Lazy Day

August 10, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning slackers. Today is Wednesday, August 10th. Today’s holidays are:

National Lazy Day

National Lazy Day puts to rest the old adage that; “there are no lazy days, just lazy people” once and for all. If those summer chores aren’t done yet, they will have to wait one more day. On National Lazy Day, try to avoid physical exertion whenever possible. Try to make ‘going to the refrigerator for another cold drink’ the most strenuous thing you do all day. Go outside and relax in the hammock under a shade tree. Go for a leisurely walk. Only eat “delivery food”. And, of course, you should also listen to this classic 1967 song by Spanky and Our Gang…preferably on repeat in your mp3 player so that you don’t have to keep getting up to restart it.
Remember the words of Jules Renard: “Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.”

Smithsonian Day

Smithsonian Day marks the anniversary of the date in 1846 when the Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the U.S. Congress, thanks to a $500,000 donation by an obscure English chemist and mineralogist, James Smithson. According to the Smithsonian’s website, Smithson’s bequest was specifically intended to “found in Washington D.C., under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.”
Today, the Smithsonian is comprised of 19 museums and galleries including the recently announced National Museum of African American History and Culture, nine research facilities throughout the United States and the world, and the national zoo. If you can’t visit all of them today, at least try to increase and expand your knowledge of some subject you’ve always been curious about.

National Spoil Your Dog Day

The month of August falls right in the middle of what is often referred to as “the dog days of summer“, so what better time to show a little extra love and affection for your beloved canine companion. National Spoil Your Dog Day is always celebrated on August 10th and urges you to loosen up on the leash and pamper your pooch today. Below are a few ways to celebrate.

  1. Dish out the “treats” – Prepare a special meal for your pooch. Just remember to keep the meal healthy. There are plenty of healthy dog meal you can prepare for you pooch pal available online. “Nothin’ says lovin’ like somthin’ from the oven.”
  2. Create a doggie adventure – Some dogs don’t get out much, so try taking your furry friend out for a car ride. Put your windows down, and watch the jubilation on their faces as the wind blows through their hair. Make that car ride extra special by heading to the dog park and let him or her socialize and play with other dogs. Simple social interaction can be important for the development of your dog, not to mention a great deal of fun for them.
  3. Give you furbaby some new toys or fashion accessories or some new chew bones or some of their favorite treats.
  4. Pamper them with a trip to the groomers.
  5. Get wet! Dogs instinctively like water. If you don’t live near a beach, river, stream, etc, buy a cheap kiddie pool and let them splash around in the backyard.

World Lion Day

World Lion Day was founded by Big Cat Rescue, the world’s largest accredited sanctuary dedicated to big cats and aims to raise awareness of the majestic hunter, the ultimate feline, the undisputed “king of beasts.”
Lions have guarded temples, adorned flags, decorated coins, and been used in other forms of heraldry, both religious and pagan, by almost every great civilization in the world. But, like many of their big cat brethern, their numbers are dwindling and soon they will need the intervention of man to survive in the wild…which is ironic since the encroachment of man on their habitat is the main reason that their numbers have been steadily declining.

Skyscraper Appreciation Day

Skyscraper Appreciation Day marks the anniversary of the birth of William Van Alen in 1883. Van Alen was the primary architect behind the construction of the Chrysler Building, arguably the most popular skyscraper in New York City. This holiday was created in 2009 by Dr. Tom Stevens, the founder of the Objectivist Party. It was created so people can appreciate the engineering and architectural marvels we know as skyscrapers, which represent the triumph of reason and of man’s industrial nature.
Celebrate Skyscraper Appreciation Day by visiting an interesting skyscraper near your home or researching the history of skyscrapers.

Duran Duran Appreciation Day

Duran Duran Appreciation Day is celebrated today because on this date in 1985, lead singer Simon Le Bon survived the capsizing of his yacht during a race. Entertainment Weekly and Duran Duran’s own website acknowledge the existence of this holiday.
One of the premier “hair bands” of the 1980’s, Duran Duran sold more than 100 million records during their heyday. Due to their sense of fashion and boyish good looks, they were dubbed the “the prettiest boys in rock”. Although their music videos were groundbreaking and their “sound” was cutting edge, their lyrics were sometimes indecipherable. As proof, I offer the following examples:

1)  UNION OF THE SNAKE: “The union of the snake is on the climb. It’s gonna race, it’s gonna break, gonna move up to the borderline.”
2)  NIGHT BOAT: “Shadows all through me shudder away echo me echo me. Am I alone or is the river alive cause it echoes me, echoes me, echoes me.”
3)  PLANET EARTH: “I heard you making patterns rhyme, like some new romantic looking for the TV sound.”
4)  A VIEW TO A KILL: “A sacred why? A mystery gaping inside. The weekends why?”
5)  THE REFLEX: “Every little thing the reflex does leaves you answered with a question mark.”

If you’re a Duran Duran fan, or even if you’re not, listen to some of their music today. Better yet, for the full effect, watch some of their videos. You can find them all on YouTube.

National S’mores Day

The first recipe for S’mores was published in the 1927 edition of the Girl Scout Handbook. Since then, they have become America’s favorite campfire treat.
To make S’mores all you need are three basic ingredients; graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars. Oh yeah, you’ll also need an open flame source and some skewers to toast the marshmallows.
And, in case you were wondering, the name is derived from everyone’s reaction when the first taste this scrumptious treat: ” Give me S’more.” So, enjoy some S’mores today.

National Banana Split Day

The traditional banana split consists of three scoops of ice cream (one each of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) placed atop a banana that has been split in half lengthwise and placed in a long dish called a boat. Pineapple topping is spooned over the strawberry ice cream, strawberry syrup over the vanilla, and chocolate syrup over the chocolate. It is garnished with crushed nuts, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries. There are of course many variations on this recipe. If you’re making them at home, your only limitation is your imagination and the ingredients you have at hand. So why not be creative when you enjoy your banana split today.

On this date in:

  • 1821 – Missouri became the 24th state to join the Union.
  • 1869 – The motion picture projector was patented by O.B. Brown.
  • 1885 – The first electric streetcar, to be used commercially, was operated in Baltimore, MD, by Leo Daft.
  • 1921 – Franklin D. Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio.
  • 1927 – Mount Rushmore was formally dedicated. The individual faces of the presidents were dedicated later.
  • 1945 – The day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan announced they would surrender. The only condition was that the status of Emperor Hirohito would remain unchanged.
  • 1947 – William Odom completed an around-the-world flight. He set the solo record by completing the flight in 73 hours and 5 minutes.
  • 1948 – On ABC, “Candid Camera” made its TV debut. The original title was “Candid Microphone.”
  • 1949 – The National Military Establishment had its name changed to the Department of Defense.
  • 1954 – Construction began on the St. Lawrence Seaway.
  • 1965 – In Austin, TX, a fire burned part of the 20th floor of the 27-story University of Texas main building. A collection that contained items once owned by escape artist Harry Houdini and circus magnate P. T. Barnum were damaged by smoke and water.
  • 1981 – Pete Rose hit a single and broke the National League all-time hit record with his 3,630 hit.
  • 1988 – President Reagan signed a measure that provided $20,000 payments to Japanese-Americans who were interned by the U.S. government during World War II.
  • 1994 – President Clinton claimed presidential immunity when he asked a federal judge to dismiss, at least for the time being, a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Paula Jones.
  • 1995 – Norma McCorvey, “Jane Roe” of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, announced that she had joined the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue.
  • 2003 – Ekaterina Dmitriev and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko were married. Malenchenko was about 240 miles above the earth aboard the international space station. It was the first-ever marriage from space.

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