According to Hoyle

August 29, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning game enthusiasts. Today is Monday, August 29th. The holidays today are:

“According To Hoyle” Day

“According to Hoyle” Day is a holiday to honor Edmond Hoyle who died on this day in 1769. Although he made his living primarily as a tutor and attorney, he became famous for his expertise in the rules and strategies of card games and board games.
Whist was a card game popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Seeing a need for a standardized set of rules for the game, in 1743, Edmond Hoyle published a book entitled “A Short Treatise on the Game of Whist: Containing the Laws of the Game and Also Some Rules”. The popularity of his treatise inspired him to write a book, expanding his treatise on Whist to include the rules and strategies of many other card games, and board games such as backgammon and chess. Over time, the phrase “according to Hoyle” has become synonymous with settling any disputes about the correct rules or procedures in any activity or game.
To celebrate this holiday, plan a family game night and play a few card or board games. Just be sure that you have the latest edition of Mr. Hoyle’s book on hand to insure family harmony.

Individual Rights Day

Individual Rights Day celebrates the birth date, in 1632, of John Locke, the philosopher who first prominently argued that a human being has a basic property right based upon his status as a sovereign human being and that it is the government’s role to protect that right and not to treat its citizens as slaves.
According to Locke, “Anything that a man has as a matter of human rights or civil rights is to remain inviolably his,” and although Locke conceded that humans surrendered some natural rights in exchange for the collective protection afforded by societies, he held that basic individual rights include life, liberty, property, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom to petition government. It is, of course, the foundation of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution.
Individual Rights Day was created by Dr. Tom Stevens, the founder of the Objectivist Party, who supports John Locke’s philosophies regarding the rights of society’s smallest minority and basic unit – the individual. It was created so people can contemplate the importance of this concept and to use reason to ensure his own survival.

More Herbs, Less Salt Day 

More Herbs, Less Salt Day, surprisingly enough, promotes the use of healthy herbs over salt. Sodium chloride (table salt) is an essential part of our diet. It maintains the balance of fluids in our bodies. However, too much salt in our diets can lead to some serious health problems; such as water retention, dehydration, and hypertension. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is often easier said than done – it takes thought, time and effort to prepare fresh and nutritious food when less healthy options are often much easier and more convenient.
We all want our food to taste good but we need to restrict our salt intake. A variety of fresh herbs – such as parsley, oregano, sage, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, mint and many others add flavor to our dishes but don’t pose any serious health risks, and can do just as much to enhance the flavor a dish as a heavy dose of salt.
To celebrate this holiday, learn about different herbs and the flavors they impart into your food. Try to completely eliminate salt from your diet today.

Lemon Juice Day

While I’m on the subject of imparting flavor without the use of salt, I would like to point out that lemon juice, used sparingly, is a great way to enhance the flavor of foods. Lemon juice is an incredibly versatile product that has many uses. Besides garnishing seafood and making lemonade, lemon juice can be used in a variety of dishes; sauces, seasoning vegetables and baking.
Lemon juice also has many uses outside the kitchen. You can use it to lower your blood pressure, repel insects, create blond highlights, treat infections, and freshen your breath.
This link will give you the history of the lemon, and information on the many varieties of lemons available.
To celebrate this holiday, try to find ‘other than traditional’ ways to use lemon juice —  Or, just make some lemonade.

Chop Suey Day

Chop Suey is basically Chow Mein without the noodles. Chop suey, as we know it, is not an authentic Chinese dish. It is an American-Chinese creation. The name “chop suey” is derived  from tsap seui,  a Cantonese word meaning “(miscellaneous leftovers, odds and ends).”
There are many myths or legends regarding the creation of Chop Suey and nobody knows for sure where it originated. Some culinary experts give credit for its creation to the personal chef of Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang, who is said to have created the dish in 1886 in New York City, but other experts differ, saying that it was created much earlier than that as a cheap dish that was served to the Chinese workers who helped build the railroads. Still, others contend that it is, in fact, a traditional Chinese dish, that may have been inspired by the stir-fried vegetables Chinese farmers used to eat after a long day working in the fields. Here in America, meat like pork or chicken is often added for extra flavor.
You don’t need an advanced degree to figure out how to celebrate this holiday. No matter where it originated, it is delicious. Order some Chop Suey today – either as take-out or enjoy it in the ambiance of  your favorite Chinese restaurant.

International Day Against Nuclear Tests

Motorist Consideration Monday

National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day

National Swiss Winegrowers Day

On this date in:

  • 1828 – A patent was issued to Robert Turner for the self-regulating wagon brake.
  • 1833 – The “Factory Act” was passed in England to settle child labor laws.
  • 1885 – The first prizefight under the Marquis of Queensberry Rules was held in Cincinnati, OH. John L. Sullivan defeated Dominic McCaffery in six rounds.
  • 1892 – Pop (Billy) Shriver (Chicago Cubs) caught a ball that was dropped from the top of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC.
  • 1945 – General Douglas MacArthur left for Japan to officially accept the surrender of the Japanese.
  • 1949 – At the University of Illinois, a nuclear device was used for the first time to treat cancer patients.
  • 1957 – Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the United States when he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes.
  • 1962 – The lower level of the George Washington Bridge opened.
  • 1965 – Gemini 5, carrying astronauts Gordon Cooper and Charles (“Pete”) Conrad, splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after eight days in space.
  • 1967 – The final episode of “The Fugitive” aired.
  • 1971 – Hank Aaron became the first baseball player in the National League to ‘bat in’ 100 or more runs in each of 11 consecutive seasons.
  • 1977 – Lou Brock brought his total of stolen bases to 893. The record he beat was held by Ty Cobb for 49 years.
  • 1983 – The anchor of the USS Monitor, from the U.S. Civil War, was retrieved by divers.
  • 1990 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, in a television interview, declared that America could not defeat Iraq.
  • 1991 – The Communist Party of the Soviet Union had its bank accounts frozen and activities were suspended because of the Party’s role in the failed coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev.
  • 1992 – The U.N. Security Council agreed to send troops to Somalia to guard the shipments of food sent by relief organizations.
  • 2004 – India test-launched a nuclear-capable missile able to carry a one-ton warhead. The weapon had a range of 1,560 miles.

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