. They seldom take a break until the task is completed.
Today, you should show appreciation for those who carry more than their load and are always ready to lend a helping hand.

International Traffic Light Day

International Traffic Light Day, oddly enough, celebrates the invention of the traffic light. On this date in 1914, the American Traffic Signal Company installed a traffic signal system on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. It had two colors, red and green, and a buzzer, based on the design of James Hoge, to provide a warning for color changes. The design by James Hoge allowed police and fire stations to control the signals in case of emergency.
Credit for the invention of the [modern-day] traffic light goes to Lester Wire, a policeman in Salt Lake City, Utah, who created a traffic light in 1912. He also used red-green lights in his design.
Light, as a form of communicating directions or instructions, dates back centuries, if not millennia. The first non-electric, gas lit, traffic lights were installed on 10 December 1868, outside the British Houses of Parliament in London to control the traffic in Bridge Street, Great George Street, and Parliament Street. They were promoted by the railway engineer J. P. Knight and constructed by the railway signal engineers of Saxby & Farmer. The design combined three semaphore arms with red and green gas lamps for night-time use, on a pillar, operated by a police constable. The gas lantern was manually turned by a traffic police officer, with a lever at its base so that the appropriate light faced traffic.

National Underwear Day

If you are a typical American, at some point in your life your mother warned you to: “Wear clean underwear in case you’re in an accident.” Although the reasons to wear clean underwear have more to do with personal hygiene than anything else, the above idiom is the one that most often comes to mind.
A national underwear manufacturer, Freshpair, has taken the idea of fresh underwear one giant step further. They’re inviting everyone to participate in setting a new Guinness World Record by wearing their underwear to Times Square on National Underwear Day, August 5. They founded this holiday in 2003. By the way, the current record is 2,270 people.
If, for some odd reason, you are unable to make the trek to Times Square on the spur of the moment to parade around in your skivvies, do not despair. You can still celebrate by watching, and/or re-enacting, the infamous underwear scene from the 1983 rom-com “Risky Business” starring Tom Cruise.

International Beer Day

International Beer Day is one of a vast number of holidays each year that celebrate adult beverages (we had two just yesterday). International Beer Day was created in 2007 and has been celebrated on the first Friday in August each year since. The stated purpose of this holiday is to gather with friends and enjoy beer, to celebrate the men and women who brew and serve beer, and to unite the world by celebrating the beers of all nations and cultures.
To celebrate International Beer Day, have a brew or two…and don’t be afraid to experiment with an imported beer.
Authors Note: Always drink responsibly.

National Oyster Day

If you’re one of my regular readers, you already know that, with the exception of some crustaceans, I dislike seafood. Mollusks are no exception. Therefore, I will not dwell on this holiday other than to mention it. Use this link for a “crash course” in Oysters 101 if you want to celebrate this holiday.

National Waffle Day

We’ve already had a few waffle-related holidays this year: Oatmeal-Nut Waffle Day on the 11th of March,  Vaffeldagen (aka: International Waffle Day) on the 25th of March, and Waffle Iron Day on the 29th of June. So here we go again.
There are two basic types of waffles: The Belgian waffle (aka, the Brussels waffle) and the good ole American waffle. The Belgian waffle has larger divots, and they are made from a batter that includes yeast and beaten egg whites; this gives them a lighter texture and fluffier consistency. American waffle batter is most often made with baking soda and/or baking powder and is often just pancake batter poured into a waffle iron. Therefore, they tend to be a bit crisper than the Belgian variety. In Belgium, waffles are mainly eaten for dessert, often topped with fruit and whipped cream; whereas, in America, waffles are most often eaten as a special treat for breakfast and served with butter and syrup. These facts are just generalities. Your American style waffle iron won’t explode if you use a yeast based batter in it, and visa versa. Nor will it explode if you use it to make waffles for dessert instead of breakfast. You are the arbiter of which type of batter you use in your waffle iron, and what time of day you use it. Just be sure to use it sometime today to make some hot, delicious waffles for your family.
Condescending Factoid:  The Belgian waffle got its name at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City, where it was served with whipped cream and strawberries. The manager of the Belgian pavilion, Maurice Vermeesch, named it the Belgian Waffle because he did not think that Americans would be familiar with Brussels.

Green Peppers Day

Green Peppers Day celebrates the versatile fruit, the green pepper. [Yes, green peppers are technically a fruit and not a vegetable]. It is always celebrated on August 5th.
Sometimes referred to as sweet peppers, green peppers are a good natural source of vitamin C, are an excellent source of carotenoids, and are also a very good source of fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Potassium, and Manganese.
Green peppers can be eaten raw on sandwiches or with dips, sauteed as a side dish, stuffed, or as an ingredient in a wide variety of dishes — So, you shouldn’t have any problem finding a way to celebrate Green Peppers Day.

Braham Pie Day

On this date in:

  • 1833 – The village of Chicago was incorporated. The population was approximately 250.
  • 1861 – The federal government levied its first income tax. The tax was 3% of all incomes over $800. The wartime measure was rescinded in 1872.
  • 1884 – On Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor, the cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid.
  • 1914 – The first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • 1923 – Henry Sullivan became the first American to swim across the English Channel.
  • 1924 – The New York Daily News debuted the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie”.
  • 1953 – During the Korean conflict prisoners were exchanged at Panmunjom. The exchange was labeled Operation Big Switch.
  • 1963 – The Limited Test Ban Treaty was signed by the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union. The treaty banned nuclear tests in space, underwater, and in the atmosphere.
  • 1969 – The Mariner 7, a U.S. space probe, passed by Mars. Photographs and scientific data were sent back to Earth.
  • 1984 – Toronto’s Cliff Johnson set a major league baseball record by hitting the 19th pinch-hit home run in his career.
  • 1991 – An investigation was formally launched by Democratic congressional leaders to find out if the release of American hostages was delayed until after the Reagan-Bush presidential election.
  • 1991 – Iraq admitted to misleading U.N. inspectors about secret biological weapons.
  • 1992 – Federal civil rights charges were filed against four Los Angeles police officers. The officers had been acquitted on California State charges in the aftermath of the Rodney King beating. Two of the officers were convicted and jailed on violation of civil rights charges.
  • 1998 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein began not cooperating with U.N. weapons inspectors.
  • 1998 – Marie Noe of Philadelphia, PA was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, accused of smothering eight of her children to death between 1949 and 1968. Noe later received 20 years’ probation.
  • 1999 – Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) hit his 500th career home run. He also set a record for the fewest at-bats to hit the 500 home run mark.
  • 2002 – The United States closed its consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. The consulate was closed after local authorities removed large concrete blocks and reopened the road in front of the building to normal traffic.
  • 2011 – NASA announced that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had captured photographic evidence of possible liquid water on Mars during warm seasons.

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