“Old School” Communication

September 1, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning troglodytes. Today is Thursday, September 1st.

Letter Writing Day

For centuries before the computer age, people communicated in one of two ways. They either sat down with each other and had a conversation or they communicated by writing letters to each other. Letter Writing Day is your chance to rediscover the wonders of the hand-written word. The nature of letters make them incredibly intimate, as the individual style and personality of its author are conveyed in each one. Digital media just can’t compete on the same personal level as this age-old, time-tested method of communication.
Letter Writing Day was established by Richard Simpkin as a tribute to the joy and excitement he felt when a hand-written letter would arrive in his mailbox. His appreciation of the hand-written word came about as a result of a project he was working on called “Australian Legends”. He would send out letters to everyone he considered to be an Australian Legend with the interest of arranging a personal interview and photography session. There was just something amazing about receiving a letter with the legends own personal touch to it, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that while hand-written letters are collectible, digital communication certainly is not.
Celebrate Letter Writing Day by penning letters to your friends and family. The recipients don’t have to be legends, although they might momentarily feel a bit special when they read your letter.

Emma M. Nutt Day

I know, I know. Who the heck is/was Emma M. Nutt, and why is she being honored today? The answer to that question is that Emma M. Nutt was a telephone operator. She and every other telephone operator are being honored today because it was on this date in 1878 that Ms. Nutt became the first telephone operator in America. The company was the Telephone Dispatch Company of Boston. Ms. Nutt said that she liked the job, and held the position for 33 years. She was also known to occasionally have quipped that she was thankful that her given name was Emma and not Imma.
The job of telephone operator was essential for decades, not only for the telephone company but also for businesses. Sadly, though, today the job of telephone operator has been replaced by those frustrating automated telephone answering systems. Press “1” for bringing back actual live telephone operators.

National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day

If you, like me, thought that National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day was about doing something out of the ordinary for no particular reason at all, you would be WRONG! This holiday celebrates the few unique words in the English language that do not have a rhyming partner. Orange, silver, and purple are the most commonly known words without a rhyme. Here are a few other words that burgeoning poets should avoid using: Chimney, depth, month, pint, angst, bulb, cusp, film, gulf, kiln, oblige, opus, plankton, rhythm, breadth, width, and glimpsed. Can you think of any more? Can you think of a rhyme for any of these?
Spend some time today pondering these questions – for no rhyme (nor reason).

Calendar Adjustment Day

Following the British Calendar Act of 1751, Britain adopted the Gregorian Calendar in 1752. However, the current Julian calendar system required them to drop eleven days in order to sync themselves with the proposed Gregorian Calendar. So, on the evening of the 1st of September 1752, the population of Britain and its American colonies went to sleep and awoke the next morning on the 12th September 1752. The changeover is also responsible for New Year’s Day being celebrated on 1st January, as before then it had been celebrated on 26th March.
As a result of Calendar Adjustment Day, there was rioting in the streets by those who felt cheated and demanded the eleven days back.
Author’s Note: You needn’t worry, no adjustment to your clocks or calendars is necessary today. As I have noted in a previous post to this Blog, any required adjustments to the time are currently performed by the sciency types at the Greenwich Observatory.

National Cherry Popover Day

A popover is a light, hollow roll made from an egg batter that is technically supposed to be baked in a specifically designed ‘popover tins’, but most often is baked muffin tins…especially by home cooks who don’t want to clutter their precious kitchen space with a single-purpose pan. Popovers are generally served as a sweet pastry, topped with fruit and whipped cream for breakfast or with afternoon tea. In some parts of the world, though, popovers are also served as savory pastries at lunch or dinner.
To celebrate this holiday, make a batch of cherry popovers at home, They are relatively easy as this recipe will confirm.
Author’s Note:  Cherries are a good source of melatonin, which can stimulate your brain and help you sleep better at night.

Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day


On this date in:

  • 1799 – The Bank of Manhattan Company opened in New York City, NY. It was the forerunner of Chase Manhattan Bank.
  • 1807 – Former Vice President Aaron Burr was found innocent of treason.
  • 1810 – The first plow with interchangeable parts was patented by John J. Wood.
  • 1859 – The first Pullman sleeping car was placed into service.
  • 1887 – Emile Berliner filed for a patent for his invention of the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone. It is a device that is better known as a record player. Thomas Edison made the idea work.
  • 1897 – The first section of Boston’s subway system was opened.
  • 1906 – Jack Coombs of the American League’s Philadelphia Athletics pitched 24 innings against the Boston Red Sox.
  • 1939 – World War II began when Germany invaded Poland.
  • 1942 – A federal judge in Sacramento, CA, upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.
  • 1971 – Danny Murtaugh of the Pittsburgh Pirates gave his lineup card to the umpire with the names of nine black baseball players on it. This was a first for Major League Baseball.
  • 1972 – America’s Bobby Fischer beat Russia’s Boris Spassky to become world chess champion. The chess match took place in Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • 1979 – The Pioneer 11 became the first American spacecraft to visit Saturn.
  • 1985 – In a joint United States and French expedition, the Titanic was found by Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean-Louis Michel. The wreck site is located 963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the Newfoundland coast.
  • 1986 – Jerry Lewis raised a record $34 million for Muscular Dystrophy during his annual telethon for Jerry’s kids over the Labor Day weekend.
  • 1997 – In France, the prosecutor’s office announced that the driver of the car, in which Britain’s Princess Diana was killed, was over the legal alcohol limit.
  • 1998 – Mark McGwire, of the St. Louis Cardinals, hit his 56th and 57th home runs to set a new National League record. He would eventually reach a total of 70 for the season on September 27.
  • 1999 – Twenty-two of major league baseball’s 68 permanent umpires were replaced. The problem arose from their union’s failed attempt to force an early start to negotiations for a new labor contract.

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