Diatomaceous Earth Day

August 31, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning diatom lovers. Today is Wednesday, August 31st. The holidays today are:

National Diatomaceous Earth Day

National Diatomaceous Earth Day recognizes the diatom and the remarkable mineral it creates. This holiday is brand new to the holiday calendar and is being celebrated for the first time this year. It was created by EP Minerals to celebrate this fascinating naturally bio-engineered material. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in 2016. No information was available regarding why August 31st was chosen as the date to celebrate National Diatomaceous Earth Day.
Diatomaceous earth is a sedimentary rock found in large deposits worldwide and mined primarily in the United States, Mexico, Chile, Peru, France, Spain, Denmark, and China. While still being formed today, some of the deposits of diatomaceous earth developed millions of years ago. Diatomaceous earth deposits are formed as diatoms die and fall to the bottom of bodies of water. Over time, the organic portions of the diatoms are weathered away and the remaining opal frustules form diatomaceous earth. Some of the largest deposits in the United States were formed in ancient lakes in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, and some large deposits were also formed in oceans and occur along the coasts of North and South America.
Peter Kasten is credited for the discovery of diatomaceous earth in Germany around 1836, however, there is evidence that long before Kasten’s discovery the world was using diatomaceous earth. Ancient Greeks used it as an abrasive as well as a building material in light-weight bricks, and, even in pre-historic times, diatomite was used in the ice-age cave paintings in France. Diatomaceous earth is known for its absorbency, filtration properties, polishing properties and stabilizing qualities.
Most people know of diatomaceous earth because they use it to filter their swimming pools or for its natural insecticide properties to control insects in their homes or gardens. Biologists know about diatoms, the single-celled plants that form diatomaceous earth, because they are truly the lungs of the earth, that produce about ¾ of the world’s new oxygen supply, and diatom skeletons (called frustules), the tiny, intricate porous opal structures because they are known to be the strongest naturally-occurring substances.
Today, diatomaceous earth is one of the most useful and durable substances known. It is used in the filtration of liquids, including, beer, wine, water (for swimming), chemicals, food, and pharmaceuticals. It provides the flatting in almost all flat paints. When oil is spilled, diatomaceous earth is often the first choice to absorb it — And there are hundreds of other applications for diatomaceous earth and probably many more yet to be discovered.

Love Litigating Lawyers Day

Love Litigating Lawyers Day salutes those oft-maligned members of the bar who act as our representatives in court. Lawyer jokes abound, and those lawyers who get national attention in the media usually do little to mitigate the stereotype of lawyers being soulless, smarmy, bottom-feeding scum bags.
With that said, should you (God forbid) ever need the services of a good litigator, these are the exact same type of people you would choose to represent you. Litigating lawyers, get a bad rap, but then, you don’t go to lawyers when you’re are having a good day. You seek them out when you need help, and/or guidance. The truth is that a vast majority of litigating lawyers work hard every day to right wrongs, make a difference, and help their clients. It’s just that the bad lawyers get all the press.
I’m at a loss for suggestions at to how you should celebrate this holiday, but, I guess, the least you could do is refrain from telling any ‘lawyer jokes’ today.

Franchise Appreciation Day

The goal of Franchise Appreciation Day is to create awareness to increase customers knowledge of the importance of using social media networks and location-based services to connect with, and continue to support local franchises.
A franchise is a right granted to an individual or group to market a company’s goods or services within a certain territory or location. Some examples of today’s popular franchises are McDonald’s, Subway, and Domino’s Pizza.
A franchisee is an individual who purchases the rights to use a company’s trademarked name and business model to do business. The franchisee purchases a franchise from the franchisor. The franchisee then must follow certain rules and guidelines already established by the franchisor, and in most cases, the franchisee must pay an ongoing franchise royalty fee to the franchisor.
The number of franchise establishments in this country is over 800,000, and the number of jobs provided within and because of franchised businesses over 17 million. Franchised businesses account for nearly 50% of all retail sales in the United States, and the annual gross revenue derived from franchises is around 1.2 trillion dollars. Franchises annually pay out a bit over 300 billion dollars in salaries, wages, and benefits.
To celebrate this holiday, support as many local franchises as you can today.

Eat Outside Day 

Eat Outside Day encourages you to eat at least one meal outside today. Eating outside (aka dining Alfresco) is a popular summertime activity. Today is the last day of August, which makes this a perfect time to take your breakfast, lunch, or dinner into the great outdoors and enjoy the last few days of warm summer weather. Soon autumn weather will be upon us and the temperatures will begin to cool, making dining outside uncomfortable.
Al-fresco dining first became popular in the 18th century. Patrons who enjoyed eating their meals in the open air could visit tea gardens, seashore resorts, or rooftop restaurants. Eating outside was considered a tourist activity up until the early 1900’s. Around that time, the first sidewalk cafes appeared on the streets of Manhattan.
There are many ways that you can participate in this holiday. Eat at your favorite outdoor restaurant, enjoy a popsicle on your porch, organize a barbecue in your backyard, or have a picnic at a local park. Whatever you decide to do, just be sure to enjoy at least one of your meals outside today.

National Trail Mix Day

National Trail Mix Day celebrates Trail Mix: a high energy, tasty treat for the trail or snacks. You can buy packages of pre-made trail mix at a store, or you can make up your own, using the ingredients you like best.
Trail Mix is a mixture of salty, sweet, and crunchy, and somewhat healthy ingredients; such as cereal, nuts, pretzels, raisins, dried fruit, M&Ms, etc. There are about a bazillion different types of Trail Mix if you include the homemade ones. If you prefer to make your own, it is best to avoid messy foods that will leave your hands sticky. It is also recommended that you avoid too many salty items as well. However, you are the arbiter of your homemade Trail Mix. Use the portable foods that you like best.
To celebrate this holiday, make/buy some Trail Mix, and go for a hike.

National Matchmaker Day

We Love Memoirs Day

Willing-To-Lend-A-Hand Wednesday

On this date in:

  • 1852 – The first pre-stamped envelopes were created with legislation of the U.S. Congress.
  • 1881 – The first tennis championships in the United States were played.
  • 1887 – The kinetoscope was patented by Thomas Edison. The device was used to produce moving pictures.
  • 1920 – The first news program to be broadcast on radio was aired. The station was 8MK in Detroit, MI.
  • 1935 – The act of exporting United States arms to belligerents was prohibited by an act signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1950 – Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers hit four home runs in a single game off of four different pitchers.
  • 1959 – Sandy Koufax set a National League record by striking out 18 batters.
  • 1962 – The Caribbean nations Tobago and Trinidad became independent within the British Commonwealth.
  • 1964 – California officially became the most populated state in America.
  • 1965 – The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was created by Congress.
  • 1990 – East and West Germany signed a treaty that meant the harmonizing of political and legal systems.
  • 1990 – U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar met with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz to try and negotiate a solution to the crisis in the Persian Gulf.
  • 1994 – A ceasefire was declared by the Irish Republican Army after 25 years of bloodshed in Northern Ireland.
  • 1994 – Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltics after a half-century.
  • 1998 – A ballistic missile was fired over Japan by North Korea. The missile landed in stages in the waters around Japan. There was no known target.
  • 1998 – “Titanic” became the first movie in North America to earn more than $600 million.

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