Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day

August 7, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fans of easy-open packaging. Today is Sunday, August 7th. The holidays today are:

Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day

Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day provides a path for people to proudly pontificate prolifically, profusely, and profoundly upon the propensity, and particular predilection of product producers to purposely package products in plastic which could probably survive Armageddon, seemingly solely for the purpose of perplexing people.
We’ve all encountered them at some point. Our long awaited, hard earned purchase arrives, and we are thwarted from enjoying it immediately because it’s encased in hard plastic, cardboard, and impossibly strong tape. And, I should also mention those accursed styrofoam ‘packing peanuts’ some of which, despite your best efforts to be tidy, somehow manage to escape to the nether-regions of your house only to turn up decades later.
Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day is set aside for us to bemoan and complain about consumer packaging that provides us with so many frustrating challenges. This holiday is also a celebration of the incongruous package directions and instructions that are often the result of very literal translations from another language. We’ve all encountered those unintelligible assembly instructions too.
And, do I even need to mention the detrimental impact that all of this indestructible packaging is having on our environment? Our landfills are overflowing with the remnants of all of this plastic, cardboard, and styrofoam packaging. There is a place in the North Pacific known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – where, according to National Geographic, a collection of marine debris accumulates in the North Pacific Ocean. About 80% of the debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes from land-based activities in North America and Asia.
Then there is the risk of injury when you are trying to open your indestructible package to get to your prize. America doesn’t keep statistics on how many people are injured each year trying to open packages, but in England, where they do keep such statistics, 67,000 people reported that they were injured trying to open impenetrable packaging. The injuries consisted mostly of lacerations and sprained wrists, but still, opening your kid’s new Pokemon toy shouldn’t also involve a trip to the Emergency Room.
I understand manufacturers desires to have their products arrive at the retailer intact, but I mean really: Does that minuscule flash drive actually need to be encased in a package 10 times its size made from impenetrable plastic that could withstand a direct hit from a 100 megaton nuclear bomb? I also understand the need for tamper-proof packaging in today’s litigious and twisted society, but: Does that bottle of aspirin really need a cap that requires an advanced engineering degree to remove? What I’m trying to illustrate is that you shouldn’t need a pair of scissors to open a package of scissors.

Professional Speakers Day

Professional Speakers Day is a day to celebrate those people who have the ability to speak eloquently in front of other people. Most successful people have the ability to motivate, inspire, and inform others through their words. Preachers, politicians, and lawyers are good examples.
Many people are uncomfortable speaking to an audience, however, the skills to wax eloquently before large crowds can be taught. If you are among those who dislike speaking in public, use this holiday to improve your speaking skills: Watch some professional speakers in action, or enroll in a class to hone your speaking skills. If you have a speech impediment, seek out a speech therapist.
Factoid: The fear of public speaking is called Glossophobia.

National Lighthouse Day

National Lighthouse Day shines the spotlight on those iconic beacons of light that once burned bright across America’s shorelines. On this date in 1789, through an Act of Congress, the Federal Government took over responsibility for building and operating our nation’s lighthouses. The government recognized the importance to ships at sea to find safe harbor during fog and storms. Some 200 years later, Congress designated this date as National Lighthouse Day.
Throughout maritime history, Lighthouses have shined their powerful, sweeping lights through the fog and storms, allowing ships of all kinds to find their way back to port during inclement weather. With the advent of radar and GPS technology, lighthouses have taken a backseat in guiding ships to port. However, they remain the universal symbol of a safe harbor to ships and communities that rely on the sea for their livelihood. There are numerous local and national lighthouse preservation societies and lighthouse organizations. They serve to preserve and promote lighthouses, and their historical significance to communities, and to the nation.
To celebrate this holiday, visit a lighthouse, or learn more about your local lighthouse preservation society. If there are none in your area, use today to learn about the history of lighthouses, and how they worked.

Purple Heart Day 

On this date in 1782, General George Washington designed the ‘Badge of Military Merit’ to honor enlisted men and noncommissioned officers for ‘any singularly meritorious action’. The badge was a figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk, edged with narrow lace or binding. This Badge was the precursor for today’s Purple Heart, which was designed by Ms. Elizabeth Will, an army heraldic specialist, in 1931. The design sketch for the present medal of the Purple Heart consists of a purple enameled heart within a bronze quarter inch border showing a relief profile of George Washington in continental uniform.  Washington’s family coat of arms adorns the medal, along with an inscription inside the heart that reads, ‘For Military Merit’.
The Purple Heart is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces that has been wounded or killed, died as a result of a wound in battle, or otherwise designated by the President of the United States. This now has been expanded to include those persons killed as a result of friendly fire. With its forerunner, the Badge of Military Merit, the Purple Heart is the oldest military award that is still given to members of the U.S. military.

National Raspberries in Cream Day 

National Raspberries N’ Cream Day is pretty much self-explanatory. Put some raspberries in a bowl, whip some heavy cream, scoop it over the raspberries, stir, and enjoy. With raspberry season in full swing, what better way to celebrate than with this simple and delicious treat. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you could also make a raspberry cream cake or pie as well.

American Family Day — First Sunday in August.

Beach Party Day

Doll Day

Friendship Day — First Sunday in August.

International Forgiveness Day — First Sunday in August.

Psychic Day — If you saw this one coming, you’re probably psychic.

Sister’s Day — First Sunday in August.

On this date in:

  • 1789 – The  War Department was established by Congress.
  • 1888 – Theophilus Van Kannel received a patent for the revolving door.
  • 1928 – The U.S. Treasury Department issued a new bill that was one-third smaller than the previous U.S. bills.
  • 1942 – U.S. forces landed at Guadalcanal, marking the start of the first major allied offensive in the Pacific during World War II.
  • 1959 – The United States launched Explorer 6, which sent back a picture of the Earth.
  • 1960 – The Cuban Catholic Church condemned the rise of communism in Cuba. Fidel Castro then banned all religious TV and radio broadcasts.
  • 1964 – Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, which gave President Johnson broad powers in dealing with reported North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.
  • 1974 – French stuntman Philippe Petit walked a tightrope strung between the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center.
  • 1976 – Scientists in Pasadena, CA, announced that the Viking 1 spacecraft had found strong indications of possible life on Mars.
  • 1990 – President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. troops and warplanes to Saudi Arabia to guard against a possible invasion by Iraq.
  • 2003 – In California, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would run for the office of governor.

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