The Meaning of “Is”, Is…

August 17, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning wordsmiths. Today is Wednesday, August 17th. Today’s holidays are:

The Meaning of “Is” Day

The Meaning of “Is” Day, of course, refers to the infamous words uttered by former President Bill Clinton as he dabbled in semantics during his testimony before the Grand Jury hearings to clarify his relationship with Monica Lewinsky on this date in 1998. He said, “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”
The word ‘is’ is the seventh most commonly used word in the English language.
The word ‘is’ is hard to define. Most dictionaries agree that the word ‘is’ is the third person singular form of the word “be”; which is equally hard to define without going into a bunch of existential falderol. You could spend the rest of your day trying to decipher the definitive definition of the word ‘is’ and not be successful. Or you could simply accept the fact the definition of the word is,  just ‘is’, and move on with your life.

National Thriftshop Day

The term ‘thrift shop’ has a couple of meanings in today’s society. The first meaning refers to stores that sell merchandise which is deeply discounted. It’s not always the highest quality, but the price is right. You know these stores better today as discount department stores and dollar stores.
The other meaning refers to a resale shop that sells used goods, typically receiving its inventory from donations. Popular examples of thrift stores include those offered through non-profit organizations like Goodwill and Salvation Army.
Whichever definition you choose, go “thrifting” today and pick up some bargains.

National “I Love My Feet” Day

National “I Love My Feet” Day is observed annually on August 17 and urges people to appreciate how valuable our feet are, to practice good foot care and pamper our feet.
Most people don’t think much about their feet…that is until they stub their toe on the coffee table, step on a Lego that their kid left on the living room floor, or get a blister from ill-fitting shoes. Feet are our primary mode of transportation. They help us stand, run, walk, play sports, jog, skip, dance, etc. They take us to school or work and help us navigate through our homes. Our feet withstand all the things we do in our everyday lives and accomplish things our hands cannot.
Proper foot care is important for preventing long-term problems. Years of wear and tear can be hard on them, as can disease, bad circulation, improperly trimmed toenails and poorly fitting shoes. Practicing good foot care is easy. Elevating your feet when you sit is a relaxing way to help reduce swelling. Stretching, walking or having a gentle foot massage aids circulation. A warm foot bath is also helpful. Make sure your feet are dry before putting on shoes. Wearing shoes when outside provides your feet better protection.
About 75% of the adult population has a foot problem and improper shoe choices account for the majority of those problems. Wearing properly fitted shoes with good arch support, getting foot massages and regular pedicures can reduce foot problems. If you have persistent foot pain, consulting your physician or a podiatrist can help – but the best way to avoid foot problems is to take care of your feet.

Black Cat Appreciation Day

In some cultures, black cats are associated with bad luck and, sadly, are more likely to be put to sleep or wait a long time to be adopted from shelters. Black Cat Appreciation Day was launched to show people that a black cat could be the perfect choice for them, and help raise awareness about black cats in general.
If you’ve been looking for a rescue cat yourself, why not consider a black cat? Not only are the superstitions about them bringing bad luck completely untrue, but you might find a black cat to be a fantastic feline companion for you.
If you own a black cat you can celebrate Black Cat Appreciation Day by taking photos with your pet. If you don’t, you might want to consider adopting a black cat into your family. And, of course,  a small donation to an animal shelter is always a good way to celebrate any pet-related holiday.

National Vanilla Custard Day

Vanilla custard is a sweet pudding-like dish made with vanilla, eggs, sugar, and milk. It can be enjoyed on its own or as a topping for other desserts.
Vanilla custard has been around since the Middle Ages and was traditionally used as a pie filling. (A very simple custard tart was a popular dessert during that time period.) Today, custard is an important component in many dessert recipes including éclairs, trifle, and Boston cream pie.
The word custard is derived from “crustade,” a tart with a crust. After the 16th century, fruit creams became popular and it was about this time that custards began to be made in individual dishes or bowls rather than as fillings for a crust. Yet, as things move full circle, today custard is used to fill tarts, Danish pastry, flans, cream puffs and éclairs; it is mixed into trifles and otherwise part of other sweet and savory delights. Custards are prepared in two ways: stirred or cooked on top of the stove, or baked in the oven.
To celebrate this holiday, make a custard for dessert tonight.

National Medical Dosimetrist Day  — (If you don’t know what a Medical Dosimetrist is, you will after you have read the information contained in this link).

On this date in:

  • 1790 – The capital city of the U.S. moved to Philadelphia from New York City.
  • 1807 – Robert Fulton’s “North River Steam Boat” (known as the “Clermont”) began heading up New York’s Hudson River on its successful round-trip to Albany.
  • 1859 – A hot air balloon was used to carry mail for the first time. John Wise left Lafayette, IN, for New York City with 100 letters. With typical Post Office efficiency, he had to land after only 27 miles.
  • 1894 – John Wadsworth of Louisville set a major league record when he gave up 28 base hits in a single game.
  • 1896 – George Carmack discovered gold on Rabbit Creek in Alaska. This was the beginning of the Klondike gold rush.
  • 1903 – Joseph Pulitzer donated a million dollars to Columbia University. This started the Pulitzer Prizes in his name.
  • 1915 – Charles F. Kettering patented the electric, automobile self-starter.
  • 1961 – The Communist East German government completed the construction of the Berlin Wall.
  • 1977 – Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD) reported that in one day the number of orders for flowers to be delivered to Graceland after Elvis Presley’s death had surpassed the number for any other event in the company’s history.
  • 1978 – Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo, and Larry Newman became the first to land after a successful trans-Atlantic balloon flight. The voyage began in Presque Isle, ME and ended in Miserey, France.
  • 1982 – The Senate approved an immigration bill that granted permanent resident status to illegal aliens who had arrived in the United States before 1977.
  • 1992 – Woody Allen admitted to being romantically involved with Soon-Yi Previn. The girl was the adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, Allen’s longtime companion.
  • 1996 – Ross Perot was announced to be the Reform Party’s presidential candidate. He was the party’s first-ever candidate.
  • 1998 – President Clinton admitted to having an improper relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern.
  • 2002 – In Santa Rosa, CA, the Charles M. Schulz Museum opened to the public.

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